What is your favorite craft book?
My go-to craft book is The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. It is awesome!
Which do you think is the most underrated craft book? Why?
It’s not a craft book, but a reference website. The best thesaurus is wordhippo.com. So good!
What is your favorite (or most anticipated) writers conference?
Ooo…that’s like choosing between children. LOL. I have two favorites – Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers conferences. They both offer amazing classes.
What’s your favorite other source (YouTube, podcast, etc.) for writing tips/info?
YouTube is an awesome resource for learning. I’ve used it often. It’s amazing what you can find there.
Who is your writing mentor/inspiration? Why?
DiAnn Mills has been influential in my writing journey. I first met her when she was my mentor with the Craftsman course through Jerry Jenkins, but she’s continued to guide me and has become a dear friend.
What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever received? Why was it bad?
Write what you know. I feel that limits our writing. If we only wrote what we know, we wouldn’t learn other fascinating facts during research.
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t compare yourself to other writers. This is a tough one as I’ve failed many times at it! However, it’s important to remember that every author’s journey is different. Some take longer than others to publication.
What would you say is the best writing tip for new authors?
Start working on your email list now. Don’t wait until your published. Interaction with readers is trending toward using newsletters, so it’s important to grow it right away.
What is your best self-editing tip or advice?
Keep a list of your most repetitive words and then once your manuscript is complete, search on them and replace some. I do this all the time now and I still re-use the same words. LOL.
Please share your most encouraging tip for frustrated/discouraged writers.
If you receive an email that indicates the editor/agent is interested but wants you to revise something in your manuscript/proposal. DO IT and resubmit. You just never know!
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Work hard but also take time for yourself! Exercise, get ample rest, enjoy “ME” time. Grab a treat (doesn’t have to be food…maybe go to a movie, read a book) when you reach a milestone (ie finishing a manuscript, hitting a bestseller list, etc). And…find a writers community. Most authors are introverts, but we still need each other!
Tell us about your newest release/upcoming release.
My upcoming book is called Alaskan Avalanche Escape and it releases on February 21, 2023. I’m excited as it’s my first book that is also available in audiobook!! Here’s a sneak peek:
Sabotage in the mountains … can this K-9 sniff out the truth?
After surviving a sudden avalanche, mountain survival expert Jayla Hoyt and her search-and-rescue K-9 discover that it was no accident—someone deliberately triggered the mountain explosion. To uncover the culprit, she’ll have to partner with Alaska park ranger Bryson Clarke, a man she doesn’t trust. But when the investigators become targets, can they capture the criminal mastermind…before they’re buried alive?
Darlene L. Turner is an award-winning and a Publishers Weekly best-selling author and lives with her husband, Jeff in Ontario, Canada. Her love of suspense began when she read her first Nancy Drew book. She’s turned that passion into her writing and believes readers will be captured by her plots, inspired by her strong characters, and moved by her inspirational message. You can connect with Darlene at www.darlenelturner.com where there’s suspense beyond borders.
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