Finding The Write Words with Darlene Fredette

Finding The Write Words with Darlene Fredette
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

At the Cottage with Sorchia Dubois

Welcome to the cottage, Sorchia!

Please take a seat on one of the comfy chairs in the sitting room by the fire. What can I get you to drink?
Scotch, please. Neat. Laphroaig, if you’ve got it.

Tell us a little about yourself. 
I live in southern Missouri waaay back in the woods. It’s a beautiful spot, but quite a distance from civilization. The nearest shopping center of any size is 100 miles away though smaller ones exist closer—30 miles or so. I’m actually considering moving out of the area. Looking for a nice place to go, but haven’t landed on a new location yet. Suggestions appreciated. I taught English at local high schools, community colleges, and online for many years, but writing is what I really wanted to do when I grew up. About 5 years ago, I decided it was do or die time and I haven’t questioned that decision. This is one reason I’m thinking of moving—the writing community around here is sparse and it’s a long way to book signings and conventions. I have a couple of grown kids who come home occasionally to eat and to do laundry. Eight cats and a husband live in my house, also.

Let’s talk about writing and books. 

What does your writing space look like? 
I have an upstairs office overlooking a piney wood. It is usually fairly neat, but degrades quickly when I’m working on a story. I pull out reference books and anything that sparks inspiration. And I tend to eat at my computer so there are times when I just have to take a day and reorganize and clean. I use tarot cards when I plot and to get me unstuck so a pile of cards with one or two face-up are often on my desk—sometimes beneath a cat. Zinnia, an opinionated tabby, likes to sleep either above my keyboard or on my lap. I burn some nice sandalwood or myrrh incense and turn up the music and disappear into my story. The music changes from project to project, but usually includes a couple of roving bands of bagpipers and Celtic groups I’ve come across at Highland Games or Scottish festivals. Rock and roll with a Scottish attitude and spooky mood music.

What do you like to do after finishing a manuscript to reward yourself?
A night out—dinner somewhere and a conversation with friends is my first choice. Followed by a nice soak in the tub and a glass of Scotch. Then it’s on to the next project.

What can we expect from you next? Are you working on anything new? 
I’m working on the second book in my Zoraida Grey series. Book 1, Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones, will be released on October 28 and I hope to have Books 2 and 3 out by the end of 2017. The series is about a small-town fortune teller who goes on a quest to recover a stolen crystal for her ailing Granny. The quest takes her to haunted Castle Logan in Scotland where she learns more than she wants to know about her family history. The series continues for three books. After that, I think I will do something in the mystery line—always with a dab of paranormal, a skoosh of romance, and a helping of anything Scottish.

Now, let’s get personal! 

What is one thing people might be surprised to know about you? 
I am a very shy person. I have to force myself to go out in public. My writing persona is my doppelganger—but she is not so shy. I hide in her personality when things get scary. I do public speaking from time to time and sometimes come across as extroverted, but that is a façade. When I go out on my own, I like to just sit in the back and listen—sort of dissolve into the woodwork. Oh, I love to be the center of attention, but I also value lively conversation going on all around that I can hear but don’t have to participate in. I guess that makes me an eavesdropper, but I’ve gotten lots of character and plot ideas this way.

What is one obsession you possess? 
I’m obsessed with all things Scottish. This particular obsession first manifested itself about 6 years ago and it’s been Alba gu bràth ever since. I even did a past life regression to find out what the deal is and it turns out—if you believe in reincarnation—that I had at least two very happy lifetimes in Scotland—so happy that for a long time I avoided thinking of the place because it evoked a wave of homesickness. I did find that a healthy dose of single malt eases the pain. Hmmm—maybe Scotland is the place I will eventually move to!

Are you married and/or have any children?
Married with two children. Husband is a retired principal and the kids are off and on their own for the most part.

Are you an animal person? If so, what do you have? 
Cats. I love their independence and the thinly veiled sarcasm with which they regard life—and me. I love most critters—including bugs and snakes. I don’t need them as pets, but like to see them in their own territory, going about their own business.

None, One, or Both.

Tattoos or Piercings? 
Both on someone else—They are such indicators of personality and history. In Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones, Zoraida’s long-time boyfriend is a tattoo artist and the new man in her life has Celtic knot tattoos. I have pierced ears but can’t see myself getting anything else like that. No tattoos at the moment, either. Pain is the deterrent—cowardice, pure and simple.

Paperback or eBook? 
Both—I will read anything. I love the convenience and adaptability of e-books, but I do love a good cuddle with a real live book.

Twitter or Facebook?
Both—they each serve a purpose and I enjoy the interactions. Being a bit introverted, I’m comfortable communicating on the computer since I can do it in my pjs and I can edit my responses. In real life, my mouth often works faster than my brain.

Tea or Coffee?
Tea—Green tea with jasmine is my favorite morning drink. Have to have it and carry my own stuff with me when I travel. Happy to try anything else after that first cuppa.

Wine or Cocktail? 
Both—I prefer a shot of Scotch, but I won’t turn down a free drink—except maybe bad beer or too-sweet mixed drinks. I like semi-dry white wine and cocktails with Scotch or bourbon.

Early Morning or Late Evening? 
Both. I am a nature nut and dawn and dusk are my favorite times of the day. I get up early to walk and write and I linger on the porch at sundown.

Optimist or Pessimist? 
Optimist. Rosy glasses and all. I seldom feel down—unless someone around me is depressed—and can usually laugh at anything. Sometimes I laugh inappropriately, but –hey—that’s the way it is.

Chocolate or vanilla ice cream? 
Both—but not right now. Trying to lose a little weight.

Spaghetti or Pizza? 
Neither of these ring my bell though I enjoy them both. I actually love salads and fish.

Describe yourself in three words. 
A Little Eccentric!

Thank you for visiting, Sorchia! It’s been great getting to know you. Please stop by the cottage again soon! Where can we keep in touch with you?

I'm running a Thunderclap to spread word about the release of Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones. It ends on release day, October 28.

Here's a peek at Sorchia's book,
Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones
Granny’s dying, but Zoraida can save her with a magic crystal of smoky quartz. Too bad the crystal is in Scotland––in a haunted castle––guarded by mind-reading, psychopathic sorcerers. 

Getting inside Castle Logan is easy. Getting out––not so much. Before she can snatch the stone, Zoraida stumbles into a family feud, uncovers a wicked ancient curse, and finds herself ensorcelled by not one but two handsome Scottish witches. Up to their necks in family intrigue and smack-dab in the middle of a simmering clan war, Zoraida and her best friend Zhu discover Granny hasn’t told them everything. 

Not by a long shot. 


Sorchia is running a Rafflecopter through November 21. Click on the below link to enter for a chance to win a smoky quartz necklace.
a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Thank you for visiting, Sorchia! It was great getting to know more about you! I have your book in my TBR pile :) Sounds like a good read.

  2. Thanks, Darlene. I hope you enjoy Zoraida. Thanks also for hosting me here today!

  3. Hi Sorchia: Lovely interview, so similar re: being a bit shy, and loving animals especially cats, only have three right now. Your series sounds wonderful, will be checking it out!

    1. Thanks, GiniRifkin. I am seriously in danger of becoming the old lady who lives in the woods with the cats :) Three is a good number--my 8 are a bit overwhelming. I hope you enjoy Zoraida. I'd be honored if you left a review on Amazon. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  4. This sounds like a really fun read, Sorchia! Going on my ever-expanding to-be-read list! Best of luck with it!
    : )

  5. Thank you, Donna. I hope you enjoy the book. Would love to hear what you think of it. Thanks for stopping by.