Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
Yes! I nearly always have music on in the background when I’m writing. I find it really inspirational. I try and make up soundtracks to the particular story I’m writing at that moment in time.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
The recent playlist I’ve made up consists of:
Sean Paul – Other side of love
Pink – Good old days
Rage against the machine – Killing in the name of
Plan B – Deepest shame
Pink – Dear Mr President
One direction – Best song ever (Yep, I’m admitting to this J)
Christina Perri – A thousand years
Angel – Wonderful
Newton Faulkner – I need something
(Rather eclectic I know! LOL)
Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?
Yes, I use a pen surname. I felt with my day job it wouldn’t really be appropriate to use my actual surname. So, I kept my first name and then came up with a few surname options, created a little voting poll and posted it on my Facebook page to see what general consensus was. And so, Darling was born! But maybe I should have tried the formula in the picture below!
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was really small my friend had a toy post office set and I loved it! I really wanted my mum to buy me one LOL but no, I had to settle for the toy microwave instead. So for a while I wanted to work in a post office (hey, I was only about 6!) The older I got my career options changed and for a while I liked the idea of being a doctor or a vet (but I established that I didn’t really have the brains for either of those jobs!) Soon decided I would be a nurse but instead of taking after my mum (she’s a general nurse, you know, a real nurse as she would say, blood and gore) I decided to take a different route and train to be a mental health nurse. But in amongst all of that I knew I loved writing and would find time for it somewhere, somehow.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
Having my children. Identical twin boys. It was a planned cesarean but still I was petrified. Would they be ok? Would I be ok? Would I feel anything? My mind was in overdrive! Although it was one of the scariest moments of my life, it is also THE BEST moment of my life – to date!
What would we find under your bed?
Nothing hugely exciting I’m afraid (that’s all in the wardrobe. LOL Joking, joking!) Under my side of the bed is all of the clean bedding, sheets, pillow covers etc and under my husbands side is a huge…. collection of DVDS. LOL. Including the complete collection of F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
Revenge in Rio by Samantha Darling
Calculated revenge, unexpected passion…
Business magnate Luca Venancio is returning to Rio to pay his respects to his late brother, and to seduce his once fiancée, Daniella, back into his bed. Five years ago she left him without so much as a word, shunning him and the rich life he could offer in exchange for his younger, reckless brother. Now Luca wants revenge—seduce her and dump her, that's all he intends to do.
Blackmailed into a violent farce of a marriage, Daniella had no choice but to comply to protect Luca's life, even though it meant never being able to see him again. Years later, a twist of fate reunites them, throwing her plans of fleeing Rio out of the window and the love of her life straight back in.
Luca's flawless plan soon becomes complicated when he discovers Daniella is expecting his brother's child. It becomes even more complicated when old passions return. Can he actually go through with seducing her, bedding her, and then discarding her?
"I will get out here," Daniella said, reaching for the door handle.
"No, keep driving," Luca ordered, glaring at the chauffeur and pressing the central lock button.
Although he hadn't been back to the house, he clearly remembered where his brother had lived. It had been his parents' home and he'd grown up there. He would never forget the decrepit building that had desperately needed restoring. Paint had chipped and flaked off of the dreary walls, and the rooms were so small they felt claustrophobic. He'd spent many nights sitting on the roof listening to faint arguments between his parents, whilst he dreamed of a better life.
"You don't think I at least deserve an explanation? Some minor clarification as to why you just left me in the dark?" Luca stared at her intently, and she opened and then quickly closed her mouth again, biting down on her bottom lip until it darkened to a deeper tone of pink.
He kept his eyes on her, not even blinking, as he looked her up and down. She was a shadow of the vibrant girl he remembered; the Daniella he had known five years ago. Sitting beside him now she was scared, the fear was wild in her eyes, and she was clearly malnourished, evident from the black sack of a dress, which hung off her delicate frame.
"When did you last eat something?" It was more of a demand than a question.
"Excuse me?" He finally had her attention.
"You heard me. When did you last eat something?"
"That's none of your business." She pulled the cardigan tighter around her midriff and turned away from him.
"I'm concerned. You look ill."
"Well, I'm not. I'm…I'm…" He watched as she stumbled for her words. "I'm just grieving, okay?"
Fair enough, she may have been grieving for the last twenty-four hours. It was bound to have been a grueling short space of time for her to comprehend Miguel's death and have the customary quick funeral. But what about before Miguel's death? The circles under her eyes and fading blue marks across her jaw were old; her skin and hair were dull and lifeless and told a story.
They sat in silence as the chauffeur strategically maneuvered the Bentley through the favela's never-ending maze of winding roads, passing makeshift house upon house, small street markets, and gangs on each corner. Luca's eyes fixed on the house in front of them when the car eased to a halt a few meters away from their destination, and he recognized it instantly as his childhood home.
Reaching for the door, Daniella pulled on it a couple of times before he pressed the central locking release.
She looked over her shoulder and whispered, "You really have to go now."
He had given in far too easily years ago, this time he was a different man; a man who always got what he wanted, however cruel and ruthless he had to be. He had to remember that. Love had left him weak and feeble. It had taken time to gather himself and learn to never let emotions take over. Work was his haven, a place for him to focus and throw himself and his energy into. He would prove to Daniella that she had made the wrong choice.
Placing a hand on her shoulder, Luca's fingers brushed against her dark curls and the nape of her neck. "I'm not going anywhere this time." He leaned closer, his gaze fixed on her mouth. "I've come for something and I intend to get it."
I live in Essex, not too far from London, with my very understanding husband, our identical twin boys, and two Bedlington Terriers. We're crammed into our rather cozy two-up two-down terrace and we can barely swing a cat, but hey, we love it. I work part-time as a nurse, but when I'm off duty, you will find me either chasing the toddlers around like a headless chicken, head buried in a book, or tapping away at my stories.
I have always loved to read and romance is by far my favorite genre! You can easily escape into such promising worlds, where sexy Alpha males lead the way and strong heroines often can't help but fall head over heels in love. I adore a Happy Ever After, as I'm sure we all do if we're honest, right?
Reading and writing go hand in hand, and from the day I could read, I enjoyed writing. To put pen to paper and conjure up weird and wonderful little stories was what I thrived on! English was my favorite class at school right throughout to secondary, and I will always be thankful for the teachers who gave me the opportunities to develop and be creative! If I remember rightly, one of my first stories was called The Turkey Who Could Talk…but I'll tell you more about that some other day.
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