Thursday, February 16, 2012

D.M. Webb's Mississippi Nights

Webb lives, along with her two sons and a variety of pets, in the beautiful state of Mississippi. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).

Her studies in art and sociology coupled with her many jobs ranging from bookstore clerk to volunteer firefighter/EMR has produced a plethora of ideas for upcoming books.

Who am I really, though? A painter of wild and colorful scenes and dreamer of vivid and vast dreams are two things that describe me. My true dream is to be a light for my Lord and write stories from the heart in hopes that it will speak to those who reads them. My desire is for a person to accept Jesus, or a heart to be soothed from its pain and hurt, or a downhearted soul suddenly uplifted from reading my books.

Within a year of joining ACFW, I not only became a published author, but I grew in spirit. My journey is far from over, basically it's just beginning, but I welcome the adventure that God is revealing to me every day.

Finally, I hope when my role on this earth is done, it's not the words "well done, my good and faithful servant" I desire to hear, but "well done, you may go dance among the stars".


Welcome to the book loft, D.M. What is the title of the last book you read and wished it wouldn’t end? Falls Like Lightning by Shawn Grady, which I read a few months ago. By the time it ended, I was wanting more, not the conclusion. Another one was Firethorn by Ronie Kendig, it was like being a gyroscope on a roller coaster. Actually this book hasn’t been published yet, but Stars by Susan Tuttle. Oh, I got to the end and wanted more!

Being from the south, what is your favorite fried food? Well, when I do eat fried food, it will have to be a toss-up between French fries and catfish. Oh, I take that back. A juggling match between French fries, catfish, and fried green tomatoes.

Do you have a theme that seems to show up your books? Addictions that enslave people, whether physically or emotional addictions, and the redemption or reconciliation that can be found in Jesus. There’s also strong emotional scenes, such as death, pain, and broken hearts and the healing that is offered to overcome those lingering effects.

Sweet or unsweet tea?
How about a little of both? I grew up drinking unsweet tea, and I order sweet tea at restaurants. I would have to say semi-sweet tea.

Can you tell us the spark that led you to write Mississippi Nights?
That’s a long story. It started when I was probably about 14 years old and the book was titled then, One Big Happy Family. Of course, I was naïve and innocent, didn’t know anything about the world. Last year the idea came to pull that story out of the time capsule, figuratively speaking. I didn’t have a hard copy, but I remembered the storyline. I resurrected the dead brother, Jeremy, changed a few names, added a few characters, and suddenly the story took on a life of itself. I poured my own experiences and that of others into this story. Poured my heart into it.

You wrote this book in six months. How did you manage the other parts of your life during that time?
I teetered on the see-saw. It was hard, but I scheduled a three hour window during the day to write. After home schooling, my boys would go off and do their thing, usually romping in the woods, a movie, or Xbox. Under no circumstances, the house could burn down around me, were they to disturb me. Sometimes I gained an hour or two at night when insomnia would hit me.

Working as a volunteer firefighter/EMT must give you lots of story ideas but brings heartache as well. How do you relieve the stress from the times that don’t turn out well?
That is a hard question to answer. Prayer is number one that helps. Walk in the woods, watching the night sky, or simple reading a book helps. I suffer from migraines, so I try not to let stress rule me. Prayer is really the only thing that will help. I can only carry one stick a day…

What genre is the book you are working on now?
I’m working on two and they are both contemporary fiction or general fiction as some might prefer. At least that’s my genre label I give them.

And would you tell us what D.M. stands for?
D.M. stands for Daphne Michele. I was afraid that men would see my name and think “oh, it’s a romance” and bypass it. Yes, there is a little romance in it--and men like it too, they just don’t want to admit it--but it’s more a story between the two brothers. So to make sure that the guys would at least pick it up to check it out, I had my initials printed on the cover instead of my name.

What’s your favorite worship song/hymn this month? I’ve got this infatuation with a band I came across on the internet, Angel Dean. It’s so hard to pick out just one song, since these worship and praise songs all speak to me. If I had to lay one finger on a song, then it would be Light Me on Fire. Followed by Don’t Have to Speak.

Thanks so much D.M. for visiting with us. Would you leave us with your go-to scripture verse when you feel broken?

Mark 4:39 “…Peace, be still…”
 
You can find D.M.'s books at www.dmwebb.com Any online store such as Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, Books-a-Million, Lifeway, Family Christian Bookstore, etc.

Two brothers, one death--the bond of brotherhood faces its greatest challenge against resentment and guilt.

Can the love between two brothers eventually win against pain and guilt?

When Firefighter David Boyette’s fiancée perishes in a car fire, he blames his brother, Sgt. Jeremy Boyette, for her death.

Three years later, David returns home with a dark and devastating secret. With the help of family, a woman’s love, and a small child’s devotion, can David overcome insurmountable odds as he and Jeremy face the bitterness that enslaves him?

Together the brothers must decide if the bond of brotherhood is stronger than resentment and hate.

D.M. Webb is giving away a copy of Missippi Nights. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

18 comments:

Bethany said...

This is a new author to me-- I'll have to check her out! I'd love to be entered :)

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Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

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Rebecca said...

This looks like a great book. I would love to read this. Thanks for the chance to win.

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cjajsmommy said...

I decided to check out Angel Dean and I am listening to them right now -- what a great sound they have! Thanks for the heads up about them. Please enter me in the giveaway for Mississippi Nights. djragno /at/ hotmail \dot\ com

Rita Garcia said...

What a lovely interview! I will definitely be reading Mississippi Nights.

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Teela said...

Great interview. Thanks for introducing us to D.M. I would like to win MISSISSIPPI NIGHTS. Teelayoung@hotmail.com

Nancee said...

Based on your private life, this book sounds like a very sensitive portrayal of firefighters in general.
Nancee
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Patsy said...

Oh my goodness, D.M. We have so much in common. I too am from Mississippi. Lived here all my life (56 yrs in Laurel). I too am a volunteer firefighter and medical first responder. I too suffer from migraines. Is this crazy! I have to watch my stress and sleeping pattern-but haven't been doing that great at it lately. (We were hit pretty hard with an E F2 tornado in Nov. and are just now trying to finish up with insurance.)

I would really love to read this book. Sounds great! And to write it in 6 months!

plhouston(at)bellsouth(dot)net

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

karenk
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Charity U said...

Please enter me! I'd love to win. :)

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Anonymous said...

Wow, this book sounds wonderful! Enter me please! Dawn S. ~~~~~Searcy4U@aol.com

Marianne said...

Sounds like this author will be a must have on my shelf author together with Shawn Grady, Ronie Kendig, Lynette Eason and Dee Henderson. Susan Tuttle? Might have to check her out too. Thanks for the great interview and opportunity to win Mississippi Nights!

Marianne from Arizona
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ann said...

I would love to win this book. It sounds like my kind of reading. Thanks
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Jo said...

This is a new author to me and the book sounds great. Thanks for the opportunity!

Blessings,
Jo
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Anne Payne said...

Love the interview! Getting those uninterrupted hours is difficult at best, especially when you homeschool.

Please enter me for the book. It sounds like a good one :)

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Laura J said...

I would love to read this book!

laurelprincess12 at gmail dot com

apple blossom said...

thanks for chance to win

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Daphne Michele Webb said...

Oh, wow! I had so much going on these last several days and it wasn't until my friend, Susan, said "You're on Barn Door!", that I remembered. *blushing heavily here*. And now I am reading the responses and am so overwhelmed! Thank you, guys. You've all made my day! It's such a blessing to read your posts.

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