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Street Team – Finding The Characters, An Author Post by Danika Stone

Finding the Characters

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Whenever I write a book, I begin with character. Plot comes later.

The original story I wrote – which included both the plots of Edge of Wild and The Dark Divide – circled around Louise Newman. She was the first character that appeared to me and her relationship with Rich was the lens through which I understood the story that eventually came. I couldn’t stop thinking about her, writing about her. It wasn’t until I started pre-writing that Rich’s voice appeared. And boy oh boy, did Rich ever want to be heard!

Pre-writing for me is a way to let myself find the “voice” of the people I’m writing about. Though the two voices were completely different, I fell in love with Louise and Rich right away. Their relationship became the beating heart of the first book (Edge of Wild) but it grew into so much MORE in the sequel (The Dark Divide). While I wrote their slow-burn romance, I found myself grinning at my computer screen. The connection was definitely my favorite aspect of writing. The Dark Divide let me explore the challenges of every relationship. It wasn’t just falling in love, it was staying in love.

Once I had the two main characters established, the plot followed. I knew Rich was a driven, struggling leader. His passion and focus were a great foil for Louise who appeared in my pre-writing as this centered negotiator, who had secrets of her own. When Edge of Wild hit shelves in 2016, I frequently got messages from readers who wanted to know MORE about Louise’s past and her abilities. The Dark Divide is exactly that: Lou’s story. And I can’t wait to share it with you!

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Reviews · Street Team

Street Team – A Review of The Dark Divide by D.K. Stone (Spoiler-Free!)

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Synopsis

Waterton is a town with dark secrets, and after a summer of murder and mayhem, American ex-pat, Rich Evans, knows exactly how far people will go to hide them. Jobless after the fiery destruction of the hotel he once managed, Rich is charged with arson. Only one person, local mechanic Louise “Lou” Newman, believes in his innocence. But even Lou’s love and support can’t dispel the darkness that’s spreading through the community. Dead animals appear on porches, strangers threaten the safety of the locals, and a fingerprint from the fire is linked to a decades-old murder.

The lonely border town has a new danger: a murderer willing to do anything to protect a web of secrets that links them to the arson.

As the risk of jail or death increases, Rich turns to Lou for guidance and she finds herself in an impossible position. Lou has her own secrets! Does she protect the border town where she grew up, or side with the man she loves… even if it means she can never tell him the truth about herself?

Review

So, I am a part of the street team for The Dark Divide, which I am very happy about as it is such a good book. I received it a while ago, but only got around to reading it in the past week because my TBR is never-ending. I read it over the space of three days, and I really liked it. I think Stone is a very talented writer. The plot kept me intrigued throughout, I liked most of the characters, and is everything that I love about a Thriller. Before I go into more detail, I want to mention that The Dark Divide is the sequel to Edge of Wild.

One of my favourite things about this book is the secrets. I love a good secret, and I love when it comes out even more. If you’re the same, then you’d most definitely enjoy this book. There were moments that I actually had to put the book down and take a moment to collect myself because all I could think was “what?!?” I don’t want to say too much about the plot, but i will say that if suspense is your thing, you’re going to like this one.

I think that Stone’s writing is brilliant. Not only are her descriptions so amazing that I have images of certain things in my head, but the way she writes characters is astounding. Her character development really is something. There are characters I love, and characters that I’d encourage to take a long walk off a short pier, and when an author can inspire emotions such as that in a reader, you know they’re something special.

I also want to mention the cover. I love it! It’s so simple, yet the trickles of blood down the side and at the front give it such an eery feeling. So good.

Overall, I really really really enjoyed the Dark Divide. I give it 5 stars!

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I’d like to thank Danika Stone for sending me a copy ofThe Dark Divine in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.