Guest: Darlene Fredette

Hello and welcome, Darlene Fredette, to my site. She has so graciously agreed to be interviewed. 
So lets begin…
1) First, tell us a little about yourself so the readers know who you are? 
An avid reader since childhood, I loved to put a pencil to paper and plot out stories of my own. Following a career path in administration, I excelled in the art of editing and design, which led to a successful position as Director of Administration and Marketing. Thanks to the support of my family, I’ve been able to fulfil my dream to write full time.
2) What made you decide to write? Was it something you accidentally began? Or what you wanted to do? Or annoying character who refused to leave until their story was told?  
Stories have been creating themselves in my head since my early teens. I finally had to get some of them in print to make room for new ones, lol.
3) I love hearing about first acceptances as an aspiring writer and now that I am e-published, I still love hearing about them. So tell us about that first acceptance.  
I was originally offered a contract for Keeping Secrets in December 2010. My long-time dream of publication had come true and I was flying on cloud nine. Unfortunately, I wasn’t content with their contract and declined. It took a lot of courage to do that, but I knew it was the best decision for me, and my story. I kept telling myself that if they wanted my story, someone else will too. I then sent a submission to Secret Cravings Publishing, who offered me a contract for Keeping Secrets in January 2011. I’m pleased to be a part of their publishing house.
4) Tell us about your current release? Where can readers buy it? 
Keeping Secrets is about a woman who is grieving the loss of her grandmother. A surprising clause in her grandmother’s will requests she return to her childhood home to have it renovated and sold. While there, she meets a handsome contractor. As their relationship grows, many secrets are revealed. It’s a contemporary romance with chick lit flare. I don’t have a buy link yet, but you can visit my web site where a link will be posted as soon as available.
5) What are you currently writing? 
I have a few stories on the go right now. I’m currently revising a story I wrote several years ago. There’s a lot of attraction and sparing between my two main characters. I also have a dysfunctional family series started, a sweet Christmas story, and a fashion mayhem in the works.
6) What inspires you most when you write?
My writing inspiration always strikes while I’m house cleaning. I love the way a story can pull itself together in my head from start to finish. It amazes me when a small thought can develop into a complete story.
7) What experiences have you had working with your publisher/s?
Keeping Secrets is my debut novel, so I’ve only worked with one publisher. Secret Cravings Publishing has a great team and has been a pleasure to work with.
8) What are you reading now?
I’m reading ‘She’s Gone Country’ by Jane Porter. She’s one of my top five favourite authors and I have all of her 5-Spot publications on my bookshelf. Jane writes real, down to earth stories that a woman can relate to and lose herself in.
9) What are your guilty pleasures? 
I love to stay in bed on a Saturday morning, just being lazy, but then I feel guilty about wasting my day away. I also love shopping, but not for me, for my family. I take great pleasure from seeing my daughter’s face light up by a new outfit or toy.
10) What would be your advice, if any, for other aspiring authors?
I’d relay the same advice that was given to me: ‘never stop what you love to do’ and ‘follow your dreams’.
This is for you to talk more about yourself, leave your blogging details, site details and generally promote yourself. 
I enjoy chatting with fellow authors, writers and readers, and welcome them stop by my web site for a visit.

Keeping Secrets Blurb:

Samantha Witherspoon is a strong, independent, businesswoman, determined to prove her worth as the heir to her late-grandmother’s chain of cafés. When she clashes with Matt Sullivan, the stubborn contractor who refuses her renovation project, Samantha returns to her childhood home to convince him. Sparks fly, tempers flare, and Samantha quickly realizes that befriending the rugged contractor isn’t as easy as she thought.
Despite her reservations, desire ignites between them under the city stars of Montreal. Matt’s mere touch makes her long for the kind of love Samantha thought she’d never have. When a mystery box reveals devastating family secrets, Samantha decides it’s time to come-clean with Matt. But before she can, her own secret arrives on her doorstep. Samantha’s heart is torn. Will a promise made to her late-grandmother prevent her from finding true happiness?

Keeping Secrets Excerpt:

Samantha’s ears twitched at the sound of a crackling coming from the ceiling just above her. She watched as a trickling line split and plaster showered downward like a heavy rainfall.
Suddenly a set of strong arms encircled her and held her tightly, taking the breath from her chest. Her feet were lifted from the concrete floor and she was yanked backward, slamming her and her rescuer into a wall. An image out of a romance novel, where the hero sweeps the woman of his dreams into his arms, declaring his everlasting love, flashed through her mind…until another large piece of plaster fell from the ceiling, crashing loudly on the floor before shattering into thousands of tiny pieces. Samantha no longer saw a vision of two lovers, but one of her, crushed under the debris. She took several deep breaths.
Hammers stopped and were followed by the rush of work boots running across the concrete. “Matt, you okay? Is the lady hurt?” they asked. “That was a mother of a close call!” another said.
Her hero ignored the men and set her back on her feet. His once warm brown eyes were now cold and throwing daggers. “What the hell are you doing here?”
“I…I was…looking for you.” Winded, her breathing was heavy.
From the drooping brows and harsh pressed lips, she could tell Matt was not at all happy to see her, but Samantha couldn’t have been more pleased. Her search was over and the incredibly attractive man she had been seeking had rescued her.

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