Author name: Daryn Cross
About your family/background, your location:
I’m the daughter of a college professor and a mother who was the world’s best stay-at-home mother and housekeeper. I was born in North Carolina but my family is from Central Virginia. Recently widowed, I now I reside in West Texas with a Chocolate Labrador that has a sock fetish.
How and why did you decide to get published?
It’s a passion. I was working as a consultant back in 1995 when I decided to pursue it professionally.
What genre do you write? And why?
I write more than one; thus, I write under three different names. Originally published as Terry Campbell, a collaboration with writer Linda Campbell, our team brought out three romantic comedies, Mr. Wrong, Intimate Investor and Fat Chance, which have recently been released in e-book and two of the three have been Amazon top-100 bestsellers. We now have two books out with 2011 copyrights: Craigs’ Legacy, a rewritten formerly published work, and Slam Sisters of Serendipity. Craigs’ Legacy, an historical time travel romance that was released through Black Opal Books, received a Top-Pick from The Romance Reviews. Slam Sisters of Serendipity was just released through Eternal Press and is a set of chronologically-ordered cozy mysteries. We also have a short work in e-book entitled Soul Patrol and will be releasing another one, Under Paris Skies, in the near future.
As Bobbye Terry, I write women’s fiction and suspense. I have one novella out, Buried in Briny Bay which is receiving rave reviews. It is part of a series of cozy mysteries. Book 2, The Marriage Murders, comes out in July. I have a longer series, still full of Southern charm but with grittier scenes, coming out in September with Book 1, Coming to Climax. These books are published through Turquoise Morning Press. I also have a newly begun contemporary romance series, “The Lipstick Girls.” Rose is the only book that has been released so far. This is indie published.
As Daryn Cross, I write fantasy/sci-fi romance. Currently, I have an indie series, “The Cash Chronicles,” with three books released: Millicent(a historical prequel), Frozen Assets and Full Moon Rising (cyberpunk romance). I hope to have Kenada, another short book about the mystic in the series, out this month. These are indie published, but I have a series about walk-in angels, starting with Walk Right In, releasing from L&L Dreamspell in October and an epic series, “The Book of the Beginning,” about a rare breed of elves who fight an evil wizard to save their race releasing through Turquoise Morning Press in February 2012 with Honey Blood and the Collector.
What other genre interest you?
I’m very eclectic so I have to say most. I am not a big literary fiction fan, though.
What is the story behind your book?
It depends on which one you want me to talk about. Here’s a blurb for Slam Sisters of Serendipity:
The South rises again as the Slam Sisters of Serendipity come unleashed to investigate crime in their small community of Serendipity, South Carolina. After savoring the sweet taste of victory solving the murder of their locker room attendant at Magnolia Blossom Country Club, they search for more mysteries. The key to their success: their sex lives improve dramatically with each one they solve. In their first year of sleuthin', the team tennis sisters, aged thirty-eight to sixty-two, fall upon crime, murder, family lies and secrets, not to mention extreme adversity. While villains may score in a game of crime, not to worry, for the Slam Sisters serve aces with each toss of fate
Here’s a blurb for Buried in Briny Bay:
Roxie Turner finds herself up to her neck in trouble when her lifelong nemesis, Georgia Collins, is discovered buried in the town’s landfill. To make matters worse, with her characteristic Southern sass, Roxie has been saying she’d kill Georgia for more than twenty years. In fact, she listed the ways to do the woman in, constantly reminding prominent citizens of her intent. It was all a joke, or so she thought. But the joke turns on her as, suddenly, other dead bodies begin to pile up, all murdered with a technique from Roxie’s list.
Enlisting the assistance of handsome hunk, Greg Norris, Roxie’s sister, Trixie Frye, comes to her aid, bent on uncovering the killer and the truth. Can they find out both before Roxie goes to the big house?
Here’s a blurb for Millicent:
As a child, she was abused by her father and she swore she’d never trust a man again, As a young woman, she wished for a happily-ever-after relationship like those she read about in her books. As a wife, she was scorned by a man who didn’t love her. Now she is a woman bent on controlling everything and everyone. When did her search for security turn into a desire for power that can never be sated? Millicent!
How do you decide your book cover?
I primarily use the same graphic designer, Dawne Dominique, for my indie books. My publishers usually give me a lot of leeway on designing covers. Dawne has done some for me for small press as well. Usually, it’s a collaborative effort between publisher designer and me to decide the finished product.
Do you think readers decide based on book cover or book title?
Both, plus the blurb and/or beginning of the book.
If you write fiction; What’s the source of your inspiration? How much of YOU show up in your writing?
There’s a lot of me in my books, but I can also play a role. Gee, everything is inspiration, from the evening news to a conversation overheard at the next table during lunch.
Use one word/phrase to describe your books:
How have you found the writing process?
Rewarding. I love to create but it is also a lot of work to get it right.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? How did you tackle it?
Not often but I recently went through a humdinger of one, mainly because I was laid off from a day job and was concerned about making a living. That has now been remedied, so I’m back in full swing. If you’d like to read what I say about writer’s block, read my guest blogs, “The Care and Feeding of Characters” (http://tinyurl.com/3q7z5ap) and “What Would Indiana Jones Do?” (http://tinyurl.com/4xa2rul)
Do you have a blog? What do you write about?
http://BobbyeTerry.Blogspot.com and http://DarynCross-fantasy.Blogspot.com. A lot of what’s there is about the books, video trailers, etc. Sometimes I host guest spots or explore a topic.
What books are on your shelf at home?
Not as many as there used to be—most are on my Kindle. Again, the genres are all over the place.
Any awards/achievement you want to share?
Terry Campbell is a two-time Booksellers’ Best finalist and an EPIC finalist. I shortlisted in The Crime Writer Association’s Debut Dagger and have been a finalist in several RWA chapter contests.
Who’s your favourite author?
I can’t name just one.
What are you good at as an individual?
I am a great cook and used to be an award-winning tennis player. In my career, I’m very good at analysing and explaining government regulations and legislation.
What form of entertainment do you enjoy most and why?
I love to read. I like some movies and enjoy relaxing music.
What are your other interests?
I just love to be out in nature.
Your favourite pet?
What’s your choice meal/favourite restaurant?
Seafood but it better be great. I lived too long next to the ocean.
What’s your music choice?
I prefer jazz, especially with saxophone.
Name your favourite city in the world.
I’m not much of a world traveller. Mostly in North and Central America only. Chicago rates on up there and so does Lake Tahoe.
Name your favourite world leader and why.
Now or ever? John F. Kennedy was one because of his vision.
If you had one wish, what would it be?
That no one went hungry or was abused.
If you can change one thing, what would it be?
Eradicate global warfare.
What would you say you’re bad at?
Anything mechanical. Electrical, fine, but ask me to assemble a piece o furniture in umpteen different pieces and forget it.
What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done?
It’s too embarrassing to say.
Anything else your readers don’t know about you?
I once won a Charleston contest.
What’s your favourite quote?
No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.
Why should a reader buy your book?
Because he/she wants to be entertained in a fun, easy-going kind of way.
What is your last word?
Don’t ever take yourself too seriously.
Where can your book be found/bought/website:
Since you’re in the UK, I put these in from Amazon.co.uk—Terry Campbell: http://tinyurl.com/6jeqvzc, Bobbye Terry: http://tinyurl.com/6conjes, Daryn Cross: http://tinyurl.com/5spommw.
You can find out more about these books at www.TerryCampbell.com, www.BobbyeTerry-MysteryHappens.com, www.BobbyeTerryRomance.com and www.DarynCross.com.
Thank you so much Daryn for taking time out to answer these questions.
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