Today I get to welcome Debra Parmley to my blog with her new book, Dangerous Ties. Debra is a multi-published author, but this is her first work with Desert Breeze. Dangerous Ties is a historical romance for the secular market, and it sounds like a really enjoyable book!
Hello Debra, and Welcome!
us about your new book? Dangerous Ties
is a western historical romance. Lillian's fiancé convinces the townsfolk to
exchange their gold for his worthless bank notes. When he disappears, every eye
turns to Lillian. Even her cousin Carl insists she knows where the gold is.
Carl is deeply indebted to Kingston, owner of the saloon and small town
criminal. When Nick discovers Lillian
she's strung up over a mineshaft and the rope is breaking.
inspired this story? My stories always come to me with an opening scene. I see
the heroine in a situation and wonder what happened to her, how did she get
there and where does she go from there? For Dangerous
Ties, I saw the heroine strung up over a mineshaft and the rope was
breaking. Everything else grew from that initial scene.
there an underlying theme? Yes. In the beginning of the book, Lillian sees
herself as a victim, but by the end she realizes she is a survivor. Someone
once asked me why I write about victims. (In my first book the heroine was
married to an abusive man.) I don't see myself writing about victims. I write
do you hope readers take away from reading your book? I hope my readers enjoy
the read, that it transports them into the story, as all good fiction should
do. But also that we can overcome the things which happen to us and that it is
what comes from within that defines who we are.
did you get started as a writer? I believe I was born a writer, from the
singsong rhymes I would make up as a child, to the poetry and diaries of my
teen years. In college I had a few poems published in literary journals and
began writing short stories. I turned to novel length fiction not long after my
first short story was published.
genre(s) do you write and what draws you to this genre? I love writing romance
because they must end with a happy ever after. I love writing historical
romance because history fascinates me. I also write fantasy and paranormal
romance because I can play in those genres and let the imagination fly more so
than in other genres. And I still write a bit of poetry, though not every day
like I used to.
your journey to publication like? Oh my. Well it has been quite the roller
coaster ride. The first novel I ever wrote came about as a challenge issued to
me at the Ozark Creative Writers conference in Eureka Springs, AR. Dusty
Richards, a western novelist challenged those of us who had never written a
novel to write one and have it to him by the next conference and the winner
would receive a complete read from his agent. At the time I had written only
poems and short stories. So I entered, but by the time the next conference had
come around he was no longer with that agent. Instead he sat with me and went
over the first few chapters giving me tips. I then came home and started
rewriting it. Then I attended my first RT convention and entered it in the
Bobbi Smith beginning writers competition. My story was a finalist and Bobbi
told me the story really begins in chapter three. I went home and rewrote it.
The following year when I went to the RT convention I had entered it in the
American Title II competition where it was a finalist. Eleven of us were
competing for one publishing contract with Dorchester Publishing and RT
magazine would feature us in each issue as readers voted for the winner.
Suddenly I had to have a website and get the PR going to get votes. All this
and I didn't even have a book out yet. It was an exciting time. Quite the wild
ride. I was bumped in the second round, but soon after got an agent. About a
year after that he sold A Desperate
Journey to Samhain. I used to call the novel my training wheel novel
because I learned so much about writing with that one. The learning curve was
tremendous. My newest book, Dangerous
Ties, was the first novella I ever wrote, so there was a learning curve
there as well, but nothing like that first book was.
you think of the eBook explosion, pros and cons, and what do you think will
happen with print books? I have been saying for several years now that
publishers cannot continue with so many forms of books. Right now we have
hardback, trade paperback, mass-market paperback and now eBooks. There are
simply too many forms for even the largest of publishers to afford putting out
a book in all these forms. One or more is bound to be phased out. It is great to have a book in print and also
in eBook. I have both with my first book, A Desperate Journey. But the simple
fact is, even with your book in print, unless it is sitting on the shelves of a
bookstore, the reader is not likely to come across it. Distribution is very
important to authors. The eBook allows readers easier access to the books if
they live overseas or in an area, which doesn't have a bookstore carrying your
book. The eBook also makes it easier for a reader to try a new author or a new
genre because of the lower cost. I think we are going to see an upswing in
readers who weren't reading much before as well as readers exploring more books
than they were before the eBook readers came out. I am reminded of Gutenberg
and the Bible. I'm sure the printing press raised controversy as well. No, we
don't have the beautiful illuminated manuscripts that were once in the homes of
the wealthy, but the books are in the hands of more people. It's an author's job to write the best book
possible and then to see it reach the hands of as many people as possible. I'm
happy that eBooks will help to accomplish that.
Three favorite things: movie, place and food?
Out of Africa, though it ends sadly. The island of Moorea
where we stayed in an over the water hut and swam with dolphins. Tiramisu,
which I can never turn down.
Thank you for visiting today!
Originally from Ohio, Debra now lives in Tennessee, just outside Memphis. She
has lived in six states and traveled extensively. Her experience includes work
as a city recycling co-ordinator, bank head teller, selling advertising for a
weekly newspaper, work as a dance instructor and work as an independent travel
consultant. Ms. Parmley holds a BA in English from Marywood University in
Scranton, PA. Her first book, A Desperate Journey, was an American Title II
manuscript. Desert Breeze Publishing will publish her second book, Dangerous
Ties, in February of 2012. It is with infinite love and gratitude that she gives
thanks for this opportunity to fulfill her dream of sharing her stories with
readers all over the world. One of her greatest joys is to hear from her
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