Getting to Know Darlene L. Turner

Darlene L. Turner is an award-winning and best-selling author from Ontario, Canada. Her love of suspense began when she read her first Nancy Drew book. She’s turned that passion into her writing and believes readers will be captured by her plots, inspired by her strong characters, and moved by her inspirational message.

Why did you start writing romantic suspense novels?
Darlene: Ever since I was a little girl, I loved mysteries. Whether it was a Nancy Drew book, a game of Clue, or Charlie’s Angels. I wanted to be a cop. (Little did I know back then that cops don’t run around in high heels. J ) This started my love of trying to figure the mystery out. That’s why I love this genre.

What’s the hardest part of writing romantic suspense?
Darlene: For me, the most challenging part is keeping the romantic aspect as believable as possible in such a short period of time. We can’t put them together too quickly, but have to give them that spark mixed with angst along the way as they are faced with danger upon danger.

How do you connect with your characters?
Darlene: I interview them! Developing my characters is my favorite part of the writing process. I love to look for pictures of how I picture the hero, heroine, and antagonist. I then take them through a series of questions to get to know them. It’s fun making up their backstory!

What is your favorite spot for reading or reflecting on your current work-in-progress?
Darlene: During the summertime that favorite spot is outside under my awning, especially first thing in the morning when everything is still quiet around me. During the colder months, I tend to cuddle in my bed to read my WIP and reflect of any changes I need to make.

What does your family think of your writing romantic suspense?
Darlene: My husband gets worried when he sees me reading a book on poison. Kidding! I think they’re used to my odd choices of books on forensics, police procedures, etc. Now they just roll their eyes. Ha ha!

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Lethal Cover-Up by Darlene L. Turner
Some secrets are dangerous…But uncovering the truth could be deadly.
Border patrol officer Madison Steele knows her sister Leah’s fatal car crash was no accident. Someone’s willing to kill to cover up a pharmaceutical company’s deadly crime of distributing tainted drugs. Now they are after Madison to tie off loose ends. But with her high school sweetheart, Canadian police constable Tucker Reed, at her side, can Madison expose the company’s deadly plan before she becomes the next victim?