Hello! I am Deborah Ann and I am the author of ‘The Destiny Series,’ a young adult romance series with a paranormal twist, and ‘The Memory Betrayal Series,’ an adult contemporary romance Series, as well as ‘The Deal’ & ‘First Sight ~ The Deal Prequel.’ I am a wife and mother of two: I have a daughter and a son. While it can be a balancing act of sorts, some days, I sneak in as much time as I can to slip into the lives of my characters. And though each story and character nuzzles out a little space in my heart, Danielle and Cayden are held very near and dear to my heart, as is their story of first love, in ‘Destiny.’<3 XOXO
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A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT ME ~
|Author Q&A with blogger Danielle, from Danielle’s Escape|
|Q&A with Author Deborah Ann
Posted: 13 Oct 2014 09:43 AM PDT
I just want to thank Author Deborah Ann for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions for her readers. I know she is a busy mom, wife, and author so I greatly appreciate it. So as she leaves her writing cave for a few minutes let’s dive in…shall we?
Danielle-So when I was in college I loved to listen to music to get me pumped up for midterms… What gets you pumped up in your writing cave?
Deborah-I too am motivated by music, and it sparks story and scene ideas for me. But when I am really on a roll, I prefer quiet surroundings, to hear my own thoughts—because I’m all in my head!
Danielle– What is the name of the first book you wrote?
Deborah– It all began with ‘Destiny’, the first book in my Young Adult Series, about athletic high school honor student Danielle Kennedy, and Cayden Bridwell, the shy brainy boy she’s ignored since kindergarten.
Danielle– Where did your inspiration come from to pick up your first pen and let us into your book world?
Deborah– In the back of my mind, the thought was always there; the want to write a novel. Lack of confidence and time were deterrents over the years. But the real inspiration came when, by chance, I snatched my daughter’s Twilight book to pass the time while she was at soccer practice. She’d read them all, and was a huge fan. That lit a spark in me, and reminded me how much I used to love to read. I had been so busy being a mom, and reading with my two kids, that I had forgotten that about myself: that I loved to get lost in a book world. That gave me the push to put pen to paper, and the ideas flooded in from there. I pulled out some notes and pages from an earlier attempt, did some research, and it morphed into ‘Destiny’ from there. I promised myself that I would see it through, to the final page.
Danielle– Are any of your romantic scenes from Memory Betrayal related to personal experiences?
Deborah– Oh gosh… Off the top of my head, no. Though there may be pieces of personal traits and life experiences threaded through my stories and characters. That’s the fun, about writing and creating characters, putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. Acting and behaving as that character would, in scenes you’d typically not experience in reality. Just as it is when one escapes in a delicious book while reading.
Danielle– Do you see writing as a career?
Deborah– I see it, and hope it’s in my grasp. It certainly is my dream.
Danielle– Do you design your own book covers?
Deborah– I do design my own book covers, with the help of my daughter—when I can pin her down. She’s a wizard with Photoshop. (Me, not so much.) I usually have a vision for the cover before I have completed writing the book. I sketch a design up, then together we create, each eyeing it and throwing in little idea changes. We usually agree well when designing the look, and have similar creative thoughts and ideas.
Danielle– What are you currently working on? Can you tease us just a little?
Deborah– Of course. I have just completed a stand-alone adult romance “The Deal” – that might be considered erotic…? (I have recently followed up ‘The Deal’ with ‘First Sight’ The Deal Prequel.)
Danielle– What authors do you admire or inspire you?
Deborah– Ok, going back to Twilight, I love Stephanie Meyer’s story and feel she inspired many, as well as myself. I think she, and J.K. Rowling, gave confidence and hope to writers—those who lived normal, everyday lives and who dreamed of having their work published— made it an attainable reality. More currently, there are some self-published authors whose success I admire, but the author I most admire, is Sylvain Reynard. He simply writes beautifully. So romantic and eloquent.
Danielle– Do you prefer E-reader or Paperback?
Deborah– I love actual, tangible books, always have. The look, feel, and design are so much more elegant. But, typically, I read on my kindle or iPad. Content is so readily available, and, I don’t know what it is, but I can stay up all night, literally, when I am reading a digital copy. My eyes just don’t get as tired, as with print.
Danielle– Are you Team Edward or Team Jacob? (I’m Team Edward)
Deborah– Lol… I am team Edward, all the way. That soul deep love Edward had…I am a sap for that. Well, and he was beautiful, too.
Danielle– What are the last 3 books you have read?
Deborah– Right now, this week, I’m mostly proofreading my own new romance book. But I sneak in the occasional read, just finished reading ‘That Man’ bk 1 & bk 2. Before that, ‘Wallbanger’, and ‘The Billionaire’s Obsession series’.
Danielle– What do you like to do in your free time?
Deborah– I enjoy spending time with my family. My son and daughter are both in college, but still live at home with us, which keeps things pretty lively around our house. I attend all of my son’s sporting events—right now that’s college football. We just bought kayaks, as a new family activity to enjoy in our free time. I enjoy going to the movies, and I watch a little TV, though I am not very good at sitting still, so I am usually doing something else at the same time. But, truthfully, I spend most of my peaceful free time, writing: write, write, write, read, read, read. It is my obsession.
Danielle– Anything you would like to say to your readers?
Deborah– Absolutely. I would like readers to know how thankful I am, for the chance to touch them with a story I’ve written, to share the world I created and characters that I love, if only for a few moments in time. That it means everything to me, when a reader reaches out to share how much they enjoyed one of my books, and related to or fell in love with the characters. Or to just hear how they GOT what I was trying to put into words, FELT what I was trying to express. That, is an amazing feeling. And, that I’m just getting started…
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer my Q&A. I wish you the very best! XX
For the full Q&A post, visit my friend Danielle @ http://lovedaniellesescape.blogspot.com