Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Debra Ullrick - DIXIE HEARTS - Free Book ( make that 2 free books)

I'm very happy to welcome Debra Ullrick back to my blog. So Debra, God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?

Man, that’s a toughie. I know what I’d like to see. And that is, tons of books sales to people who need what God gives me.

Tell us a little about your family.

I’m married to Rick, a wonderful, godly man. We celebrated our thirty-fourth wedding anniversary June 15, 2008. My only daughter, Sharmane Wikberg got married last year on 07/07/2007 in Las Vegas. And I can’t forget my other baby, Tickles. An ornery Manx cat.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?

Yes. I used to just enjoy reading. At that time, I searched for a story that fit my mood. After I started writing, I found myself critiquing the books, instead of just reading them. You know…Oh oh, passive. Oh oh, telling. Oh oh, too many adverbs. It was so frustrating that I no longer enjoyed reading. This went on for a long time until someone pointed out to me that I was reading with my “editor’s cap” on, instead of my “readers cap”. At first I had to really work at not critiquing them. But finally it worked, and I started to simply enjoy reading them again. There are times however, that I will purposely read a book as a study tool. I’ll ask myself what I like about it, and why. I’ll highlight things and sentences I really love.

What are you working on right now?
I’m actually working on several things. My first historical You Ordered What, turning The Bride Wore Coveralls into a screenplay, (an agent wants to see it when I’m finished) writing Powder Puff Bride, the sequel to Déjà vu Bride, and my first non-fiction book When All I Thought About Was Death.

Quite a variety there. What outside interests do you have?

Monster trucks, classic car auto shows, mud bog racing, Jane Austen movies, British documentaries, and a variety of other movies. I love feeding and watching wild birds, visiting water falls in hidden places, and I’m fascinated with sea life. Not only with the bazillion different species and their brilliant colors, but God’s creative genius in making each one unique.

How do you choose your settings for each book?

When writing for Heartsong Presents, I base the setting on what state is available. Otherwise, I use places that I’ve either lived at, visited, or would love to visit. Most of the time I’ll create a fictional place based on real place. I also like to create settings that I fantasize about.

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?

Jane Austen. I’m a huge fan of hers. She has amazing characters and incredible insight. I also love the way she uses language.

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?

How to write that bestselling novel. *smiling* Seriously, I wish I would have known to trust that the Holy Spirit has a plan for me and to follow my heart.

What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?

To take the steps that He is asking me take. To write the stories that He is asking me to write. And to trust Him with the results. I’m also learning that I don’t have all the pieces to the puzzle. I don’t see the whole picture of what He is doing. But God will give me those pieces as I need them. So, I need to rest in Him. Not just with my writing but with everything in my life.

What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?

1.) Pray every time you sit in front of your computer to write.

2.) Learn the craft, but don’t get bogged down with the rules. Guidelines help us, but if we let them, they can hinder us. Don’t become too legalistic while writing.

3.) If you can, find someone whose opinion you trust to help you along the way. Someone who understands your unique writing style and doesn’t try to change it. A good mentor is worth their weight in gold.

Tell us about the featured book.

Dixie Hearts is a three book compilation with me, and two other authors—Andrea Boeshaar, and Kay Cornelius. It contains my debut novel, The Bride Wore Coveralls about a feisty female mechanic/mud bog racer who struggles to prove to her fellow workers and mud bog racers that she’s just as good at racing and building mud boggers as they are. But no matter how good Camara Chevelle Cole is or how hard she tries, the men refuse to give her a break. Especially her long time Chevy/Ford/racing rival, Chase Lamar.

Chase Lamar is a new Christian who is trying to break free from his father’s controlling, unforgiving ways. As his feelings toward his long time rival Camara Cole, grows, he sets out to prove to her that he’s a new creature in Christ. But no matter how hard he tries, Camara doesn’t believe him. When someone starts sabotaging her mud bog truck, she’s convinced that someone is him. Chase is determined to prove his innocence. And he’s determined to win Camara’s heart in the process.

I've read that book, and it's deliciously different from any romance I'd ever read. How can readers find you on the Internet?

By visiting my website at
Or Shoutlife at
Or my blog at

Thank you, Debra, for spending this time with us. By the way, I love your new picture.

Readers, here's a link where you can order Dixie Hearts:

Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. Don't forget to check back a week from Saturday to see if you won.


Carly Kendall said...

Sounds like a very nice book.

raspberrygirl said...

Oh, I would like to win this book. Her book (in the book) sounds really good.

ohiobuckeye91 [at] gmail [dot] com

tetewa said...

I'd like to be included!

Sheila Deeth said...

