Darlene Deluca

Biography

I write from my suburban home where I live with my husband and teenaged son and sometimes my daughter, who is mostly away at college.

With a degree in Journalism, I began my writing career as a newspaper reporter, then moved into corporate communications, writing and editing for business-related employee, company and industry publications.

Books have always been a part of my life, and reading has always been a favorite pastime – from my childhood bookworm days when I would hide away with Trixie Belden or Laura Ingalls Wilder, to my busy parenting days when I forgo laundry, housecleaning and sleeping to carve out time for my latest book club read. I love curling up with a cup of tea and getting lost in a good story.

A couple of years ago I decided to sit down at my computer and give voice to some stories that have been rattling around in my head for a long time. That launched me into the world of fiction writing, specifically the world of romance. So far, my completed novels and works-in-progress fall into the genres of women’s fiction, contemporary romance, and mainstream with romantic elements.

My novels are about people and their relationships – what brings them together, what keeps them apart, what brings them joy or annoys the hell out of them. My intent is to bring to life interesting and ‘real’ characters that you, the reader, can relate to in real-life situations that combine a little fun, plenty of drama (with perhaps a tear or two), and big helpings of friendship, love and self-discovery, and will leave you either cheering or sighing with a satisfied smile as you turn the final page.
And just so you know . . . I like a happy ending.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Wichita, Kansas, a small big town. I walked to a little neighborhood elementary school and went home for lunch. I walked or rode a bicycle everywhere. In the summers, we played outside with the neighborhood kids until dark. I had a lot of free time as a kid – very few scheduled activities. Not sure how this has influenced my writing, but I know it helped make me an avid reader. I'd wander over to the local library or ride the bus downtown to go to the central library, and I spent hours and hours getting lost in books!
When did you first start writing?
Seems to me I've been writing forever. English was always my favorite class. It's what I 'get.' I'm the person who took college algebra over the summer and waited until senior year to muddle my way through the required basic biology class. I always enjoyed writing papers. My degree is in Journalism. I worked at a couple of newspapers out of college then moved into corporate communications, so I've been exposed to several different styles of writing. In Journalism, it's all about the facts. With fiction, it's okay to add description and emotion. It's very liberating, and I'm enjoying making stuff up!
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Where to find Darlene Deluca online


Books

Something Good
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,900. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A mistake. A blessing. A tragedy. And now, all Mandi Evans wants is to fade into anonymity -- until Lane Whitmore walks into the diner where she works six nights a week.
The Storm Within
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,540. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The Storm Within is a story of how a life is woven through family, friendship and community. Through Claire’s circumstances, we see how quickly the fabric can unravel when one thread breaks.
Meetings of Chance
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,680. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.00)
Normal is long gone. After her mother’s death, Megan Monroe is dealing with a grieving father, single-handedly running the family’s floral business and trying to re-shape her own career. At the same time, she’s confronted with a troublesome new neighbor and an explosive secret from her mother’s past. Determined to uncover the truth, she finds herself turning to a man she’s not sure she can trust.
Unexpected Legacy
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,290. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00)
When Matt Dalton asks the lovely Kate Austen to help his son regain his athletic abilities and sense of self after a tragic accident, Kate is ready to fight for Brady. But when Matt asks her for a date, she has to fight her attraction to the man. High school principals don't date the parent of a student. How much will she risk if she follows her heart?

Darlene Deluca’s tag cloud

adoption    divorce    family    friendship    happy ending    recovery    relationships    romance    small town    surrogacy    texas    waitress