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Meet the Author: Interview with Cherie Jordan

Cherie Jordan has been an Educator for over 20 years in the Dallas area. She graduated from Grambling State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Shortly after moving to Dallas from Louisiana, Cherie acquired her Master’s degree from Texas A&M-Commerce in Education. Her career in Education includes being a teacher and school administrator.

Her most recent achievement is becoming a Certified Professional Coach and stepping into the arena of becoming an author and a motivational speaker.

Cherie’s inspiration for writing Words Will Never Hurt Me came from her own experience in an abusive relationship. Although financially sound, she still was unable to disconnect herself from her situation. After several eye-opening experiences, she finally realized the power was inside her to break away. As Cherie fought through depression, she was determined to make a better life for her son.

Through her pain, Cherie determined her dream was to be a Life Coach and Motivational Speaker to reach other women who feel they can’t have a better life, as well as, help women who have suffered tragic events in their lives. Cherie’s mission is to show women how the power was inside them all along and they can have the life they always dreamed about having.

Cherie lives in the Dallas area with her teenage son.

 

Q and A with Cherie:

Why did you write Words Will Never Hurt Me?

I had been in a verbally abusive and controlling relationship for years. After coming out of my situation, I suffered from depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety and panic attacks. After much prayer and self-reflection, I was healed from the scars of my relationship. On a path to find my purpose, God revealed to me to share my story with other men or women who may have been in my situation. Society fails to recognize verbal abuse and control as domestic violence but it is the prerequisite to physical abuse. Awareness is the key to keeping your safe and not entering into a violent situation. I pray that Words Will Never Hurt Me will shed some light on this epidemic.

What is the divine message you’re sending to your audience through this book?

The great thing about my book is that it doesn’t just target domestic violence. There are so many other issues I outlined in the book. One thing I would want the reader to take from it is to love yourself before getting involved in a relationship. Ronnie, the victim and Michael, the perpetrator, both had unresolved issues from their pasts. Once you are healed from tragic events, then you can move toward having a healthy relationship. The book also outlines Girl Power which has been my logo for the book. This term means many things to me as well. Ronnie had to find the power within herself to move forward. I would want the reader to dig deep inside themselves and realize the power they have to overcome any obstacle. Also, Felicity Montgomery, a powerhouse lawyer in the book, pinned the term during dialogue with Ronnie. Her explanation signifies my purpose. Once you have picked yourself up out of a tragic and life-changing situation, don’t sit it on the shelf and be content. Find your power to help the next person. If more people reached out to help other people, the world would see a significant positive change.

What are your inspirations when it comes to creating?

I am a storyteller. I’m really not a writer per se. I like to distribute information to the reader. So my style of writing will be to inform the world about a social issue.

Overall, what kind of feedback have you garnered through this book?

I have gotten many accolades for writing the book. I’ve even had a close friend tell me about their domestic abuse situation. I hope to hear more stories so people can start opening up. Talking is really the first step in the healing process. If it is hidden, it can’t be resolved.

In what ways is this book part of the purpose for which God has created you?

This book is only scratching the surface of God’s plan for me. I aspire to be a motivational speaker and hopefully bring this book to the big screen.

Are there any other books you’ve assembled or plan to write?

Yes! I have two sequels planned for Words Will Never Hurt Me. The next sequel will discuss Ronnie’s mental health after the abuse. The world needs to know that it’s ok to seek help.

Any speaking engagements as it pertains to promoting your book?

My book launch will take place on July 8 in Dallas, TX.

Anything else you’d like to add ?

I ask that people buy this book, share it, talk about it and heal with it. Even though I am healed, I found myself feeling comfort from writing it because I know someone will be set free after reading it.

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About the Book 

Ronnie had the perfect life every little girl dreamed of.

Her handsome and successful husband, Michael; her active son, MJ; An immaculate home located in an upscale neighborhood; A lucrative nursing career.

Even though Ronnie’s every effort was to make Michael a happy man, hostility in the home prevented her from enjoying her fantasy life.

Enduring unthinkable situations from Michael, Ronnie gradually realizes her life isn’t what she wanted or imagined.

Her biggest fear is leaving a controlling husband and living alone to raise a four-year old son. Ronnie knew she had to leave before it was too late. Or was it already too late?

