Interview with Darlene Gardner

Do you have a split personality?
Yes! But only when it comes to writing. It’s all about the story. Whatever that story may be.
You’re mostly a romance writer, right?
Right. Most of my books are romances best suited for an adult audience, running the gamut from romantic comedies to romantic mysteries to traditional contemporary romances.
Why romance?
Because nothing is more important in life than love.
What are you working on?
I'm writing a romantic-comedy trilogy about the Devine Bachelor Brothers, all of whom are pro athletes. None of the hunky Devine brothers are interested in heading to the altar any time soon even though their mother runs a matchmaking service for the marriage-minded. In the first story, she claims in a national TV interview that her football-star son Troy hired her to find him a wife. Troy has done no such thing! But when he goes along with the ruse, he gets paired with a woman with secrets of her own.
Will the new romantic comedies be for the Indie market?
I'm not sure. I'm seeing where the wind takes me. Since eBooks took off, it’s a brand new world for publishing. Before the Dead Ringers serial, my books were traditionally published. The best term for me is probably hybrid author.
Speaking of Dead Ringers, what’s with the paranormal stuff? That seems out of the norm.
Yes and no. I love reading books with one skewed element that takes the story in an eerie direction. In the Dead Ringers serial, that element is body switching. It’s paranormal mystery but it also has more than a touch of romance. The main characters are just out of high school, on the cusp of becoming adults. I think that time of change and growth can be appealing to any reader.
Few writers can do it alone. Do you get any help?
My husband is a professional copy editor who edits my Indie books—for free! I’m also in a critique group with two fabulous authors and friends. Diane Gaston writes marvelous historical romances, and Lisa Dyson is an up-and-comer with Harlequin Superromance. But my MVP is my multi-talented daughter P.K. Gardner who’s my cover artist, web designer and dialogue checker.
Speaking of your daughter, isn't she a writer too?
She’s actually a scientist but she writes books and shorts stories for fun. Check out P.K. Gardner's website and her stuff on Amazon. Enemies Like These is a superhero buddy book and the first installment of her Enemies Trilogy. Timewise is a very cool science fiction book. She also has short story in Shock Totem 6: Curious Tales of the Macabre and Twisted.
In another life, you were a sportswriter. What’s up with that?
I’m a sports nut, possibly because I grew up in the Pittsburgh area where people are passionate about their teams. Sportswriting combined two of my loves: writing and sports. So does the new romantic comedy series I'm working on. Makes me wonder why I didn't do it sooner!
What’s your favorite sport?
Tennis. I can watch just about any sport, but I love to play tennis. And I play a lot of tennis. Since I spend so much time at the computer, I need the exercise. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.
Published 2017-03-01.
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Books by This Author

Winter Heat
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,660. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Kate Marino refuses to fall for Riley Carter a second time even if Christmas is approaching and love is in the air. Now if only she could figure out how to resist him.
To The Max
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,150. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
To FBI agent Max Dolinger, the world is black and white. But when a buddy's ex-girlfriend pleads for his help in keeping her brother out of jail, Max has to either bend his rigid principles or lose the only woman he's ever truly loved.
Forget Me? Not
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 50,000. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
The question isn't whether Zach can make Amanda forget the fiancé who jilted her. It's whether she'll ever forget Zach.
Three's Comedy (A Boxed Set of Romantic Comedies)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 237,200. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
A boxed set containing the romantic comedies Snoops in the City, The Misconception and Bait & Switch.
Three for All (A boxed set of mostly sweet romantic comedies)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 104,650. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
A boxed set containing the short, mostly sweet romantic comedies Baby It's You, Clash of Hearts and Her Very Merry Mistake.
Her Very Merry Mistake (A Christmas Romantic Comedy Novella)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,190. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Lenora Patterson made a big mistake and now it’s been broadcast all over the pre-holiday radio waves that the maddening Nikos Calloway is the love of her life. Trouble is, Nikos believes it.
Dead Ringers: The Complete Collection
Series: Dead Ringers, Book 5. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 232,270. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
A paranormal mystery serial where people aren't who they seem to be. This complete collection contains all nine volumes.
Dead Ringers: Volumes 7-9
Series: Dead Ringers, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,750. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
In the final three volumes of the paranormal mystery serial, Jade has to embrace her psychic ability to stop the madness. If only she could figure out how to use it.
Dead Ringers: Volumes 4-6
Series: Dead Ringers, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,160. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
In the middle three volumes of the serial, Jade Greene has to do more than stay alive to stop the body switching in Midway Beach. She needs to get someone to believe it's happening.
Dead Ringers 1: Illusion
Series: Dead Ringers, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 26,100. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Jade Greene’s memories of the two days she went missing are slowly returning, but they involve a blinding headache and an evil clown with a syringe. Not exactly the stuff of sanity.
Dead Ringers: Volumes 1-3
Series: Dead Ringers, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 78,630. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
In the first three volumes of the serial, Jade Greene investigates why she’s missing memories and begins to suspect that some of the people of Midway Beach aren't who they seem to be.
Lowcountry Lies (A Saltwater Romance)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,570. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When evil invades her town for a second time and a little girl is missing, she needs to team up with the man she loved and betrayed to find the truth.
Sound of Secrets (A Saltwater Romance)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,300. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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Is he reaching out from the grave to ask her to solve the mystery of his death? A romantic mystery with ghostly overtones.
Clash of Hearts (A Romantic Comedy)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 43,250. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Michelle Germaine had a man in her life, and it didn’t work out so well. She doesn’t need another, especially someone like Chase Fletcher, who’s as infuriating as he is sexy.
Baby It's You (A Romantic Comedy)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 40,770. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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If she won’t entertain the notion that love is in the air, how can she possibly believe it started in the crib?
Bait and Switch (A Romantic Comedy)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,180. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
After switching places with his identical twin to catch a criminal, Mitch is the one who’s hooked – on his brother’s girl!
Snoops in the City (A Romantic Comedy)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,660. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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What’s an amateur PI to do when she falls for the man she’s investigating?
The Misconception (A Romantic Comedy)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,080. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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The sperm donor she hired is AWOL, so who’s the man in her bed? A misunderstanding of biological proportions...