Welcome Deborah! To begin with, can you tell us a little about yourself?
Sure. I’m married to my wonderful husband, Scott, and have been for 39 years. We have 3 grown children. So far we’ve been blessed with two grandsons, but believe more grandchildren will be added down the way. I retired from dispatching at a trucking company after 30 years of service so I could pursue my writing career.
When did you first know you wanted to be a writer? Who or what inspired you?
I was in an accident that laid me up for a couple of months. While reading so many books, one day I said, “Lord, I think I could write one of these.” And God took me serious. Immediately He gave me the idea for my first novel, and He didn’t stop there.
How long did you write before you were published?
I had been writing for over twenty years before my first book was published. Grace, a Gift of Love is the title and it was the second novel I wrote twenty years before being published. At that time I had written 18 novels in various stages of completion.
How many books have you published? What are their names, and who are they published by?
I have four published novels. The first two, Grace, a Gift of Love and All in God’s Time were published by Tate Publishing. My 3rd and 4th book released at the same time. The 3rd book is Be Not Afraid, which was published by Oak Tara Publishers. And my 4th one, Passion from the Heart was published by CrossBooks, a division of LifeWay.
How did you get the inspiration for your book, Be Not Afraid?
One night while working dispatch on the night shift, I heard a sound outside the window at 2 in the morning and an idea for a suspense novel started spinning in my head…what if… what if…so many ideas kept spinning and Be Not Afraid was born.
What's your favorite part of this story?
When Samantha makes the ultimate sacrifice as she faces fear, but thinking she is helping the man she’s fallen in love with, and then finds she has put her own life in jeopardy. It’s a very fast paced scene and keeps the pages turning. I also enjoyed the light heartedness shared over a dinner, introducing an old friend to Matthew’s new love.
What was the hardest part to write?
I’d have to say the ending was the hardest to write, because I didn’t want it to stop.
What message(s) do you want to be clear to your readers in Be Not Afraid?
No matter what problems or trials come your way, if you trust in the Lord, He will see you through each and every one.
If your book, Be Not Afraid, was turned into a movie, what actor would best resemble what you have pictured for the heroine and/or hero to look like? What are the hero and/or heroine’s name? Can you describe a few main physical features that they have?
When Be Not Afraid was first written, Pierce Brosnan was a younger actor, and he was the face I saw as I wrote—with his coal black hair and penetrating blue eyes. Today it would have to be Orlando Bloom for Detective Matthew Jefferies, and Zooey Deschanel for Samantha Cain. Samantha’s brown hair is long and straight and her eyes are a vivid green that any emerald would envy—if gems had emotions. My heroine is a strong independent woman, but she had to work hard to get to that point in her life. My detective is more than the job. He cares, deeply, about everyone.
What are you writing right now? Any upcoming releases we should keep our eye out for?
The second in the Samantha Cain series will be coming out. My publisher said they are ready for it. I’ve taken a few months off writing to be with my husband as he battles lung cancer. This is a winning battle because Jesus has already defeated the disease. I write very little at the moment, but my family is my priority, after God. And God blessed me when He connected me with Oak Tara Publishers. They are very understanding.
Anything else about writing, yourself, or your books you’d like to add?
In my early days, up until I fell in love and got married, I thought I was going to become an actress. I loved playing different rolls. And one day God showed me a way to play all the characters in a story…write them. I love my life. Also, Moore by Design is working on a trailer for Passion from the Heart and it will be on my web site soon, along with the trailer for Be Not Afraid (designed by Orrin’s Video Productions). If you haven’t seen that one yet, check it out at: http://www.author-deborahlynne.com/
Where can readers find out more about your books?
You can order all four on line through Amazon.com or Christianbook.com or any other books on line store, or ask your favorite book store to order them for you. LifeWay carries my newest romance which is Passion from the Heart.