Inside the Author’s Mind – Darcia Helle

Darcia is an author of suspense novels.  Like me, she’s addicted to words, has a sense of humor, and never outlines her stories. This last point is all the more reason to be impressed by her prolificacy. She has eight books out!

Please give a warm welcome to the beautiful and funny, Darcia Helle.

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Darcia Helle lives in a fictional world with a husband who is sometimes real. Their house is ruled by spoiled dogs and cats and the occasional dust bunny.

Suspense, random blood splatter and mismatched socks consume Darcia’s days. She writes because the characters trespassing through her mind leave her no alternative. Only then are the voices free to haunt someone else’s mind.

Join Darcia in her fictional world.

The characters await you.

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Quiet Fury is a state of being that we’ve all experienced; calm on the surface, rage bubbling underneath. For most of us, that is a brief moment. Restraint takes over. We grumble and walk away. Some allow the rage to marinate until they are consumed. They cross the line, seek revenge, retribution. Or is it satisfaction? These stories explore each individual’s breaking point. Which will win, the Quiet or the Fury?

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Max Paddington refuses to go into the light until he finds his killer. This presents a dilemma, since Max is even less competent as a spirit than he was as a live person. No one sees or hears him and he can’t manage to get anywhere or do anything on his own.

Joe Cavelli is a private investigator, living an ordinary life. Then one day he walks across a parking lot, gets yelled at by a ghost, and his life only gets stranger from there.

Max and Joe team up to find Max’s killer. In the process, they form an unlikely friendship and change each other’s lives in ways they never expected.

All of Darcia’s books with excerpts and buy links available here. 

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Inside Darcia Helle’s Mind

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Perfect happiness would be having all my bills paid but I have yet to reach that euphoric state in this lifetime. In lieu of that, I find bliss in books, music, sunny days, spending time with my dogs and large vats of ice cream. I should add my husband to that list, even though he occasionally irritates me.

What turns you on creatively? Words. Okay, that’s rather vague. Unique phrasing turns me on. (Creatively speaking.) The ability to paint a portrait with a sparse amount of words. Words and lyrics that make me feel something, good or bad.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? I use the word ‘brilliant’ too much. I blame that on the incredibly talented indie authors I’ve gotten to know. Their work is brilliant. Therefore, my overuse of that word is entirely their fault.

What quality do you most admire in a man? Sincerity. And really strong arms.

What quality do you most admire in a woman? Sincerity. And long thin legs. (Because mine are short and not thin.)

What is your greatest regret? Right now, I’d have to say the excessive amount of ice cream I just ate. Overall, I try to let go of all regret. Everything I’ve gone through in my life, good and bad, has led me to this point in my life. And I’m happy in this space I occupy.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Just one? Yikes! This is actually an easy question. I have chronic, late-stage Lyme disease. I would eliminate that and undo all the damage it has caused neurologically.

What is your greatest fear? Spiders. They are evil.

Which living person do you most admire? The Dalai Lama. His sense of inner peace and his view of humanity are beautiful things.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I would love to be a singer in a rock band. But my singing voice even scares my dogs.

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? This is a difficult one. I’m assuming that your use of the word ‘what’ rather than ‘who’ means that I cannot choose to come back as a rich, wildly successful, gorgeous human with superpowers. Setting aside the human species leaves me with an interesting array of options. I wouldn’t want to be a dog because I’d likely get stuck with a miserable owner who’d tie me outside in the cold all day. I love tigers but they hunt down and eat other animals and that does not appeal to my vegetarian nature. Cockroaches can survive anything, including having their heads cut off, but no one likes them. I’m pretty sure they don’t even like themselves. I don’t want to be an animal that people would hunt and/or eat and I don’t want to be an insect that people would spray insecticide on or squash with huge hands.

I think I’d choose to be a beautiful, unique flower because then I could bring a smile to someone’s face.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Maintaining my sanity while raising two boys, one with a major case of ADHD and the other with an equally extreme case of lethargy.

What is the trait you most deplore in others? Deceit.

What is your greatest extravagance? My two collections – books and music. I have somewhere around 800 print books, another couple hundred ebooks, and close to 2,000 CDs. Someday I will be found buried beneath the avalanche of my collections (obsessions).

What is one thing you want to do before you die? Read all of my books and listen to all my CDs. Given the volume of my collection and my constant additions, I figure I’ll need to live to be approximately 892.

What is your present state of mind? Cluttered and slightly dusty. My state of mind mirrors the condition of my desk.

What are some of your favorite curse words? I like ‘damn’. As curses go, it’s not much. I like the way the word flows. Depending on how you say it, the word can have a hard edge of a soft murmur. For the most part, I think that curse words are so overused that they’ve lost their ability to make a big impact.

What is your motto? Live free or die. No, wait, that’s New Hampshire. “Live and let live” would probably be my life’s motto. I also love the quote, “You don’t get harmony when everyone sings the same note.”

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Thanks Darcia  for being so brilliant! I love that word too! 

Readers, I invite you to leave a comment for this lovely lady and say “hello.”

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19 responses to “Inside the Author’s Mind – Darcia Helle

  1. You bring in the best, Eden! Darcia. You are an interesting person. Writing suspence novels without outlining is amazing. I really enjoyed your interview and your views. You know, most Rock singer don’t sing that well so you still have a shot!

  2. Darcia, love what you said about coming back as a beautiful unique flower – how wonderful that would be! I agree with Dannie above – Most rock stars are not necessarily famous for their singing voices :)

    Eden, fabulous interview, as always!

  3. A fun interview, thanks for sharing. Oh for long, slim legs! I hope you get to hear your CD’s and read all your books, Darcia. :D

  4. Eden, thank you for having me and for providing such awesome interview questions! I had a lot of fun answering them!

  5. danniehill and junyingkirk, I agree that most rock stars don’t necessarily have great voices. But most can’t hold a note to some degree and don’t make the people around them wince. I’d be like one of those really awful American Idol auditions that everyone laughs at! :)

  6. Thanks, Glynis! It’s great to meet another woman who dream of long, slim legs. :)

  7. Great interview, Eden and Darcia! Darcia, why don’t you be the singer in the band and I’ll play the guitar? I can’t play guitar, you can’t sing… we’ll go to #1 in no time! :) I learnt a couple of new things about you in this interview, which is nice. I also liked the comment about coming back as a flower :)

  8. LOL love the regret. You can never have too much ice cream..Great interview….

    • Savannah, I don’t like to admit there is such a thing as too much ice cream. But you’ve never seen me set loose in Marble Slab. All those flavors call to me. It’s a dangerous thing!

  9. Loved hearing what Darcia had to say, she’s so quick and humorous. Excited to check out her blog!

  10. Terrific interview! Nice to meet you, Darcia!

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