Sunday, March 11, 2012

Please Welcome Debbie Malone

Is there a story behind this book?
“Death in Dahlonega” is a cozy mystery. The two main characters are friends and they have a little bit of me and my best friend woven into them. My friend and I actually took a trip to Dahlonega, GA for Goldrush Days and we ate trail mix and listened to country music on the way. Other than that the rest is purely fictional.

What started you on your writing journey?
I’ve always loved to read – since I was a child. My love of reading just evolved into writing. In 2001 I wrote an article for a historical magazine “Georgia Backroads” which began a writing relationship with them for ten years. I can’t remember not wanting to write a book so it was just natural that I finally decided to do it in 2005/2006.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
I have an adult daughter who is disabled. Her needs are many and this can be distractive at times. I also have fibromyalgia and my pain level dictates how often and how much I can write at a time. But I’ve learned to work around both of these things.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading? (Book recommendations very welcome!)
This is a great question. I used to only read mysteries and mostly cozy mysteries. When I started a blog and began to read all genres for reviews I discovered I liked all types of books. It is like a whole new world has opened up to me. Mysteries are still my favorite, but I can read just about anything.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
Trixie would have to be my favorite character. She is a person who is going through real problems in a real world. She struggles with her faith while dealing with emotional and physical problems. To me she represents people in everyday life who struggle with their own problems. Just because we are Christians does not mean we are exempt from trials. We are promised we would have help. In Trixie’s case she has her friend Dee Dee to help her through some hard times. Dee Dee’s example of strong faith encourages Trixie.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
This is too funny! I’ve never thought about what style of music would represent me. Humm. Let me think. Classical is a little too laid back, I guess I’d have to say country.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
One fun thing I did one time was something I did on the spur of the moment. For some reason I was going through the cards in the Trivia card game and one of the questions was what is the number to the White House. They gave a number so I called it to see what would happen. Guess what? It was the number to the White House. I told them what I’d done and why.  This was several years ago before 911.  I don’t think I would do that today.

What is your favorite season of the year?
Spring by far!
What is a favorite memory from your childhood?
The day I got a horse for Christmas has to be my favorite memory. That is one day I’ll never forget.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Oh my goodness yes. I don’t think you have enough room for me to list them all. How about grocery shopping, cleaning the bathroom, washing dishes just to name a few.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
God’s grace and love. Forgiveness is another thing I like to write about and will be in the second book “Murder in Marietta.”  

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.   
Trixie’s favorite verse for “Death in Dahlonega” is Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I don’t have a definite date for my next book, but it is the second in the Trixie Montgomery Cozy Mystery Series and titled “Murder in Marietta.” I’m also working on the third book “Terror on Tybee Island.”

Purchase Death in Dahlonega at:
Barnes & Noble

Debbie Malone is giving away a copy of “Death in Dahlonega”. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Until next time. . . Sharon A Lavy


Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie, just read the review on your new book. It sounds very intriging. I have not ever read a book by you so, I am anxious to read your new book and gain a new author to my list of favorites.
I love to read to fresh authors. I hope I have a chance to win your book.Thanks you
Pat Hines -

Marianne said...

Loved your interview wtih Debbie, Sharon. i love it when author's write fiction...about real women in real life. i haven't read anything by Debbie, so looking forward to this one. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

Merry said...

I love mysteries and a goldrush celebration sounds like a fun setting.I'd love to be entered for Death in Dahlonega.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

ann said...

First off I love the picture on the cover. I also read mysteries more than any other type.
thanks for the giveaway
amhengst at verizon dot net

Nancee said...

This book soundsl like a wonderful read. Thank you for offering an oppotunity to win a copy.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this 'cozy mystery'

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Carol N Wong said...

Hi Debbie,
I am a big fan of cozies. I am so glad that you made the main character a historical writer. Historical fiction and nonfiction are my two other favorite genres.

I have never read anything by you and would love to add you to my favorite author list.


Elaine Marie Cooper said...

Debbie, Love your interview. Still hoping to win your cozy mystery! Blessings!

Charity U said...

Please enter me! Sounds like a fun read.


Teela said...

what a great story this sounds like and I would LOVE to read and review this book! Thanks, teelayoung at hotmail dot com

misskallie2000 said...

Hi Deborah, I am still following you and hope I may win your book. Being I am from Georgia I love stories set in Georgia and love mysteries. Thanks for sharing with us today.
Thanks for the giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Lane Hill House said...

I read historical fiction so I would like to read this mystery!!

apple blossom said...

horse for Christmas wow! nice memory

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Deborah M said...

Thanks for all of the comments you left. I see some familiar faces and some new ones. I really apprcialte off of those who have given me support.

Pam K. said...

I enjoyed the interview with Deborah and would love to win a copy of her book, "Death in Dahlonega."


Jo said...

Hi Debbie,

I enjoy reading mysteries and this sounds like a very interesting book. Thank you for the opportunity.


Anonymous said...

Sounds interesting! Count me in please.

-Britt T.


yellowrose said...

Great work, debbie. I can't wait to read it.

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

well we've got a lot of reading ahead of us with Deborah onto her third novel! fantastic. and i'm all about cozy mysteries :) thank you for sharing your generosity with us!

tomynate said...

I just finished reading it. Great read. Made me laugh out loud.


Tom Blubaugh, Author
Night of the Cossack

Deborah M said...

Hi Tom,

I'm so glad you liked "Death in Dahlonega." My goal was to make people laugh and I guess I obtained my goal with you.

Debbie Malone

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