Let’s Chat! Author Darlene Oakley

Welcome, Readers! Welcome, Darlene Oakley!

This week we’re welcoming Canadian author Darlene Oakley, who has written a dystopian story along the lines of The Hunger Games, as well as romantic suspense and companion publications. Darlene’s life story is fascinating. What a treat!

*Darlene’s offering an e-book give-away—winner’s choice of Inner Sanctum or Voices of Angelsso be sure to comment below!

Darlene Oakley: The Growing-Up Years

I grew up in various cities across Canada. My parents were Salvation Army officers and we moved around quite a bit. (Click to Tweet!) At Catherine Booth Bible College, now Booth University, I studied Pastoral Care.

Actually, I didn’t pursue a career in that, but ended up taking advantage of my secretarial skills, particularly typing, and found work as a transcriptionist and eventually administrative assistant, which eventually saw me land a position in the Government Whip’s office in the Senate of Canada.

With experience in the publishing industry as a freelance writer and editor, I have over 400 articles published online, mostly on a site called EmpowHer.com, which deals mainly with women’s health issues. I also have a strong background in dentistry, as one of my longest transcription jobs was in an oral surgery practice.

I’m a single mother of two boys – one, 21 years old with Aspergers, and one, 9 years old with Sensory Processing Disorder. The younger one has presented extreme challenges with behaviour we now seem to have under control. I moved to the Niagara area of Canada 3 years ago to start fresh after a divorce and so my older son could take on a job at a local museum.

Darlene Oakley, the Writer

I write in a variety of genres. My first book, Inner Sanctum, was a dystopian story (along the lines of The Hunger Games. My second book was romantic suspense. So I wouldn’t say I write in one particular genre. I do like romance elements in my books, depending on the storyline.

A bit of a sci-fi geek, I like to read forensic science stories, so you might find some of those elements in my books. I also write from a Christian world view perspective. I try not to have those elements be preachy, but as part of the characters’ development.

Darlene Oakley’s Debut

Inner Sanctum ended up being a loose retelling of the Exodus. I did not plan that. I actually had a totally different idea for the book than what actually came out of my fingers. Originally, it was supposed to be a murder mystery in what was supposed to be a utopic, underground civilization. I kept the underground city part of it, the rest kind of morphed out of my other research, writing and transcription work.

The story was originally inspired by City of Ember. I saw the movie (then got the books, which I haven’t read yet), but that’s where I got the idea for writing something in that vein for adults. As I mulled over challenges in my underground civilization, I would watch City of Ember again, not to borrow ideas, but to show me how this author dealt with it, and then come up with an alternative that would work in my story’s case.

I published with Lanico Media House run by Lacresha Raino (formerly Hayes). I’d known her for a long time through online groups. I pitched it to her before I even had a word written and she said, “When it’s ready, send it to me.” And I did, and she loved it.

What’s Up With Darlene Oakley Now

Currently working on Book 2 of the Inner Sanctum series, I’m planning for 5 books in total.

My most recent publication was Voices of Angels, which is a romantic suspense story, along with a devotional companion (Finding your Voice), and a journal (The Connected Voice Journal).

Voices of Angels

This story is completely different from Inner Sanctum. While both heroines have a certain amount of me reflected in them, Julia in Voices of Angels lives out more of a recent spiritual battle. I found myself not involved in music ministry for the first time in about 30 years, and having to completely redefine who I was as a Christ follower, and an “angel without a voice”. This one was definitely therapeutic, and also delves into issues such as bullying and racism/prejudice and forgiveness I hope in a very uplifting light, while also delivering a satisfying, suspenseful read.

The devotional companion is a Scriptural walk through my journey that got worked into the book. And, as a writer, of course it made sense to have a journal as part of the series.

I’m planning at least one more book with these characters. I don’t have a plan for any more, but you never know. My publisher suggested that I create a spin-off with the characters. I don’t have any ideas yet for that, though I know which characters I would want to use.

To Contact Darlene:

Facebook

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Twitter 

To purchase Darlene’s books:

Inner Sanctum 

Voices of Angels 

Devotional Companion 

Voices of Angels Journal 

Lord, You are the Great Servant, the Savior of the World. We glorify Your name alone! You led Darlene even as a child along paths of servanthood, and now You’re guiding her into a different sort of service through writing. Bless every word Darlene writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

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8 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Darlene Oakley

  1. Marilyn

    Darlene Oakley is a new author to me. She’s had quit a journey but glad God is always faithful.

     
     
    1. Amen, Marilyn!

       
       
  2. Becky Smith

    I’m not familiar with Darlene. One of our grandsons was thought to have Aspergers before they finally diagnosed him with apraxia. Thanks for posting!

     
     
    1. Great to see you, Becky. I was an educator (in various roles, starting with speech pathology) for 40 years. So you and Darlene and I share a “special” bond. Very glad you joined the conversation. Love seeing you here.

       
       
    2. Hi, Becky.

      Nice to meet you. That’s interesting about the misdiagnosis. I’m pretty sure about my older son. My younger son I disagree with the doctor’s diagnosis.

