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Episode 3 · 1 year ago

Friends and Fiction with Debbie Macomber

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Debbie Macomber joins Friends & Fiction to share how she built her influential brand, keeps up with her daunting wriring schedule and behind the scenes of her new book A WALK ALONG THE BEACH. https://debbiemacomber.com

Welcome to friends and fiction by bestselling authors, endless stories. Friends in fiction is a podcast withfive best selling novels, whose common love of reading writing and independentbookstores bound them together with Chaz, ather interviews and fascinatinginsider talk about publishing and writing these friends discussd thebooks, they've written the books they're reading now and the art ofstory telling, if you love books and you're curiousabout the writing. World you're in the right place, bestselling novels, Mary T, Andrews,Cristen, Harmel Christ, Woodson Harvey Patty Callahan Henry and Mary AlicMonroe, our five long time. Friends with more than eighty published fooksto their creditat, the start of the pandemic. They got together for avirtual happy hour to talk about their books, your favorite bookstores,writing, reading and publishing in this new unchartered territory. They'restill talking and they'v added, fascinating discussions with other bestselling novels so joined them lie on their friends and Piction Pacefo gruepage every Wednesday at seven PM, eastern or listen, and you later atyour leisure, welcome to all to friends and fiction.We are five best selling, novelists and friends are common love of readingwriting and independent bookstores binds us together, and this is ourweekly show. I'm Maryallosmanroe. My latest novel is on Ocean Boulevard andI'm Meryk Andrews and my latest novel is Helloo Summer. I'm prerstientz inHarvey and my latest novel is feels like falling I'm Cristenharmel and mylatest novel, which comes out next month, is called the book of last names.I'm Patty Callihan Henry and my latest is becoming Mses Lewis, which is theimprobable love story of CS Lewis and his lake joy, Davidman, Wonderful Bookand tonight all of us are thrilled to be diving into our summer season with awonderful awthing. All of you probably already know. Debbie maycomer debbi isthe number one New York Time's best selling author ofover, a hundred andfifty books, wons diction and romance a hundred and fifty that is not a mistake.Thirteen of these novels have hit the number one spot on the New York Timeslist. Her stories embraced the enduring things of friendly and friendships. Several O her celebrated Christmasbooks, Havbeeng made into hallmart channel movies, hallmark, also producedthe really very popular Cedar, Cove Series starring and we love her and Yiumcdoell. But tonight we hope you get to know Debbie a little better as a persontoo and remember if you have a question for Debi or for US postit during thischat, and we will be pulling life questions from you shortly: Hello,debby, hello, you're, still claing to have hi, sogood g to be here. It's so fun to be here, and I want everybody to know, I'mfriendly, I'm just downright friendly. I think everybody knows that for all of you, as you know, all of usat friends and fishion are passionate. Support is of independent booksellersand each week we highlight one indi and tonight we asked our guest to choosethe store and Debi selected, the Viro Beach Book Center in Vero Beach,Florida we're so happy yeah. We love this store, it's a favorite storm of DB,maycombers and all of us. I think that all of us have been there has have weall rolled through the Lero Beach Book Center. As wer together and we werethere, togeter Y- oh my gosh, yes see- edeg- has a lot of memories, foruse andwe'll be telling you a little bit more about them later, tentfor tonight, butjust for now, no that you can buy any of our new bilises, including orderingdebris soon to be released, a walk on the beach and in October Jingle all theway from the Viro Beach Books Center and Theya graciously offering you tenpercent off. So the link to the bookstore is posted on the faceboo page. So, ok, let's begin all thehousekeeping is done. How is everyone tonight? Anybody has some special newsor anything you'd like to share o over Resaurat for the first time ne Di at his Bata Exso. I hope it wasworth it the wrist did you have to wear facemask when you walked in no, butthere's no such thing as salt, shakers anymore or sugar chanisters, oranything like that. Theit's, you put your phone over it and Y Yo. The menucomes up on your phone there's a little...

