I've been looking forward to this interview. This book received 4 1/2 stars from Romantic Times Magazine, and was a top pick. And it deserves these accolades. I loved the book.
Welcome, Debby. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I like to take my readers on a journey filled with hope. It makes me happy to entertain people in a wholesome way with Christ at the center of my stories.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
I have more than one happiest day: When I married Wally, when my first daughter Alison was born, and when my second daughter Lauren was born. (My first grandchild will be born in January, so I'll have to add that to the list.)
How has being published changed your life?
Now that I'm published, I work harder to write better books. Otherwise, everything is basically the same.
What are you reading right now?
I'm reading 2 books right now: Camy Tang's Only Uni and Jillian Hart's A McKaslin Homecoming. I just finished reading Sandra Bricker's Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas.
What is your current work in progress?
I have several projects going, including my West Virginia collection of Heartsong Presents and my next proposal for Summerside Press.
What would be your dream vacation?
I was born in Alaska, but we moved away when I was very young. I'd like to go back—during the summer, though. I don't care for freezing weather. An Alaskan cruise would be nice, but I want to spend some time on land, too.
James spent 15 months in Alaska when he was in the army, before we met. He's often talked about us going to Alaska, but we havne't yet. I hope to soon. How do you choose your settings for each book?
I generally choose a place I've been or would like to visit. My story set in Treasure Island has a theme of finding life's treasures.
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
If I had to choose someone I know, I'd never be able to narrow it down to one person. However, if I could choose someone I don't know, I'd probably pick…well, let's see…hmm. That's tough. I can think of so many. Perhaps Liz Curtis Higgs? Even though I've met her, I don't actually know her, and she seems like a fun, inspiring person.
I love her, too. Maybe we both could spend time with her. What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I like to go for long walks, sew a little, watch style and cooking shows, and bowl.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Sometimes I have a hard time finding the best place to start my stories. I overcome it by writing the first thing that comes to mind then going back and deleting what I don't need.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Read in the genre you want to write, study the market, read the submission guidelines, and start hunting for an agent who can guide you in your career.
Tell us about the featured book.
In Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida, during the process of getting to know each other, my hero and heroine learn about the real treasure in life—unconditional love—with the help of the hero's parents, the heroine's sister, and a precious little boy.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
My website is http://debbymayne.com/, and my blog is http://debbymayne.blogspot.com/.
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