Today we have a non-fiction author with us :) Please welcome...
Thanks for being with us today Debbie, can you tell us a little about yourself?
Well, one I forgot I had to type this on the computer lol. I prefer writing with pen and paper. I hope you can grin and bear it since I don't do all of my own editing. I am a very proud Mom of four adult children, which that doesn't seem like it can be possible yet. Time went a little faster than I thought it would. I live a very quiet life or private rather would be a better word. I guess I have always been that way. When I choose to be around other people that is fine and all but I really value my private life. No big mystery or anything, just the way that I am. I enjoy vegetable gardening, not flowers—they just don't seem to do well in my hands with the dying and all, but that's okay. I like them fine enough just can't grow them.
Music is my first passion, I think it always will be. I've never been able to read a word and with all that's gone on the last couple of years still haven't gotten that far yet. Acoustic guitar is my first love.
Had the chance to play some piano when I was younger but again it was by ear. I've drawn when I feel like it, pencil mostly, just animals and such. Did a pen and ink of a house once. Took forever, although I wouldn't mind doing another sometime again.
Have enjoyed window painting for my kids when they were little and I think all of those were cartoons like Beauty and the Beast; holiday scenes, Christmas, Halloween and such. And have done character cakes for my kids, had a ton of fun with those, although time consuming, so worth it though. The last one I did was Jack Skelington from Nightmare Before Christmas for a birthday for my youngest daughter. I don't use molds or anything, just free hand it.
Do real life events find their way into your stories?
I'm thinking so, my book is non-fiction.(smile)
Do you ever mimic family members or people you know when you choose characters?
Not on purpose. Since I never knew I was writing a book I didn't choose the characters so I couldn't be mimicking them I don't think.
Do you find yourself going back to the same inspiration for each story or is it always something different?
Don't know yet. This is my first book and I have never written anything else, although I am sure there will be a second book although I am not planning one. Just got that feeling.
When do you write? Early morning? During the day sometime or all day?
I never plan on writing. I have a, well it's like a journal and that's the only thing I ever write in and that is whenever the thought comes to write. No specific time just whenever
How do you feel about marketing your book?
Honestly, I didn't want to at first. I thought I would have to be out in the public all of the time and I'm not a very public person. Then I had a bad injury about a year and a half ago, and any thought of marketing has been put on the shelf, but with more and more recovery I may just want to.
What social sites do you feel works best for marketing?
Again, honestly, I don't know. I used MySpace for the website at first because it was recommended to me that I should have a website and it is still on the back of the book, but then a friend had started a Facebook page so we could keep in touch since she lives out of town and I found it was handier to use Facebook for the book as well. It's like everything is there. I have Twitter but I hardly ever use it.
Do you like to pitch stories to your publisher or do you wait until you have written the story and have a final manuscript to hand in?
I suppose if I knew I was going to write a book I may have pitched it to someone but I didn't know I was writing one. What I did do though was when I figure out I had wrote a book was to call and talk to a friend about it and she suggested I self publish which I am not a hundred percent sure I would ever do that again. It is an amazing amount of work. Another friend offered to edit it thankfully, but she and I had to keep looking it over and that took over a year, because I am picky lol.
Is there any other genre you would love to try writing? If so, what is it?
Like on purpose? Lol. I can't see myself writing anything else. I never thought of myself as a writer
Now just for fun, I have a few personal questions
Favorite male actor: don't have one, didn't really watch t.v. much until my injury
Favorite vehicle: truck, any, just like trucks
Favorite way to relax: gardening
Favorite Ice Cream: Black Cherry
Favourite Outfit: jeans, tee or sweatshirt depending on the weather
And for a bonus: If you could pick any place in the world to live, besides where you are now, where would it be? (Of course without the hindrance of jobs or money)
Easy, somewhere just outside of town, not sure which town, but somewhere where I could have about a acre of garden and horses, have always loved horses. One of my aunts used to have horses and when I would go out to her place to visit her and my uncle I would ride the horses sometimes too. It's just a freedom; I can't explain it.
Where can our readers find you?
Have to share something with you here. When I first read this question the first thought that came to mind was, good luck on that, and find me? Why do I want to be found? Lol anyways since I am still in recovery from my accident I decided to keep everything in one place, well two actually...
we find it?
I have just the one book right now and it is called “No Happily Ever After, But...”
Do you have a favourite recipe you'd like to share?yep you're going to love this:
Candy Shop Pizza
great to make with kids
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups chipits semi sweet (chocolate chips)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup chopped candy bars, Butterfingers, Skors, etc
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease 12 to 14 inch pizza pan or baking dish. In a
small bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
In a large mixer bowl, beat butter, white sugar and brown sugar until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla
extract. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chipts. Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake 20 to 25
minutes until lightly browned. Immediately sprinkle 1 cup chipits (after you get it out of the oven lol)
over crust drop peanut butter by spoonfuls over chipits. Let stand for about 5 minutes or until chips
become soft and shiny. Gently spread chocolate and peanut butter over crust. Decorate pizza with
chopped up candy bars. Cut into wedges; serve warm.
This interview was an experience in itself. I think this is as much writing I have done on purpose ever.
This is also my first interview I have accepted.
Thank you for visiting with us Debbie, it was a pleasure !!!
Until next time, happy reading !