...tame thing in the middle of the table,so it it was interesting. It was different. What did they do about saltand pepper? Do they give you little packets or something I haven't been outyet? Yes, Thel Togee Pass Ta y Sik in ITREAC for another. Do they give you dishes, I mean youwent in the restaurant or did you eat outside in the Penio? No, we were inthe restaurant. I was meeting with my book club today and we went into therestaurant, but it did take a long time to get the service and I think becausethey are doing so much take out oh yeah and no were all the tablesspaced very far apart. Like W, did you feel okay yeah when we only allowe fiveat a table so part of the SOM we were kind of doingmusical chairs, sharing we wa. is they some port orchard, or was this on? Youhad to leave your little islands right, I barding at were Ula, not an island,so na Peninsolis I was in Gi Carbor, and will you tell them a little bitabout your your place? We'd always like to talk about how we've been spendingthe last few months sheltering in place and that's actually how friends andfriction began. So how have you been spending the last few months, O Waan? Ihave two homes. We lived in Florida for twenty years, a winter in Florida, andthat was just so far from Washington state that we decided. You know it wasjust so hard for the kids to come and join Um. So we saw the home there andwe bought one here on Hood Canel and we have twenty two acres here and were or six acres ride on the canal itself, soand lots and lots of oysters and crab and shramp and clamp. So many clans andthe're we go out and we have you don't even dig for me. Just take a rake andthey're just right there. It's yes, Veribtt cheeses like that oclosoysters and then I I have thislittle office here with a little desk and it's very different than I havebecause in porn archard, not only do I have an office at that house, but Ialso have a main office where Mie Ol team is. How does that happen? Tha? I don't havean office with the team, so Towell eunded years ago, O see probably aboutth late nineties, I'm not like other people, because I'm married as ateenager and I started a riding career at the kitchen table with a rentedtypewriter which tells you how long ago that was and most everybody. I know that abriterwanted to earn enough money producing books to quit their jobs and go homeand write. I was just the opposite. I wanted to make enough money to get ohouse, so I I rented opposite, and so manywonderful things that came about. I had one little assistant and then later Igot a bookkeeper and then later with social media, I got somebody tospecialized in social IMIDIAN. They just make a career scan o somebody inmarketing and I just kind of expendece. So now I have eight employees H, yeah every time I isit down on mycomputer, I think I'm paying for the lifestyles of eight other people. You better be good right, sowell. That was very educational, so Igot to say I learned a lath tonight. I need a building and I need seven moreOy, ladies, were doing somthing trong. Webe wrong somewhere. I learned a long time ago to do what Ido this, which is right. I man, 't tabla social medy interrible atmarketing ND. You know, although my daughter says I was social media beforethere was Solf, immediate tosgown. Never, yes, I write one hundred andfifty bucks, but a lot of them were Harlequin and silhouette books and I'vebeen writing for over forty years. So I have a long history IA. Is the industrychanged so completely? That's absolutely amazing! I can't imagine youknow what what you've seen ind your career and how much things have changed,and especially with social media. I mean, I think about that. All the timeabout. Just you know I mean I started when I started writing social media. Iwas already a thing, so you already knew that was going to have to be kindof a part of your career, but I can't imagine you know having this career andthen all of a sudden, Peo ill being like. Oh by the way you need to have awhole nother job now because it is like a whole other job. So I think that'samazing and it's so smart that you did that well early onder, my career, Iknew I wanted to hear from my readers my dad had his own business. He was inuppolster and I learned so many valuable lessons about being a businesswoman from him I mean when you grow up. It is like. Oh, that's, a valuablelesson I should remember you know it's just part in the culture that you G,that I grewup in so I knew he always kept in contact with his customers. Heknew when their birthdays were remembered them at Christmas time, andso I was after the very first author...

...that ever had their mealing address inone of my books, Wero and it started. I started collecting names. I rememberthe very first fan letter I got and how much it meant to me and over the yearsthe readers have guided Micor. I have changed the way. I've done things aboutthree or four different times, simply on feeback from the readers. TheChristmas boox is a good example. The first Christmas book I wrote for Nirawas the size of a paper Bat in hard cover,and it was a hundred pages and the male I got was love. You loved. The storywanted more well. I've always wanted to be a value ated author and I wascontracted for three Christmas books. Th. The publisher didn't pay me of anymore, but I increased the the length of the books to two hundredand fifty pages and th the sals escalated th, the cookbooks I've doneby the way up Haraca. I love your cookbook. Do Yeah that came as a direct result from thereaders see. Your COLP series became a jet result from greedor feet back, sothey have guided my camer all along. You know you sort of answered, Iquestiond because eemy question. Let Me Sagway into mind and then we'llmove on, because we all have questions for you do, but I I know that I've known you for along time m more than twenty five years. It's gotto be thirty five actually, but one of the things that I've always watched-and I thought I admired- was how you were able to move and and stretch, and not just inyour writing and you mentiond how you did you've done romance and you've donewomen's fiction and you've done Christmas ill. You just moved on, butalso Um. I think that your W makecomer is has aname that Hasm the word I use is brand, and I don'tmean that I mean that positively Yeh Stan for something and I'm curious,because you took that out to do your magazine and you're knitting incommunities and Youre a spokesperson for World Vision, which I admire verymuch, and it's just that you stretching out- and I have to say, is that fromwhat I'm hearing you say is from what you hear from your readers or is theresomething else, a message that you're trying to get out? What is it thatpropels this expansion of so many ideas? And you really have your hand y yourbrand stretches out? It really does. So what is the is it? You said the readers,but is there more well wirch of all what it Wafires me is like a houseCabert, but hhaai am a creative person and thatcreativity comes out in in many ways you know comes out and the knitting itcomes out in t e, the passions that I have and the readers y always inspire me. Youknow no matter what they. What they say and and they're, not always positive,you know, have I've had I' taken my kicks over the years, but I but ie learned. I learn as I goalong and you know, as I started riding it's Harde for me, as I'm raturing, asa woman of certain age, to harder to write about a twenty five year old,falling alove, and so I kind of naturally went into more of woman'sfiction and friendship and marriages and other things. So if that answers yer question, I hope itdit does ye it does. But again it's it does. Thank you so much. I know we allhave the question so im il how about kristen. You have a question re Debbie.This has all been so fascinating to hear you talk about your career andtalk about how you've grown it and everything, and we were talking aboutright before we went, live about how prolific you are, and we were jokingabout how you write seven books a year, and you said: Oh, no, not anymore, justtwo, which still blows my mind, because I I struggle to write one. So can youtalk a little bit about how Youe managed to be so productive both nowand during that time, in your career? When you were writing, you know, Idon't know five or six books R, however many a year and not just how you'vedone that, but how you do it and stay sane, because Athat to meweri would gooff track. L. I think that, as that, the hardestthing of my career is finding out ballance the balance I o not. Actuallyone of the reasons I had nd moved out of the house is deed, so I could keepmy work life separate for my private...