 

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Meet The Author: Interview with Meghan Scott Molin

Meghan Scott Molin comes to writing by way of a Masters in Architecture, a minor in Opera, a professional career as a barn manager, and three years crash course as a mother. She currently resides in Colorado with her fellow zookeeper (husband), two sons, two horses, cat, and corgi. She is an avid lover of everything nerdy from Wars to Trek, Hobbits, Who, and beyond. When she’s not writing, she’s cooking, dreaming of travel, coveting more corgis, and listening to audiobooks while hanging out at the barn. If you’d like to know more about Meghan, feel free to follow her on Twitter (@megfuzzle) or on her website (www.meghanscottmolin.com).

Q & A with Author Meghan Scott Molin

You mention that the idea for this storyline came to you in a dream. Can you tell us more about that initial inspiration and your process for coming up with this novel?

Well, there is a long and a short version of this story. The short version is: I woke up laughing from a dream one morning, literally sat up and laughed in bed. My husband thought I was having a waking-dream, but once I explained that I’d had a dream about my best friend Kristi (who is a purple-haired fashion designer in real life) running through San Diego Comic-Con with a team of drag queens capturing a murderer, he said, “You should write that book.” And so I did.

The longer version of the story is that I was in the middle of re-editing a book I hoped to pitch to agents, but I could not get the “drag-queen” book out of my head. My “muse” Kristi really is a professional drag costume designer, and I’d always wanted to work that wonderful world into a book but wasn’t sure how. And seriously, one morning in the shower while I was listening to Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, it was like bam!—MG was born. A caller (female) called in with the name of Michael, and the cocktail of ideas and the name just sort of melded in the hot water, and there she was! Fully formed. From then on, I cheated on my editing project at every turn. I couldn’t help myself. I kept coming up with nerdy jokes, and then Lawrence. And then more nerdy jokes. I couldn’t stop. So by the time I got to the conference, my editing project wasn’t so edited, so I shared my idea for this ridiculous new book instead…and I got several full requests on the spot. So I went home and finished the book in two weeks. It was literal insanity. It still needed a lot of work, but it gave me a sense that this concept had the hook-power I’d need to get it published.

MG is a really fun character to get to know in this novel. She marches to the beat of her own drum and completely owns her identity as a purple-haired, comic-book-loving nerd, but she also starts to discover another side of herself as she and Matteo grow closer. What are you hoping readers will like most about her, or better yet, what are some of your favorite things about her as a heroine?

MG is everything I wish I could have seen more of in literature as a young woman. She has adventures. She’s passionate, she’s driven, she pushes boundaries. She loves to let her geek flag fly. I emphatically wanted to write a real woman, not a GI-Jane, not a Mary Sue. Yes, she’s snarky. But she has heart. She makes mistakes, and she learns from most of them. She owns when she’s an idiot. She has prejudices but she wants to be a better person…and that’s what Matteo brings out in her. I love that she feels like an entirely real person to me, all the good and bad that comes with that. And the nerd stuff…that’s all me. I’m lucky to have found my nerd-band, and we all support each other in our endeavors and loves, but not everyone is so lucky. At the very least I want these people to look at a book and see that they’re not alone. You can be the geek and the hero/heroine of the story, you don’t have to “become cool” to get the guy, solve the crime, or wear the spandex.

One of the other great characters in this book is Lawrence, both as himself and as his drag queen alter ego, Latifah Nile. Of course the “nerd” universe abounds with elaborate costumes and makeup at events like Comic-Con, but it was interesting to have that combined with drag, considering MG’s interests as a costume designer. What impact or message do you hope to bring to your readers through L’s character?

Well, I think the main thing is I really didn’t have a specific intent, and I love that. Lawrence came to me as a vital part of MG’s world, as a whole person and an organic part of the a story. My goal for L is really the same for any of my characters: to make them a full and real person with goals and passions, who makes mistakes and learns from them. L is incredibly special. Truthfully (don’t tell MG this), my favorite character in the books. I think I identify with L’s love of the stage, the aggressive humming of show tunes, and the inability to sew with anything except hot-glue. On the back end of writing this super fun character, of course there is so much one can look at that is valuable by including people of all shapes/colors/abilities/orientations/etc. Our lives are and should be filled with diverse people whom we love and support. A common theme in my book is characters who fear being “boxed” into roles: MG as a woman, as a con-going-girl. L as a drag queen, or a gay man. Ryan as a gamer. I wanted specifically to show that these people live outside those boxes, live out their inclusive love of each other, and educate others (ahem, Rideout) in the process.

