Renee Darcy

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Renee Darcy Oh, getting personal for a minute... I don't know my dad. He was out of the picture before I was born. My mom and I were estranged for most of my…moreOh, getting personal for a minute... I don't know my dad. He was out of the picture before I was born. My mom and I were estranged for most of my childhood, and she passed away before we had a chance to reconnect - so I never did find out what happened with my dad. (My mom's death was also under mysterious circumstances, actually.)

As a child who grew up without a dad (I was raised by my grandparents) - I've often wondered about who my dad is, and why he was out of the picture. As most children in that position probably do, I've always thought it was more fun to make up a glamorous reason for him to not be around. Who is he? What has he been doing with his life? Was he a cop who had to go into deep cover? A spy? A famous musician who had a night of passion with my mom while he was on tour?

Any of these could be a more interesting story than what's probably the boring, mundane truth. Maybe I'll make him a character in my next book series - follow him on a series of adventures that are totally awesome and explain why he wasn't around.

My mom also passed under mysterious circumstances. She was only 40 when she was found in her apartment, which was locked, and the coroner listed the cause of death as 'undetermined'. There are various theories in my family about what happened - one of which is foul play. The reality is probably much more mundane, but a creative storyteller could do a lot with that premise. A locked-room mystery? Classic.(less)
Renee Darcy I'm kind of fortunate in that I've been a professional writer for over a decade, and I've been writing 'books,' stories, and poems since I was in…moreI'm kind of fortunate in that I've been a professional writer for over a decade, and I've been writing 'books,' stories, and poems since I was in elementary school, so getting the words to flow isn't generally a problem for me. Not in the traditional sense, anyway, that I think a lot of writers mean when they're talking about writer's block.

I do, occasionally, have trouble with where a plot is going. If I find myself flailing and don't really know where something is going, I'll stop writing that particular scene and skip around to something else. Maybe it's a couple of the characters having a conversation. Maybe it's a particularly vivid image that I fancy. Or maybe I'll make something up - create a fake dinner party, or introduce a random element like a rogue animal - something, anything, to shake things up. I can always throw it away if it doesn't belong in the finished project, but these weird little things can help get the words flowing again.

I also often have more than one story in progress at a time. So if I get *really* stuck, and skipping to another scene in the novel isn't helping, I might go edit another project, or work on a different draft. Sometimes, a story idea just needs time to germinate. I've learned to trust the process - it's there in my subconscious working away, and something I see or hear will trigger a resolution. Or I'll dream something that will progress my story. This actually happens to me a lot. Most of my books started as dreams, or some of the plot advancement came from dreams. I think - when I'm unconscious must be the easiest time for my subconscious to get through.

Ultimately, every author has their own bag o' tricks to deal with this. I feel fortunate that I haven't had a serious problem with it. Time to write is always my biggest hurdle - with all the hats I have to wear as an author, a wife, a breadwinner, and a dog owner - there aren't as many hours as I'd like to devote to the actual writing itself.(less)
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As a book lover, a novel set in a bookshop and featuring a book seller was already off on the right foot. I was inclined to like it before I ever started reading it. (And I kind of love the cover - the one with the red bookshop storefront.)
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I adored this book. As someone who went through something similar - the dissolution of a relationship, financial ruin and rebooting my life - I can totally relate to Polly's feeling of displacement, and the need to start fresh somewhere else. I love ...more
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Deep in the Valley by Robyn Carr
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recommended for: Robyn Carr fans, people who like to read about small-town life
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I've been a Robyn Carr fan for a while, and I loved this book so much I accidentally read it twice!

(It was on my Kindle and showing as 0%. I thought - "Oh, a Robyn Carr book I haven't read yet! Perfect." It didn't take me long to realize
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Historically, I've been a fan of Stacey Ballis - and this book reminded me why. She definitely tapped into my psyche by writing something that pretty quickly put me in mind of one of my favorite movies...

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This one was tough. I think I'd like to give it 3.5 stars, if I could.

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