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Monday, April 13, 2009

Debby Mayne and Free Books!

Three Georgia women face the challenge to believe in happily-ever-after endings.

Before we meet today's author, I'd like to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Linda Hall's book, Shadows on the River, goes to:

tbbycatt@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right in order to participate in future book give-aways!

And now let's meet novelist Debby Mayne, author of Peachtree Dreams (Barbour, April 2009).

PhotobucketAuthor of more than twenty novels and novellas, Debby Mayne writes for Summerside Press and Barbour Publishing. Her nonfiction articles have appeared in regional parenting magazines, Writer's Digest Magazine, and other professional trade publications. She teaches the "Breaking Into Print" course for Long Ridge Writers Group, and conducts workshops for all ages.

Debby lives on the West Coast of Florida with her husband and two cats. Her upcoming 2009 releases include Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida (Summerside Press), Noah's Ark (Heartsong Presents), Be Still and Let Your Nail Polish Dry (Summerside Press devotional with Sandra Bricker, Loree Lough, and Andrea Boeshaar), and Christmas Homecoming anthology (Barbour Publishing with Paige Winship Dooly, Elizabeth Goddard, and Elizabeth Ludwig).

Be Still and Let Your Nail Polish Dry. You've gotta love that title! Debby, please tell us a bit more about Peachtree Dreams.

PhotobucketThree Georgia women can no longer believe in happily-ever-after endings. Shannon lost her boyfriend when her face was scarred. Jill buries the pain in her past by focusing on her work. Cindi is getting out of the bridal business after her parents announce their divorce. Three determined men will attempt to change these women's opinions of love.

Which character in your book most interested you while you wrote? Why?

Jill Hargrove in "Double Blessing" was the most interesting character to me because she struggles with being self-sufficient, even though she needs help. Many women confuse independence with being able to "do it all." As Jill's faith grows, she learns quite a few valuable lessons about knowing when to let go of the past and rely on God.

Why will readers enjoy your book?

Since this is a 3-in-1, readers will be able to enjoy the stories of three totally different women as they discover true love.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your book, who would play your lead roles?

PhotobucketKatherine Heigl would be a good heroine in "Love's Image" and "If the Dress Fits," two of the stories in Peachtree Dreams.

PhotobucketI can see Hilary Swank playing the lead in "Double Blessing."

PhotobucketKirk Cameron would be a good hero in "Love's Image."

PhotobucketLeonardo DiCaprio in "If the Dress Fits."

PhotobucketAnd Matt Damon in "Double Blessing."

What facet of the writing craft comes easiest to you?

None of it's easy, but I like dialogue because I can play it in my head like a movie.

Yes, I know what you mean. That's how I usually hear dialogue as I write it, too. What do you struggle with in your writing?

I have the hardest time staying with my main characters because sometimes, secondary characters are surprisingly interesting. One of the reasons I'm excited about my upcoming Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida is that it's longer, and I'm able to explore subplots and other relationships.

This month we're looking at ways to keep readers from setting our books down. How would you advice new authors about this?

Figure out what holds your interest as a reader and do that. Make sure each scene is well motivated and leads to your goal. Provide plenty of emotional hooks to make your readers worry.

Choose an inanimate object to represent you. Explain what you have in common with that object.

Since I'm a military brat (my dad was a career Air Force guy), I'll have to say I'm like a military base. Day in and day out, I look basically the same on the surface, but there's constant change inside--new books, family changes, and increasing knowledge.

What is the last book you read that impacted you? How did it affect you?

When I'm not writing, I'm reading, and every book I read impacts me in some way. I recently finished Rachel Hauck's Love Starts with Elle. Sometimes we think we know what God is calling us to do when He actually has something very different in mind for us.

What are you working on now?

PhotobucketI'm currently juggling several projects. I'm writing the first draft of Special Mission, the second book of my contemporary West Virginia Heartsong Presents set, reading the galley of Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida, and outlining a proposal for a new women's fiction series.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online? Please include the link for purchasing your book.

My books can all be purchased at Amazon.com. Here is a link to Peachtree Dreams.