...life and one of the things that Wanan Ido every year is at the first part of the year. We decide where we're goingto go, who we want to see and what we want to do, and I C car my writing beenaround those times so and ask for the stories themselves. I learned early honor, my career that Ihad to because I I have story ideas all the time I mean, like I said, I'mcreative, an an Te, storids io decide which story to develop, and so Ideveloped five words and if the plot or the premise stands up to thesefivewords, I know I've got a good idea. Okay, go my pen, COO GIV, a shoe Olo, a everyone ready, yeree we're in Ralod. First Work. Next, word prorbocative! I want my readers tothink. I want to g put them in a situation that they can so easily seethemselves in and then what would they do and the export is creative. It hasto be told in the most creative way. I can think to tell it it has to be realistic. The reader hasto be able to suspend their disbelief and it has to be entertaining. I merelymade it out of high school. I don't know if you know this, but I'm dyslexic.I did not learn to read until the fifth grade wo an EA. We were talking earlierabout some of our school experiences. Marcay was talking B. You should tellhim Marykay your math, professor, my M. No, my mhigh school math teacher, I was taking. Algebra was a senior in high school andeverybody else in the class was a freshman or sowore and I would sit inthe back and cut up. And finally, the teacher told me if I would shut up andquit disturbing my neighbor as he di Passit wor that Storeso I had terrible timegrowing up in school and h. So I carried Yan. I was still ateenager when wait and I got married and we had the four babies right awayand it was a dream I had always held closeto my heart, but I didn't dare tell anybody. The only person I ever toldand wanted to write books was the principal of our high school and Iattended a Catholic girl. School and T was sister Anna Marine and sheinterviewed each one of us girls. This is back. I N Nineteen Sixty six aboutwhat we were going to do with our lives. What what was our intention for thefuture- and I said I want e writing books and you know even now. I canstill remember that kind of sad look that came over her and she she basic.She sent me home to think about this. She did she sat me Holm and what shewas saying to me. Although she didn't say the words was a I needed to thinkabout a career that was more in in line with my intelligence, lowl ECAUSE, I'mdarely graduated from high school. I mean I did. I I struggled for years tolearn how to read, and I think it's just kind of God'sjoke. You KN, take somebody you learn to read and make them a best tellingauthor NOA still here, I'm still a very creative speller too owho else. Has a question they'd liketo ask Ebbie a PA. Youve go one right, so I was going to ask you about themovies because we're all fascinated about how it feels to have your yourwork adapted, but we were all talking before we got online and we weretalking and then right when we got online about how much you've seen and II really am dying to know Um. What do you think the biggest difference is the CH biggest change in publishingfrom when you started till now h? What what? What do you feel has changed themost, because your sales have only grown a and your readers have onlygrown, but even only in eighteen years, I've been publishing. I have seen suchhuge changes and I'm kind of wondering what you think the biggest shift hasbeen. I'm glad you ask that that's a good question. Definitely, I think it'ssee online cause th, so many doors are opened upto riters. We do not have to go through a publisher, we can publish our own andthat has just opened the door for so many talented offers. It took me five years that in a timewhen it was booming, it was like the whole women's Um. This is back in eighty two s when Isold my first bondnineteen nd, eighty eighve and the door had opened forwomen's authors and I don't know it was a man's world. It really was, in fact,if you look at all of the PROLITHIC and...

