Darci Hannah was born and raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and spent a good deal of her summers in Door County, Wisconsin, vacationing in a picturesque village that looks suspiciously like Cherry Cove.
After graduating from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, Darci made the logical leap and embarked on a demanding career in advertising and the graphic arts. She first started flirting with
the idea of writing novels back in the mid-nineties, when she became a
Darci is a firm believer that however busy, every human soul needs a creative outlet. She is awed and humbled by the creative genius of others as well as inspired. A recovering Martha Stewart devotee, she’s attempted projects in every facet of living, and although she really enjoys gardening, decorating, home renovation, sewing, crafting, caring for her children, grooming her dog and cooking for family and friends, Darci recognizes that there are really only three areas in which she excels:
creative writing, baking and drinking coffee.
Baking and drinking coffee don’t generally require the time commitment novel writing does, however, Darci approached this Herculean endeavor in much the same way she tackles everything else in her life, with heart, tenacity and humor. After the family moved to Michigan in 2002, Darci soon finished her first novel, and kept on writing. In 2009 all her hard work paid off when she landed an agent and sold two works of historical fiction to Random House. She continued to write historical fiction, but soon realized that the market had shifted. That’s when she embraced a life-long dream and wrote a cozy mystery. Soon Darci was blessed again. She found literary agent, Sandra Harding, who gave her the sagely guidance she needed to jump into the world of cozy mysteries with both feet. Cherry Pies & Deadly Lies is Darci’s first in what she hopes will be a long and prolific career as a mystery writer.
Darci Hannah lives in a small town in Michigan with her husband, three sons, lovable springer spaniel, Finley and golden retriever pup, Ripley. She is the author of Cherry Pies & Deadly Lies (Midnight Ink, 2018) and two previous works of historical fiction, The Exile of Sara Stevenson (Ballantine Books, 2010, 2nd edition by Piffle & Bombast 2016) and the Angel of Blythe Hall (Ballantine Books, 2011). When she’s not traipsing through the woods with Ripley and Finn, engaged in a rollicking adventure with her family or working at the historic Howell Carnegie District Library, she’s either baking, drinking coffee or hard at work on her next novel. In fact, it’s a safe bet to assume she’s doing all three at the same time.
Mother of three busy sons and wife to a loving yet slightly undomesticated husband plunged her into a world of perpetual chaos in which, ironically, she thrived. But it was just the right mix of soiled diapers, spit-up, cold meals, demanding grunts and revolving piles of laundry to get the creative juices flowing. It is a universal truth that eventually a household will sleep, and that was when Darci picked up her pen.