Mud bog racing! I have no idea what you mean, but I'd love to read and find out.

Robin Shope said...

ENTER ME! Debra is one of my all time fav authors! Just the sweetest person! We have lots in common from our hubbie's first name to ornery cats. Hugs !

ladystorm said...

Have been wanting to read her book and the fact that I can read a couple more stories from other authors is good too. :)


Dennis said...

Deb has a unique way of spinning romance and suspense together. Her writer's voice is clean and new, and I respect her comments on my pieces so much that I try to get her to read as much of my MS's as I can.

Dennis Bates

"Under the Burr Oak Tree"
"Sharon's Song"

rebornbutterfly said...

I'd happily spend the day with Jane Austen!
Please enter me.

Abi said...

Sounds most interesting.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

windycindy said...

What a Godly woman! Her book sounds lovely. Please enter me in your drawing. Many thanks, Cindi

mez said...

I loved Deja vu Bride and would love to read Camara's story. Please include me. Thanks!

Debra Ullrick said...

Thank you everyone for your lovely comments and kind, encouraging words, and for your desire to read my story, The Bride Wore Coveralls. I had so much fun writing this story. If you don't already know, I'm a avid mud-bog racing fan and have ridden with my nephew several times when he races. What a rush. When that windshield gets encased in mud and you can't see where you're going, boy, howdy, the ride becomes pretty intense, and even more bumpy, especially when there's a chance that you can go flying over the mud pit wall and roll. Thank God that's never happened. I'm not ready for that kind of mud bath, thank you very much. *smiling* So, if you win a free copy, hang on for the ride of your life. I'll take you smack dab into Camara's (Ca-mare-ah's) pickup cab and into the pit, cuz I've been there done that. And I love it! Plus, you don't have to be or know about mud bog racing to enjoy this book. It does help if you like romance though. ~wink~

Megan said...

I love your #1 rule about writing. That is awesome! Thanks for the encouragement to do that everyday as I sit at my desk!


Michelle Sutton said...

Well, Miss Debra. There isn't much I didn't know about you (or so I thought) after talking to you on the phone every week for like three years now...) but I did discover from reading this interview that your daughter got married in Vegas. How DID I miss that? :)

HollyMag said...

Lena, I just wanted to say "thanks for sharing the interview." I'm fortunate to already have a copy of Dixie Hearts. Blessings to you both!

Debra Ullrick said...

You all are awesome. Thanks for taking time to post a comment and to enter the drawing. And, Lena, thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity. You rock!

Michelle... there's a whole lot more you don't know about me. Mwwwaaahhhhahaha. hehehee

Thanks again, everyone.


hippmom said...

Thanks, Lena, for another great interview. I think I would enjoy Debra Ulrick's books.

Stacie said...

Thanks again for the chance.

Marla said...

sounde live a good romance book. I love a good romance novel. Thank you for the entry.

sarahw said...

sounds like an awsome book. please enter my name in the draw. thanks,
sarahwoll at hotmail dot com

Debra Ullrick said...

I keep checking back and re-reading all the wonderful comments. It's just the boost I need to motivate me to keep writing. Thanks everyone. You all rock!


Debra Ullrick

Nicole O'Dell said...

Great interview!


sharon54220 said...

Sounds like a great book & great review. Please enter me.

Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your giveaway.

Ausjenny said...

Sounds like a great book and 3 at that. I have wanted to Read the Bride wore Coveralls please enter me

Carole said...

I enjoyed the interview and look forward to reading Debra's books. I'm also interested in learning more about Debra's non-fiction book about death.

Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Dixie Hearts. I live in Dixie, so naturally I'm very interested!

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Fran said...

been quite a while since I've read romance...toss my name in the hat for the drawing, please? ;)


Debra Ullrick said...

Carole, I hope I did Dixie proud. I had a blast researching Alabama. The people I talked to were super friendly and very hospitable. Someday I hope to visit Alabama. Actually, I'd love to visit all of the southern states.

As for the book about death, it isn't written yet. I'm in the process, but it is a very hard, emotional book to write, as it touches on several sensitive subjects. But, I'm also excited to write it because God delivered me from death's claws. I'll leave it at that until the book gets finished.

Again, thank you everyone for showing such an interest in my book.

And don't forget to check out Lena's books. She's an awesome writer, but even more than that, she's an amazing, caring, fantastic person, who I love dearly.

Thanks again.

God bless all of you,

Debra Ullrick

Milissa Austin Jenkins said...

I really like her tips and the first one being pray before you sit down at the computer. I have so much to say I just can't seem to get my head around it all. That was an awesome tip.

Milissa Austin Jenkins