Friday, November 18, 2011

Author Spotlight ~ Deborah Malone


 Christy here and I have been having so much fun hosting new authors here on FAITH. Today, please welcome Deborah Malone, a Cozy Mystery author who's first book has just released from Lamp Post Publishing!! 

Bio:
Deborah has worked as a freelance writer and photographer, since 2001, for the historical magazine “Georgia Backroads.” She has had many articles and photographs published during this time. Her writing is featured in “Tales of the Rails” edited by Olin Jackson. She has also had a showing of her photographs at Floyd Medical Center Art Gallery as well as winning several awards.
She is a current member of the Georgia Writers Association, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. 


Christy again.... I just want to add that Deborah has a great blog where she is always reviewing books and does giveaways all the time. Deborah is graciously giving away her book Death in Dahlonega

Leave a comment or ask a question if you'd like and we'll draw the winner this Sunday, November 20th!

So come pull up a chair and bring your nice, warm cup of tea or creamy-rich coffee - it's cold today, Y'all - and let's have a nice chat!

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How long have you been writing? 

I remember as a child I tried to write a mystery. Of course, I didn’t get past a few pages, but I’ve always wanted to write. I began to write seriously in 2001 when I started freelancing for the magazine “Georgia Backroads.” I began writing my novel about five years ago.

Do you have an agent? Share a little about your journey to publication.

 I don’t have an agent. After I finished my first draft I set it aside for a couple of years to do other things in my life. Then I discovered “Christian Fiction” and I knew that is what I wanted for my books. I rewrote “Death in Dahlonega” as a Christian cozy. I joined ACFW and learned as much as I could about writing and editing. I had already been attending conferences, reading books, etc.  I was stuck and didn’t know what I needed to do next. I discovered you can’t edit your own book as well as someone else. I found a cozy editor and had her (Candice Prentice) edit it for me. Then I learned how to write a proposal and started submitting it to Christian publishers. I found out you need an agent for the bigger houses so I started submitting to smaller ones. This paid off for me. Lamp Post Publishing offered me a contract and I’ve been very happy to be part of their family. It took about six months working with their editors before “Death in Dahlonega” was finally published. As you can see it can be a long road to publication.

What’s the best writing advice you’ve been given? What’s the worst?  

The best advice was to never give up. And when you have done all you can to get a professional editor to edit your manuscript. The worst advice – I guess this would be some critiques I’ve had. You can take five people and have them critique your work and it will all be different. Some will like it and others won’t.  There is a point where you have to go with your gut.
What inspires you to write? Do you begin with your characters or the plot? I don’t really know of anything that inspires me to write. I enjoy the researching and then the finished product. The writing is the hard part. Sometimes I just have to make myself sit down and do it. I came up with my main characters first. Then secondary characters sort of evolved out of the plot.


Are you a plotter or a SOTP writer? 

Well I kind of SOTP to start off with and as I get deeper into the story I have to make an outline so I’ll know where I’m going. But I never have a detailed outline.


Where can your readers find you on the web? 

I would love to hear from readers and they can go to www.deborah-malone.com or they can visit my blog where I have giveaways at www.deborahsbutterflyjourney.blogspot.com




 About The Book:
A friendly adventure turns to murder and mayhem in the north Georgia mountains. Historical writer Trixie Montgomery is asked to cover Gold Rush Days in the picturesque Georgia mountain town, Dahlonega. Trixie seizes the chance to mix business with pleasure and asks her best friend, Dee Dee to tag along. Their well laid plans go awry when Dee Dee is discovered standing over the lifeless body of prominent citizen, John Tatum - the very man she'd had a run in with earlier that day - holding a bloody pickax in her hands. Can Trixie find a way to finish her assignment and keep Dee Dee out of the slammer?
Winner in American Christian Fiction Writers' Category Five writing contest!





Deborah, Thank you so much for being here today!!

25 comments:

  1. Oh wow, I can't wait to read this book! I've read her articles and loved them! Please count me in the draw! Thanks!
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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  2. Welcome, Deborah! I'm excited about your release. Sounds like a great story! I think it would be so fun to read a book set in Dahlonega. I love the town and have been there for Gold Rush Days! :)

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  3. Hi Jackie,

    Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I'm glad you've read my articles. Did you read the most recent article on the "Goatman?" I think that was one of my favorite ones. I would love for you to stop by my blog and sign up as a follower. I have at least one giveaway a month.
    Once again thank you for your support.
    Debbie

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  4. Christy,

    Thank you so much for having my as a guest today. This is my first interview so it is very special!
    Debbie

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  5. Hi Missy,
    Nice to see you again. I love your books! I remember the first time I came to the WORD meeting. Because of the traffic it took me three hours to get there and I was an hour late to the meeting, but I remember thinking it was worth it when I met some of my favorite authors there - you being one of them. I'm thankful I have found a shorter way to come now. LOL
    Thanks for stopping by today in support of my first novel. I'm sure you remember how that feels. If I'm not mistaken you are already a follower of my blog, but if not then come on over and check it out.
    Debbie

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  6. Hi, Jackie & Missy!

