Identical twins, Maggie and Clara Ryder, both grew up with Leo Maddox, billionaire playboy, apparent alcoholic, and heir to his grandfather’s world-famous Maddox hotel empire. Their roles were cemented long ago: Maggie, as his best friend and Clara as his childhood nemesis.
But when a simple twist of fate changes everything and both girls start to fall for the lean, mean, ridiculously sexy and seemingly spoiled Leo… which girl will win his heart?
Throw in a little mischief, drama, and one smoking-hot bartender and lines are sure to blur. But one thing’s for certain, neither good-girl Maggie nor rebellious Clara will be satisfied until they each figure out where they belong.
1. What made you want to become a writer?
Twilight. Something about Twilight inspired me. It got me into reading again and it made me want to try to write. I know there are a lot of Twilight haters out there, but the simple romance of Bella and Edward had a big impact on me.
2. What is your favorite/least favorite part about writing?
Favorite part: when the words are flowing!
Least favorite part: when I get stuck. It happens from time to time, when I can’t decide which direction to take my story. I’ll stress and write/rewrite, having the hardest time getting past a certain scene. I always make it past those parts, I just hate the time I waste getting through them.
3. On average, how long does it take to write a book?
1 year! I write really slow and have a problem editing/re-editing as I go.
4. Can you describe the basics to your writing process?
First, I come up with a basic concept. Then I come up with the characters. From there I just start writing. I’ll always have a general idea of how a book will end and some key scenes playing in my mind, but other than that I don’t plan ahead. It’s better (for me) to let my characters surprise me and drive the story.
5. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Leo Maddox. Originally Leo was only going to be a supporting character. However, after writing a chapter or two, I quickly realized how special Leo was. He’s dark, complex, and moody, while surprisingly sweet at his core, and–hands-down–my favorite character I’ve ever written.
6. What is your favorite scene from HE BELONGS WITH ME?
Clara’s embarrassing ‘ass-gazing’ scene.
7. Give us an interesting fact (or a few) about your novel.
The Alligator Lounge in Brooklyn, NY is a real place! Where as, Blue Creek is a fictional town.
8. Tell us about your cover art. Who designed it? Where did the image come from?
I designed the cover. 🙂 The image is a stock image from ShutterStock. I chose it because of the blonde on the cover. Is she Maggie or Clara? I figured I’d let readers try to decide the answer to that question.
9. Excluding the characters from your own novel, who is your favorite book boyfriend?
In the NA genre: Logan Reed. (From Tammy Falkner’s Tall, Tatted, and Tempting.)
YA: Jace Wayland
Adult: Eric Northman
(Wow, didn’t realize how much I liked blonds until just now.)
10. How can we contact you to find out more about your books?
I have a website: www.sarahdarlington.com
Or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
11. What can we expect from you in the future?
Currently, I’m working on a novel titled KILL DEVIL HILLS. It’s about a girl who tries to commit suicide and the guy who saves her from herself. I’m hoping to release it by the end of the year.
If I have success with HE BELONGS WITH ME, and enough people demand it, I’d like to write Stephany Mallory (Clara’s BFF) her own story. Her love interest would be Leo’s long-lost older brother, John Asher.
12. Do you have any tips or advice for other writers?
Write everyday! HE BELONGS WITH ME certainly wasn’t my first book. Only the first book I deemed good enough to share with the world. If I can write a book, anyone can. All it takes in practice, more practice, and a slightly obsessive personality.
I felt like I was reading two completely different stories when I started to read this book. And I totally liked that!
This is a story about identical twins that are completely different from each other. Maggie and Clara Ryder are daughters of golf legend and owner of a Country Club, which means they have the world at their feet.
“Nice hair. Did you dye it with Kool-Aid?” – Maggie
“Seriously? Is that the best you can do? Kool-Aid. No, I found a five-year-old to color it with crayons. He gave me a good deal. Why, you want his number?” – Clara
Maggie is the good twin, she does what she’s supposed to do and never gets in trouble. On the other hand, Clara is the bad twin. She’s wild and her family assume the worst about her. What you wouldn’t thought about these twins is that they are both in love with the same boy, Leo.
“There was no hate whatsoever in my relationship with Leo. We simply had friendship, trust, loyalty, and tons of history. Clara didn’t have any of that whit him, and she would never be able to take care of him like I could.” – Maggie
“Who knew that buried under all those designer suits and Oxford shirts was one gorgeous body?” – Clara
Leo Maddox, the man they love, is a young and rich guy who is just yummy. He grew up with the twins. And happens to be is Maggie’s best friend and of course, Clare’s enemy.
“What the hell Clara?!? You did this on purpose!”
“Yes, I tracked you down and ran you over on purpose. Next time you’ll think twice before saying anything nasty to me.”
“Aww, who knew you cared for me, killer? That’s sweet” – Leo
“He and Clara hated each other. Where life had pushed Leo and me closer together over the years, it had the opposite effect with the two of them. They fought like crazy growing up. Nowadays, Clara liked to pretend Leo didn’t exists.” – Maggie
God, i’s impossible to recount what happens, not only because I refuse to spoil a second for you, but because so much happens!! So yeah, please go buy the book and message me when you finish lol
He Belongs With Me is so full of humor, drama and love. I really liked that you read both Maggie and Clara’s POV’s. I have to say that I hate love triangles, I j just can’t stand them. But, this one was different, in fact it wasn’t even actually a love triangle at all.
I’m glad Sarah contacted me to review her debut novel, she did such great job!
Sarah Darlington lives in the DC metro area, is married to her high school sweetheart, and currently spends her time chasing around a very active toddler. As a former flight attendant, she misses the days of pantyhose, galley gossip with good friends, and traveling to new places. In the future she’d like to return to that career, but, just as flying gets into your bones, so does writing. Whenever she gets a free moment these days, she writes.