...best selling authors of my generation,we all came to the doormark romance. That was the only door that was open tous and Treshe went o nor Robert Sandy Brown H, Jane Crafts. You know linnealMiller Whi. That was the door we came through, so that was a very narrow doorfor anybody that wanted to write anything different like in yourinterview last week with Christaha. She was told you know, I'm not. She wasn'tfit quite fit into that dranra and H, so that that has changed a lot so forwomen authors, the door is wide open now, where it hadn't been before, andthe Oline has changed everything. I read a lot of authors that arepublished in the traditional way, very talented authors. So I think thatthat's one of the big changes- and I noticed that those books you wrote inthe beginning- you know the ones that you walk through the door of romanceand and they they youv rebranded. All of those republished them put newcovers on them, taking them back out in the world. So even though the world isshifted, they people still want those books. It's amazing to me because itwas so different. I mean those early books. I mean there were a nurse. Therewas a sepretary. There was a teacher, was one of those yeah you're a the nurse and yo o thelawow says after thirty five years you can get your books back o I'm inthatstage. Now, where I can collect the books back and do thet wonderful. I was wondering 'cause you. You reallygot a lot done and I was wow I was. I didn't realize that that would bethirty five years already. Isn't it amazing how time flies? Noday, yes andthen forty forty some of the books that I wrot do not have that you know I just I can do. I have theonline ones, I can do the ebooks with them so, but you know thereis nothingbetter than holding a book in your hand there. Just really is it, and althoughI do read online, especially when I'm traveling, I I' almost always have aPiorkan Huk in my hand, you know DB. I was I hadn't thought about. You knowthe door that you came through was Mar Romance. I started my first book cameout in ninety two and the big gateway then was mystery. I to Grafton andSarah Beretsky and Marcha Muller Um. You know it had been a. It had been aboy's game for Manem many many years and they kind of they kind of were the trail blazers Um for people like me tocome in the door and then you know along the way my career changes. All ofour careers have changed, but the question I have I was thinking aboutfor a Womin of your Accomplishment d experiences. Is there an idea that you are itching to explore? Isthere a story? I mean last week, Kristen we talk with Christin aboutwhat scares her that she had to write and this week I thought I wonder ifthere's a an idea, a story that scares or intimidate somebody like debbymcumber, not so much a story recently. I I thinkI was telling meoalice about this. I had a story idea that I absolutelyloved, and I mean it was just pounding inside of me and so I wote upa synopsis, and I was I sit it off to my my both my agent and my editor, andI said I just hope you love this idea as much as I do and they came back. No,we don't love it at all ONA and I was like no and I thought about it, your bottl about a week and then I lethem know, and I said I have to write the story. I cannot not write thisstory and I said I'm going to write it and it's atotal unstepulation. If you don't want it, I will hold it off until my at the endof my contract and thenii'll. Take it elsewhere, but I mean I'm not going toblack mail them. You know soum, but it literally the story has poured out ofme just ilove it yeahat. so CN that happens, and you just got to let it goyou go. I jase told him. I cannot not write the sput, I have to do it and youtell us anything about the inspiration for the book. I don't want you to tellthe whole thing, but is there one? was there one trigger that made? You think?Oh I have to do this, no matter what it was just a story idea that I came upwith that Aligne with those five words in Starswha payou. For writing it goodfor you for writing. It firstti. You have a question, I know and it's beenpro'bby modified after all this talking bi o A. I remember, thats the greatthing, so it was so funny tob because I was going to say to you. You do such anamazing job, interacting with your...

...readers, and you know how much do theyinfluence you, but you obviously told us that, but I'm so interested you knowdifferent authors, say different things about. You know when they're writingeither. They are writing the story that they have to tell verses, they're,really picturing like their target reader or they're picturing. You knowwho is going to pick up this book and love it. Do you picture, do you have atarget reader in your mind when you're writing your book, or is it just? Thisis the story that I have to tell, and you know my audience will love it or itwill find its audience. Actually, we did a research on thereaders themselves and we divided them into groups. Hat was like Jennifer,there waslike an different age groups and we decided in a wish of the storiesfit with each group and the that's the amazing thing that I've been blessedwith, because a lot of grandmothers and daughters and granddaughters read thebush. So it's all across the boar, Hey, Mr an I have a special rader. We callher the generrational leader who, like if I've put in something that'sobviously somebody that's much younger, would not like just as a simple thinglike she picked up her cellphone Eah, the generational reader says we don'tcall it a cellphone, we call it a phone because that's all it is now. You knowsimveal things like that. No I dont, wouldn't even think about. Oh, Iwouldn't other. I know, and my friend SOS am wigs- has a I don't now how youexactly call her, but it's somebody that raiss to to make sure she's, notoffending anybody. INSATIVITY Reanswe, I ver a yeah boy, that's a whole newthing, N R that we didn't have m thirty five years ago. Noboy we didn't it all.Well, then, I'm looking at the time- and we all had great questions but I'dlike to take a moment to remind everyone to support Locan, booksellers,butnever and wherever you can. This is a tough time for all locally ownebusinesses and as people who love books, all of us can do a little bit of goodby lending a bit of Supporton fooksellers. So each book you buy andan Indye consider a good deed. So, at the same time you get some great newbooks. You support all the authors, you love and the literary community isdriving, so it's winmen. So if you're interested in picking up one of our newreleases tonight, my book is, I nowtom Boulevard Christieses feel