It's time to announce the winner, and the winner is... KELLY
Thank you for having me as a guest on your blog, Debbie.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My dad was from Opelika, AL and my mother was from Cincinnati, OH. It’s so true when they say opposites attract. My dad had moved there to work for General Electric. While they were there they had my two older brothers, Bill and Curtis. In the early 1950’s they moved to north Georgia where my dad was transferred to work at GE. I wonder sometimes how I would have turned out if we’d stayed in Ohio – I’d be a *&^% YankeeJ Summer before last we had a reunion of twelve cousins in Cinn on my mother’s side. Some I hadn’t seen for 40 years. It was so much fun!
My mother had RA (rheumatoid arthritis), but Dad never missed a church service taking us kids to church. I have had my ups and downs with my faith, but I’ve never given up on God. I’ve come to the conclusion there are some things we will not have the answers to while on this earth. And that is alright – in Pro. 3:5 we are told to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” That is the verse Trixie holds on to in “Death in Dahlonega.”
Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I’ve always loved to read so I think it was natural that I’d transition into writing. Mysteries have been my genre of choice since I was a young girl and loved to read Nancy Drew. Cozy mysteries are one of my favorites and Ann George has been a big influence on my writing. As for writing Christian Fiction – Margaret Daley’s books were a big influence.
Besides writing, what are some of your favorite hobbies?
Photography – I love to take pictures of nature. Especially close up (macro) pics of butterflies and flowers. If you go to my blog you can see some of my pictures. www.deborahsbutterflyjourney.blogspot.com
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I can remember beginning a book when I was a teenager, but didn’t finish so I think I’ve always enjoyed writing.
What advice would you give to a beginning writer?
Besides all the ones you hear all the time like: going to conventions, reading writing books, join writing groups, etc. I would say the main thing is not give up. I have a couple of books I would recommend – Write in Style by Bobbie Christmas and Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Debra Dixon. Keep on keeping on because these are the writers who will eventually get published. (Don’t forget to write!)
What book are you currently working on?
I’m working on a new cozy mystery series. It will have new characters, but still be a fun read. It’s been hard leaving behind Trixie and Dee Dee. They keep wanting me to write them in the storyJ
Please tell us a little about “Terror on Tybee Island.”
Trixie Montgomery is the main character and her sidekick and best friend is Dee Dee Lamont. Trixie is a writer for a magazine and is sent on assignments to different towns. It seems everywhere they go a dead body turns up and Trixie and Dee Dee must find the person who committed the dastardly deed. Trixie’s eccentric great-aunt, Nana, joins in on the fun. With Nana around there’s never a dull moment. For instance she gets a tattoo in “Terror on Tybee Island.”
“Terror on Tybee Island” takes place on the beautiful Tybee Island off of Savannah. Trixie, Dee Dee, Nana and Trixie’s mother Betty Jo go for a relaxing vacation on the island. Betty Jo’s friend puts them up in her bed and breakfast. It turns out to be anything but relaxing when Trixie finds a body in the sand behind the house. Betty Jo’s friend, Laura, is accused of the murder so of course Trixie and Dee Dee must come to the rescue when Betty Jo begs them to help Laura. They run into quite a few suspects as they attend a taping of Paula Deen’s cooking, a trip to the Mercer-Williams house, and a pirate festival.
During the festival Nana is kidnapped and you’ll have to read the book to see if Trixie and Dee Dee arrive in time to save her.
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Thanks again, Deborah, for visiting my blog.
Drawing will be held February 22