This book is full of allusions, from Star Wars to Harry Potter to every corner of the comic book universes. These all come to a head during the Genius employee party, where MG introduces Matteo to all the different fandoms. What are some of your personal favorites?

I’m a Harry Potter freak. I re-read them every year. I adore Game of Thrones for the drama and enjoy the discussions about gender roles, etc. that it raises. I love Star Wars, but my husband is the true expert there (I married my nerdy knight). We are voraciously devouring Sherlock, I recently binge watched the entirety of Buffy, and my nerd heart lies with the old, original X-Files (let’s not even talk about the new ones). And unlike MG, I do really like Tolkein. All in all, while incorporating different fandoms into the book, if it wasn’t a fandom I knew well, I found a friend who was passionate enough about it to educate me. I’m looking forward to writing other characters with other fandom loves in future books. And I need to note that I binge watched Project Runway and RPDR while writing book two, because…well, does anyone really need a reason to binge watch those shows? I told my husband it was book research. We’ll go with that.

Since this is your first novel, what were some of the biggest challenges in writing it and pulling it all together? What were the biggest surprises during the writing process?

This was my fifth completed book, so I’d practiced finishing a manuscript before…it’s important! I think the biggest surprise with this book was how easy the first draft was to write. I’ve never before or since had a book that wrote itself like that. It’s like a unicorn project—even book two has been much harder to write for me. I chalk it up to MG, L, and Ryan demanding to be written. Maybe fate had a hand!

Readers will surely be excited that this is only Book #1 in The Golden Arrow Mysteries series. Any leads about what they can expect for MG and Matteo in the next installment?

I’m so glad you asked! Let’s just say MG and Matteo go through the looking glass? There’s some trouble in paradise, there’s someone still running around in spandex and capes, there’s still a person out to get MG. It’s marvelous. ::evil laughter::

About the Book 

By day she writes comic books. By night, she lives them.

MG Martin lives and breathes geek culture. She even works as a writer for the comic book company she idolized as a kid. But despite her love of hooded vigilantes, MG prefers her comics stay on the page.

But when someone in LA starts recreating crime scenes from her favorite comic book, MG is the LAPD’s best—and only—lead. She recognizes the golden arrow left at the scene as the calling card of her favorite comic book hero. The thing is…superheroes aren’t real. Are they?

When too-handsome-for-his-own-good Detective Kildaire asks for her comic book expertise, MG is more than up for the adventure. Unfortunately, MG has a teeny little tendency to not follow rules. And her off-the-books sleuthing may land her in a world of trouble.

Because for every superhero, there is a supervillain. And the villain of her story may be closer than she thinks…

Available December 1, 2018

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Meet the Author: Interview Nikesha Elise Williams

Stopping by Authors & Readers Book Corner is author Nikesha Elise Williams. She is an Emmy award winning news producer and author. She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She attended The Florida State University where she graduated with a B.S. in Communication: Mass Media Studies and Honors English Creative Writing. In addition to winning an Emmy, Nikesha also won the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters award for Best Breaking News in 2014. Nikesha lives in Jacksonville, Florida, but you can always find her online at www.newwrites.com, Facebook.com/NikeshaElise or @Nikesha_Elise on Twitter and Instagram.

Get to know the Nikesha: 

What inspired Four Women?

There are many inspirations for Four Women. The first is Nina Simone and her song “Four Women.” I have loved that song since I first heard it when I was 8 so it played a big role in shaping and describing the four women of the novel. The other major inspiration were the events going on at the time. I am a news producer by trade so when I first started writing Four Women the George Zimmerman trial was going on, Michael Dunn was going through court proceedings for killing Jordan Davis, Marissa Alexander was in prison for attempted murder for firing a warning shot, and I was covering these stories at work and they never let me. They bothered me so much that I wanted to tell a story about the inherent biases in laws like Stand Your Ground and self-defense, but most importantly I wanted to tell a story about Black women. Women like myself and ones I know who show up for the cause and hold the family and our community down but are rarely put at the forefront of anyone’s story. I wanted the women in my story to inhabit every role possible: the victim, the suspect, the media person, etc, so that I could put the fullness of Black women and all that we are o display in the foreground instead of in the background.