like fallingpatty's becoming misss Lewis Kristen's upcoming book bran new, soon to be here.Thelthe Book of Lost Names, Mary CAS Hello, summer and Zebbis Yo, get topreorder it'll, be out very soon a walk on the beach. Please take advantage ofthe great ten percent discount at Viro Beach Book Center. The code they wantus to use is friends, ten thats friends, ten and the lincofriends in fictionpage, and you can go or call the story they're ready for you. We also want toremind you again to join friends in fiction. It's a group. It's onfacedbook tit! You haven't already. This is the place to watch our liveepisodes to join in our discussions and we're going to be talking about thebook discussions that are coming up and to find out more about all of us. Sowe'll also be doing some give aways there this summer to stay tuned, and Ihope you rel Joi, so the five of us have had a chance toask heme questions of our guest Deby, and now we like you to do the same. Sowhat I've done is taken two questions from my website in advance for Debbie,so debby. These are for you and anyone else can shine in and then Christie.Then a moment later, you can pull up a few life all right. This first one upis from Doris, Yates Giddix and she says Debbie, and this is hard, I'm sure,with all the books you've written, which book was the most fun to write.Oh well, okay, oh WOWAS, right. I thin probably a Christmas book that Iwrote years ago, called the Christmas basket and is just a very fun bookright, where two women are mortal enemies and they their children decideto get married and they there's they're just funny scenes in it, and Iwas laughing laughing all the way through it. It was. It was just a funBuk to ride yeah. I don't think I've ever witten a book that I coan say Lacrying my way through it. Perhaps anybody else had a fun book to read towrite I'll, tell you mine. Where is my two thousand tuelve novel, the weetnessof forgetting it took place in Paris and it revolved around bakeries, and Idecided that I was going to write recipes for it, because it was about aBakryan Cape Cod that that was inspired...

...by the recipes. The grandmother broughtback with her from Paris, but my research, for it basically involvedspending eight ton of time in Paris and eating all the pastries. When you know'cause, it was about not to give too much away about the book, but therewere Muslim pastries Jewish pastries, like it had to come from thosebackgrounds. So I had to try everything and in multiple Liin I had to write oToer Baby Ooo looks like that. I mean it's. I ISO not fake, only see me fromlike hereulike. You have no idea. What's going on down here e Wildo years ago, oh my goness, banehome has been so. Oh my Godss ihave. I Call Coban ten, the ten eoe lade, so I e all they have cold and Jub. Ihad a doctor's appointment today and I was complaining they said. Oh, we callthat the COBID cush o the doctor's, so good Su Kobe cush everybody. Has ityou'll et it fine, oh good. I don't feel so bad. I got in the pool for thefirst time today and I started. I thought I was going to B drown. That's what I miss the most has beenswimming. I'm a swimmer, Ando K, ow. I would go every day and the pool hasbeen closed for months. I really Di all right. Well, Barbara Hill. She saysseries ore standalones. I love your books, but how do you decide when andwear your new idea for books takes you bactoous series or to a standalone bookwhis a good question. I think that actually it's the readers that reallystarted me on the series. I mean the lentthe series. I I det a more an fivebooks series before and the readers were the ones. That said well, it'shard for us. Well, it was hard for me to leave the characters and they saidthey didn't want to either. So that's when I started Tho Cedar, cold stares,but because theris a so popular, even though the books are basically kind ofstand, Alon, the publisher tends to put them in a series like Newbylinis, soeach story stands alone beeves. The overall theme of it is New Beginningsand yeah so and the book I'm currently writing. If they take it, scoul veryeasily be a trelogy because it takes place in a conno building, Knowananyone else, El Christy urod a Syria yeah. So I mean I wish I had a betteranswer than this, but it was basically that the editor asked me to write aseries, and I was terrified, like I really related to white ChristianHannah, said last week about doing things that terrifying, because I'mworking on something now that terrifies me also, but I K ow. I had no idea- andI just said Yes 'cause I was like okay, I mean this is an opportunity and I'mgoing to do it Um, but I also agree I feel like now. PECHTREE LEFF was goingto be three bucks. It was always going to be three bucks, but I've had so manypeople ask Fer Fort Book in series that there's a part of me that things neehave an idea. Now that I really love- and I itappar t me that thinks why notI mean, if that's what the readers want to read, I mean Mary Alice, I'm sure you canrelate to that. Like I think there've been a lot of times that you said, I'mfinished with the Beach House and I c know all these great stories keepcoming to you. I know, and you feel blessed thatpeople say I'd like to have more of the series: It's it's you're, fortunate andand yet there's always that other book that that you just frighten Ou air andyou just want to get it out. So we go Christa out how how debby doesit man? I just I need to Broh my head around how to be that PROLIPIC. It'sAmasan I wante to know when I did the serieus bus that ithe there a been sixbucks, Atin, thelast and the remember these were the Harlequin books. Theywere in six bucks, seven, Texas and four books set in North Dakota. Iflougted those books all the way through all six buoks befe. I now Iwrote word on so I knew I had the Bible. I had every single story plotted. OhDebbie, I haven't heard that wird in years the Bible- that's what we calledit back in the day, the vible was we when one wrider or many writers wereworking on a series th the COR story. I haven't heard that word in a whileand that's really whatpwoat. You have to do when you do that long and you doas teras a stechlet yeah. I never did that you ever right a ser PARICA. I wrote Istarted out with a series. I I wrote: Eg Calahan garity mysteries, oh themystery series, Yanyanga, I'm sorry. I wrote what I thought would be a longerlive series of two books set in Florida and the second one didn't go so well.So my publisher said and then when I wrote Samana Blues, Ithought that was a stand alone, but people kept saying what happens nextand I was and I kept saying no I've...