      We could probably swap stories. 🙂

       
       
  3. Very interesting.

     
     
    1. I agree, Melissa. Darlene’s life story is definitely interesting. Thanks for stopping by. Love seeing you here.

       
       
    2. Thank you, Melissa.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the chat.

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Elaine Stock

Welcome, Readers! Welcome, Elaine Stock!

This week we welcome Elaine Stock, an author who fuses romance, family drama, and faith in a clean fiction style. Now that I think of it, I haven’t met a single person who grew up in Brooklyn, which takes me back to that achingly beautiful A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Suddenly, I can’t wait for you to meet Elaine, author of also beautiful Always With You and soon-to-be-released novella, And You Came Along.

*Also, Elaine’s offering a $5 Amazon card for one reader who comments below.*

**Congratulations to Perrianne Askew, winner of this week’s drawing for a $5 Amazon card!**

Elaine Stock’s Pre-Author Life

My pre-author life began with my childhood days growing up in Brooklyn, New York. (Click to Tweet!) First, in the tenement apartments of East NY then in the Flatbush section and finally in the suburbs north of the city. Not to date myself, but those early years were during the US civil rights movement. I lived with many people from varying faiths, nationalities, and backgrounds.

Notably, I believe this was instrumental in teaching me first-hand about the differences and similarities in people. We are all human beings and we all must respect each other, an even more valuable lesson.

Athough these neighborhoods progressively worsened in crime and danger, the reason why my parents relocated, they were invaluable opportunities to learn life lessons. I see a direct correlation between my past and my “author themes” of tolerance, different kinds of prejudice, forgiveness, and the role of faith.

Above, a contemporary photo of my old apartment building. I lived on the 4th floor, facing the street.

Growing Up for Elaine Stock

Subsequently, God had a very interesting role in my life, considering I wasn’t born into a faith-practicing family. My family also was torn apart by mental illness and the stresses of a one-parent income from a 7-day a week business. Perhaps that’s why my early memories were of me searching for a bigger-than-me Ruler of the Universe who loved me for who I was.

Then my search took me into my high school years when, through literature and the arts, I became exposed to Christianity. Not until I met and married my first and only true love during my college years did I actively seek to become a Christian. I’m forever saying that if it weren’t for my Father holding my hand I’d never be brave enough to get out of bed and face the world.

Elaine’s Debut Experience

First, my debut book was Always With You. The story of Isabelle and Tyler’s confrontation of the evil of hatred and its threat to people, love, and faith, began to brew in mind after a writing workshop. However, I didn’t start putting words to the page until after the 9-11 attacks when. Like many, I tried even harder to understand the why behind hatred.

Yet, Life 101 happened. I became a very active member of my community group fighting a proposed 100-year mining project that threatened to remove 2 prominent hills only thousands of feet away from my doorstep. Praise God, we citizens won on the supreme court level of the state.

But then, Life 101 struck again and I needed outside employment (from my husband’s business). This took a heavy toll of adjustment. Finally, but slowly, I finished my novel and then learned the many lessons of editing.

Subsequently, I published two short stories and hooked up with my amazing agent Linda S. Glaz of Hardline Literary. I received a call from the publisher of Elk Lake Publishing who believed in the story and wanted others to read it.

The moral of my story: If you want to achieve something, with God’s grace and your fixed determination, you will!

On the left, the south hill proposed for mining. This photo was taken from my doorstep.

What’s Up With Elaine Stock Now?

What’s up with me now? I have a romance series under consideration at a publishing house. And I accepted an invitation to write a romance novella, And You Came Along, as part of the Winter’s Kiss novella collection.  

I’m excited to be releasing my novella, And You Came Along, individually on December 2nd.

All single mom Jacey Tucker wants for Christmas is for her young son to have a home and a smile. What she never expected was an eviction notice from her apartment, or the loss of her job. Now she can’t leave Kindred Lake, Pennsylvania fast enough.

Zander Paxton, wounded on duty while trying to save the life of his partner, needs a new residence for the second half of his recovery. His hometown of Kindred Lake offers promises, but it may be too late to make up for his past.

Jacey heads south. Zander heads north. In the middle of a blizzard, five days before Christmas, they collide and wreck their vehicles, and nearly each other, on an ice-covered road. The kindness of two strangers provides a cabin for shelter, a place where pain is soothed and hope is renewed . . . until their pasts catch up to their present and a forever separation threatens. Is true love ever mistaken?

Where to Find Elaine Stock

Website/Blog: Everyone’s Story  
Twitter  
Facebook 
Goodreads  
Amazon 

Lord, how amazing! You bring together Your children from different backgrounds and locales to communicate Your message. Elaine’s life story demonstrates this vividly. Thank you for plucking her up from Brooklyn and leading her to write clean stories of love, family drama, and faith. Please bless each word Elaine writes for You. 
~ For Jesus’ sake

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31 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Elaine Stock

  1. KayM

    Elaine, what a great post. I loved reading this. I’m so happy for you as an author. I have so enjoyed your stories so far and I know God will direct your life for His glory.
    Blessings…

     
     
    1. Kay, you’ve blessed me with your kind words and support through the years. I’m glad we’ve met. Thanks for visiting us.

