Sheila Deeth's blog has a great interview with me about my publishing journey. Check out the story, and her blogs AND her books! And thank you, Sheila, for posting!
One night, I got off of the treadmill, opened my laptop and began to type...and that's how my first novel began.
Read more about my accidental journey to become an author at Digital Pubbing, a super cool website that explores the ins and outs of publishing. Here's a sneak peak from #10 to #8. To read the full article, visit Digital Pubbing's site.
I never set out to write a book. I’m not a reader, so books aren’t part of my everyday life. But now that I’ve written five novels, it’s fun to look back at how it all began. Here’s a countdown from the beginning on my publishing journey.
10. I had a story rambling around in my brain. One night, I got off of the treadmill, opened my laptop, and began to type.
9. Two months later, I thought maybe I had written a book. I Googled the words: “What do you do if you think you wrote a book” and devoured the answers. I read blogs. I ordered “How To Get Published” books.
8. According to the blogs and books from #9, I had done everything wrong. So, I tweaked my manuscript.
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Curious to know how ideas come to me or who inspires me? The Authors & Readers Book Corner has published an interview with me as part of our blog tour. Thanks, Theresa, for the shout out (and especially including the book trailer in your post). Follow their blog for more reviews on great books!
Here's a excerpt of their post. Read the full interview here.
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!)
Our blog tour for I CAN HANDLE HIM has found its way to a great travel, adventure and family fun blog called Not In Jersey.
"I thought this book was pretty good and the twist midway through really surprised me!"
Visit Not In Jersey to read the full review and thank you Dara for reading!
Great review by Dandelions Inspired for I Can Handle Him! Thank you!
Wow, this novel was such a wonderful surprise! A few months ago, I was contacted by the fabulous Leslie Barrett regarding some review opportunities, and I Can Handle Him by Debbie Lum is an absolute treasure. The blurb is somewhat misleading in regards to the bulk of the novel, but I certainly don’t want to include any spoilers. Nick is the owner of a coffee shop named Faze, landing him a spot on the most-hated list with the owner of another coffee shop owner named Al. Moreover, a young woman died in an accident while driving Nick’s vintage Mustang, leading many to believe that he was involved in her accident. When Quinn returns home to accept a teaching position and Tory returns for the summer break from law school, they are the only people that are on Nick’s side. The anger and suspicion among all of their friends and family continue to grow as things get worse for Nick.
I need to state that for about the first 75-100 pages of this book, I was underwhelmed. Everyone except for Nick, Quinn, and Tory were rude, judgemental, and made me less than excited about reading this. However, I was soon completely wrapped up in this mystery about what had really happened, who was trying to frame Nick, and why. Although I hated the things that Nick was enduring, the author managed to balance the novel with numerous themes, rather than just the accidents that Nick had been involved in and the way people were treating him as a result. Nick was creative and driven, despite the things that had happened in his life. Quinn was happy, non-judgemental, and tried to bring the best out in others. Tory was more cynical than Quinn, but still smart, driven, and committed to those that she cared about.
I Can Handle Him has several twists and turns, romance, and plenty of villains that you will love to hate. If I’m being vague about the actual plot, it’s because I don’t want to spoil anything, but a good way to summarize this one would be a “whodunnit” novel full of friendships, past ghosts, learning out who people really are, and finding love. I highly recommend this one, especially those that like a little romance mixed in with their mystery and suspense!
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