Darcy Flynn is known for her heartwarming, sweet contemporary romances. Her refreshing storylines, irritatingly handsome heroes and feisty heroines will delight and entertain you from the first page to the last. Miss Flynn’s heroes and heroines have a tangible chemistry that is entertaining, humorous and competitive. She has written Sealed With a Kiss, Keeper of My Heart, and Rogue’s Son.
Darcy lives with her husband, son, two English Setters and a menagerie of other living creatures on her horse farm in Franklin, Tennessee. She raises rare breed chickens, stargazes on warm summer nights and indulges daily in afternoon tea.
Hello, Darcy. I absolutely love sweet love stories that involve feisty heroines. Please tell us about your novel, Rogue’s Son.
Tough and driven, Kit Kendall replaced frills and dresses with no nonsense haircuts and wranglers years ago. As owner of Sage Brush, the once thriving west Texas bed and breakfast ranch, she now struggles daily to keep her business afloat. Since McCabe Lodge reopened next door as a multi-million dollar resort, her financial difficulties compound, as she suffers one cancellation after another.
Just when she thought things couldn’t get any worse, Kit’s former neighbor and childhood nemesis, returns as the new owner of the resort that’s now putting her out of business.
Sam Dawson, cowboy turned entrepreneur, has returned to Sugar Creek after six years of exile with a secret that could destroy Kit’s happiness. He left town because of it and for the past two years has secretly tried to make it right. Having failed, he now returns to make one last attempt to undo the tangled web created by his father. Set in motion by his father’s Last Will and Testament and with the clock ticking, Sam has only weeks to convince Kit to sell him her ranch or reveal the truth that will break her heart.
This sounds like an intriguing story. Where did you get your inspiration for this book?
I love westerns, both historical and modern day and since I live on a Tennessee horse farm it was a natural setting for me to explore. I adore reunion stories and love to write them. A few years ago I had this kernel of an idea where the heroine’s former neighbor and childhood nemesis returns as the new owner of the hunting lodge that’s now putting her Bed and Breakfast out of business. And the story just developed from there.
What kind of research did you have to do for this novel?
Living on a horse farm and working around them on a daily basis translated easily to the west Texas setting I used in Rogue’s Son. My husband and I have been out west many times. We especially love to visit Texas and Arizona. I have some wonderful photos of Old Tucson that also served as inspiration. Also, Google is every writer’s friend! I found the most charming town called Turkey, Texas and posted pictures of it over my desk.
Another thing I did, which may seem strange to non-horse people - I took a daily walk while I was writing and went to our barn and “whispered” to my horse. I pressed my nose in her neck and just breathed. There’s something about the smell of a horse. They’re addictive! Their flesh is sweet and wonderful. J I told you it would sound weird!
Actually, it sounds quite wonderful. Who is one of your favorite characters in this story and what do you love about him or her?
I love my hero, Sam. He's strong and sensitive and completely captivating. I love that he comes back to help Kit, and does everything he can to protect her from the truth of her situation in spite of her sass and resistance. J
The hero sounds like an awesome man. Now it’s time to tell us something about the real you that we’ll never forget.
Oh, there are so many fun things I’d like to share here. But I’ll stick to one. I was a professional model for many years. I was in national TV commercials, national magazines and did runway for some of the top designers of that period.
Wow! That’s so interesting. I bet it was fun trying on all those stylish clothes. You went from the model world to the author world. Thank you, Darcy, for this wonderful interview.