Welcome Darcy! Thanks for taking time out to answer a few questions. Where do you research for your books?
Both books in my Maine Island Mystery Series, Matinicus ("Best Mystery," 2013 Indie Book Awards; “Bronze Prize,” 2013 IPPY Awards) and the newly-released Reese’s Leap are set on islands that my husband and I discovered while sailing the coast of Maine. We live aboard our boat from May through October and spend at least a month each summer exploring its coastline. A lot of my research is done on the islands themselves, and as I like to include historically-based subplots for the richness this adds to a narrative, I also search out information from local historians, libraries, and historical societies. And then there’s always the Internet.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
About ten years ago, my husband and I were sailing from Maine to the Caribbean when we were hit with a massive storm several hundred miles off the Carolina coast. Near hurricane force winds and 30-foot seas for over 18 hours. Nothing to do but sail through it. A cockpit wave could have swept us from the boat at any time. To say I was terrified would be a gross understatement. At the same time, it was exhilarating in a visceral way.
What was your first sale as an author?
Before I began writing full length fiction, I was paid to write short articles and business profiles for a number of regional magazines in Maine and NH. The first book I had published, Hunter Huntress (Snowbooks, UK, 2010), is a psychological thriller about a young mother’s grief after losing her two-year-old son in a car accident caused by a man who gets off on a technicality, and the quest for revenge that consumes her. It’s also a kind of modern day retelling of the classical myth of Orion and Diana (the mythical hunter and huntress of mythology).
How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set formula?
When I start a new book, I have a general idea of the plot, but it’s not until the characters come alive for me that the story really starts to develop. I’m a very visual person, so to kick-start the process, I try to find a photo for each character I have in mind. It’s only then I can begin fleshing him/her out. I flip through magazines, catalogues—whatever—till I find the right face. I’ve found J.Crew to be a great source. Time Magazine works well, too. I tack the photos to a sheet of paper where I jot down details of the character’s life as they occur to me. Helps me keep everyone straight.
I don’t use any set formula, and I tend to be flexible about the plot as so many things can change as I make my way through a story. Here’s why...I had finished the edits for Matinicus and sent the manuscript to my agent just before bed as she was due to submit it to a number of publishers the next morning. A few hours later, I woke up with the realization that the real killer of the book was not who I thought it was. While I had been busily working the story around the person I had decided early on was the killer, the real one had been slinking along the back of my mind just waiting for me to figure it out! I made the minimal number of changes required to make it work, and it turned into a much, better book—one that’s won a number of awards. That was an incredibly valuable lesson.
What is your favorite meal?
My husband’s pizza. It’s killer. We have what we call “Pizza Night in America” once a week and he’s always coming up with great, unexpected flavor combinations.
Beatles or Monkees? Why?
Oh, Beatles—absolutely. I’ve had a crush on Paul McCartney since I was 12. In fact, the first story I ever wrote was around that time and was a romance of sorts—Paul as a man smitten and myself as the object of his desire. I wrote it on a train trip from Washington D.C. to New York City, and it dragged on for some 40 pages (it was a long train ride). Truly, truly awful.
What would we find under your bed?
Whatever it is, it’s probably smelly—some of my husband’s tools, some flares or maybe a spare refrigeration compressor. My “bed” is currently a bunk on a sailboat, and the cubby underneath it is designated for storage.
Tell us about the protagonist of your series.
Praised by Cruising World Magazine as “The best male protagonist since Lee Child’s Jack Reacher,” Gil Hodges is a hard-drinking, womanizing botanist who has more than a bit of a problem with impulse control. I have no idea where he came from, but he’s probably the only character of mine that popped into my psyche already fully formed. I love him because he’s absolutely intrepid, never gives up. He has a Black Belt in Tai Kwon Do, but has panic attacks if forced to fly in small aircraft. He’s the last person you’d trust your daughter to and the first guy you’d want to have your back in a bad situation.
by Darcy Scott
on Tour August - September 2013
Book Details:Genre: Mystery
Published by: Maine Authors Publishing
Publication Date: March 23, 2013
Number of Pages: 216
Series: Island Mystery Series #2 - Can be read as a stand-alone
(You may also request/review #1 Matinicus)
Excessive strong language
Recently, Matinicus (prequel to Reese's Leap) has won both the "Best Mystery," 2013 Indie Book Awards and the Bronze Prize for Regional Fiction from the 2013 IPPY Awards!
Synopsis:In this much-anticipated sequel to the award-winning "Matinicus," five longtime friends—briefly freed from their complex lives for an annual, all-female retreat on Adria Jackman’s remote, 200-acre enclave of Mistake Island, Maine—are forced to put the partying on hold to host the hard-drinking, bachelor botanist, Gil Hodges, stranded there for what could be days.
A hopeless womanizer, Gil is secretly pleased at the layover, but soon finds Mistake’s deeply forested interior deceptively bucolic and the women a bit too intriguing for comfort, stirring both glorious memory and profound regret. When a diabolical stranger appears out of nowhere, insinuating himself into the fold to exact a twisted kind of revenge, it falls to Gil to keep the women safe, despite a dawning awareness that not everyone will make it off the island alive.
DARCY SCOTT is a live-aboard sailor and experienced ocean cruiser who’s sailed to Grenada and back on a whim, island-hopped through the Caribbean, and been struck by lightning in the middle of the Gulf Stream. Her favorite cruising ground remains the coast of Maine, however, and her appreciation of the history and rugged beauty of its sparsely populated out-islands serves as inspiration for her Maine Island Mystery Series, which includes 2012’s award-winning "Matinicus" and the newly released "Reese’s Leap." Book three, "Ragged Island," is currently in the works. Her debut novel, "Hunter Huntress," was published in June, 2010 by Snowbooks, Ltd., UK.
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