Meet Mystery Novelist Darcia Helle

Words are Darcía Helle’s addiction. She will read just about anything: novels, biographies, history, sociology, ingredient labels… Darcía says she writes because “My head gets cluttered with characters that demand their story be written.”

Darcía is the author of five mystery/suspense novels, is working on her sixth, and writes a monthly nonfiction, crime-related newsletter called “Guilty As Charged.” The newsletter covers a wide range of topics, from the history of burning at the stake to modern-day serial killers.

Her books include: Enemies and Playmates, Hit List, No Justice, Beyond Salvation, andMiami Snow. Two of the books are Michael Sykora novels,  No Justice and Beyond Salvation, and Darcia has an idea for a third in that series.

In Beyond Salvation, A teenage runaway disappears from the streets. The only people who care, or even notice, are her two best friends who are also runaways. For reasons of their own, they can’t go to the police for help.

They seek out Michael Sykora, a software designer by day and hit man by night. Known on the streets as The Ghost, Michael has a reputation for taking on the twisted criminals. Rapists. Child molesters. He has never been hired to find the lost. Until now.

Michael teams up with ex-prostitute Nicki and full-time hit man Sean. Together they bend the rules of the justice system in order to find a young girl few people care about. In the process, they uncover a world where salvation comes with a price tag and God’s words are used to incite fear in a congregation of believers.

When asked how she developed her series character, Michael Sykora, Darcia says, “I’m not sure I should make this public knowledge,” but explains he is a composite of some of her husband’s traits and ideas they have discussed over the years. “But, just to be clear, my husband is not a hit man.”

Darcia’s fifth novel is Miami Snow, and she says, “The plot was my brother’s idea, many years ago. He’d wanted us to write it together but life got in the way and that never happened. I had worked on it on and off for months, then stuck it in a drawer and left it while I waited for my brother. He turned 50 in December and finishing the book was my gift to him.”

Synopsis of Miami Snow: One day Nick Donovan has it all; a beautiful, pregnant wife, a nice house, a great job. The next day he is on his own, starting from scratch with nothing but a few suitcases and his old truck.

Nick flees to the opposite coast of Florida, trying to leave his ex-wife and the memories behind. But that couldn’t happen. Soon Nick finds that he is tied to Shelley in a way that he hadn’t expected. And, in her bitterness, she does everything she can to ensure his misery.

Brandy is Shelley’s opposite; wild, sensual, free-spirited. With Brandy, Nick is able to rebel against all that Shelley stands for. Brandy quickly leads Nick into a world of sex, drugs, and cash. And now Nick finds himself caught between the two worlds, desperate to stay afloat.

Author Page On Amazon

Darcia’s Website is her own creation

Darcia’s Blog

Darcía grew up in Massachusetts but has lived in the Tampa Bay area of Florida since 2002. She is married and has two sons. An animal lover, Darcía has two very spoiled dogs and two equally spoiled cats.

Published in: on January 22, 2010 at 12:41 am  Comments (15)  

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  1. I know what you mean. There’s just not enough time to write all the stories going around in the head.

    I have one spoiled dog and one spoiled husband. I don’t think I could handle more. (g)

    Morgan Mandel

  2. I’ll have to check these books out.

  3. What an imagination. Thank you for sharing information about yet another author to add to the list.

  4. Kudos to mystery writers! What a fun interview!

    Great info, Darcia. Am intrigued to check out your series. Thanks for such an informative profile, Heidi.

  5. Darcia, are you SURE your husband isn’t a hit man? 🙂

    Thanks for the cool interview!

  6. Great interview. Mysteries are my favorite reading. I’d watch my husband if I were you Darcia. Who knows!

  7. What a creative mind Darcia has! Your books sound fascinating.

  8. Thank you all for your encouraging comments!

    Otherlisa and Nancy, if my husband is leading a secret life, I wish he’d share all the details. What fabulous writing material that would make!

    Heidi, thanks for all the time and effort you put into this post!

  9. Darcia, your books sound great. I think it’s wonderful for authors such as yourself who can write mysteries. I don’t think I could.

    And, what a nice gift for your brother’s 50th!

    Great interview, Heidi.


  10. Wow I especially loved the book trailer! Your books sound very intriguing. Can’t wait to check them out!


  11. This is fun! Darcia, your hubby is getting a lot of good-natured ribbing and attention.
    Thanks, all, for commenting.


  12. Karen, I think you need to have a very disturbed mind to write mystery and suspense. I’m sure you could do it. You just need to get in touch with that demented side of your self! 🙂

    Heidi, my husband loves the attention. His coworkers already think he has this secret past as a killer!

  13. Great interview. I read the first of Darcia’s Sykora novels and loved it! She is a very talented story writer. Nice job. Oh, and Darcia, your husband called and said “Bang”. What’s that about?

  14. Thank you, Dana!
    As for the phone call, my husband is such a show off. Don’t worry, you’re safe. He knows better than to hurt a friend. 🙂

  15. Thanks to all who stopped by and joined this fun and lively conversation!


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