It may be the end of summer, but ice cream treats never go out of season--nor do books featuring a backdrop of ice cream goodies. My guest today in My Writing Corner is Darlene Fredette. She lives on the Atlantic Coast of Canada where, she says, the summers are too short, and the winters are too long. She’s been an avid reader since childhood, so it only makes sense she would turn out her own stories. Darlene says she loved to develop the many stories coming to life in her head.
Let’s get more information about Darlene.
Tell us about your road to publication.
My road to publication was a long one. I received many rejection letters, but I persevered and kept learning everything I could about the writing craft. Eventually, I received a contract for my first book, Keeping Secrets, but when the publishing company closed, I received my rights back and contacted The Wild Rose Press, who offered a contract for my revised book and new title, Law Of Attraction.
What do you enjoy about being an author?
Seeing my book published. There is so much satisfaction in holding my book in my hands. All the hours, rewrites, waiting for a contract offer, and edits are beyond exhausting, but worth it in the end.
How do you come up with your plots?
This might sound crazy, but when I am doing housework is when inspiration strikes. I can start housecleaning and a storyline just pops into my head. By the time I’m done, the story has a solid plot.
What advice do you have for beginning writers?
Read and learn everything there is on writing. Write, erase, and write more. And don’t get discouraged by rejection letters. Stay positive and keep writing the best story you can.
What is your latest book and how did you come up with the idea to write it?
Cherry Red was one of my favorite books to write. The ice cream premise came to life after reading my publisher was looking for stories to fit their One Scoop Or Two series.
Let’s get a blurb.
This summer, ice cream entrepreneur Carly Redd's only focus is expanding her business—until she's coerced into attending her ex's engagement party. Showing up without a date is unthinkable. She reluctantly agrees to be escorted by her brother’s co-worker, although doing so breaks her rule of not dating firefighters.
The daughter of the town’s fire chief should wear a Do Not Touch sign, but firefighter Noah Harding's interest blazed the moment he saw Carly. Agreeing to be her fake boyfriend is a no-brainer, but convincing Carly to trust him with her heart is harder than extinguishing a fire.
Overstepping the platonic-only rule is as dangerous as fire and ice swirling into a tempting combustion.
That sounds as yummy as an ice cream cone! What’s your next project?
I am currently working on a new series within my Redford Falls series. The first five books in the series focused on introducing the town and several residents, but the new series: The Marleys of Redford Falls focuses on the five Marley brothers.
Here are the links and contact information if you would like to buy her books or get in touch with Darlene:
Universal Purchase Link: http://darlenefredette.blogspot.com/2021/04/my-books-purchase-links.html
Author Web Site: http://darlenefredette.blogspot.com/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Darlene-Fredette/e/B005NAF660/
The Wild Rose Press Author Page: https://www.thewildrosepress.com/authors/darlene-fredette
Thank you, Darlene, for being my guest today. Any comments or questions for Darlene?