Saturday, July 6, 2013

Welcome Linda Hanna and Deb Dulworth

Is there a story behind your book Reflections of a Stranger?

We worked with senior adult group for 17 years. During this time, a love triangle within the group captured our interest. We learned that each individual had unique backgrounds and this revelation led us to write stories with characters over 40.

What is your favorite season of the year? 

Linda: My favorite season is winter. I spent most of my growing up years in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, Montana, and Michigan which totally programmed my inner Eskimo.
Deb: My favorite season is spring because it brings new beginnings, fresh, clean air, no insects or poison ivy. It’s a great time to work outside.

What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?

Linda:  When I was a little girl, our family moved every 2 or 3 years. I longed to stay in one spot. My husband and I also moved around during the first 17 years of our marriage, although it was always within the same city. Our last move was to Fairmount – about an hour from where we were. We’ve now lived in the same house since 1989 and my roots have grown deep. It’ll take a pine box to force me out.
Deb: I grew up in the same small town where I still live to this day. Are there any roads that lead out of here?

What is a favorite memory from your childhood?

Linda: We always lived far away from family. Once we moved back to the Midwest, every other summer we went to see my paternal grandparents and all 10 of Dad’s siblings for a week or so. That trip included cousins by the dozens. Alternate vacations were spent with my maternal grandparents. I knew a wonderful time was in store either place we went.
Deb: Our family had a tradition of going to Grandma Huston’s house every Sunday afternoon. The day was spent with good eats and cousins galore.

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?

Linda: I enjoy day trips with my husband. We love to dig around antique shops.
Deb: The Great Lakes. I love the historical spots and scenery. My husband and I like museums.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?

Our stories tend to focus on misunderstandings and forgiveness.

Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?

Linda: Now that we’re empty nesters, this isn’t really an issue any longer. I can find quiet time anywhere. But I usually head to the bedroom or my office where it’s peaceful and very comfortable.
Deb: My husband goes out for his coffee and roll in the morning, so I have devotions and prayer at the dining room table. I like to read in the living room with an afghan wrapped around my elevated tootsies, along with hot chocolate or iced tea to drink. There is not a room in the house where I do not reflect.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.

Linda: John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (This verse has always been a comfort to me.)
Deb:  I Cor. 13:7-8a Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.  (This verse reminds me to never give up – love conquers all. If you love, you have to forgive.)

How do you work together on a story?
Linda: Most people think we take turns writing paragraphs or chapters. Au contraire, our fellow wordsmiths.
Deb: We have our computers and phones with headsets which allow us to work together every weekday from our own homes. We share ideas and the scene is magically unfurled right before our peepers.
Linda:  This lets us work together on the dialog and every other aspect of the story, word by word.

Can you tell us about your next book?
Our current WIP is a romantic comedy called Pressed Flowers. The story is about two cousins, one is widowed and the other has never been married. Trouble brews when they fall in love with the same man.




 Back Cover Blurb

Cora and her husband, PGA golf pro Steady Eddie Timms, live in a safe gated community. So when Cora witnesses a murder, she’s shocked and frightened. But without a body, murder weapon, or evidence of a crime, Her sanity is called into question—especially when it comes to light that she’s not been dealing well with the stress and grief of losing a daughter, and her memory of late hasn’t been all it should be.


Determined to prove her sanity, Cora bursts into a flurry of danger and unanswered questions as she sets out to find evidence of foul play. With the help of a bumbling security guard, a loyal best friend, and a neighbor’s yappy dog, pieces finally fall into place. By all appearances, the mystery is solved…until Cora is kidnapped and implicated in a case of hidden identity and an old embezzlement scheme.


To buy Linda and Deb's book, go here:

About Linda and Deb:

Linda Hanna and Deb Dulworth have been members of ACFW for several years. Deb is from Gas City and Linda now hails from Fairmount. The two had been friends about a year when they started a novel just for fun of it in 1990. Their bare-bones idea was shoved in the closet while they spent the next 17 years working together in senior adult ministry. After Linda retired from work, they pulled their literary skeleton from its burial chamber and added meat to the bones.

The cadaverous manuscript quickly took shape, and first readers who attended the viewing offered encouragement. In August 2012, their manuscript sprang to life as their debut novel, Reflections of a Stranger, was released by Harbourlight Books.

To connect with Linda and Deb:
http://wheniwasjustakid.blogspot.com/2013/05/linda-hanna-preachers-kid-with-blessing.html
http://wheniwasjustakid.blogspot.com/2013/05/deb-dulworth-artist-author-dreamer.html


Linda Hanna and Deb Dulworth are giving away a copy of Reflections of a Stranger. 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 may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)



Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart

9 comments:

KayM said...

I enjoyed the interview. I think it's amazing that you two work together on the phone and write everything together. What an accomplishment!
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Jo said...

Great interview! This book sounds so good and I would love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

Blessings,
Jo
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squiresj said...

Would love to win and review this and share it with someone else.
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I am not acquainted with either author but would like to get to know them

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win/read this book. It sounds terrific.

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smiller said...

I like that you write stories about people over 40! Love to win your book that you co-wrote with all that computor technology. sharon, ca

cjajsmommy said...

I can't imagine what it would be like to write a book the way the two of you do -- and remain friends! The Lord must definitely be in your work. Please enter my name to win a copy of your book.
Debbie, djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

Cindi A said...

Nice interview. I could enjoy a mystery right now. Hope I win. Ü

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ann said...

thanks for the interview and the review. this is a book I would enjoy reading. thanks for the chance to win

rubynreba said...

Reflections of a Stranger is a book I would enjoy reading. Thanks!
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