The women presented in the novel are very relatable who is your favorite of the four, and are any of them based on you in real life?

My favorite character is Ebony. She popped up on the page and took over. There is something beautifully flawed about her and I love all of her messiness. As for the second part of that question. None of them are based on me. All of the characters have a part of me but none of them are me or anyone I know.

What motivates you to write?

The ideas that I have. I’m not the kind of writer that writes everyday. I may have the intention to but as a wife and a mother life happens. But my phone is always with me so when ideas come to me I let them ride out for awhile, but if they keep coming back to me, in the same way, I pay attention and begin to take notes in my phone. By the time I sit down to write the book is outlined from start to finish, with room to play, and I have no choice but to get the story and the characters out of my body and make them real. I am obedient to the spirit. No matter how many days or how many hours I work or even how little sleep I’ve gotten, when I sit down to write there is nothing else that I’d rather be doing.

How long did it take for Four Women to go from an idea in your head to a book in your hand?

This is a question that I always laugh at. This book took an extremely long time to go from idea to publication. The first chapter in the book started as a short story that I wrote in 2010 because I was bored. I sent it to my best friend and saved it but didn’t do anything with it. The second chapter was an idea that I had for a television script proposal in 2012 that I never did anything with, but it never left me. In 2013 I was between jobs. So while I was waiting on call backs for employment I made the most of my days by taking the characters from 2010 and 2012 and writing this story for a contest I saw. You write the first 10,000 words of a novel and get professional feedback. I figured I could do that and Four Women was born. After the contest I kept writing. In March of 2014 I was seven chapters from the end, when I lost my manuscript because my flash drive failed. All I had were those 10,000 words I happened to have saved in one other place. So I started over in May of 2014 when I realized data recovery specialists couldn’t help me. That’s when I found out I was pregnant with my son and I wrote all through my pregnancy and finished the novel in 2015 when he was about six weeks old. From there I looked for agents, found agents, and did two major revisions and waited to be “discovered.” That didn’t work out for me, and by the end of 2016 I decided the novel was going to come out in 2017 whether it was through a traditional publisher or on my own. The traditional route didn’t work for me, so I started my own company and released Four Women on Thanksgiving Day 2017.

What advice do you have for other writers who want to make the leap to pursuing their passion and dreams but are currently working day jobs?

Do both. If you want to write, sit down and write. If you have to write and work, write and work. Eventually the one that is your true calling will prevail, but you have to be patient and persistent.

Four Women ends on a cliff hanger, can we expect a sequel?

Yes. There is a sequel to Four Women. It’s called The Appeal of Ebony Jones. It will be out in August.

What do you see for your future beyond Four Women and The Appeal of Ebony Jones?

More books. Definitely more books. I have a lot of ideas that I’m currently working on that will be released over the next couple of years. Beyond that I definitely plan to get into screenwriting and possibly playwriting. As a producer I’ve been trained to write for an audience and to see a show in my head before it’s ever broadcast. That has translate to the way I write. I am writing what I am seeing the way it’s being acted out in my head, so naturally television and film and scripted stuff I think is the natural next step for me.

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About the Book

Four Women is a contemporary, literary novel about four women who don’t know each other but whose lives are significantly altered by one tragically triumphant event.

Set in Jacksonville, Florida in 2014 between the two Michael Dunn trials, the reader meets Soleil St. James, an elementary school teacher, who is struggling in an abusive relationship with Judge Barker Gordon. Dawn Anthony a news anchor of a nightly political magazine program has just begun dating architect Victor Russell. Ebony Jones, a fitness instructor, who in her year of dating Assistant State Attorney James Parnell, has yet to tell him about her family. Finally, the reader meets Dr. Jonelle “Johnnie” Edwards, who is an emergency room surgeon at Jacksonville’s flagship trauma hospital and married to stay-at-home dad Nathan Edwards who takes care of the couples two children Danielle and Tyler.

