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Debra Thank you for stopping by to answer a few questions for us today.

It's a new Year, what are you working on or have coming out this early on in 2016?

My second book, DARE ME (A Candy Hearts Romance), released February 1st from The Wild Rose Press as part of a series of Valentine’s Day novellas. And I’m at work revising a SLEEPING WITH SANTA spin-off.

Sounds like some great reading coming up. I always like to hear about how authors got started on their first book? How did you?

The itch to write my first book spawned from reading on the train during my commute to work—I went through a lot of books in a daily four-hour roundtrip. Some books I loved enough to read multiple times. Some… not so much. One day I decided I wanted to write a story I’d love to read.

Sounds like an easy transition from reader to writer. What's the strangest inspiration you ever got for a story idea?

I took a First Aid training course for our Girl Scout troop while writing SLEEPING WITH SANTA, so that experience inspired me to write the Heimlich Maneuver scene into the story.

Wow that is so cool, what an excellent idea. While researching for your books, what is an interesting fact that has stuck in your mind?

Everyone should learn CPR, which reminds me to take a refresher course.

Another awesome thought! What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?

A combination of both. I plot enough to know where the story goes but there’s enough wiggle room in case the characters take a detour.

What do you do when characters stop talking to you when writing?

Housework seems to turn them on. Doing laundry stirs the creative juices. Driving, too—lots of dialogue develops while running errands. And exercising. Showering. Sleeping. The muse pays a visit during any activity where writing is physically unworkable.

What do you hope readers get from your books?

A sweet ’n spicy escape between the pages.

Do you write under any other pen names/genres?

Just one name and one genre for now.  

That's good sometimes it can be very confusing for the readers lol. How about a few personal questions Were you named after a relative, friend of the family, or historical figure?

None of the above. My mother just liked the name Debbie.

Some silly questions: M&M's or Hershey kisses?

M&M’s—specifically peanut. I like Hershey Kisses too, but the wrapper slows me down.

Lol, Damn wrappers!  Favorite vacation spot?

I’m a homebody, so I prefer staycations. If I were to go away it would be with my family, so we’d probably go to Disney World or a place with endless lines. But if I had a choice, I’d go someplace where the piña coladas flow, the sand is soft, and I can chillax and cloud-gaze.

Anyplace you can get time to relax from the everyday is a good stay or vacation for me. If you could sit down with anyone for lunch, who would it be and why?

God. I’d like to share a pizza with Him, discuss the meaning of life, and see the world through His eyes.

Great Choice! If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Neurotic. Indecisive. Moody.

Hmm, Not sure if that is positive or What does the rest of 2016 have in store for you? Anything you want to share?

Once I finish revising my current work-in-progress, I’ll plot the full-length romance that blossoms between Adam and Misty in DARE ME.

Any words of advice to upcoming writers?

Write the story of your heart—you’ll be spending a lot of time with it, so you better love it or risk boring yourself and never finishing. The Anatomy of Story by John Truby is my go-to guide—I’m not going to lie, it’s complicated, but if you’re into the art of storytelling you may find it fascinating.

Thank you so much for taking time to answer a few questions.  I wish you luck, success, and many sales in your future.




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