I am excited to welcome Darcie Boleyn on the blog today as part of the blog tour for A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas…
Welcome, Darcie. Tell us a little bit about you…
Hello and thanks for hosting me at your fabulous blog! I’m Darcie Boleyn. I write women’s fiction and contemporary romance. I love reading and that love led me into writing! I’ve been writing stories on and off for years, but really started to write seriously a few years ago. I have ideas all the time and enjoy the process of taking a title, a line of dialogue or a character profile and turning it into a story.
For me, in my writing, themes such as the importance of family and friends and the modern family unit often emerge. And I’m a hopeless romantic; I believe in true love, and that it’s worth fighting for.
A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas is about two friends, Lucie and Dale, who’ve always been there for each other. Throw in a trip to Manhattan, a few revelations and a dash of Christmas magic, and who knows what might happen…
Your inspiration for A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas?
I love Christmas and would like to spend it in New York one year. I went out to Manhattan in late October 2009 and my husband proposed to me in Times Square. It was very romantic! I also love festive stories, especially A Christmas Carol, and one day I started thinking about a character who might in some ways be a modern female version of Ebenezer Scrooge. Not quite as miserable or miserly, but a woman who hates Christmas for more than one reason. Now I didn’t want to include actual ghosts, but thought, what if there were a few ghosts of Christmas past haunting her? Then I added a very positive spirit of Christmas present – to help her learn to love the festive season – in her best friend Dale. But is he the spirit of Christmas future? You’ll have to read A Very Manhattan Christmas to find out!
What’s your favourite Christmas read?
Well I do love A Christmas Carol. I can still hear my father reciting the opening lines in his best reading voice. He always made me giggle with that. But there are so many gorgeous Christmas books out there that I can’t really name them all. Last year I read Holly Martin’s delightful duo Christmas at Lilac Cottage and Snowflakes on Silver Cove. Holly writes Christmas deliciously. I also read Bella’s Christmas Bakeoff by the lovely Sue Watson and that one made me giggle and cry. I haven’t had time to start my Christmas reading this year but I do have a very large TBR pile!
Where and when do you write?
I teach English at a comprehensive school four days a week, so I write around my day job and around my family life. So basically, I write whenever I can! I have a fabulous desk now in my study, which also doubles as the dogs’ bedroom, so they’re often snoring away next to me as I write. (I have two dogs, a bulldog and a greyhound.)
Are you a planner or a pantser?
I write an outline and character sketches, then type away. But I find that my characters often tend to surprise me and I love it when that happens. In A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas, Lucie Quigley delighted me by revealing a secret that even I didn’t know she’d been hiding. It was a very exciting moment!
Do you do any research?
Like most authors, I am a keen observer of people and how they behave, of the decisions they make and what motivates them to live their lives as they do. I watch and listen, I think what if… And for research about things like locations, I use the internet and other sources such as people I know and books I have at home. So my internet search history is very varied indeed and my friends often get asked some strange questions.
Do you read inside your genre or out when writing?
I am a voracious reader, although when I’m working to a deadline, obviously I don’t have as much reading time as I’d like. I read lots of women’s fiction, historical novels and I enjoy gripping psychological thrillers.
Your author heroes?
This is very difficult, as I know so many authors and would be afraid of missing someone out if I started naming people. However, if I had to choose a fictional character hero, it would be Bridget Jones every time!
Thank you, Darcie, for joining us today!
A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas
Lucie Quigley hates Christmas. It’s the time of year when everything goes wrong in her life. So this year, when she’s asked to be a bridesmaid at her friend Petra’s Manhattan wedding, she jumps at the invitation to escape the festivities.
Dale Treharne has been best friends with Lucie for as long as he can remember. He’s used to looking out for his oldest friend and when she asks him to be her plus one, he can’t seem to find a reason to refuse. Instead, he sees it as a way to help Lucie get through what is, for her, the most miserable time of the year.
In New York, as the snow starts to fall, Lucie and Dale start to realise that their feelings run deeper than just friendship. But can they overcome their pasts, and make it a very merry Manhattan Christmas?
About the Author
Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.
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