Welcome, Deborah. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
Basically, I write the kind of books I like to read myself. Aside from that, I write books with a Christian message, hoping they will somehow get into the hands of some unsaved people and lead them to Christ. Most of my books are about issues that go against the grain of Christian beliefs, such as abortion, because I want to fight for the innocent and uninformed.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
I would have to say the day I got married and the birth of my two sons are just about equal.
How has being published changed your life?
Being published has brought me into a whole new world I could never have imagined. I’m meeting new people, learning new things, and having a whole lot of fun! Of course, I’m a lot busier, too.
What are you reading right now?
I’ve just begun When Dawn Breaks by Jennifer Slattery, which was sent by her publisher for review.
What is your current work in progress?
After having finished final edits on my novella, Love Comes Calling, to be released March 20th, I am now working on a TV drama series.
What would be your dream vacation?
I doubt it would ever happen, but I’d like to visit
Alaska, and possibly Maine. This from a girl who can’t stand the
How do you choose your settings for each book?
Generally, I like to use real towns from the area where I live, or I make up fictional towns that are just like them.
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
I would want to spend it with Kenneth Copeland. I consider him my spiritual father, and he is wonderful about gleaning such treasures from the Bible and direct communication from the Father.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I enjoy chrocheting, but haven’t had the time in ages; baking, too, but, again, time is a factor. I do more baking than crocheting though. Walks in a nearby park with my family always gives me joy
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Sometimes, I have a hard time finding the right word or words to describe something in a way that makes it visual to the reader. I keep at it, and go to the dictionary or thesaurus. I also rely on the Holy Spirit to guide me.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Study the craft as much as you possibly can, and never stop, no matter how good at it you become. Develop a thick skin, because not everyone will love what you write.
Tell us about the featured book.
Love Comes Calling is a novella that was one of three winners in a contest by Prism Book Group. Here’s the back-cover blurb:
The day new Christian, Derek Spencer, shows up on Charlie Parkes’s doorstep to make up for what he’d done, is the very day he falls in love with her. But Charlie’s sister mistakes him for a home improvement contractor, and he decides to play along until he finds a way to reveal who he really is.
Charlie is attracted to Derek, but knows the attention he pays her is only flattery. How could such a great-looking guy fall for someone with a face like hers? Nevertheless, the two form a relationship that brings a joy to Charlie that’s way beyond her wildest dreams.
But what will happen when Derek’s true identity is revealed?
Please give us the first page of the book.
Derek Spencer grasped the steering wheel of his SUV with one hand, while searching for the address scribbled on the scrap of paper he held in the other.
Would she be willing to see him? The decision to come forward had been tough, but necessary to his peace of mind and his spiritual well-being. He wanted to make things right with Charlotte Parkes.
Spotting the house, he slowed down and pulled into the driveway. He sat in the car and stared at the small brick rancher, trying to perceive the character of the woman who lived inside. The neatly mowed lawn resembled a rich green carpet, and colorful flower beds lined the perimeter of the house. Cheerful drapes adorned the inside of the picture window in front, inviting him to exit the car and ring the doorbell. He accepted the invitation and bounded up the walk.
Barely three seconds passed when the door was torn open and an attractive young woman with a profusion of curly red hair reached out and pulled him in by the arm.
“Finally. You were supposed to be here an hour ago. What happened? Traffic jam on Route 356?”
“I…” He scratched his head. Did she know him?
“Forget it. You’re here, now. Though I’m not sure your lateness speaks well of you. If you want a job, you must be prompt.”
“But…” What on earth was she talking about?
“Shall we begin? My sister is waiting in the other room.” She strolled away, motioning for him to follow.
Having no other alternative, he complied. At least he had gotten through the door.
As they passed through the living room and dining room, Derek studied his surroundings. The place was neat, clean, and comfortable-looking. The living room set was made up of odd pieces of furniture put together in such a way it gave the illusion they were made especially to be a part of this grouping.
When he entered the kitchen, he recognized Charlotte Parkes from her picture in the newspaper. With her porcelain-smooth skin and shiny auburn hair, she looked like an angel. Engrossed in squirting colored icing through a tube onto a layer cake, she hadn’t yet noticed him.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
My website: www.deborahmpiccurelli.com
Thank you, Deborah, for sharing this new book with me and my readers.
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