Release Day Blitz: Darke London by Coleen Kwan (Interview)

Darke London by Coleen Kwan

Publisher: Samhain
Publish Date: September 10, 2013

Genre: Historical/Supernatural

(Uncanny Chronicles, Book 1)

Number of pages: 157
Cover Artist: Kanaxa

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ISBN: 978-1-61921-557-3

Book Description:

The only way to save her life is to resurrect the dead…

Julian Darke was only a newborn when he was abandoned on the doorstep of a gentleman doctor. Though raised with love, he is driven to discover his true origins. 

Convinced Sir Thaddeus Ormond knows something, Julian shadows him one night—and is shocked to see a young woman thrown from Ormond’s carriage and accosted by a thug. Julian manages to save her life, but not her face and hands from horrific injuries. 

Nellie Barchester doesn’t recognize the scarred, disfigured stranger in the mirror. Though the gifted doctor and engineer has done his best to repair the damage, scars ravage her body, and chill her soul with the realization that her own husband may have plotted her death. 

Julian’s tenderness is a balm to her soul, and Nellie is drawn to the edge of passion by a man not repelled by her deformities. But as their pursuit of the truth draws them into London’s underbelly, they cross the path of a ruthless enemy who will stop at nothing to fulfill his schemes. 

Warning: Can a brilliant but troubled doctor find happiness with a woman scarred both inside and out? A hint of the supernatural plus a night of passion spice up this Uncanny Chronicle.



1) Can you share with us your favorite non-spoiler quote or scene from Darke London?

Here is a quote I particularly like where the hero realizes his attraction to the heroine is more than just physical:
“Then his gaze fell upon her dazed and trusting face, and shame pricked him. Good God, Nellie was special and precious to him. She was no amiable tart to be carelessly tumbled in the stable. She deserved rubies and emeralds, the stars and the moon, everything her heart desired and more. And he wanted more, too. More than a befuddled coupling at midnight, he wanted her trust and regard, and groping at her like a lust-addled satyr was no way to win her esteem.”

2) What was the hardest thing about writing Darke London?

I think getting the dialogue to sound authentic but not too stilted was a bit of a challenge. One of the characters speaks in a foreign accent, and trying to convey that without going overboard can be tricky.

3) Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

No real life experiences, thank heaven! I was inspired to write a book set in the foggy, brooding atmosphere of Victorian London, and it all came from my imagination.

4) Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

I love the characters in my book, but I don’t see myself in them. At least not consciously!

5) If your book was to be made into a movie, who do you see playing your main characters?

I think Ben Barnes would make an excellent Julian Darke as he’s dark and dashing and has that pale, intense look. For the heroine, Nellie Barchester, I would pick Romola Garai for her vulnerable, period features.

6) Do you like to use events from your life, or use your emotions to fuel your characters and how they act?

I lead a rather boring life, so I don’t have many real life events to use! However, we all experience the same emotions, and when I’m writing a scene I like to tap into the emotional arc of the characters. I try to make the emotions fit with the characters I’ve created, not myself.

7) Is there anything you can tell us about the next book in this series?

I have a very rough outline of the next book, but I can’t say much more except that it focuses on a secondary character from the first book.

8) And finally, what kind of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing?

Find time to write every day. Finish your story. Try to improve your craft. And most of all, don’t give up!

Thanks for having me on your blog today!

Coleen Kwan


About The Author:

Coleen Kwan has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance. 

Coleen lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching The Office.


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