Wednesday, June 17, 2009


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, and my blog is

Debby, I've really enjoyed our visit.

Readers, here's a link where you can order the book:

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Deborah said...

please enter me! i love the summerside books

Jo said...

I would just love to win this book. Enter me in the drawing.


peachykath said...

Yeah, anothe Love finds you book. I have read a few of the other books in the Love Finds you series and I can't wait to own them all and to transport myself to another time and place in the country. Please enter me in the drawing for this book.


Linda W. said...

Maybe I'll get to know more about FL through winning this book. Please enter me. Thanks so much.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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Patty Wysong said...

This book sounds wonderful and I love the Love Finds You series!

Debby Mayne said...

Hi, Everyone! I agree about the Love Finds You books. All the ones I've read have been wonderful stories set in intersting places.

One of the reasons I enjoyed writing about Treasure Island is that it's close to home--literally. If you want to take a fun vacation at one of the prettiest beaches in Florida, this is an excellent choice. You might even want to rent a bicycle built for two.

Lori (sugarandgrits) said...
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Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

I'm currently in the process of collecting all of the Love Finds You... books. They all sound wonderful! I would love to travel to all of these places, but my hubby would rather stay home. :(

Great interview! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of your book.

Lori S.

(Sorry! I made a mistake in my first comment, so I deleted it!)

Unknown said...

I have never read a summerside book. Looks good.

Renee (BlacknGoldGirlsBookSpot) said...

I'm trying to collect all of the Love Finds You books too! I've only read the Last Chance, California book so far but would love to read Treasure Island next! Please enter me!


Sherry Kuhn said...

Wonderful interview! The book sounds terrific and I LOVE the cover. Actually all books in "the love finds you" series have beautiful covers. I too am collecting them and look forward to each adventure.

Thanks for entering me in the drawing.

Sherry K

Debby Mayne said...

I'm collecting the Love Finds You books, too! I agree that it's a great way to learn about all these great places.

Edna said...

The book sounds great I like your writting and hope to win this one.

May God bless


Martha A. said...

I would love to win the book!

Roanna said...

I would love to win this book. I have not read any of the "Love Finds You In" books, and would love to. I also don't think I've read any of Debby Mayne's books.

Thanks so much!

cheryl c said...

I have read several of the other LOVE FINDS YOU books, and it is a wonderful series. This book sounds like a delightful addition. Please enter my name in the drawing. Thanks! :-)


Sheila Deeth said...

Enjoyed your answers. Certainly an intriguing title. It would catch my eye on a bookshelf.

Patty said...

I would love to win this. The Love Finds You books are great.


Marla said...

Sounds like a winner :-) Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

Merry said...

I love the cover! Please include me in the drawing. Thanks.


Lynnette Bonner said...

Sounds like a fun book. :) Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

sarahw said...

i really enjoy the summerside books. please enter my name in the draw. thanks,
sarahwoll at hotmail dot com

apple blossom said...

Oh, I'd love to win thanks.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Emma said...

Great interview .Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the drawing for this book.
Thank you.

judyg54 said...

Am looking forward to reading all the "Love Finds You In . . " books. I have one and would love to win Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida. Thanks for the interview.

windycindy said...

Congratulations on your 4 1/2 stars!
Way to go.....
I adore these "Love Finds....
book series.
Please count me in.....
Thanks very much!

Unknown said...

Great interview. Love Finds you in Treasure Island, Florida, looks like an outstanding book! I have Love Finds You in Valentine Nebraska and can't wait to collect them all.

Thanks so much for the contest.


Anonymous said...

Please enter me. I've been wanting to get started on the Love Finds YOu books but haven't had a chance yet.

Frances Devine

Anna Weaver Hurtt said...

Sounds great! I've been wanting to start the "Love Finds You" series, and this one looks good!

Anna W.

adge said...

Please enter me for the giveaway. Thanks.