Author Interview with Darlene Fredette

Please join me in welcoming Darlene Fredette, author of Trickster. I’m excited to share another story from the Mortar & Pestle collection. Read on for more information about Darlene and this intriguing fantasy romance. Be sure to take advantage of her giveaway – A free PDF copy of The Mortar and Pestle Preview.


Title: Trickster

Author: Darlene Fredette

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy Romance


Can she heal the trickster before he breaks her heart?

Working for a top modeling agency is Jade Parsons’s dream job until her boss suffers a heart attack, and his son temporarily fills his position. Eric’s push-pull approach fuels her frustration. While anticipating the troublemaker’s imminent departure, Jade’s destiny is revealed through a magical mortar and pestle, leaving her heart tormented by whispers of a different fate.

World-renowned photographer Eric Martini returns home to restore his relationship with his estranged father, but wounds from the past haunt him. Enchanted by his father’s feisty assistant, he masks his heart and refuses to give in to desire. Convinced his destined future is already written in the stars—and doesn’t include Jade, Eric’s only choice is to walk away.

Will Jade and Eric find the courage to trust the mythical and smokey signs before their paths are severed forever?


Where do you get your ideas? 

This is going to sound weird, but my story ideas usually come to me when I’m doing housework. An idea will pop into my head and by the time the house is clean, I have a story mapped out. Now, if I could just plug a cable into my head and download those ideas into my computer. 😊

Do ideas for plot or characters come first?

They take turns. Most of my books are part of a series (Redford Falls), so I have a whole town of characters to choose from. There may be a secondary character that steps up and says ‘hey, it’s my turn’. Or a new plot idea sparks, and I think about which character would fit best into that storyline.

Have you ever traveled when researching information for a book?

I wish! If I could travel to research my books, I’d come up with stories taking place in  Australia, Italy, Ireland, France – and the list goes on. Though I think I might be too busy taking in the sites to write, lol.

How many hours do you dedicate each day towards writing?

Sometimes, I get an hour or two in the morning and another hour or two in the afternoon. But daily life tends to get in the way. If I plan to write, something always comes up, so I don’t set a defined writing time. I just write when I can, and I no longer put pressure on myself when a day goes off schedule.

What has been your biggest challenge?

I am a slow writer. If I get a few hours in a day to write, I might only get a couple of pages written. I don’t write to get the story moving. It has to make sense. I also edit as I write, so progress is slow. It’s the perfectionist in me.

Upcoming Books:

With Trickster being newly released and promoting it, I haven’t had a chance to start a new story. My Redford Falls series has four more stories to tell, but I’m not sure when they’ll get started. However, I highly recommend everyone check out the other six stories in The Mortar and Pestle series!


I’m giving away a free PDF copy of The Mortar and Pestle Preview. This preview document is similar to the free prequel offered in Book Funnel, but the preview has tons of additional fun stuff – more graphics, book teasers, an inside look at how the series came to life, and much more! To get this free preview, pop over to my author website and send me a note using the Contact Form on the left sidebar. No rafflecopter, no contest, and no drawing of names. Just send me a note through the secure Contact Form. It’s that easy!


Darlene resides on the Atlantic Coast of Canada where the summers are too short, and the winters are too long. Retired from a career as Director of Administration and Marketing, she now has eleven published contemporary romance books and is an artist at heart. When she isn’t researching her next book or having a pencil, paintbrush, or a cup of hot chocolate in her hand, she’s with her husband, daughter, and one-hundred-pound yellow Labrador.










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