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My passion for writing began in my mid-teens. At the age of sixteen, I wrote my first novel, CINDY'S SONG, a YA coming-of-age, where the main character deals with not only the social and peer pressures of that particular decade (early 80's), but the complex and often mind-boggling hierarchy of the teenage social structure. Unfortunately, due to negligence, the completed manuscript was lost during a gypsy period in my life. I hope to one day re-write the novel with a more scifi feel to it.
It was this first completed project that sparked my creative energies, and at twenty-five, I was working on my second novel CHILD OF THE STORM. This was my first venture into the world of science fiction and proved to be a genre I liked writing. When I finished, I began plotting out a sequel STORM RISING, but due to ever changing computer technology, both the manuscript and the outline were lost to corrupt disks and non-compatible word programs.
It would be another five years before I would begin writing more consistently. It was during this time that I became influenced by another genre--urban/dark fantasy. Sparked by shows like Buffy and The X-Files, I followed my imagination down another path, and between my love for science fiction and my new interest, I devised twenty or so novel ideas ranging from epics that could only be told in a series of novels, to short stories.
Starting in 2007, I decided to become serious about writing, and began honing my skills with the goal of becoming a successful, published author. So far, I have written two novels, a military scifi called DRAGONSTONE and an urban/dark fantasy called THE SAINTS OF BELVEDERE ROAD, with the latter in revision. I have several short stories published online, and several more in various stages of completion.
With the ever-changing face of publishing, one must keep up. I plan on self-publishing a series of paranormal novella's that will lead up to several larger books.
on Sep. 08, 2012 :
This is the third book in the series and I was hoping for a couple of things to happen. Instead all this crazy awesome stuff came from left field. So, things are totally heating up in the story and I can't wait for the next book. I totally didn't see some of this stuff coming--love that! And I can't wait for the next book because, as per usual, Darke Conteur has left me hanging and wanting more! Write faster, Darke! You're torturing me! (In a good way.)
As I think I mentioned in the first review, I picked book one up as I know Darke online. I try to read books by the people I know even if they are in genres I don't normally read. Darke's book was a Hugely Pleasant Surprise. I LOVE her stories and the way she tells them. There are no lags and I always want more when I finish reading her books. Definitely give her books a try (and I'm not saying this because I know her a little bit). And again, Darke... write faster!! ;) No pressure.
(reviewed long after purchase)