My guest today is Debra St. John.
Debra been reading and writing romance since high school. She always dreamed about publishing a romance novel some day. She lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband, who is her real life hero. Her debut release, "This Time for Always" is a Champagne Rose and Rosebud bestseller at The Wild Rose Press. "Wild Wedding Weekend" and "This Can't Be Love" are available now. "A Christmas to Remember" will be her fourth release from TWRP.
Debra - Hi Anne! Thanks so much for having me here today and allowing me to celebrate “Christmas in July” to talk about my upcoming release.
Anne – My pleasure, Debra. What one or two lines best sums you up as an author?
Debra - I’ve adopted “Sultry Romance. Sexy Heroes. Spunky Heroines.” as my tag-line.
Anne – Love it. Tell us about your most recent release.
Debra - A Christmas to Remember is coming
Here’s the blurb:
Newly single, Heather Morgan gathers her courage and decides to take a Christmas ski vacation on her own. However, the festive holiday atmosphere reminds her how dispirited and alone she feels. When she meets a mysterious stranger, her lonely vacation takes an unexpected turn.
Sam is at the resort at the urging of his brother, who thinks he needs to get out and have a little fun. Having no desire to get involved with anyone, Sam needs a way to get his brother off his back. The intriguing Heather seems like the perfect solution to his dilemma, so he makes her an offer she can't refuse.
Sam restores the joy of the season to Heather. Their time together is magical, something she'll never forget. Soon her feelings for him deepen beyond their romantic holiday fling. But Sam has a secret, one that could prevent the fantasy from ever becoming real.
Anne - How long does it take you to write a book?
Debra - It really depends. I’d say about a year, from start to submission, for most full-length manuscripts. I wrote A Christmas to Remember in about six weeks. My publisher has a dead-line for holiday submissions, and I made a goal to meet that dead-line earlier this year.
Anne - How many books have you written to date? Are you most proud of one in particular? If so, why?
Debra - I’ve written four full-length novels (Three are published with The Wild Rose Press and I have plans to shop the fourth one around.) and I’m about ¾ done with another. I’ve also written a novella (my upcoming release) and a short story (which is available as a free read).
In my first published novel, This Time for Always, I introduced a cast of secondary characters I hoped to create stories for, to have a series of sorts. Zach got his story in This Can’t Be Love, and Jake’s getting his in “This Feels Like Home” (my WIP). This was something I’d dreamed of since high school, and I’m so proud and thrilled that I’m so close to seeing this dream come true in its entirety.
Anne - Outside of writing, what accomplishment are you most proud?
Debra - Ten years ago this fall my husband and I bought a 1920’s ‘fixer-upper’ two flat. The first thing we did was convert it to a single family house, and over the years we’ve put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into renovating and restoring it. We’ve re-done two bathrooms, remodeled the kitchen, landscaped the property, and have done tons of cosmetic work: floors, mouldings, paint, etc. We now have a beautiful home that is truly ours in every sense of the word.
Thanks again, Anne, for having me here today. Readers can find me at: www.debrastjohnromance.com
Readers, for a chance to win a PDF copy of a book from my backlist (sorry…A Christmas to Remember isn’t available yet), since we’re celebrating “Christmas in July” today, tell me your favorite thing about Christmas.
Anne – Thanks so much for dropping by today, Debra. I love your question and have to add my 2 cents worth! My favorite thing about Christmas is Christmas Eve. It’s family time. We have a quiet meal, then open our gifts. It’s perfect!
Okay, readers, your turn. What's your favorite thing about Christmas? Leave a comment, plus your email addy.
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