Words We Never Speak by Scarlett Darkwood
When a new guy comes to town, she hopes their burgeoning relationship will take her mind off the chaos and restore order. Her wish is shattered when gruesome events occur unexpected, and she’s left fighting them off one nasty surprise after the other. Worse, she must choose between two men who vie for her attention. One of them desperately wants something from her. The other is not what he appears.
“Beautifully written and unrelentingly fast paced, this novel draws you in from the beginning The twists and turns show up without warning making this a very intriguing read.” ~Mensa Mama (Amazon Review)
Scarlet Darkwood is an author with Booktrope, along with publishing other material as an indie publisher. Writing in several genres allows her to unleash her imagination in different directions, creating stories for different audiences. From a young age, she’s enjoyed writing and keeping diaries, but didn’t start creating novels until 2012. She’s a Southern girl who lives in Tennessee and enjoys the beauty of the mountains. She lives in Nashville with her spouse and two rambunctious kitties.
Authors, crafters, and entrepreneurs have a special place in her heart. She likes to help others in these areas, and appreciates creativity in all its forms. She’s happiest in her shop, where she sells retail, or in front of her computer creating the next entertaining story.
- When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? Probably in 2008, when self-publishing was just being birthed. I was walking through the mall near where I live, and I saw an office with a display in the window: Telling your stories, publishing your dreams. This publisher really just offered author services under one roof, and that’s what you paid for, the editing, proofing, cover design, and formatting, and the ISBN numbers. You got support, and the rights and royalties were all yours. I published two non-fiction books using their services. When I discovered Holly Lisle’s online writing courses, I studied those and didn’t look back. In 2012 I published my first novel. This time, I did all the work by myself, choosing my ancillary help. I’d never thought I could write a novel. If you study writing and some dos and don’ts, all you need is a good idea and lots of imagination and time.
- How long does it take you to write a book? I’m one of these write-a-book-a-year type people. I may can swing two if they’re novellas. I don’t rush, and I don’t pressure myself. That’s the beauty of being indie/hybrid.
- What is your work schedule like when you’re writing? I work a day job Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. That only gives me weekends, holidays, or days off from work to write. So I have to make the most of my time. When I’m stuck, I spend way too much time on social media trying to network/learn about the publishing industry/craft of writing/marketing. But much of the time, it’s because I’m at a stand-still on my story. When I have my ideas going, I can spend a few hours at it.
- What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I line up three of those wishing troll dolls on my desk … No! I really don’t do that. I’m not sure that I have a writing quirk. It’s not like I have to do something in long-hand with pen and paper first, or it’s not like I have to go meditate (probably wouldn’t be a bad idea). But I do have to let a topic simmer in my mind before I just dive into it. I’ve tried using charts or question/answer type exercises, but find I really don’t use those well, either. I have to let the story come to boil in bits and pieces.
- Where do you get your information or ideas for your books? From family members, from co-workers, from just the tiniest thing. For example, my niece likes to use body pens to draw intricate designs on the backs of people’s hands or on their arms (like Henna painting but not). Next thing you know, I’m plotting something in my head, using an adult version of her, picturing her in my head using those body paints to get something more she wants—something unsavory and gruesome, really. So one thing leads to another.
- When did you write your first book and how old were you? I was around 47 years old. I’d spent the year before writing it.
- What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I enjoy reading other books, working in my retail shop, and I’ve just found joy in coloring in the new adult coloring books that are all the rage.
- What does your family think of your writing? My family, unfortunately, doesn’t read. My mother doesn’t care for what I write and doesn’t read it. Neither does my spouse, though he loves contributing ideas to the plot lines. I was surprised to find that many authors say they get no support from friends or family, or that they see eyes glaze over when they talk about their work. I was always so different in that regard. When someone told me they wrote books, I always checked out their work to see if I liked it.
- What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? That a castrated male can still perform. No, seriously. I write erotica sometimes, and in one of my books in my Pleasure House Tales collection there is a character who … Anyway, no matter what you write, there will always be research involved, so you’ll learn lots of things. No one knows it all, even if they think they do. The other thing that surprises me when I create books is that each story seems to tell itself. The interesting thing is that the authors voice changes with it, though there still may be the presence of their underlying style.
- What do you think makes a good story? I think a story that pulls you into it is always a good story. I’m one of those people who can be pulled in by the subject matter, the theme, the journey, as well as action/adventure. I can read with a reasonable amount of belief suspension. Stories that interest me won’t always be those that interest others. I don’t always cop to the run-of-the-mill tropes, though I feel like I have to write them sometimes. I still like my stories, but I wish more people enjoyed the odd and unusual. Don’t care for brutal or violent stories.