Hello, please welcome Debbie Heaton. to Lisa's Place. Welcome, Debbie.
L.V. When did you first start enjoy reading?
D.H. 1st grade. My mother introduced me to the library and that was that—I was hooked and have never stopped reading. Now I serve on my local Library Advisory Board promoting early childhood literacy.
L.V. When did you start writing?
D. H .I started writing in high school at the encouragement of my English teacher. My final class project that year was a novella. Upon graduation, she encouraged me to pursue writing in some format.
L.V. When did you publish your first work?
D. H. I was first published in 2002 with my novel, The Dream Suite. After that I took an absence from writing to deal with health issues in my family. In 2010, The Haunting of Wolfe Haven debuted.
Any special awards or recognition for your writing accomplishments.
The Haunting of Wolfe Haven has picked up the following achievements: 2010 Bronze Medal winner in romance at Foreword Review’s Book of the Year Award; 3 time finalist in the 2011 & 2012 International Book Awards; Honorable Mentions in the wild card category at both the 2011 San Francisco & Halloween Festival of Books; 2011 USA “Best Books” Award in romance; winner in the romance category at the 2012 Paris Festival of Books; finalist for the 2012 Eric Hoffer Award.
L.V. Are your books in print or ebook?
D.H. The Haunting of Wolfe Haven is available in ePub which is compatible with Amazon Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader and many other ebook formats. It is also available in both hard and soft covers. The ePub editions of the book as well as the hard and soft covers can be ordered from iUniverse.com, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble. The hard and soft cover editions can be ordered through any bookstore.
L.V. How can your fans contact you?
Readers can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org , by visiting my website at www.debbieaheaton.com, or my blog at http://thehauntingofwolfehaven.wordpress/.
Facebook under DA Heaton or the book fan page: The Haunting of Wolfe Haven; email@example.com; Goodreads; The Library Thing; Shelfari; The Paranormal Romance Guild; The International Women’s Writing Guild.
L.V. What do you do to relax?
D.H. I read, preferably a book with a paranormal theme, watch classic Susan Hayward or Jessica Tandy movies, and hike with my dog.
L.V. How do you handle stress or writers block
D. H. I walk away for awhile, busy myself with house cleaning, weeding, and even reading. I try to be patient and not push the ideas and usually I’m inspired out of the blue and am able to resume writing.
L.V. Do you have a blog?
D.H. Yes. My blog started out promoting my writing and then morphed into a place where those interested in taking up writing can bring their questions, as well as those struggling with domestic violence issues. As a therapist, I can’t turn away people who need answers to troubling questions so my blog multi tasks. You can find book reviews, updates on my book, young writers can pick up information about writing and those in need of some guidance with domestic violence issues can hopefully find some answers. http://thehauntingofwolfehaven.wordpress/.
L.V. Do you have a Youtube video trailer for your works?
D.H. Thanks to the great Rodney Holt at Concept Visual, Inc, yes I do! It can be accessed on the “Book” page of my website at www.debbieaheaton.com.
L.V. Do you have a favorite character in your books?
D. H. Riley Russell in The Haunting of Wolfe Haven is by far my favorite character. She’s so beautifully imperfect and human. She isn’t Hollywood gorgeous with a six figure career. She’s a woman who went through a lot growing up. As an adult she comes to realize that she has issues to work on and sets out to do just that. As the story unfolds readers learn about her, watch her struggle to recognize her faults and work to improve herself. As we all do in life, Riley evolves and embraces her imperfections while working to change the things she can about herself.
L.V. Favorite food?
D.H. I love Mexican food. I come from a long line of firefighters in New Mexico and all of them learned to prepare some of the best Mexican food around. I still enjoy it every chance I can.
L.V. Favorite color?
D.H. Orange, yellow, rust, lavender.
D. H. I support services that support children. The Parent Connection is a non-profit organization that works to provide families with children the parenting and coping skills they need to be the best parents they can be.
How do people contact/donate the charity?
The Parent Connection can be contacted through their website at www.theparentconnection.org.
L.V.Any advice for new authors?
D.H. Never give up. There are a lot of truly great writers out there so competition is high. But there are even more great writers that never get acknowledged in their career. If you love to write, don’t let anything stop you. Try, try and try again.
The Haunting of Wolfe Haven is classified as a Gothic romance but it contains murder, mystery, betrayal, arson, supernatural overtones, and romance. I write and read romance because I enjoy happy endings, something we don’t always see often enough in real life.
L.V. Thank you so much, Debbie for doing this interview with me. Good luck in your future endeavors. To my readers, please show Debbie some love by leaving comments.