Meet Darcy Coates!
I’d finished my first novella and needed an editor, but Google searches only brought up companies that charged thousands or were booked out for months. I wasn’t connected to any writer forums and had no helpful contacts, but I stumbled on a Reddit thread by a writer talking about his successful debut novel. I asked him who his editor was, and he linked me to Red Adept.
I’m immensely grateful that I ended up with such an affordable, professional, and reputable company on my first try. At the time, I didn’t even know what good editing was supposed to look like! But Stefanie whipped that first novella into shape and gave me something I could truly be proud of.
I later tried three other editors, but kept coming back to Red Adept, and now I use them exclusively.
You have worked with Stefanie as your line editor. What did you enjoy about working with her?
Stefanie is amazing. She’s careful, fast, and thorough. When I tried other editors, I often had to go back and make changes around their corrections because they left in extra spaces, double commas, or similar issues. Stefanie’s edits are so precise that I could (almost) click “accept all changes” and be done with the book!
I also appreciate her willingness to not only edit books with British English spelling, but to make notes of things that might not be clear for American readers. My characters now own potted plants, not pot plants. 😉
What’s your favorite part of writing horror and suspense?
There are many, many genres that I like, but I love horror. I can’t explain why, but graveyards, creaking floorboards, ghost stories, and haunted houses have always held a delicious attraction for me.
I’d love to try different genres, but I suspect some horror elements will always bleed into them. A recent example is my gothic romance House of Shadows series. I’ve had a lot of fun exploring the romance and historical setting, but it’s still a haunted house story at heart.
What part of self-publishing do you enjoy the most?
The freedom: I can take the time to edit each story as much as it needs, commission a great cover, arrange promotions, and make the final call about cutting and adding scenes to the story. It lets me be hands-on with every stage of the book’s conception, creation, and publication.
Tell us a little about your newest release.
The Haunting of Blackwood House explores a very familiar, but very fun trope—put a stubborn non-believer in a haunted house and see the reaction. The protagonist, Mara, has a reason for not believing in ghosts: she had a series of bad experiences with her spiritualist family as a child, and she’s convinced that anything to do with the supernatural is a hoax. But when she buys Blackwood House, a property with a grisly history, she’s forced to confront the paranormal in a way she never anticipated.
Do you have anything exciting in the works?
Always! 🙂 Up next is a sequel to House of Shadows, the gothic romance. And I already have the skeleton of an outline for a third haunted house story to follow.
You have some pretty great covers. Who does your cover work?
I really love movies. My local theater has a cheap day once a week, and I make time to go as often as possible. I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear my favorite movies are horror.
What advice would you give to a new author?
The more I learn about writing and publishing, the more I realize every author’s journey is different. My top recommendation has got to be Kboards, which is an excellent writers’ forum. It exposes you to a constant flow of advice, new ideas, motivation, and experiments. I wouldn’t be where I am now without it.
Where can readers find you?