This week in the author spotlight, I am very pleased to welcome fellow Champagne Books author Debra Easterling.
1.Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m originally from
Miami, Florida, spent most of my adult life in Minnesota, but now back in . I’m the mother of eight, grandmother of 6-1/2, wife of 1. My background is nursing, although I currently work as a legal assistant. My dream is to win the lottery and settle down to a life of reading and writing. Orlando
2. Every author I’ve met has their own unique story of how they found their way into writing. What path led you to become an author?
I used to write long elaborate letters to my sisters. They were silly and over embellished in such a way that my sisters saw writing potential. One day, I was listening to my favorite singer on the radio and fantasized of singing a duet with him. I tried to reason why this guy would ever want to sing with me, and that prompted me to build a scene around that duet in my mind. With my sisters’ encouragement, I put that scene on paper. The ripple effect grew into my first novel. A sappy romance novel that I hope my beloved singer NEVER reads. The result, however, is that I discovered writing is the one thing I loved and was good at.
3. What aspect of the writing process to you enjoy the most? What part of the process do you dread?
I enjoy dreaming up the plots. I love to brainstorm. I also love the way my characters rewrite my plots as I go. It’s like I’m the instrument my characters use to tell their stories.
I dread the query letters and summary/synopsis letters that must go to agents and publishers.
4. Are you a plotter or a pantser in terms of your writing style? Describe your writing space.
I’m both. As I said above, I do lay out a detailed plot. Then as I write, I find sidelines to my main plot pop up all on their own and I create anew as I write.
5. Which author has most influenced or inspired you?
Two separate issues. I’m most influenced by Janet Evanovich for her humor. Sharyn McCrumb and Karen White for their mystery styles. I’m inspired by Mary Higgins Clark, for she also was a late bloomer in writing while dealing with a big family, yet she managed to build a literary empire.
6. Of all of your published books, which one story or character is your favorite and why? (or, if this is your first book, what inspired your story?)
“Twenty Miles North of
” is my only published book, although I’ve written six others. My favorite characters in each of them are the side kicks. The close friend, the body guard, the roommate. They seem to get the best of my humor. Now, “Twenty Miles North of Lvov ” is a very serious and dark book, so Dr. Jankowski and Buck get to be the comic reliefs to break the tension. Lvov
7. Would you tell us a little about your latest book?
In the midst of the turbulent 1960s, Moshe Brodsky, a renowned Nazi hunter, finds himself on the outskirts of the Florida Everglades to hunt for Horst Bress, a man he believes is a war criminal when evidence mounts that Bress may be killing again.
8. What can readers expect in the coming months? What are you working on now?
“Twenty Miles North of
Lvov” will be released as an ebook in October through Champagne Books. I’m in the process of querying a paranormal mystery/romance called “Thorns on Lovely Roses.” I’m currently writing a Pygmalion type of novel set in post Civil War days. I have a book full of plots just waiting for me to write.
9. What interview question have you never been asked that you’re dying to answer? Answer it.
Why don’t you write detailed sex scenes? My female characters are all very strong women. Sex scenes tend to turn them into helpless forms of gelatin. When I come across a sex scene in a book, I skip it. I like to enjoy my own imagination about the love and tenderness. For me, romance beats lust any time.
10. Where can you be found on the web? (web site, blogs, social network links)