#StudioSmexy Superstar of Romance Author Darcy Burke
Darcy: Hi Jenn!
Jenn: Tell us 5 fun facts about your book
Her Wicked Ways: This was probably my easiest book to write (so far). It just flowed. I wrote the epilogue so that I could introduce a character that would appear in my next Regency series. He’s not named, but he’s mentioned.
His Wicked Heart: The heroine was originally named Emmeline and in an earlier version she was in a traveling troupe of actors. I don’t often picture famous people when I write characters, but when it came to describing Jasper, I kept seeing Daniel Craig. Which was okay with me. 🙂
To Love a Thief: I wrote the first draft of this novella in two weeks. It’s the fastest thing I’ve ever written! I’d originally intended the hero to be a character who had about two pages of screen time in Her Wicked Ways, but realized his backstory from Her Wicked Ways wouldn’t gel with who I envisioned this hero to be. So, that guy (Lord Kersey) will get his own book in the next Regency series I write. To Love a Thief launches an overarching suspense plot that carries through the last two books in the Secrets & Scandals series, Never Love a Scoundrel and Scoundrel Ever After.
Jenn: Did you know of Studio Smexy before it ended up on your cover?
Jenn: How well does the cover illustrate your vision of the hero/heroine? Of the story?
Darcy: All of the covers do a superb job of conveying what I love in a romance: beauty, sexiness, and hot, hot guys. 🙂 The Her Wicked Ways cover is perfect because it really captures Miranda’s essence. For His Wicked Heart, my designer colored the model’s hair red and it’s PERFECT for the heroine. To Love a Thief is a great pose because of how the woman is sort of in the power position. Since she’s the thief in the title, I like how it looks.
Jenn: If you could pick one element for your cover, what would it be? (chest, landscape, dress…)
Darcy: Wow, that’s hard. Color. I love me some arms and chest, but the color needs to be eye-catching and vivid. And it should look delicious. If I want to lick a cover, that’s a good sign!
Jenn: Describe your cover in one word (smexy or sexy doesn’t count)
Darcy: Her Wicked Ways: Lush, His Wicked Heart: Smoldering (it’s the way she’s looking at him!), To Love a Thief: Vibrant
Jenn: Describe yourself in one word
Darcy: Superthoughtfulworrierwhoishelpfulaladocious (What? That’s ONE word.)
Jenn: What can readers expect from you next?
Darcy: I am hard at work on book 5 of the Secrets & Scandals series, which features another Studio Smexy cover! (Never Love a Scoundrel) This is the story of Lord Jason Lockwood, whom readers first met in To Seduce a Scoundrel when the hero saved the heroine from being seen at his vice party (which naturally would have ruined her). It also features Lady Lydia Prewitt, whom readers met in His Wicked Heart and To Seduce a Scoundrel. Lydia is a terrible gossip, but hides a secret despair. I so want both of these characters to get an HEA!
Jenn: Is there more #StudioSmexy in your future?
Darcy: I think that’s a pretty safe bet. 😉
Darcy Burke wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. An RWA Golden Heart® Finalist, Darcy loves all things British (except tomatoes for breakfast, or any other time of day, actually) and happy ever afters.
A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their two great kids, and three cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge. Visit Darcy online at http://www.darcyburke.com, follow her on Twitter, or like her Facebook page.
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