Kathy: Did you have a specific inspiration for your series?
DH: For this series, no. In fact, Joe Cavelli, Paranormal PI is the series that wasn’t supposed to be a series. Into the Light was a stand-alone for a long time. I hadn’t intended for Joe Cavelli’s character to continue. Then one day a vague idea popped into my head, with a fully formed character demanding attention. That character was Gus, Joe’s co-star in book 2, Out of the Darkness. By the time I’d finished writing the first chapter, I already had several ideas for future books. I guess the inspiration for this series is to silence all the ghostly voices in my head!
Kathy: Do you have a favorite character? If so, who and why?
DH: This is a hard one. Most of the characters inhabiting my mind have been a favorite at one time or another. I even like the psychopaths, who make me cringe with their thoughts and emotions, because they are intense and give me much to think about. I have favorites in the moment of writing, but I can’t claim an overall favorite.
Kathy: What made you decide to publish your work?
DH: In general, I think publishing was just a natural progression of writing. More specifically, I don’t think a story truly has life until it lives within a reader.
Kathy: If you could have a dinner party and invite 4 authors, living or dead, in any genre, who would you invite?
DH: Honestly, I’m not much of a dinner party person. Maybe we could switch that to a picnic on the beach? Or a backyard barbecue?
The four authors I’d invite is an easy answer: Maria Savva, Maria Haskins, Jason McIntyre, and Michael Radcliffe. They’re fellow independent authors I’ve had the pleasure of networking with since the early days of my publishing venture. We’re all spread out around the world, and I’ve yet to meet them in person. I’d love the opportunity to hang out with them for an evening.
Kathy: What are you currently reading?
DH: I’m reading a novel I don’t want to name, because I’m not enjoying it nearly as much as I’d expected. I’m holding out hope it’ll get better, but I’m currently frustrated with the writing.
Kathy: Will you share any of your hobbies or interests with us?
DH: My favorite hobby is reading! Big surprise, right? I read 100+ books a year, with about 2/3 being fiction and the other third assorted nonfiction.
My next obsession is music. My morning routine always includes a giant mug of tea and plugging into my earbuds. Caffeine and good music are required fuel for kickstarting my brain into gear.
For as long as I can remember, my main interest has been human behavior. I’m fascinated by psychology, brain science, and sociology. I want to know why two people in the same situation will react in completely different ways. I guess my search for answers is one big reason why I write.
Kathy: Name 4 items you always have in your fridge or pantry.
DH: This question made me laugh, because the first things that came to mind were:
1. Dog food
2. Cat food
4. Soy milk (I don’t like regular milk in my tea.)
I’m not sure what that says about me, aside from the fact that my animals are well fed, and my husband and I eat a lot of take-out!
Kathy: Do you have plans for future books either in your current series or a new series?
DH: I always have more ideas than time to write them. I currently have a WIP (Work-in-Progress) file on my computer with the start of 6 different novels. One is the next Joe Cavelli novel, one is the next Michael Sykora novel, one is the next Chasing the Darkness novel, one is a stand-alone, and two are novels I’m co-writing with Maria Savva.
The biggest problem for me is finding a way to silence the other characters’ voices so that I can focus on writing one book at a time.
Kathy: What's your favorite thing about being an author?
DH: I can work in my pajamas! That’s a cool perk.
On a serious note, my favorite thing about being an author is when a reader tells me that he/she connected in a personal way with something I wrote. That feeling is indescribable.
Into the Light
by Darcia Helle
on Tour February 1-28, 2019
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.
Book Details:Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Published by: Indie
Publication Date: July 14th 2011
Number of Pages: 250
ISBN: 146364020X (ISBN13: 9781463640200)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | Audible