Darlene L. Turner
Today I have a fellow Love Inspired Suspense author, Darlene Turner. She’s here today answering a few questions and letting us get to know a little more about the writer behind the story. Welcome, Author
When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?
Yes, I’ve always wanted to write ever since I picked up my first Nancy Drew book. Those books along with Anne of Green Gables instilled in me the desire to write.
Out of all the characters you’ve written about, is there one that is your favorite?
I love all my characters so far, but you’re always partial to your first ones. In my case – Amber and Dayton from my first manuscript. Maybe one day they will get to print!
Have you ever won any awards for your writing?
Yes, three! Two Daphne awards and one ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Genesis award. So humbled and blessed.
Do you have a special place where you like to write?
My office – it’s a sunny yellow and makes me happy! However, I have a cottage I also like to go to when I can get totally away from everything.
Have you ever received a rejection?
Yes, of course. Many, but I learned from each one and pressed forward! They say that each rejection leads you to the “one.”
What is one piece of advice you’d give to an unpublished writer?
Wow. I’ve dreamed that someone would ask me that someday. I would say keep on and don’t give up. I know that’s easy to say as there were times when I felt like giving up, but I had many supporters cheer me on. Also, read writing books, go to conferences, and find a writing mentor. These will all help you.
Do you take time to plot and outline your books? Or do you like to write by the seat of your pants?
I’m a little bit of both a pantser and a plotter. I like to have a general storyline worked out before starting Chapter 1, but then let the story come to me as I write. My favorite part of the process? Setting up my characters – deciding on their backstory and picking what movie stars I picture them as.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to tole paint. This is painting designs onto wood surfaces. It’s fun and relaxes me. Unfortunately, I don’t have as much time to paint as I would like! I also love to watch movies and read.
Do you have a mentor author or a particular author whose work inspires you?
DiAnn Mills is my mentor and has been such a huge help, encourager, and supporter to me!
Do you have a full-time day job? If so, how do you find time to write?
Yes, I’m a Quality Assurance Analyst for an insurance company – I test our online application. I spend my evenings and weekend writing.
When drugs are smuggled across the border
it’s their duty to stop the culprits…at any cost.
Forming a joint task force, Canada border officer Kaylin Poirier and police constable Hudson Steeves have one objective: take down a drug-smuggling ring trying to sell a new lethal product. But when the smugglers come after Kaylin and Hudson, this mission becomes more than just a job. Can they live long enough to solve the case?
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Darlene L. Turner is an award-winning author and lives with her husband, Jeff in Ontario, Canada. Her love of suspense began when she read her first Nancy Drew book. She’s turned that passion into her writing and believes readers will be captured by her plots, inspired by her strong characters, and moved by her inspirational message. You can connect with Darlene at www.darlenelturner.com where there’s suspense beyond borders.