My 2010 book, Maid to Match, was chosen by Booklist as one of the year’s Top Ten Inspirational Fiction. It won the National Readers’ Choice Award and Book Buyer’s Best. It was also nominated for a RITA, Readers’ Crown, Holt Medallion, Golden Quill, Maggie, Lories Best, and Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice.
Love on the Line has already hit several bestseller lists, has received starred reviews, and is about a switchboard operator and a Texas Ranger who goes undercover as a telephone repairman.
How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
I finished my first book in 1997. It wasn’t published until 2005. Then, when it came out, it was an “overnight success.” So, a rejection now doesn’t necessarily mean the work isn’t good, just that the timing isn’t right. The greatest advice I can give to an aspiring writer is: Continue to hone your craft and start on the next project.
I know what you mean. It took me 8 years to be an overnight success (in some people’s eyes). Tell us about the featured book.
Rural switchboard operator Georgie Gail is proud of her independence in a man's world…which makes it twice as vexing when the telephone company sends a man to look over her shoulder.
Sounds like a book I'll love to read. Please give us a peek inside your book.
Georgie Gail snatched up a switchboard cable and stuffed it into number twenty-eight. “Hello, Central.”
“Georgie, it’s Mattieleene. How old is he? What does he look like? You have met him, haven’t you?”
She didn’t pretend to misunderstand. “Yes.”
The new troubleman tried to open one of the office desk drawers, but it was locked. With a great deal of satisfaction, Georgie smoothed her skirt beneath her and adjusted herself in her chair.
“Well?” Mattieleene asked.
“He’s big and he’s grouchy.”
He pierced her with his gaze.
She shifted, facing forward. She could still see him, but only in her peripheral.
“Never say so!” Mattieleene moaned. “Is he old?”
He jiggled the second and third drawers. Locked.
“Is he ugly?”
“Long in tooth and raised on sour milk.”
Balling his fists, he placed them on the desktop and leaned against it. The fabric of his sleeves tightened around his upper arms.
“Oh, crumbs.” Mattieleene sounded near tears. “Why couldn’t they have sent a man with a little fur on his brisket?”
“Party lines, Mattieleene. Anyone can hear.” And from the crackling on the line, it was a sure bet half the town was listening in.
That just moved to the top of my to-be-read pile. How can readers find you on the Internet?
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I am thrilled to introduce Georgie and Luke to the word in her latest novel, Love on the Line. To celebrate my publisher, Bethany House, is hosting the Love on the Line iPad2 giveaway an Author Chat on Facebook! Enter today and follow the link below to RSVP for Deeanne's rip-roarin' Facebook Party!
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Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends. Hope to see you on the 8th!Love on the Line
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