What a blessing to have you with us today, Deborah!
How long have you known you wanted to be an author?
Thanks so much, Charity. It's great to get to spend time with your blog readers! I've known I wanted to write a book since the summer I was 11 and read all the Little House on the Prairie books. I think that was the first time I really connected that books had authors...that it was an occupation you could aspire to! That was an exciting discovery for me!
You have some very interesting plots. Where do you get the ideas for your books?
Ideas are EVERYWHERE! Many of my plots have sprung from real life stories (though, of course, I change every possible detail to make the story my own). I might read a newspaper article that makes me ask "what if?" questions, and from there, my mind is off and running. Other times, I create a scenario around a social issue or a moral question that I want to explore. Leading my characters through a difficult situation (or letting them lead me, is probably more accurate!) is a great way to explore an issue, and discover what I think about it, or more importantly, what GOD thinks about it.
Are you a pretty regimented writer?
Um...I am when I have to be. I am the world's worst procrastinator (just ask my husband!) especially in the early stages of writing a book, but once I get down to the wire––usually about 4 months before a first draft is due––then I know I must get serious in order to make my deadline. I've only been late on a couple of books, and then with my editor's blessing––or at least permission. : )
Is there someone you would love to meet? Or would loved to have met?
I would have loved to have met two of my favorite authors from my teenage and young adult years, and . Their books gave me so much enjoyment, and even mentored me in my formative years as a writer. I wish I'd had the chance to thank them while they were still here. Of course, I think I'll get that chance in heaven.
Do you have a place you would love to visit? Maybe a vacation spot, overseas or a certain monument, etc?
I've wanted to travel through Europe for as long as I can remember. I really love traveling and hope to do more of it now that we're empty nesters. Our oldest son just moved to Berlin last month, so we're excited about visiting him some day, and grateful that we'll have a tour guide and a free place to stay when we go! Another favorite place is the city of my birth, San Antonio, Texas. My parents moved away from there when I was five months old, and I had never returned until about twelve years ago. It was in February, the weather was glorious, and we stayed in a charming B&B right on the Riverwalk! I'd love to repeat that trip again some winter!
What one event would you love to be at? Historical or future?
It would have been incredible to be present at that stable in Bethlehem the night Jesus was born, or at the tomb the first Easter Sunday morning when the stone was rolled away.
Is there something about you most people wouldn't know?
My closest friends all know this, but it would probably be news (boring news, but still new information LOL!) to my readers: I love to rearrange my furniture. I always figure if I have to move it to vacuum under it anyway, I may as well try a new arrangement as long as I'm scooting heavy stuff around. And there's something about changing things around in my house that makes me always feel like I have a brand new home, brand new furniture and decor. I think it helps me be more content with the possessions I have, and I even think the changes spark my creativity as a writer, helping me view things from a little different perspective.
Can you tell me a little bit about the next books in this series?
The Hanover Falls Novels series all focus on the survivors of five fallen firefighters who band together to deal with their grief and loss after a tragic fire in the town's homeless shelter. Book 2, Forever After, features Jenna Morgan whose husband died in the fire, and Lucas Vermontez, a firefighter whose injuries have stolen his ability to return to the force, and with it, his will to live. The heroine of Book 3, After All, is Susan Marlowe, another widow of a fallen firefighter and the director of the homeless shelter. I'm working on rewrites of Forever After, before returning to the first draft of After All...and falling in love with Hanover Falls and its people (all figments of my imagination!) all over again.
And any last thoughts for your readers?
I just want to say thank you to my readers and remind you that you are the fuel that runs my creative engine! I appreciate each reader more than I can ever express. Thank you for your loyalty and for sharing news of my books with your friends.
And where can they contact you?
I love hearing from my readers and do my best to answer every email or letter. Readers can contact me through my website: http://www.deborahraney.com on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=548613938&ref=profile or via snail mail through the address of my publisher in the back of each of my books.
Thanks again for being with us today!!
Thank YOU, Charity! It was my pleasure.
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