...done a series o know I sort of gavemyself. I re branded myself and Um was Mary, Ka Andrews and I I didn'tintend to do a series, but Saddam Blues spoke to people, and so then there wasa second one, a savannah breeze and then there was blue Christmas andChristmas list. So but I know I always think of the as stand. Aloanstoo I mean in yours. That's how I see them in my mind it was not, and I meanyou know they. I wrote him as standalones that have a a common thread,but I wasn't organized enough. I wish I had been um to write a Bible. I think Ihad a Bible Um when I was writing th the mystery series M Health Christi. Do we have any questions fromthe live audience tonight, Youre dew? First of all, while I'm pulling them upDeby, several people have asked if you would mind repeating your five wordsagain, people really loved that. I think we have a lot of writers on here sure relevant, provocative creative, entertaining realistic awesome. Thank you Aso. I love thisquestion and I don't know if we all have a good answer or to it, but it'sso good. So Sharon person wants to know when you've got your first bookdeal ormaybe not even your first one like if there was some book deal in Your Life,that you've got that you flurged on something for yourself that you reallywanted, and I think that's such a good question. Okay, Lat and I have been seahot fansfor Wela football. I grew up with football football' pen, just part of my life. Imean my brother and cousins played and high school, so football is veryimportant to us. It's a very big of a family thing, and so we've had seasontickets to the sea howk since year too. Wich is Si Oy, some years now and whenI got my big deal from random house, we got a suit, that's a scourge that is e qlerge, yes,and this is our tenth year now of having that sweet. Thank You O. Oh pictures from the sweet, debby Tebbi,always pust pictures on social media, whoever she's got in the sweet,rithhernest they're, always dressed in there seahonks deshes at so much fun tosee Don. You want the friends in fictionand the SA I ies Ti. Sh have a ALLBAABLEO, I gotwiotebe the next timewe have you we'll visit the sweet, we'll watch a game and I pla theoysters play tierter after o a in Te Clo. Does anybody else want to answer thatthink? That's such a cute question. I can remember telling my husband thatwhen I got my book deal that we were going to dinner, someplace special, I hame very low, owe well. We went to dinner at the RitzCarl Inbocet, which was the fanciest restaurant in Atlanta inineteen. Ninetytwo well, nineteen, ninety one! When I got the Book Do- and I can remember we-I mean it was ver fancy for us and our kids were nine and five and we'rehaving this l. What we thought was a labbish dinner and the waiter came overto the table and said to my husband, sir, have a phone call for you and I'mTikoh. It's probably my bletesr. It was a baby sinner. Oh No, remember the one time, the first time II had a deal that made me feel like I can do more than than just you know:pay the credit card bills. I went and bought this tiny little piece ofjewelry and it was this little angel and I still wear her. I'm surprised T Idon't have her on. I still wear her all the time and I think I've owned her forlike twelve years and one time I lost her for like two days, and you know weall lose little trinkets N and wonder, and she just represented so much to me.This idea that I could you know, sign a deal for something I loved to do andabout three days later I found her on the floor of my office. I Don wear her alin yeah it'like the carry necklace in sex inthe city. You know WHAC he s for Cary, nckln E, Yes, Ye Ery! Well, I have tobe honest. I you know for so many years marcison he was in the NIH and we wererubbing one dime against the other and any jewelry we had was acrosshandmydowns because you know from the mother Giveit to the daughters, thegrandmother that kind of thing, but to get something you want...

