As an inspirational romantic suspense author, Deborah M. Piccurelli is passionate about writing, reading, family, moral/political issues, and serving the Lord. With a goal to glorify God through His gracious gift, Deborah hopes to impact the lives of her readers.
Her first published novel, In the Midst of Deceit, was released by Jireh Publishing Company in March 2004.
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1. Tricia: I see that your first novel, In the Midst of Deceit, came out in 2004. Why did you chose to write an inspirational romantic suspense?
Deborah: I love romance, and I love suspense, so I figured I’d have the best of both worlds. As for inspirational, I don’t think I could write otherwise. Since my faith in the Lord is intertwined with every aspect of my life, it just comes naturally, and hopefully that shows in my characters, as well.
2. Tricia: What is the boldest thing you’ve done while researching for your fiction?
Deborah: Probably the boldest thing I COULD have done would be to jump from an airplane. The hero of the novel has a passion for skydiving, and I visited a drop zone, but was too chicken to actually do it. So the next boldest thing was to speak to a victim of head trauma about his experiences, really picking his brain, since my character suffers the same condition from an incident involving – you guessed it – skydiving. Blessedly, the guy was very open to any question I posed.
3. Tricia: What is one writing lesson you’ve learn that you reuse over and over?
Deborah: Oh, there are so many, but off the top of my head, I would say to make sure my word choices are strong, and fit the situation I’m writing about.
4. Tricia: What is your favorite book you’ve read in the last three months? Why?
Deborah: It’s tough to choose, as there are so many good ones. One would be Sally John’s The Beach House. Her writing style and characterization are gifts that I truly admire. I have every one of her books, so far. Another would be Mary DeMuth’s soon-to-be-released next book, Wishing on Dandelions. Her writing just blows me away.
5. Tricia: If you could meet any living author, who would it be?
Deborah: This may sound hokey, but I would like to meet God. He’s the best author around, and one I know I’m sure to meet someday.
6. Tricia: What writing project are you currently working on?
Deborah: I’m working on the first book in the Guardians of Justice series. This story involves fetal harvesting.
7. Tricia: Where do you go for encouragement?
Deborah: To the Lord. I want to feel a peace about what I’m writing. Then I go to other writing friends who understand what I’m going through.
8. Tricia: Who would you say has been your biggest writing cheerleader?
Deborah: Right now, that would be my husband.
9. Tricia: Coffee or tea?
Deborah: Decaf tea. I grew up on tea, and it’s a comfort thing for me. Very soothing.
10. Tricia: If you could pick on TV channel, and one only, which would it be?
Deborah: That would have to be TV Land. I marvel at how it was a given that TV shows in the 60s included faith elements without question. Recently, I was flipping through channels, and hit upon Bonanza on TV Land. Purnell Roberts (did I spell his name right?) was quoting Scripture from the book of Ruth to a character of the same name. How cool is that?
Thank you, Deborah!