Monday, May 27, 2013

Debby Mayne's "Pretty Is As Pretty Does" Interview and book giveaway.

Hello, All! Please join me in welcoming my dear friend Debby Mayne to my blog. She's here to tell us a little about herself and her wonderful book, "Pretty Is As Pretty Does." (Class Reunion Series)

First of all, I'd like to say, "Thanks" for all of your comments.  Now, it's time to announce the winner of Debby's book. Congratulations goes to . . .


Tell us a little about yourself. 
I grew up in an Air Force family, so I’ve lived all over the place. I was born in Alaska and lived in Mississippi, Oregon, Japan, Hawaii, Tennessee, and Florida. After I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi, I moved back to Florida where I met my husband Wally. We have two daughters, Alison and Lauren, two sons-in-law, Jason and Ryan, and two granddaughters, Emma and Sophia.

Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I write the types of books I enjoy reading – light, breezy romances, quirky mysteries, and women’s fiction about Christian characters with tons of personality. I like to feel all the emotions – joy, humor, sadness, and angst – of the characters who are as imperfect as I am.

Besides writing, what are some of your favorite hobbies?                                            

I love anything to do with food, fitness, and fashion. I try to eat a healthy, gluten-free diet and work out almost every day. I read fashion magazines and find ways to make the styles I like appropriate for my age and body type.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always been a reader, and I’ve always enjoyed writing nonfiction. But the desire to become a fiction writer didn’t happen until my husband challenged me to write what I read after he nearly tripped over all the library books I’d checked out. I took the challenge, and five years later, I sold my first book.

What advice would you give to a beginning writer?

Read the types of books you want to write and analyze what makes them successful. If you can afford to attend at least one writer’s conference every year, go and soak everything up. Make friends with other writers who will understand what you are going through and listen to what the editors are looking for.

What book are you currently working on?

I’m working on Missing Dixie, the first book of three books in the Uptown Belles series for Charisma House. These are contemporary, fish-out-of-water romances, all with heroines who move from the South to New York City.

Please tell us a little about “Pretty Is As Pretty Does.”

Priscilla Slater goes to her ten-year high school reunion with equal parts dread and eager anticipation. Even though she’s a successful owner of a chain of hair salons and no longer has the mousy brown hair, crooked teeth, and discount-store wardrobe, she still feels like the ugly duckling. But when she arrives at the reunion, Priscilla soon realizes that her old classmates aren’t exactly as she remembers them. With humor and a just a touch of sassiness, Priscilla finds herself facing her own truth—and she may be surprised at what she discovers.

How can readers find you on the Internet?


(As always, if you mention you're an old or new following in with your comment, your name will be add a second time to the drawing.)

Drawing will be held June, 8


Merry said...

Pretty is as Pretty does sounds like a fun read. Please add me!
I'm an old follower.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like it will be a fun read. Count me in, please.

I am a GFC follower (old)

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel.

i'm a follower, too

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Jennifer said...

Sounds like a good read! I'm an old faithful follower...well...kinda :)

Karen said...

sounds like a great summer read, thanks for the giveaway

sonflower277 at gmail dot com

Patty said...

Sounds like a fun contemporary novel. I read mostly historical fiction, but have been getting into the contemporary genre lately.


I follow via GFC

Melody said...

I would love the chance to read this book!

Melody said...

Funny to say...but I'm an OLD follower of your blog!, said...

Debra, I don't have a book yet by Debby, so would like a chance to read this one. Thanks!
Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Cindy W. said...

I enjoyed your interview. I always like to hear what the reason behind writing that first novel is. Congratulations to your husband for challenging you to write your first novel.

I would love to be entered to win a copy of "Pretty is as Pretty Does". It sort of reminds me of my 30 year reunion. :)

I am an OLD follower.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

Library Lady said...

Dear Debra,
Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
I am an "old" follower.
Janet E.

Veronica Sternberg said...

This sounds really good! I'd love to win. I'm a new follower. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

Debby Mayne said...

I hope readers enjoy the Class Reunion stories as much as I enjoyed writing them. Thanks for the comments so far!

Patricia Bradley said...

Having gone to my high school reunion last year, this sounds like such a fun read. pat at ptbradley dot com
I am an old follower and will tweet this!

Maggie Brendan said...

Hi Debby-Go Eagles! My son, brother, bil,sil & 2 nieces all attended USM. I'm from Gulfport but live in GA now. Your sounds like a great read. Please enter my me for the giveaway. Thanks!

Maggie Brendan said...

Sorry, about that. I meant enter me. :)