Debbie Kaufman has always found a good book to be a great escape. Years ago she failed to heed her mother’s advice when told to get her nose out of a book. Instead, she parlayed her reading addiction into writing award-winning fiction. Originally a
SKC: It's wonderful to meet you, Debbie. Now, we are anxious to hear about your new project. Tell us about it.
Debbie: I’m involved in promoting my first published book, The Doctor’s
. Love Inspired Historical just released it this month, and it is a missionary romantic adventure set in the jungle of 1918-1920 Liberia, Africa, featuring the cannibal tribes of the time. I describe The Doctor’s Mission as a bit of “Indiana Jones meets missionary love.” Mission
SKC: What keeps you going on days that you don't necessarily feel like writing?
Debbie: On those days that I really don’t want to put myself in front of the computer screen, I’ve usually fallen back on the reward system. I set a goal, and if I make it, I allow myself something I want. For me, that’s usually reading time, something that is at a premium since I published.
However, yesterday I read a review that a reader left me on Amazon for The Doctor’s
SKC: That's a good system, Debbie. Thanks. Starting and ending a book is often the most difficult, for many writers. Describe how you come up with the beginning and end to your story.
Debbie: The beginning usually comes to me like watching a movie. Something sparks an idea, and I see a scene and its setting in strong detail—sights, sounds, feelings, everything. Then the real work begins as I plot out where to go from there.
Because I plot, I pretty much know the ending before I get more than a couple of chapters on the page. Sometimes when I get stuck going forward, I take a big leap and actually write the ending before the middle. I’ve even been known to work backwards from there!
SKC: What do you believe is the KEY to writing a good book?
Debbie: Gosh, Shirley, it’s hard to choose just one thing as the key! There are so many elements to a good book, but since you’re asking for only one, I would say the key is to never take the easy way out. Don’t go for the cliché, the trite, because it cheats the reader. When you’re writing, it’s so easy to want to quit and say something is good enough so that you don’t have to rewrite that page/scene/chapter again. You’ll never get a truly good book by doing taking the easy way.
SKC: How do you create your settings, and do you take advantage of the area that’s around you or do you research and discover new places?
Debbie: I am a total research geek. The Doctor’s Mission is set in 1918
SKC: After you finish your present project what plans do you have?
Debbie: I’m working on a second Liberian missionary romance, and I have a third in mind with the same setting. I’ve already had that “movie moment” for book three and know how it opens. But, for book four, I want to turn to
SKC: We appreciate that you are planning to donate a book to one of the readers here at A Pen for Your Thoughts. What would you like to ask our readers today?
Debbie: Shirley, thanks for having me here this week. I’d love your readers to tell us their feelings about a book’s setting: How important is setting to you? Any memorable ones you care to share? If you could choose a setting for a book, where would it be?
SKC: Please let us know where your book can be found and where our readers can learn more about you.
Debbie: You can find my books at www.Harlequin.com , Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Doctors-Mission-Love-Inspired-Historical/dp/0373828942/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321310871&sr=8-1 ),Barnes and Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/doctors-mission-debbie-kaufman/1102081630?ean=9780373828944&itm=1&usri=the%252bdoctor27s%252bmission ), Christian Book Distributors (http://www.christianbook.com/the-doctors-mission-debbie-kaufman/9780373828944/pd/828940?product_redirect=1&Ntt=828940&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCP) or any local retailer that carries the line.
For more about me, my books, and missions, visit my website at www.debbiekaufman.com
For an excerpt of The Doctor’s Mission: www.debbiekaufman.com/excerpt
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