Author Interview-Bree Darcy, Don't Mention the Rock Star

June 24, 2015

Bree Darcy 
Don't Mention the Rock Star

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I am an Australian freelance journalist who runs the Chicklit Club website. I read a lot of chick lit, watch way too much reality TV and don't like being too far away from the beach. My debut novel, Don't Mention the Rock Star, was released in January - a month after I left my job on a daily newspaper.
Tell us about Don’t Mention the Rock Star.

It's about the power of first love and second chances. Kellie is living what many would consider an enviable life. As a gossip reporter she gets to mingle with the rich and famous, she has two teenage kids and is married to a man who prides himself on providing well for his family. But Kellie is hiding a little secret– she used to be madly in love with rock star AJ Dangerfield, aka Andy. And now that first boyfriend is about to crash back into her life.

What happened to your first love?

I married him! We'd known each other all through school but didn't get together until we were nineteen. It's hard for me to imagine what it would be like to be with someone who doesn't know everything about your background. But my husband is absolutely nothing like either Curtis or Andy from my book.

Who is your favourite rock star?

I have been through many phases of musical crushes in my lifetime - from the Village People to Duran Duran and Robbie Williams - but my current idol is Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer of Green Day. Can't express how much I love that band!

Which fictional character would you most like to meet?

Can I pick a group instead? I’d choose to have a coffee in Central Perk with Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Ross, Chandler and Joey. Actually I don’t drink coffee but it would still be fantastic to hang out with those Friends.

Was there an author or book series that started your love of reading?

Probably like millions of others out there it was Enid Blyton, hands down. From Noddy and Adventures of the Wishing Chair, to Amelia Jane and The Naughtiest Girl in the School, to the Famous Five and Secret Seven, I loved them all and read them over and over again. Apparently a film with the Magic Faraway Tree characters is under way. Can’t wait to see who plays Moonface and Saucepan Man.

What are you working on at the moment?

I have two projects on the go. One is my next novel, Evie Seizes the Day. It's essentially about a downtrodden HR staffer who comes to the end of her tether so she ditches work for the day. It's like a Ferris Bueller for grown-ups. I wasn't intending to put much romance in it but there's a gorgeous character who keeps popping up and demanding more and more face time. I am also working on a non-fiction book -  a guide for writers about what they need to do when they type THE END.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paperbacks?

I find the reading experience is more relaxed with a paperback and less taxing on the eye but I read far more ebooks these days. As a book reviewer, I love the fact that I can access new titles much quicker - and don't have to wait for them to be sent to me here in Australia. Swiping across a screen is now so engrained that I sometimes find myself doing that across a page when I have a real book in my hand!

About the book:
They fell in love in an instant … so why have they spent a lifetime apart?
As a teenager Kellie dated an American boy but circumstances meant they went their separate ways. Now he’s back and she’s so tempted to see him again. But two decades have passed and they are both married with children.
And the last thing a celebrity reporter like her needs is the world finding out about her past relationship with a rock star. Especially as Kellie’s husband doesn’t even know she once dated AJ Dangerfield, lead singer of legendary band Danger Game. And she has no intention of him finding out. EVER.
As Kellie deals with a demanding boss, a bullied son, an infuriating mother-in-law and a best friend who won’t act her age, she finds herself playing a dangerous game. What will happen if her two worlds collide? And is it possible that first love never fades?

About the author:
Bree Darcy is the pseudonym of Australian journalist Stephanie Pegler. She is the publisher of several popular websites for readers and authors, including Chicklit Club, Connect and We Heart Writing, and also runs the annual International Chick Lit Month event. She worked as a newspaper sub-editor in Perth for about twenty years, and is married with three children. Don’t Mention the Rock Star is her debut novel.

Twitter: @chicklitclub

Review to follow shortly, I left my kindle in North Carolina at a Bed and Breakfast while on vacation and put myself behind on my reading schedule trying to sort out getting all my assigned reads onto a back up device. So look for my review of this book in the following days to be posted here! 

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