I got the chance to meet Debra in person this year at the RNConvention in Las Vegas and I can't wait to see her again.
1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I live just outside Memphis, TN and yes I have been to Graceland. J I’m married with two grown sons.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I’m in the SCA and enjoy primitive archery, primitive camping and wearing medieval dresses when we play. I’ve made most of my clothing for that. I love to travel, enjoy history, love to dance, enjoy theater, movies, picnics and the beach and ocean.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
It varies by the day. On Wed I go to the library, turn off my phone write all day. The rest of the week I juggle a part time job with the writing.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
Everywhere. I have more ideas than I have time to write the stories.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
Trapping the Butterfly because it’s about a young girl coming of age and learning to stand up for herself. Plus it has gangsters, jazz and dancing. ;-)
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
My nickname in high school was Tigger because I tried highlighting my hair myself and ended up with wide, nearly white streaks. I used to sing the Tigger song when someone called me by that name.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
Aboard the Wishing Star brings in my experience cruising the Caribbean and learning to snorkel as well as my water phobia. Trapping the Butterfly brings in my experience staying in Hot Springs AR at the Arlington Hotel and “taking the baths”. After my first two books, which were westerns, I started to bring in some of my travel experiences into my work.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
No name but my muse is a pixie who used to work for cookies. We broke the sugar habit and now it is honey. She likes anything sweetened with honey. She’s quite a playful little thing. I just call her Pixie.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
Well I am already a multi genre author. So far I have published western historical romance, contemporary romance with romantic suspense elements, 1920’s romance, a poetry anthology, a sci-fi romance short story and my first short story published was horror (vampire story with romantic element) Then I have a straight fantasy I started a few years ago and I am working on a fantasy romance as well as a romantic suspense. I always have more than one manuscript in the works.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
I really enjoyed Ashes For the Elephant God by Vijaya Schartz. That’s one of the most recent ones I’ve finished. She lived in India so the story really came alive for me and I could see, hear and smell everything as if I was there. That’s good story telling when that happens. J
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
My favorites are Bethany and Paul from Trapping the Butterfly, my 1920’s novella. Because Bethany is my youngest heroine and she’s coming of age taking chances in Hot Springs surrounded by gangsters. She bobs her long hair and cuts up her corsets to wear the modern flapper dresses. Paul is a detective who is determined to make sure she remains safe.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
It’s hard doing all the promotional things we need to do now as well as to find time to write our books.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Begin by writing something, anything and let the writing lead you where you are pulled.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I would probably still be a travel consultant jetting around the globe. (Though travel writing was looking enticing too back then.)
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
Staying in an over the water hut in French Polynesia. I’ve stayed in one off the island of Tahiti and one off the island of Moorea. The most romantic islands I have ever been to. You can have them bring you breakfast by canoe and at night the stars are so clear.
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way….. why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
Bethany is looking forward to celebrating her eighteenth birthday in Hot Springs. If Aunt Margaret and Uncle James have their way she will return from the trip engaged to Mr. Rivalde. Every part of Bethany's life has been controlled, from the clothes she wears to the food she eats. Bethany can't wait to cut off her long hair like other girls and to fly free.
Paul studied and chased butterflies when he was a small boy. Now he chases gangsters and he's in Hot Springs following Al Capone's gang.
The sight of Bethany amid butterflies, sun streaming down and lighting up her pale skin and long blonde hair, is one that stops Paul Tollick on the spot. She is the most beautiful female he's ever seen.
But two other men have determined to catch her for themselves and one is a dangerous gangster. Will she fly free or be trapped?
"What have you done?" Aunt Margaret's eyes darkened to black slits the moment they landed on Bethany. Anger radiated off her like heat from a boiling furnace. She slammed the door. "You little fool."
Bethany widened her eyes. She'd never seen her aunt this angry. Her fury froze whatever words Bethany might have spoken. She wanted to run and hide as she had when she was a small girl, yet she wasn't that small girl anymore and she had nowhere to hide, anyway. She never had.
"You gave your word you wouldn't leave this hotel."
"I didn't leave the hotel. They have a beauty parlor right here in the basement."
"I cannot leave you alone for even one minute." Aunt Margaret's face was a mask of fury. "You cannot be trusted."
"I kept my word. I didn't leave the hotel."
"You are a disgrace. You have disgraced this family. How do you expect to go out in society? That hairdo is unladylike. We won't find you a proper husband with you looking like that. If you were married, it would be grounds for divorce. You're a fool."
"I like it, and I'm not the only one. Others have told me it looks pretty."
"Of course the beautician who cut your hair is going to tell you that. People like that will tell you anything when they want to sell you something. Not only is your haircut unladylike, it makes your face look fat."
Bethany's stomach clenched. She wasn't fat. She wasn't. Paul thought she looked pretty. She'd known her aunt would be angry, but hadn't known she'd be this angry. If only Bethany could flee. Anywhere but inside this room. Anywhere far away from her aunt.
"You'll be lucky if Richard still wants to take you to that movie." Her aunt paced the room. "Just wait until your uncle sees."
"Sees what?" Uncle James stepped through the door, and his jaw dropped. He didn't even close the door behind him as he walked into the room.
Bethany reached up to the back of her hair and fluffed it as Tildy and Paul had done. That felt good, although she knew her aunt and uncle might take it as a defiant move. Paul likes my hair this way. I like it too. I don't care what they think.
"You've cut your hair," Uncle James said. He wasn't usually one to state the obvious, and yet he seemed dumbfounded.
She nodded. "Yes, I did."
"Well." He slammed the door. "It's done now."
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