This month’s guest on Writers SimpliFived Darcie Wilde writes historical mysteries and romance. Her most recent, A Counterfeit Suitor, is the fifth of the Rosalind Thorne mysteries, which began with A Useful Woman.
Among the things I enjoyed most about connecting with Darcie is her ability to convey a lot with few words. My instinct was to ❤️ all of her answers, but instead I get to post them for you to read.
What is your favorite book (or other source) about the craft of writing? Why?
Stephen King’s “On Writing,” because the advice is solid and applies across a huge range of writing styles.
What do you like most about writing a first draft?
The first draft is all about discovery, in all its delight, and frustration.
What is your favorite part of revision?
Getting to make this thing I’ve been so excited about even better.
What book (not about writing) are you reading right now or have you recently finished that you would recommend to others? Why?
I’m going to cheat and do two. The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton and The Diamond Eye by Kathleen Quinn. Both are excellent historical fiction with fascinating badass female protagonists, great settings, and excellent stories.
Can you give an example of how you have been kind to someone else recently, in real life or through one of your characters?
A friend who is going through a rough patch needed a place to crash. We were able to have her stay with us for a couple of nights while she planned her next move.