Good Morning to everyone, especially Debra Lee! Today is her Birthday, and I thought it would be fun to run the guest post she sent today. I will be posting on here novel for Self-Published Sunday, look for it. Today though, find her, seek her out, and give her your heartfelt best wishes on her day. Debra Lee’s website and social media addresses are at the end of the post. Enjoy!
First, let me say thank you to Giovanni. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be here. My name’s Debra. I get Deb a lot. My husband of thirty-five years calls me Debbie. Then there’s the grandson, who almost always calls me Nan-Nan. I’m sure when he hits his teens he’ll shorten that to Nan, especially when in the company of his friends. I can’t believe this little guy is eight already. More to the point, I can’t believe I’ve been writing books since his daddy was that age, probably younger. I should say I was trying to learn the craft back then. I started out writing romance stories. Something strange began happening in those stories though. A murder always seemed to slip into the book I was trying to write. I think this had something to do with the books I started reading. Sidney Sheldon, Mary Higgins Clark, Nancy Pickard, and the list goes on. Oh wait, I forgot about a biggie. James Patterson. His book, Along Came A Spider convinced me when I grew up as a writer, I wanted to write like the man. He sure could spin one heck of a tale. Back in the day I was also learning how to write screenplays. I even managed to snag an agent on the west coast, who peddled my scripts. One of the problems, according to him, was where I lived. I needed to move to the west coast so I could take meetings, etc. Well, that didn’t happen. I was raising a family here in Pennsylvania. So I got another agent. This one was in New York. He liked my books, but couldn’t get me a sale. To make a long story short, I eventually sold to a small e-book publisher without the help of an agent. This was before e-books became popular. Ten-twelve years ago we were the e-book pioneers. If we were lucky we might sell a dozen books a year. I could almost go out for a fast food meal on my earnings for the year. One of my e-book publishers put my book, A Dangerous Woman out as a POD trade paperback. Hurray! I was a real print author. Had some sales, too. The book was nominated for a Deadly Dagger Award, which made it possible to send the book to Harlequin for the possibility of a reprint for their Worldwide mystery library. And guess what, a year after I sent them the book, I got the call. They wanted to reprint the book. In October, 2009, A Dangerous Woman was published as a mass-market paperback. In January of this year, I ask my e-book publisher to release my published books back to me. Since we had a good working relationship, the publisher released the titles and wished me well. So as my e-book publisher began pulling down my books from Internet sites, I began putting them back up. I now have five titles available for all the e-readers out there, which includes, the kindle and nook. And here they are: A Dangerous Woman (A Fay Cunningham Mystery-Book 1), Deadly Arrows (A Fay Cunningham Mystery-Book 2), Dangerous Bedfellows, Redemption, and Taken. Deadly Arrows and Taken are also available in trade paperback at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You can read more about the books at my website. http://www.debralee.net Of course I’m on twitter @debralee1, Facebook, Goodreads, and a number of other places. I hope you’ll come looking for me. But mostly, I hope you will check out my books. Thank you for letting me spend some time with you. And again, thank you, Giovanni
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