Thanks so much, Debby, for telling us about yourself and Peachtree Dreams. Readers, Debby has offered to sign a copy of her book for the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 20. To enter, leave a comment for Debby, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. If you subscribe to my blog, at right (or if you're already subscribed), you'll be entered an additional time to this drawing and all future drawings.

And check back on Thursday, when we'll meet novelist Loree Lough, author of Love Finds You in Paradise, Pennsylvania. And we'll draw the winner of Merrillee Wren's book, Homecoming Blessings. You can still enter for that drawing under Merrillee's interview, below.


mez said...

I would love a chance to win Peachtree Dreams. Thanks!

sarahw said...

sounds like an interesting book. please enter my name in the draw. thanks,
sarahwoll at hotmail dot com

Rebekah E. said...

Sounds like a great book. Please enter me in the drawing.

Debby Mayne said...

Hi, Mez, Sarah, and Rebekah! Peachtree Dreams has 3 very different heroines. I think y'all will be able to find some way to relate to all of them.

traveler said...

Peachtree Dreams sounds captivating and interests me greatly.What a wonderful idea for this story. Thanks for this great giveaway.

Carole said...

I'm a Georgia girl who loves romance, so it would be great to win a copy of Peachtree Dreams. Thank you so much for this interview and giveaway.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Stacey said...

Peachtree Dreams sounds incredible. Great interview, too, ladies.

Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks.


principessa said...

What an interesting and great interview. This novel is appealing and special. Thanks for this chance.

squiresj said...

I loved this interview. Wonder why I haven't heard of you and your books before. I like the actors you chose. I would love to win this book and read it and write reviews on it.
Books that keep me from putting them down, keep changing things so when you think you have it all figured out something changes it all.
I am reading Beloved Captive by Kathleen Y'Barbo right now. It stays by my computer and I have to keep reading even while working at computer. Not hard to do when live in a rural area where interest is snail slow.
God Bless and annoint your writing.

Debby Mayne said...

My husband is a Georgia boy, so I really enjoyed the setting. He made sure I included the Varsity and a few of his other favorite spots around town.

Sandie Bricker said...

Debby, you know I love your writing! But it was very cool to read how you would cast your books. I love doing that, and I normally have the actors in my head when I first start writing.

Debby Mayne said...

Thanks, Sandie! It never dawned on me to cast the parts until you told me that's what you do. It's fun!

Rhonda said...

Hey Debby!! Love this interview. I'm looking forward to reading both PeachTree Dreams and Love Will Find You....

Good job!!!!!

Georgette said...

Hi Debby. I enjoyed reading this interview and am also looking forward to reading your new books. Please enter me into this give-away! Thanks!!

Linda said...

I think many have lost that happily-ever-after outlook. I'd love to see how you change their minds.

Please enter me in the contest.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Anna W. said...

I'm a Georgia gal, too! It sounds great; please enter me!


G. Miki Hayden said...

Great book titles and the books sound fun. Great good luck with the new release.

Houston A.W. Knight said...


Great interview! Your book sounds awesome, I can't wait to buy it! I love your voice and style - you're a great writer!


Vicki said...

Totally missed this for timing, but great interview and I can't wait to read the book. :)

Anonymous said...

Terrific and intriguing questions and answers. Thanks, Debby! I can't wait to read more!


Janna said...

I read one of Debby's books that I got at the ACFW bookstore in September, the cover was so pretty I had to get it - it was really good too! (If the Dress Fits, I believe)
I'd love to be entered for this one too!


windycindy said...

I love the name Cindi in her book!
Thanks, Cindi

Loree Lough said...

Super interview, Debby! If other readers enjoy Peachtree Dreams as much as I did, they'll be in Florida heaven!

Keep 'em comin', girl, keep 'em comin'!


peachykath said...

I can't wait to read these stories. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks, Katherine


Debra said...

I enjoyed this interview very much. I have read three of Debby's books so far. "Love's Image", "If the Dress Fits" and "Double Blessing." Once you pick up one of her books, you can't put it down. She is an amazing Author!
I am also a student of her in LongRidgeWritersGroup.
Please enter me in the drawing

hippmom said...

I have yet to read any of Debby's books but I appreciate the chance to win this one! THanks.

angelahipp at charter (dot) net



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