...so now. Whenever I e book does well, I I don't. I doesn't have to be big, butif I myself intoso just for me and it's because my mother didn't give it to me,my husband didn't give it to me. I gave it to me and is a certain kindof Um Pride in saying I. What is it that Lareal I'm worth itjust a little bit? No, I totally rigt any anybody else Thouchristan. What doyou do come on? I know there's something theres, really, not nothingICAN. You know I sold my first book in two thousand and four for fifteenthousand dollars which wasn't that much and I was working as a freemancereporter for a magazine at the time, and I was single so I it was just me,pay in the bills and so yeah. I think I just used it to pay my mortgage and paymy bills and stuff. I mean I don't know Gosh. Should I go out and do somethingI not hat time oe time. Yes, IAS creaing that I've ever done and iereally did thing to myself. Today I was like you know what I feel like. Ishould do something to like commemorate. You know, get a piece of jewelery orlike get something like that, but I remember saying when I got my firstbook deal. I Love Really Nice purses. That's like my that's. Like a jewelry Wellyeah s likeokay, an e cursebook deal, I'm going to go to New York, I mean we went to NewYork every year anyway, so it wasn't like I like got on a plane O on Sneebuis like I'm going to go by, like whatever you know bad. I really reallywant that year, and so I did do that and that was kind of exciting and fun.What a fun question I yeah that was really allright anyway, on everyfriends and fiction episode. We try to give you a writing ship and I knowoobviously. A lot of people are taking notes from W's five words, so theremust be a lot of young writers out there. So we hope that Debbie. Whydon't you begin by offering us a thip for writing that you think might helpsome young writer out there beginning a novel, we're an old wrider Im, a young, my by not age? Thank youvery much, but young in the scheme of things hosbet ie, I long before I wasever published. I was Ri so many pages a day, and I do this even now when Ihave on deadline. I take an old fashion, discolender page and I write down howmany pages I need to write every day to meet my deadline and I don't stop untilthose pages are done and other are days that the words just come so easily andthen there are days that I struggle. But when I opene a book I don't knowwhich day was Li whac chapter or what it's a book and it's fiished and I havehad more opportunities in my career as an author. For this simple reason, Ihave always met my deadlines and it's just that very simple TRICP, ohclanding, ahead of how many pages I need to write each day, ibrilliant rige. Sometimes we talkabout words like how many words do we get in. You know a build, a cart. Howmany words did we get that many words done this morning? How many pages yougot done and it's Um, you know. Well, we always tell Britersthan I tell myself is just a few of those and they add up right. You do hem in the morning you'redoom in the afternoon whenever you do, but your perpages per day means by thetime you're done they've added up to a book, exactly that's good advice. Thank you. Also. One of the things we always liketo do is to ask each other what each other Ar reating. So anyone today havea book a been reading that you like to talk to us about. Well, I jussa today I finished the boksoff by sen around I jus, so I'm looking for my nest, Reed now the book that ourbook club is reading is it's a non fiction book club and it's a reallygood one is called the lost women of the Bible. Ten women from scripture- and it's justbeen really interesting. Bok, so is a good suggestion, said: ChristChristan, you were saying you and Patty Mary K and I somehow are reading theexact same like every book we named I'm like. Oh me too. So U Marya! You wantto go first, so I have been hearing about this bookcalled such a fun age. My hily reege and I've been hearing so much about itthat I actually started reading it last night and then Christan and I weretexting back and forth and she said well, okay, I'm reading that too a I.So I said: Okay Well Iam, going to talk about a book that I'm also gettingready to read, and it's this one called perfect happy your vote's reading the same one again,O no Christian per capinas come out. It...