       
       
    2. How encouraging, Kay! Please stop by again.

       
       
  2. Elaine, I’m looking forward to reading your new book!

     
     
    1. Thanks, AnnaLee!! I hope Jacey and Zander’s story brightens your heart. Thanks for your visit to Linda’s blog.

       
       
    2. So glad to welcome you to our chat circle, AnnaLee. Please come again.

       
       
  3. Penny

    I’m intrigued by your work, Elaine. My roots are in New York and both of my parents grew up in Brooklyn. God bless you as you continue to write for Him.

     
     
    1. Hi, Penny. What lovely words to hear/read. Thank you. It’s been many years since I’ve lived in NYC, and although I’ve come to love country life, there’s a huge chunk of me that’s distinctly city. LOL. I hope the good part!

      And You Came Along will release December 2nd, plus I have a family drama stand-alone novel, Her Good Girl, coming out in January. Hope you’ll check them out.

      Blessings right back to you… to all of Linda’s lovely viewers.

       
       
    2. How wonderful to make the Brooklyn connection with Elaine. Bless you. And come again.

       
       
  4. Perrianne Askew

    Enjoyed the interview. She would be a new author for me. Thank you formthe giveaway opportunity.

     
     
    1. Perrianne, I hope you will have the opportunity to read and enjoy me stories. If you do, please let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

       
       
    2. Hi and welcome, Perrianne! You’re entered in the drawing! Blessings!

       
       
  5. Anne L. Rightler

    Thank you for the interview w/ Elaine. It was good to read her background and how she came to faith in Christ. Look forward to reading her newest book.

     
     
    1. Anne, thanks for your visit. My background was definitely instrumental in leading me to God, as well as shaping the type of stories I write. Lately, I’ve stopped wondering why certain things have happened–or not happened–in my life and have been choosing to praise my Father instead. Wondering drains; praising invigorates!

       
       
    2. Wonderful, seeing you in our circle this week, Anne. Join us every Wednesday by signing up at http://www.lindabrooksdavis.com. Blessings!

       
       
  6. Linda, fresh home from the new day job, I’m here now at your lovely blog. Thanks so much for hosting me. The feature is wonderful!! I’m excited to meet your viewers!

     
     
  7. Paula

    These look like interesting stories. I’ll be looking forward to them. Thanksfor the interview and reviews.

     
     
    1. Hi, Paula. Welcome. And thanks for adding to the conversation. I hope you’ll be able to read Elaine’s stories. God bless you!

       
       
    2. Paula, thanks for visiting today. I hope you’ll have a chance to read my stories and enjoy them. I’ll love to know what you think.

       
       
  8. Lucy Reynolds

    Enjoyed your interview with Elaine. Blessings

     
     
    1. Hi, Lucy. It’s so great to see you here and to have you a part of the chat. God bless you!

       
       
    2. Hi, Lucy. And I enjoyed your visit

       
       
  9. Ann Ellison

    Wonderful interview with Elaine. I love her writing and feel blessed to count her as a FB friend.

     
     
    1. Hi, Ann, my ever-so-faithful follower and friend. How I love seeing you in our circle. Thank you for sharing your enjoyment of Elaine’s books. God bless you!

       
       
    2. Ann, I’m delighted to see you here, my friend. I’m fortunate to have gotten to know you through the years and considering how much Christian fiction you read, am honored, truly, that you’ve enjoyed my stories.

       
       
  10. I enjoyed Elaine’s book, “Always With You”. I need to get “And You Came Along” and read it. Elaine and I have messaged back and forth, but someday I hope to meet up in person and discuss writing! 🙂 Well … we can talk about other things, but thoughts about writing stories would be the most important. Ha.

     
     
    1. Hi, Karen. It’s great to hear from a reader how enjoyable Elaine’s “Always With You” is. I hope you do get to meet Elaine in person one day. Thanks for joining our conversation. God bless you!

       
       
    2. Karen, I’m so touched to see you here, and that you enjoyed Always With You. I hope you’ll also like Jacey and Zander’s story.

      I must meet with you, and a handful of other wonderful people… we need to have a friends-get-together where we can gather for coffee and chat about writing, books, and whatever else comes to mind. Sooner than later, I hope!

       
       
  11. Marilyn R

    Welcome, Elaine to Linda Brooks Davis Storyteller blog. I’ve had the honor of meeting Elaine in 2016. She’s a beautiful Christian and friend. Always With You is a true to life family drama, romance and faith interwoven with realistic characters. A novel that readers will connect with societal issues today. The recent released novella, And You Came Along, in the box set Winter’s Kiss is a delightful tale to read. I’m glad to see it’ll be released individually in December.

    Thank you for featuring Elaine, Linda. Blessings to both of you as you continue writing bringing the Christian message to life through amazing books.

     
     
    1. I know you’re blessed to know Elaine personally, Marilyn. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge of her with us. God bless you!

       
       
    2. Marilyn, thanks for your visit. God certainly knew what He was doing when He brought the two of us together… like the ACFW conference when I had the thrill of watching Linda win her Carol Award and He bringing me here to her lovely blog!!

       
       

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