Releasing the blog a day early in honor of Valentine’s Day with my very special guest, Deb Marlowe. I’ve had the honor and pleasure of knowing Deb for several years, and I can honestly say she’s not only a very talented writer, but a genuinely amazing human being as well. (One of those women you meet and think, “I wish I was as nice as her.”)
Deb’s books will make you laugh, cry and keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. Please welcome Ms. Marlowe to Brain Fog Blog!
I always have to ask, when did you realize that you wanted to be a writer?
It happened Sophomore year, in French II. Passing notes back and forth with a friend, she kept cracking up and said, “You should be a writer!” And I thought, “Yeah!” But you know, life happens, and I didn’t actually start to write toward publication until much later.
Full length novel–about 6 months, give or take. (Deb writes Regency romances of around 300 pages.)
Where do you get your ideas?
From people. From history. From old prints or new songs. Everywhere!
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
What I like to do is read, hang with my family, walk, swim, travel. What I actually do is feed the family, run the kids, help with homework, run the kids, feed the kids, run the kids….I think you know what I mean, Judy!
I certainly do. Kids and husbands keep one very busy. What do you think is the best way of publishing a book these days?
I think any way that gets a book and reader together is valid.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I learn new and interesting things about history when I research. I’ve learned all about early archeology, horse racing, décor, gardening, weapons, so many things! Most recently I learned all about the beginnings of the British Museum.
I have a novella releasing right now! The anthology is called An Encounter at the Museum and it is comprised of four novellas by acclaimed Regency authors, each based around a significant encounter at the British Museum.
That sounds intriguing. Can you tell me and your readers something about the main characters?
My novella is titled An Unexpected Encounter.
It’s about Miss Lisbeth Moreton, a tall, practical girl who knows she’s worth more than the local squire’s prized heifer. To change her fate, she’s run off to a date with destiny at the British Museum. Her would-be swain never shows, but she has an unexpected encounter with Lord Cotwell and his new ward.
The baron is a scientific man, more comfortable with gadgets and gears than people, and especially women. If she can learn her own value and he can allow himself to be dragged back to life, then an unexpected encounter might just lead to love.
Yay! Is there a message in your book that you hope readers will grasp?
I think a recurring theme in my books is that opening yourself to love is always worth the risk, even when things don’t turn out as you expected them to.
What new project are you working on?
I’m very excited because An Unexpected Encounter is the first glimpse into my new Half Moon House series!
Oooo…I like the sound of that! Speaking of unexpected encounters, what’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you with regards to your writing career?
All the really funny things seem to happen to my husband! He gets asked odd questions about helping me with my research and posing for my covers all the time.
LOL. As a romance writer’s husband, I’ve also heard he’s much admired at work because of…well, never mind. Where can readers purchase your books?
More info at my website, www.DebMarlowe.com