...actually just came out yesterday byChristian crusec Lewis. We mentioned it a few weeks ago on the show, but I'msuch a fan of his author and of this book, and I think it's Hilarious- thatwe both have it but Bo wait. I have one more. I canotis from book people. I ordered it about a week and a half ago and look it'slosing the moon by the Lov Haty callyhood Henry and I'm so excited todive in it just got here, but it just feel so beautiful in my hands and I'mso excited. Oh, that's! It's a good one! You'RE GOING TO ENJOY IT! It's an oldone, but I wan T' Gev a shout out to a debut that M. I did an event with herabout three weeks ago and I immediately ordered the book from our independentbookseller and I'm fascinated. It is so brilliant. It is called Chiner and itis by amy, Jo Burns and Um. The first time I heard about it was wily cash whowe all Lov posted about it, its Appalachan, but it is set an Aplito initeb which isn't the correct terminology, but a snake handling,preacher they're called Sart something and it is rilliant and it isfascinating and she's a gorgeous writer and she's interesting and she had amemor out a couple of years ago. But this is her first novel and it wasreviewed in the times and and just got this gorgeous review and between thethe wily in that review and then doing an event together. A D I was like. Ihave to read this and Tis everything I wanted to be: it's really beautiful andthe Bolot o room. So sorry, will everybody post their suggestions on theFA? Friends ind fiction page, so we can have a discussion about it during theweek. All right, we have a very special giveaway Mary Kay. Why don't you tellus about it there in case I would icwen Yo give away allof the friendsinfriction our datest novels and plus debby. We'vegot your new one, we're going to give away too right. That's right! I'll am eEEC. You WT we're going to do if we're goiwe'regoing to get it later, an it will be sent out later once I oms that oneis coming later that one than Iowe you yes, if Youre Joint Friends of diction a wehope you have, you can go there and we have until what Friday June twelfth itWillmca Moie. Yet Friday a knew othingfor, the drawing and remember todo all the things we ask you to do. Follow the authorsbecause lots of times people don't all the instructions and then they failMauh. Like me, the way O Wais a great giveaway,imagine getting all the books and it's a lot of fun and we it's just sort ofwhat we want to do for friends and fiction. We want a welcome Yall for apage and make you so glad you're here, also for more fun. We crossed the sixthousand mark of followers this week for friends in fiction, so I mean thankyou all for joining Youall keep pouring in and yoall are welcome, so tocelebrate. We randomly chose one name from all the followers to receive asixty dollar. We get ten dollars for every thousand that come so we knowsixty dollar Gif, ertificate fron, tonight's Booksello, the Vero BeachBook Center and the Woman Who won today is Trudy Tod Morhad, a trudy todmorehead. So congratulations, you've won the Gift Certificate and we willmessage you tomorrow, so that we can get that ill. Send to you. The otherexciting news going on is, we are so excited about the upcoming season thatwe're having. We are inviting guests to friends in fiction and Patty. Why don'tyou let everyone know who's coming so debbie when we found out you werecoming, we all called each other, an sexoweike. Oh my gosh, smy nes. This isso exciting. We can't believe we get to talk to Debbi in the Christan hand ofbabut. Then it can keep sculping. We keep having these group checks that arelike we're so thrilled to be able to talk to the people we're talking to and every single one of them is fascinatingand interesting, and a huge vesseller sop, starting next week on June,seventeenth I'll, be hosting and we'll be talking to Lisa Winda. Who is theauthor of course up before we were ours and the new one, which is the book oflost friends which is not to be confused with our own Christiner MillsLos Names? I know en the week after that, on July, first,while you're getting ready for report of joy weekend, we have the ever lovedDelia Owens of where the crodest Sa-...

...and I know all of you- have a millionquestions for her. On July fifteenth. We will be talking to Jasmine Gilloryand UNTOLI twenty. Second, we are going to we're going to have musical guests andit's not goot and ill go o who tat sateas. I can'tsewore playin instrument, but it is on penlock and drew Copeland of sisterHazel There slasieat music on August fifth, we will be talking to EllenHilderbrands and on August Twelfth Karen Slaughter and on Augustnineteenth, Christina mcmorris, and I'm going to interrupt you because onSeptember second, we're actually we just found out and I'm going to not sayher name correctly, but I believe it's atom room and she wrote a woman as noman and s she's actually going to be our guest on September. Second, we justfound out. So I'm very excited so sorry interrupt you, but I just wanted tointerject that, while you're on a roll Ya Ortat is the ato one so and a Oa O,I I I think, Fiona Davis to be mismentioning Foona Davis. Also on July,Twenty Ninth Ye Jona Davis, I twenty o. Now we are packed with wonderfulauthors coming to visit and Debbie you you started. The herd really did. Thankyou so much. I is. This is really a treat for us to have you here debbiand to have all the outhors come and talk to us. We hope you enjoy Eit asmuch as we do. That's our program for tonight, Um debbi. I want everyone outthere to preorder a walk on the beach it'll, be you know, it'll be awonderful read and it's summer, the summer favorite and that's sang a lotfrom all of his summer authors and along with all the other authors heretonight we have a wonderful rosteran books and we hope you support the ViroBeach Book Center who's, giving you a tem percent discount with friends, tencode. I want to thank you off orjoining us and please again, join us on therfriends in fiction, faceboo, Krup and meetus back here on friends in fictionnext week when, as Patty just said, our guest will be a very dear friend, Lisa,wingate and sh. That's Wednesday, night June, Seventeenth, seven PM. We willall be back here, debby one more time. Thank you, anyor, dambing and all theway tonight. Thank you everyone and that's our shogood night anight everybody! THANK YOU DABBY! I learn an Ug, a deb. I you've been listening to the friendsand diction poncast, be sure to subscribe to the friends and fictioncodcast wherever you LISEM and if you're enjoying it leave a review. Youcan find the friends and fiction authors, ask www, dot, friends andsiction. Doth come as well as on the facebook group. Page friends andfiction come back soon. Okay, there are still lots of books, writing tips,interviews, publishing news and bookstores to chat about goodbye.

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