- What path lead you to writing Twilight fanfiction? Basically, I’ve always had plots in my head and loved thinking them through to music. But writing is incredibly revealing. With fanfiction I was allowed to be anonymous and it gave me courage to try. After writing it and loving the experience, I knew I wanted to put my name on my work.
- Have you written for any other fandoms? I’ve only written one piece for The Hunger Games, the rest has been Twilight. Something about those books felt safe for me. (A/N: We understand. Edward is very protective…)
- What/Who prompted you to publish? How did you end up with Omnific? My readers told me over and over that it was something they wanted. They are so damn smart and sexy, I had to listen. I’m glad I did because I have an actual pile of books I can hold in my hands and say, “I did this.” Omnific and I fit together so well. Their motto is “Romance Without Rules” and if I do anything consistently it’s break rules in writing. They also knew of me from my fanfiction days so we had that connection to work off of.
- Do you have any advice for aspiring writers thinking about/trying to get published? Now is the time! It is such a perfect climate to have your voice be heard. With eBooks and research at the tips of our fingers in the form of Google, it is like every writer has similar opportunities. I love this space and time for writers. I do hope everyone who has a dream of it gives it a try.
- Most Twific stories are set in the Pacific Northwest. Why did you choose Poughkeepsie for the setting? Well, for me, Poughkeepsie was always such a different story. I was really writing my own original thing so I set it in a town I knew. I’d used the railroad stations numerous times and was able to picture my characters there. I thought the idea of the actual station was romantic.
- Transitioning from fanfic gave you the fun task of renaming the characters. Any special significance to the names you chose for Blake, Cole, Beckett, Livia, Kyle, and Eve? I am a name bandit. I feel guilty about it. If you have an amazing name for your kid I will type it into my phone like a hoarder. Blake I just liked, Beckett is actually the name of my dear friend’s son. I still apologize for turning her sweet little guy into a mobster. Livia and Kyle were stolen in incidences like I mentioned before. And Eve honors Eve from WALL•E.
- Was writing a follow up to Poughkeepsie something you always hoped/intended to do, or was it the result of readers like me wanting more of your boys? I thought they were done! Then, when publishing Poughkeepsie, I eliminated a sure-fire ending for Beckett. I’m a fool for that character. He taught me to write from such a scary place. I wanted the option to explore him some more. Maybe his upbringing and how he loves. Writing Return To Poughkeepsie is making me cry, dance and cheer so I’m glad I did it. (A/N: You’re not the only fool for that character!)
- Are there plans to make this into a trilogy/series, or will Return to Poughkeepsie complete the journey? I love the idea of having this be part of a series but I also like my readers to have an ending. So any continuation would require some new characters to mix with the originals.
- As someone who is obsessed with audiobooks, I’m surprised how many bestsellers aren’t available in that format. (I loved listening to Poughkeepsie via my Audible subscription btw!) What was the process of getting the book made into an audiobook? How much input did you have? I’m on great terms with my publisher, Omnific, and they are wonderful about letting me have input on everything that happens. There was a committee of Omnific employees that would listen to each audition. We heard that first chapter read so many times! Marti just stood out for us. I loved her dialog as the sisters. She was able to deliver sarcasm really well too. (A/N: Kudos to Omnific!)
- Will Return to Poughkeepsie be an audiobook? *fingers crossed* If so, will it have the same narrator? I have no idea! I think it might be too soon. I’d love to have Marti again. (Marti did a great job, and it’s nice having the same narrator when possible. It feels like “coming home” when you start listening again.)
- Is Return to Poughkeepsie still on track to be released later this year? Will you be doing a book signing tour in support of it? *whispers* Please come to Chicago. Return to Poughkeepsie is being written right now! Actually, it is in a Word doc minimized on my computer. My project date is December 2013, but if I can swing it earlier I will. The sequel is totally flowing, which is such a fun way to write. I cannot wait to bring it into the world. (A/N: At least she didn’t say “No, I’m not coming to Chicago.” #thereishope)
- We would love to see all of our book boyfriends grace the screen…big or small. Have you gotten any interest yet for the rights to Poughkeepsie? No official interest yet. The popcorn bucket we got from the premiere would be epic though. I would love to see it play out on screen with matching music. Fingers and toes and boobs crossed. (A/N: With good luck charms like that, we think it will be a shoo-in. Or would that be a bra-in?)
- What’s next for you on the literary front? In the next few months I will get to announce a huge Poughkeepsie surprise for the readers that I’m so freaking excited about I could just puke. Next up for publishing (besides RTP) is a comedy that has a piece of my heart and fart. And then I have a superhero story called The Revenger to finish. (A/N: We love surprises!)
Thank you so very much for having me! -Debra
Thank YOU for taking the time to answer our questions and, of course, for sharing your writing with us. Can’t wait to jump into
bed with Beckett Return to Poughkeepsie later this year! We’re also looking forward to your future projects and hope to be able to put a whole new set of questions to you one day soon.
*** NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAYS! ***
Debra has generously donated one eBook for each of these titles.
To enter, just share this blog post on Facebook or Twitter and let us know in the comments where you shared it. We will use Random.org to choose two separate winners (1 winner of both Seraphims, 1 winner of Poughkeepsie) within 48 hours of the contest ending on May 31, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. Winners will be announced on the blog, and we will coordinate getting the eBook to you via email.
Congratulations to Isabel Lopez and Texas Book Lover!! Please contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can make arrangements. Since Isabel was randomly selected as #1, she will get to choose between the Seraphim eBooks and the Poughkeepsie eBook. Thanks to everyone who participated and a special thanks to Debra Anastasia for donating the prizes. Happy reading!