Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Friendship--writing for and about women

Please welcome my Wednesday guest, Darlene Deluca, who writes women’s fiction and contemporary romance and likes to explore relationships—what brings people together or keeps them apart. Her characters have a real-life quality with issues and situations that readers can relate to. Darlene has just released her new women's novel, Second Wind.
Darlene released her debut novel, Unexpected Legacy, in January 2013, and it advanced to the quarter-finals in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award. She has been a reader and writer since childhood. With a degree in journalism, she started her writing career as a newspaper reporter and later moved into corporate communications. “Writing fiction is a lot more fun,” she says. “It’s liberating. I can make up the people, places and the pertinent facts.” She has a daughter who just graduated from college, and a son who just started college. Darlene enjoys summers in Colorado. She tolerates living in the Midwest (that’s where the fam is), but when the temperature plummets and the ground turns white, she often longs for a distant sunny beach. Among her favorite things are books, chocolate, and a good cup of tea!


Over the holidays I had the opportunity to get together with several different groups of friends, and it got me to thinking just how lucky I am to have these people in my life – some of them for quite a long time. Even though I don’t see some of them very often, maybe only two or three times a year, there’s an important connection that I want to keep.

Friendship. It’s a common theme in books, movies and television. Why? Because we can relate. We all want friends. We all need them. We all want people in our lives we can laugh with and share experiences with, and depend on. Families often provide the most important people in our lives, but with families, you take what you get. No choices. Families come with history and maybe some baggage.

Friends are people you choose to hang out with. How many times have you orchestrated or attended a girls’ night out or recreational shopping to get away from family – away from the kids, maybe. Friends are often our escape!

As I reflected on these groups of girlfriends, I found that common bonds keep us together. These are people I have a history with. Some of us bonded over children and school situations. Some over a bad working environment. Others, a shared love for books and writing.

The host of a women’s radio talk show recently asked me, “What’s the most important thing you want people to remember about your books?” What immediately came to mind was friendship. I want readers to know that when they open a Darlene Deluca novel, they’re going to find characters they can relate to—people they could be friends with in real life. My books, whether they are straight women’s fiction or romance, are primarily about women and for women. The stories relate to women’s careers, parenting, home, and family—issues of interest to women—and always friendship.

Meetings of Chance features sisters as friends. In The Storm Within, the main character deals with death and divorce, and it’s the love and support of her friends that get her though the dark times. My most recent romance, Something Good, is a contemporary romance, but it’s not just about finding romantic love. It focuses on Mandi’s concern for others, her generosity, and her friendships. It’s about digging deep, as women often do, to overcome struggles and keep going even when times are tough. My characters are well-rounded women who juggle careers and personal issues and find love whether it’s through romance or solid I’ve-got-your-back girlfriends. As I said, the kind of women you’d want to be friends with!

The next book in the Women of Whitfield trilogy, which features a group of friends in the small fictional town of Whitfield, releases this month. The story focuses on Dana, and includes Mary and Claire from The Storm Within. A great place to find a friend!

Second Wind

When a devastating tornado rips through the small town of Whitfield, Dana Gerard’s home is reduced to rubble and her well-ordered life to chaos. In the wake of the disaster, she finds herself in financial straits and confronted by challenges that test her limits.

With support from longtime friends, Dana begins the daunting task of rebuilding, but that’s not her only worry, and may be the least of her concerns. Change greets her from all directions – at work and within her own family. At a crossroads, Dana is forced to see her life with a new vision and to trust the one person she’s determined to push away.

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Janie Emaus said...

Thanks for introducing me to a new author! These books sound wonderful

LD Masterson said...

These books sound lovely.

Janet said...

Nice to follow you around, Darlene, no matter where you are! Lovely blog, lovely post -- really looking forward to reading your new book!

darlene deluca said...

Hi, Janie! Thanks so much! Hope you'll take a moment to check them out and let me know your thoughts. Always fun to connect with new readers!

darlene deluca said...

Thanks so much for stopping by today, everyone, and for the nice comments. Hope you'll have a chance to check out the books.
By the way, there is a Goodreads Giveaway going on until Feb. 9. Be sure to stop by and register for a chance to win a printed copy!

Suzanne Pitner said...

Your books sound wonderful. Congratulations with your success in the Amazon Breakthrough contest. I'll look you up on Goodreads. :-)