Saturday, August 28, 2010

My Introduction

Who Am I:

Darcy Carson, here. I hail from Renton, Washington. I'm one of those born and bred Washingtonians, a very rare creature. Having a mother who was a librarian is probably what got me started reading. According to her she never saw from face from age twelve to eighteen. I was hooked on reading. I could read and reread any book at my leisure. And I never had to pay a late fee! Somewhere along the line I read a book that I thought I could write better. Isn't that always the way? I signed up for a local community college writing course and fell flat on my face. The teacher asked me in front on the class if English was a second language for me. It was so bad. Everyone was apalled by her and her comments. I became her class whipping boy. But what she didn't know was that she created a monster. I don't quit! Hate losing. Very competitive. So, I kept writing, kept improving (I hope). And eventually sold a romantic comedy. Neener, neener to the old biddy.

Why I Read The Romance Genre:

Because I love it! Who doesn't like handsome heros and strong, independent heroines. My kind of people (especially since I'm so stubborn myself--some people call me a bitbull with lipstick. Gotta love your friends.). I fell in love with historical romances in the heyday of big, swashbuckling adventures. With those stories I went all over the world, saw new things, experienced everything. They made you love, cry and love.

Why I Expanded To Reading Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance:

I don't think I ever left. I was reading these type of stories before they were even called that. Most won't remember the Gor series by John Norman. This was an alternate Earth world. Women were abducted from Earth and made slaves on Gor. It was series loved by mostly men. Duh, why wouldn't men buy these books--a planet where women were slaves and had to do whatever the man said. But, wierd me, I read them, too. Because guess who was the conqueror in the end? The woman. Men never got it. A few years ago I picked up Terry Goodkind and his Wizard's First Rule series. Romance has always been in fantasy and paranormal books. The only difference is that publishers are finally focusing on that element in the stories.

Why I Switched To Writing Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance:

The most obvious answer is because I haven't been able to sell my historical and contemporary stories. But is that correct? I don't think so. I was sitting in a class given by Stella Cameron way back when and this idea popped into my head about a man cursed--dragon by day, man by night. I started playing the what if game and before I knew it, I had a story bubbling to come out. I finished the story, got an agent because of it. She sent it out and twice the book made it to Marketing, who then nixed it for some unfair reason. Will it sell some day? You betcha! Currently I'm working on a witch who belongs to the magic police. In the rewrite process at the moment. It's a love-hate relationship with me.

That's about all about me. Oh, BTW, that terrible teacher . . . I killed her in a book. Loved it.

8 comments:

  1. Lol. That's hilarious. I had a professor tell me I would never get published. I'll consider ending her in a book. Although, I don't think I want to spend any time with her at all... :-) I'm in awe you had the patience to create her before you could kill her.

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  2. That's great Darcy! Think how many folks that evil teacher destroyed. Folks like that shouldn't be anywhere near a learning institution. Grrrrrr.

    Anywho- I'm so glad it only made you stronger :). I would have sooooooooooo sent that teacher a copy of the sold story, along with a sweet reminder of who you were ;). But that's just me.

    Nice to meet you!

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  3. Hi Marissa and Marie,

    The teacher came from a different generation and was living on her laurels, though they be dried out and worthless. But reading your comments did show me that I wasn't alone. I was right to pursue my dreams.

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  4. Great post! I've had bad professors that made me feel like I shouldn't even bother with writing. One professor in college called romance "Harlequin trash" and was a genre hater, even dissing Stephen King. Grrr!

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  5. Hi Sarah,

    Ignorance comes in all shapes and sizes. I'm glad you ignored the experts and proved 'em wrong.

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  6. When I first started writing seriously, I immediately killed my ex-boss in a short story. LOL It made me feel good. I should have sent him a copy.

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  7. Maybe this is what makes writers such a tight-knit group. We bond on our personal experiences. And, obviously, getting rid of the bad guys is a very up-lifting experience.

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