The story opens with the women going about their normal lives; Soleil coping with Barker’s latest attack, Dawn closing a show and heading out on her first date with Victor, Ebony cooking dinner for James and arguing about her family, and Jonelle grocery shopping after a long day at the hospital where she is in desperate need of alcohol to cope with her stress.  The women are mostly strangers save for Jonelle and Soleil. Jonelle’s daughter, Danielle, is in Soleil’s class, but Jonelle is not a very hands on parent.

One Saturday afternoon the women all attend a luncheon hosted by Jacksonville’s Mayor. Dawn is the emcee, Ebony and Soleil are the guests of Barker and James and happen to be sitting at the same table, and Jonelle is a recipient of an award being given out by the Mayor. It is at this luncheon that the women all become familiar with each other, especially when Ebony realizes Soleil is dating her ex. The realization sets the stage for a clandestine conversation between the two women where the pleasantries of initial introductions are forgone in favor of a real conversation about their personal relationships with domestic violence.

After running into Dawn Anthony, and a group photo later, our four women disperse back into their own lives. Lives that are again altered days later after Ebony confronts Barker about abusing Soleil at the Duval County courthouse. He ends up shot and rushed to the hospital where he dies on Jonelle’s operating table. Dawn’s romantic morning with Victor is interrupted to report on the breaking news. Soleil discovers what happened at work before a school field trip, Ebony hides from the crime she did not commit, and Jonelle’s state of mind is questioned after Barker’s death.

What happens next is the untangling of the truth. Ebony turns herself in with James as her defense attorney by her side and a stand your ground defense in tow. Dawn secures exclusive interviews with both Ebony and Soleil after realizing her connection to the case. Jonelle, in a drunken stupor refuses to hide from her part in Barker’s death, and Soleil set free by the death of her boyfriend struggles to enjoy that new found freedom.

Fast forward five months and Ebony is ready to stand trial for the murder of Judge Barker Gordon. The trial takes place just days after the riots over the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri where the importance of black life is questioned. Ebony takes the stand in her own defense with Jonelle, Soleil, Dawn and her estranged mother all in the courtroom watching. It is after her testimony that the reader must decide if she is innocent or guilty of a crime she is certain she did not commit.

 

Excerpt:

Johnnie hangs up the phone and pushes it into the thigh pocket of her scrubs. Before getting out of her car, she reaches for her water bottle in the side pouch of her book bag in the passenger seat. Johnnie brings the bottle to her lips, pulls the black cap open with her teeth, and drains the contents inside. She smacks her lips and releases an “ah” as she tosses the bottle back into the seat, gets out of her car, and makes her way inside her own personal hell.

For Dr. Jonelle “Johnnie” Edwards, the grocery store after 5 p.m. on a Thursday is the second worst place to be in the world on a Thursday after 5 p.m. The first worst place being the Shands emergency center operating room. The former name of the hospital before the University of Florida decided to assert all of its monetary authority with the eponymous UF Health. That’s the worst place to be in the world on any day.

Johnnie found herself able to leave early, if you call stopping at 36 hours instead of going for the full 48, leaving early. The week had been one shooting victim after another. Some victims were women and children; most of them were men. If they made it to the operating room the majority of them lived.

Johnnie praised God for her quick, nimble fingers. But sometimes victims died. A regrettable feeling she let worm its way inside her heart until she was standing in the grocery store after 5 p.m. on a Thursday, looking for something quick and effective to erase the memory of the face who died on her table two hours ago. Johnnie plans to drink away her failure today, and again after her victim’s funeral. A ritual she began when she lost her first patient two years after her residency.

Maneuvering the grocery side of one of the world’s largest discount retailers, Johnnie finds herself facing the back racks of cheap wine and no spirits. She desperately searches for a 12 dollar bottle of anything hoping the higher price will mean better quality, but the shelves filled with nine dollar bottle after nine dollar bottle force her to settle on Beringer’s White Zinfandel deciding, you don’t have to be fancy to be drunk.

Wine bottle in hand, Johnnie pushes her way to the front of the store where she stands in the long line for people with 20 items or less; reminded once again why she hates the grocery store on a Thursday after 5 p.m. 18 cash registers man the front of the store. Only six are open, not including the chaos of the self-checkout square.

Johnnie waits, tapping her feet. Crossing and re-crossing her arms. She sighs loudly, clears her throat, and stares down the cashier, daring her to say anything other than “May I help you?”

