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?
'Don’t Mention the Rock Star reads like a classic rock ballad full of love, lies and regret. If you are bored of New York and tired of LA then head to Oz, where love is just as complicated.'
Kellie's first love Andy left Australia when they were still teenagers to go and chase his rock star dreams in the US. Two decades later, Kellie is a journalist living in Perth and Andy is a now a household name in the music business. They are both married to other people and they are both parents but they have never forgotten each other and the intense love they had. So when Andy comes back to Australia and back into Kellie's life, things are bound to get messy.
This debut by Australian author Bree Darcy is light and funny chick lit. What I particularly enjoyed about Don't Mention the Rockstar was that it was littered with pop culture references from the past twenty years and for me it was a sentimental trip down memory lane to my own youth with New Kids on the Block, Sir Mix-A-Lot and Nirvana amongst many others popping up on the page. I like how the story is told both in the present and then in flashback and the supporting cast of characters including Kellie's work mates and her family and Andy's band mates all added dimension. There's a nice twist in the story too.
I look forward to more from this fun and talented author.
An Interview with Bree Darcy:
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. But I am also working on a non-fiction book - a guide for writers about what they need to do when they type THE END. All the stuff I wished I'd known when I finished writing Don't Mention the Rock Star, and all the things I'll do this time round.
How long did it take you to write your book?
Far too long! My oldest son was forever asking why hadn't I finished yet. I didn't actually keep track of when I started since I worked on and then shelved another project first but it was more than two years - the editing process alone took at least a year. I went over it repeatedly until I was totally satisfied, where not one phrase seemed awkward or out of place. I am my strongest critic so I knew that as long as I was happy with it, it wouldn't matter so much what other people thought!
What do you love the most about the main character in your book?
If you asked this question of Kellie's mother-in-law Delia, she’d instead give you an endless list of what’s wrong with her. Kellie works as a reporter for a celebrity website based out of Sydney. Despite her rather glamorous-sounding job, she's dealing with all the usual hassles on the domestic front. Kellie sometimes can’t see what’s right in front of her face. She possibly married the wrong man. She can’t let go of the past. And she certainly can’t cook. On the plus side, she’s smart, sticks by the people closest to her and really loves her children. What did I love the most - she was an easy character to write.
Which writers inspire you?
The ones who are natural storytellers like Marian Keyes and Monica McInerney. Also I admire writers who make you think and take a risk with their characters and storyline.
What do you think makes a really good story?
I am a chick lit fan through and through so I like my romance to have the extra elements of what goes on in the rest of the heroine's life too. You know, the job, the family, the crazy but loveable friend, the life crisis. I also love a good twist. If a story takes me by surprise, I'll definitely come back for more from the author.
How do you make the time to write?
I don't do it particularly well, I must admit. I try to follow that rule of write something every day. And I do indeed write something every day - whether it's answering emails, or doing blog posts, or filing a freelance article. Unfortunately my work-in-progress often gets left to last and I can go several weeks without typing a single new word. I think I need to make my writing rule more specific - write something IN YOUR NOVEL each day. I'm also working on making it the first thing I do each day, after my morning walk. NO EXCUSES!
Pick one series and tell us why – Harry Potter, Twilight or The Hunger Games.
Ok, everyone look the other way while I confess that I - a lifelong bookworm - haven't read any of those blockbuster series. But since I have watched the Twilight movies, I will choose that one. My daughter was a massive Twihard when the books came out, her bedroom was a shrine to sparkly vampires and buff werewolves. As soon as I saw that first movie, though, I finally got what all the young girls were raving about. Plus I know you are a huge Twilight fan, Tess, so I'm sure voting for it will win me extra brownie points!
Do you take negative reviews of your book personally or do you shrug them off?
I think you initially take them personally, then you shrug them off. To this point, touch wood, I haven't had any real nasty reviews. Sometimes, for whatever reason, someone just doesn't connect with your story. I understand that what appeals to one reader won't to all - and it often comes down to personal taste. Readers are entitled to express their opinions. I can be somewhat scathing myself when I write book reviews. For authors the secret is finding your tribe, who love what you write - because it really is a fabulous feeling when a reader totally GETS it. And the worst review is not actually a negative one - it's the one with spoilers. Give away too much of my plot and you will feel your ears burning!
What is your all-time favourite movie?
Chariots of Fire was probably the first film that really blew me away. For rom-coms, it's a toss-up between When Harry Met Sally or Dirty Dancing. The Meg Ryan-Billy Crystal pairing produced comic gold and I loved the whole question of whether men and women can be friends without sexual attraction getting in the way. Meanwhile Dirty Dancing had the music, the passion, the watermelon - and Patrick Swayze. I can pretty much recite the entire script having watched it so many times. My daughter thinks it's a crap movie - which makes me wonder if we are actually related.
Chocolate or cheese?
How is that even a question? Unless you are a mouse, why would you ever pick smelly old cheese over scrumptious, sweet, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate? You could take my freedom before you could take away my chocolate.
For more on Bree Darcy, visit her website http://breedarcy.com/