Thursday, September 6, 2012

Please Welcome Christian Author, Deborah M. Piccurrelli

Hello, Deborah! Thank you for allowing me to interview you today. Your book’s heroine is interesting. Can you tell us the story behind Hush Little Baby?


In researching the characters for this book, I called Little People of America, the largest organization for dwarfs in America. The president, at that time, was Matt Roloff (star of Little People, Big World on TLC), and he answered the phone. This was before he and his wife became famous for their TV reality show. He graciously answered my questions, and then I went on his website to order his book, which was a memoir. When the book didn’t arrive within a reasonable amount of time, I called Mr. Roloff’s number, again. This time, his wife, Amy, answered, and so I interviewed her to get a woman’s perspective. They were both so personable and kind. Also, in researching about fetal harvesting, I was referred to the organization that conducted the original investigation into fetal harvesting at abortion clinics, and spoke with its founder, Mark Crutcher. Mr. Crutcher was a plethora of information and a wonderful resource. I still maintain contact with him.


Your plot sounds intriguing. What started you on your writing journey?


I always liked to write, even as a child. Back then, I did begin a couple novels, but there was no one to encourage me to keep at it, so writing fell by the wayside, especially as I grew into my teen years. One marriage and two kids later, I finally had the urge to write again. I began by dabbling in writing screenplays, but somehow moved into writing books. And now I can’t stop.


What distracts you from writing the easiest?


Everyday life. There are just so many things needing to be done, and people to take care of. There’s barely time to write!


Most authors are readers as well. What kind of books do you enjoy reading?


I enjoy anything by Tess Gerritsen, so if you like medical thrillers, try them. I have also enjoyed Dean Koontz, Harlan Coben, and Lisa Scottoline. House Rules by Jodi Picoult was excellent. In the inspirational genre, all of Michelle Sutton’s books, Debra Ullrick’s, Julie Lessman’s, Roni Kendig’s, Brandilyn Collins’, and so many more, I don’t have room to include them here.


I’m not going to ask you which character in all of your books you like the best. Instead I’ll ask which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?


I guess Evan Blake intrigued me the most. He is so full of charisma, and he was fun to write.


On a lighter note (pun intended), if you were a style of music, what style would you be?


Oldies, but goodies, like in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s. I guess it’s because I know the words to lots of those songs, as I have two older sisters who always listened to the radio.


What is your favorite season of the year?


Winter, because of Christmas. I could do without the major snowstorms, but a little snow is nice.


I like snow, too. What is a favorite seasonal memory from your childhood?


At Christmas, my grandparents would come and sleep over our house. When I woke up in the morning (not Christmas morning), I could smell the coffee my grandmother had brewed, and I could hear the clinking of her and my grandfather’s spoons as they stirred their coffee. That always made everything seem so cozy.


Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?


Not usually. Now, that doesn’t mean I always get things done immediately, because I am overwhelmed with things to do every day, as we all are.


What's your favorite meal with family and friends?


Lasagna with homemade noodles and my own gravy (sauce to many people). I’m sorry, but it would take too much room and time to include the recipe, and it’s not always a written recipe to adhere to.


I love lasagna! Since I’m trying to lose weight, I’ll change the subject before I start drooling. Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?


I don’t usually choose the spiritual theme from the beginning. Being a seat-of-the-pants writer, I wait to see what themes become prevalent as the story develops.


I share your writing style! Themes usually evolve without thinking about them. Would you share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.


Hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.

This verse is special, because I know I can count on Him to be exactly the same as I know Him from the Bible, at all times.


I love that verse. It’s so comforting. Before we leave, can you tell us when your next book is due out and share a little about it?


I haven’t even finished writing my next book, so I don’t have a release date. I can tell you that it’s about a young legal secretary who overhears some incriminating information, and is involved in a car crash that leaves her in a condition with no way to protect herself from the killer.


Thank you again, Deborah, for being here with me today. I want to inform our readers what you shared with me about the 10% of the book proceeds going to Life Dynamics, an organization that works to stop fetal harvesting. I look forward to sharing more about your book with our readers tomorrow!



Deborah M. Piccurelli is giving away a copy of Hush Little Baby. 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.



nylnestill said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway.

cjajsmommy said...

I've never read a book that explored the topic of fetal harvesting or little people. Thank you for the opportunity to read your book. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Your book sounds very interesting.
Though, I would not pick up the book based on the cover.

Carol Ann said...

Deborah, thank you so much for sharing how your story came about. Very interesting subject and characters!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.
Maxie ( )

Teela said...

I have a niece that is 4feet 10 inches and a sweetheart wife and mother to 4 boys! IF I were chosen to win this book, I would love to pass it along to her after I read & reviewed it, she would LOVE to read this.

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