The line crawls until finally, Johnnie is able to set the wine bottle down on the conveyor belt. She brings her hands to her temples and massages her head, regretting not picking up the bottle of aspirin from the pharmacy when she had the chance. Stretching her neck to each side, muscles and tendons crack. Forcing herself to relax, Johnnie scans the racks of magazines. Paper tabloids that make no bones about what they are, stand next to glossy tabloids putting on airs as respectable publications. They are all the same — telling the same story from cover to cover. One fat pop star; one skinny celebutante. A picture of a post-pregnancy, wedding-planning Kim Kardashian on every cover, even if she isn’t the cover story. None of the pictures are new. Stock photos plaster the covers of the tabloids; all of them old and outdated. The only thing separating one from another are their headlines; each one more sensational than the last.

Johnnie roves across the magazines stacked high on the display shelves, until her eyes fall to the candy crates where children can easily reach and beg their tired parents for a sugar high.

“Will this be all for you today, ma’am?” The cashier asks dryly.

“No,” Johnnie says. “Add these too.”

She places four cans of Altoids on the sliding conveyor belt thinking, I need to restock anyway.

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Meet the Author: Interview with Debbie K. Lum

​Debbie Lum is a native of Tampa, Florida and earned her baccalaureate degree in Mass Communications at the University of South Florida. She was an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, serving that organization as Sunshine District chairman and president of the Tampa chapter. Always a competitor, the enticing games of Greek week and fraternity derbies attracted her to her college sorority, Chi Omega. Following graduation she was an alumnae volunteer and worked over ten years to help build Greek housing at the university.

She enjoyed a 28-year career in marketing, working in banking, tourism and higher education.

She splits her time between Florida and Texas. She is married and has two sons, one in law school and the other a recent college graduate.

Q&A with Debbie Lum

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

For me it was more of what did I NOT want to be, and that was a doctor, nurse or anything medical. I get dizzy even thinking of medical questions and even fainted at one of my kid’s doctor’s appointments. Interesting though, when I write medical scenes, it doesn’t bother me at all!

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? Or what first inspired you to write?

Writing was something I had only done for work, writing speeches or press releases, so I never imagined writing anything like a novel. It happened by accident as a way to get a story idea out of my head. After much research (and work), I’m now the author of five novels!

Where/When do you best like to write?

I’ve written three books in Virginia, and two in Texas, and those two in Texas were written in two different locations. So apparently it doesn’t matter to me where I write!

Do you have any interesting writing habits or superstitions?

After I get a story idea in my head, I begin a “scribble book.” My scribble books are simple spiral-bound notebooks where I capture all of my ideas. The scribble books are so handy when you need to go back to check on something you researched or want to change a character’s name and need to remember the first names that had come to mind.

When you are struggling to write/have writer’s block, what are some ways that help you find your creative muse again?

Flying on an airplane! That is where I do most of my story conceptualizing.

What do you think makes a good story?

Characters that make you wish you were them (and characters that make you thankful you are NOT them too!)

What inspired your story?

I wanted to write a story about two best friends at a turning point in their lives and the decisions they make.

How does a new story idea come to you? Is it an event that sparks the plot or a character speaking to you?

Story ideas come to me when I am flying, or when I’m on the treadmill listening to music. I let my mind wander and there is a sweet-spot in daydreams where stories are born.

Is there a message/theme in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Believe in your friends, even when others around you are wanting you to question your friendship. Make your own decisions.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

How fun the research part would be! You begin by researching “X” but during that research you uncover “Y and Z”

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Talk to my kids! I have been fortunate to have raised two young men who are big communicators. They love to tell me about their days (in law school and college) and I love to listen.

What person(s) has/have helped you the most in your career?

When I first began writing, I had kept it a secret. But one friend, Jill, pulled it out of me. She’s one of those friends who probes a little deeper, and then follows up with support and questions. She’s turned into my number one beta reader and is the first one I’ll tell when I am writing a new novel. She also sees the first draft. I appreciate her enthusiasm…it helps me through the not-so-enthusiastic times!

What’s the best writing advice you have ever received?

Put your best foot forward. That was good advice from another friend and beta reader, Keri.

Learn more about Debbie and her work by visiting https://www.debbielum.com/

 

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