    Hi Debbie! I wasn't a follower of your blog - I thought I was - but I am now! It's always good to see you at WORD. We have a great group and I always feel uplifted having been around all of you.

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  7. Great interview. Wishing you much success, Deborah.

    Blessings,

    Tom Blubaugh
    Night of the Cossack

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  8. Oooh! What a build up to a mystery. Sounds like this could be a gripping tale. Love the interview and wishing you all the best.

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  9. Hi Tom,
    Thanks for stopping by. I'm looking forward to being on your blog in January. For anyone reading this Tom has a wonderful YA adventure out "Night of the Cossack" be sure and check it out. See you soon.
    Debbie

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  10. Debbie, thank you for your kind words! I'm really looking forward to hearing what happens to that fun story we brainstormed with you at our meeting this past summer! :)

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  11. Hi Yvonne,
    Thanks for the best wishes. It really means a lot to me. I enjoyed writing "Death in Dahlonega" and Dahlonega, GA is one of my favorite places to visit. I had written an article for "Georgia Backroads" that took place in Dahlonega back in the early 1900's so I had already done a lot of research on the area so it seemed like a great place to have my fiction murder take place. Would love for you to visit my website and blog.
    Debbie

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  12. Hi Deborah, I follow your blog and so glad you stopped by to chat and share with us. I am a Georgia Native but have not been in Dahlonega in over 20 yrs. It is beautiful in the Fall and Spring.
    Looking forward to reading "Death in Dahlonega".

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  13. Hi Deborah,
    I have the book already, but I just wanted to congratulate you on your first interview! So many great things to come!

    Jennifer

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  14. Hi Jennifer,
    Thanks for stopping by and encouraging me!
    Debbie

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  15. Hi Misskallie,

    Your name is familiar to me from my blog. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. It has been great to see all the support I've gotten.
    I wonder if you would think Dahlonega had changed much in the past 20 years?
    Debbie

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  16. Good luck with your newly released book, Debbie. May your sales be plenty, and your criticisms be few.

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  17. Hi Deborah--sorry I'm a little late for the party! Great interview. I like your cover.
    I wrote a mystery in the 5th grade. The Anchor Mystery. I even did my own cover art in pencil. Funny-I don't have a desire to write mysteries now. I'm glad you do!! Because I love to read them.

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  18. I find Deborah's answer about her journey to publication interesting. Each writer has a different publishing journey and it's cool when they choose to share about their publishing journey.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    writer.chicka[at]gmail.com

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  19. Blogger gets crazy some times and may not allow comments for whatever reason - I'm posting this for Deborah Batemen who was Blogger's latest victim Sorry for the trouble and thank you for stopping by today! Here's Deborah's message to Deborah :)



    Deborah,
    It is nice to get to know so many Deborahs that are authors. I tried to leave a comment, but it wouldn't let me. I +1 it and shared it on twitter and google.
    Blessings,
    Deborah
    http://www.deborahhbateman.com

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  20. I thoroughly enjoyed your interview Deborah. This book sounds like a seat of the pants type of book and can't wait to read it. Please enter me.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  21. Death in Dahlonega sounds great! Cozy mysteries are so much fun to read. Wishing you much success!

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  22. a wonderful posting...thanks for the chance to read this cozy mystery :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  23. Congratulations, Deborah on your novel being published! I've been waiting on it to come out :) That's a great cover!

    homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

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  24. Hi Jo,
    I recognize your name from my blog. Good to see you here.

    E.A. - yes, cozies are fun to read. Especially after a stressful day.

    Karen - thanks for stopping by.

    Anne - Thank you for posting and I'm glad to hear you've been waiting for "Death in Dahlonega" to come out. Yes, the publisher did a great job on the cover. That is the real courthouse on the front.

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  25. Thank you to everyone who stopped by!
    I'm posting the winner now! See our Sunday November 20 Post.

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