Denver real estate mogul, Liam Archer, has always been a thrill-seeker, and the loss of his identical twin brother has only intensified his reckless behavior. Sky diving, heli-skiing, motorcycle riding…he’s tried everything once. Except falling in love. Liam doesn’t do relationships, but a no-strings fling with Aubrey Tallinger-the smart, gorgeous lawyer handling his brother’s estate-is totally his speed.
At first, hooking up with Liam whenever he’s in Ribbon Ridge is perfect; but Aubrey fears she could fall hard for the sexy daredevil, if he’d only stop refusing to acknowledge the demons he’s trying to outrun. To protect herself from heartbreak, Aubrey ends their affair. But this time, Liam isn’t leaving town and instead of seduction, he wants to be…friends.
The white hot attraction between them still sizzles but Liam knows that winning Aubrey back won’t happen in his bed. He’ll have to convince her that he’s more than the careless, adrenaline junkie she believes him to be. Because when they kiss, Liam feels whole again… and he isn’t ready to give her up without a fight.
Thank you for having me here today! I thought I’d talk a little bit about process. When I started writing, I desperately wanted to find a repeatable process for producing a manuscript. I’m a bit OCD, and I love process (I used to write technical procedure manuals!). I wanted to be able to rely on step A, step B, step C, etc. to get the book done. Except books don’t work that way. I was very disappointed to learn this.
I’ve written nineteen books, and up until a couple of years ago, not one of them came together in the same way. I remember my first book took eleven months to complete while my second took three months. I can write a book much faster now, but I wouldn’t say it’s any easier. Instead, I just cram all of the creativity and angst into a shorter time period. I am happy to report that I have developed a process (of a sort). Having a process, however, doesn’t mean it goes smoothly.
Getting characters and ideas to come out on the page the way they are in your head is sometimes really, really hard. It’s sometimes really easy too—thank goodness or we’d probably all find something else to do! Luckily, WHEN WE KISS fell into the easier realm, which was a very good thing since I was writing it in the summer while shuttling my kids to fifty million activities. I used to be able to write in small batches (a necessity when my children were smaller), but now I really love a nice block of time—if I can get it. If I can’t, I might rely on other things to help me out. Here’s a list of the five things I needed when writing WHEN WE KISS.
1. A Dave Matthews Band playlist.
I’m a huge DMB fan, and so it seemed natural for one of the Archer sextuplets to be a DMB fan too. It also seemed natural for it to be Liam, who has the passion and the means to take an adventure nearly every weekend. He’s the sort of guy who would love a band and go to a handful (or more) of shows a year, and make it into a fun party weekend. Obviously, I needed a DMB-only playlist for this book. With hundreds of songs to choose from, I had to find just the right list. The one song that really spoke to this book was Say Goodbye (it’s very specific to one scene in the book, especially the lyric, “tonight let’s be lovers”).
2. Half diet coke/half regular coke.
I developed a terrible drinking habit when writing this book—fountain drinks that were half diet and half regular coke. I’d weaned myself off full-sugar Coke a few years ago and had gone to Coke Zero, but for some reason, I decided a hit of regular coke in with the diet would be a good thing for . . . I dunno, creativity? (Side note: Coca Cola actually has a lower calorie drink called Coke Life, which I love, but it isn’t available at a fountain.) I’m happy to report that I’m back off the sauce (except for the occasional) splurge, but dang, did I need this when I was writing this book (and the one after it, if I’m honest, heh)!
3. A cat.
We have three cats, but our newest, Luna, was especially helpful when writing this book. She’s very snuggly and is actually capable of sitting on my lap, or curling up next to me, without interrupting actual typing. If you have an animal (especially a cat), I’m sure you’ll agree this is an amazing feat!
Yes, my books sometimes make me cry, and I put the screws to poor Liam.
5. Writer pals on Instant Messenger.
Okay, I need this with every book, but it can’t be overstated! Having a friend/colleague to bounce an idea off or to vent because the writing day just isn’t going well is imperative to my sanity.
Thank you for letting me share a little bit about myself today! Are you a process-oriented person, or are you like my husband and prefer to fly by the seat of your pants?
About the Author
Darcy Burke is the USA Today bestselling author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily-ever-after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.
A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids-who each seem to have inherited the writing gene in some form-and two Bengal cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. Her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.
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