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GIVE AWAY - NORA INTERVIEWS DEBBIE FULLER THOMAS


BIO: Debbie Fuller Thomas writes contemporary fiction from a historic Gold Rush town in Northern California. When she’s not working on her next book or managing children’s programs for her community, she enjoys performing with Colla Voce of the Sierras with her husband, Don, and spending time catching up with her two adult children.

She is a breast cancer survivor and former pastor’s wife, and has been involved in children’s and worship ministries for over 30 years. She has been published in But Lord, I Was Happy Shallow: Lessons Learned in the Deep Places, edited by Marita Littauer, and in Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul: Stories of Love, Laughter and Commitment to Last a Lifetime, edited by Jack Canfield. In addition, she has published articles in Coping With Cancer Magazine and Sacramento Sierra Parent Magazine.

Her debut novel, Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon was a finalist for both the 2009 Christy Award and the ACFW Book of the Year. Her latest novel is Raising Rain.

How did you come up with the idea for Tuesday Night At The Blue Moon? I was drawn into this story hook, line and sinker?

Many years ago, I saw a news story about two little girls who were switched at birth, and I wondered what it would be like for both the girls and their parents. Lately it’s become evident that more children have been switched than previously thought, and hospitals are taking extraordinary precautions. It’s a parent’s nightmare.



Did you have any say in the choosing the book cover for Tuesday Night at The Blue Moon? It’s interesting.

No, the publisher hired Gearbox Studios to design both Tuesday Night and Raising Rain, and I love them both. Their artwork is gorgeous. When I saw the little girl on the cover of Raising Rain it brought tears to my eyes because she embodied Rain and I knew what she was thinking and feeling. I just wanted to hug her.

How did you come up with your NEW book Raising Rain? I found it a very interesting topic.











Yes, it was a very interesting topic. I read What Our Mothers Didn’t Tell Us by Danielle Crittenden, about the ways in which Second Wave feminism has impacted young women and families today. Their false assertion that women can have babies any time they want has caused many of the infertility issues faced today. There was so much turmoil in the 70s and no one knew where the boundaries were, so I created my own foursome to see how their lives would play out. It turned out that some of my characters had lasting regrets and needed to make peace with themselves and others. Everybody has regrets, but with God there is forgiveness for past mistakes.

Did you come up with the title Raising Rain? If not, what was the working title?

Yes, I was fortunate that the publisher let me keep both titles for Tuesday Night and Raising Rain. Both titles jumped out at me directly from something I’d written within the manuscripts. I hope it works that way for the next one!

Can you name two Wow, moments you’ve had since you’ve been published? What made it a wow moment for you?

My first wow moment was before I got published when my agent, Wendy Lawton, agreed to represent me. My second was when she called to say that Tuesday Night was a Christy Award finalist. It came about 20 years after I’d first started writing, and I had come close to quitting several times. I’m so glad I didn’t.

Did you always know you were going to be a writer? If not, what was the turning point for you?

I didn’t consider writing until a neighbor of ours (who wrote short stories) asked if I’d ever thought about it. She encouraged me to try, and I submitted a personal experience article to a magazine. To my surprise, they bought it and I was hooked. In the next few years, our children were born and I opened a home day care so that I could stay home with them. I eventually wrote a novel during the nap times. It was never published, but I learned the basics of novel writing and invested in books about writing and attended some conferences.

QUESTIONS YOU REALLY WANTED TO ASK DEBBIE BUT WERE AFRAID TO SO I DID!!

If you could hang out with any two people in the history of the world alive or dead (besides Jesus), what two people would you pick and what would do?











My first choice would be Ray Bradbury. I would love to hear about his experiences in publishing and just listen to him tell stories.



Second, I would like to spend time with the incredibly gifted Walt Disney. We would go on every ride at Disneyland and he would explain where he got his ideas. Then we would dine at his members-only Club 33 and I would learn all the secrets of the Magic Kingdom.


What special quality, talent or event you’ve experiences would surprise your readers? Do Tell!!


My husband and I sing with Colla Voce of the Sierra, which is an auditioned community choir in our area. Many of the members have sung professionally, and the music is challenging. We just recorded our first CD in time for Christmas (visit Collavoce.org)

Name 4 of your favorite books of all time?





















My number one choice is The Lord of the Rings (okay I cheated – it’s a trilogy). Peace Like a River, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Alchemist.

What movie most affected you as a child? Why?


The Wizard of Oz. It only came on one Sunday evening every year and I wouldn’t have missed it for anything! We only had a black and white television, and for years I yearned to see what it really looked like. I can’t say that I understood it, but the story was compelling and Dorothy seemed so very brave.


What is your restaurant to have breakfast at? What would you order if money wasn’t a problem? Same question in reference to dinner.








If it’s not too crowded, we go to Katrina’s for breakfast. It is one of Sacramento’s ‘Best Of’ list, even though it’s just down the street from us (in the foothills). They have lemon yogurt pancakes that are so sweet they only require a light dusting of powdered sugar instead of syrup.










In Raising Rain, the girls go to Toasty’s in Pacific Grove (Monterey) for blintzes. It’s an actual restaurant and I’d go there if it wasn’t three hours away.







For dinner, we’d go to Dave Wong’s for incredible Chinese food. It’s a little over an hour away in Stockton, but it’s worth the trip.

You find yourself in a life threatening situation, who would you call on to save you? You can pick anyone from books, movies, etc. the sky is the limit.





Indiana Jones, without a doubt. I loved the way the last movie wrapped it up. Marion was always his match! My alternate would be Zorro. I had a bit of a crush on him when I was young.














What three things would you not want to give up? Things that you look forward to each day and would not want to do without.







Coffee – preferably Starbucks. It’s just better.















Coming home from work, changing into my comfy clothes and writing.(Picture of my husband and I on a wagon at a pumpkin patch this fall)
Spending time with my honey of 33 years. He makes me laugh!














One more special photo I'd like to share with you, this is of a mother-daughter weekend trip in October 09(with my niece, sisters & mom) at the gate of the Carnton Plantation in Franklin, TN which is the setting for 'The Widow of the South'.

Name three websites that you check out daily!





http://novelmatters.blogspot.com (I blog there with five other authors-photo of Novel Matters bloggers)
http://booksandsuch.org
http://chipmacgregor.com


ANY LAST COMMENTS YOU’D LIKE TO LEAVE MY READERS WITH???



Thank you for letting me share a bit and I hope you will take time to read my stories and get to know some of my characters. They’re like family now, and I like to imagine them going out into the world and passing on the hope that we have through Christ.

Thanks so much for stopping by Debbie and letting us get to know you and your books better. All the best to you and MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours!!

Until Next Time.

Nora :D
ACFW Book Club Coordinator


PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT ABOUT THE INTERVIEW AND A WAY TO CONTACT YOU IF YOU WIN!! DRAWING WILL BE DECEMBER 17th.

CONGRADULATIONS TO CONNIE --- YOU HAVE WON A COPY OF RAISING RAIN


****DISCLAIMER: Entering the give away is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws. Void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents, odds of winning depend on number of entrants *****

17 comments:

  1. Once again, a great interview. Thanks for asking a variety of questions.
    wmmahaney(at)att(dot)net

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  2. I find it so interesting how books get their titles and covers. I'm so picky, I'd have a hard time giving that out to someone else. I do think the Rain cover is fantastic!

    How does a parent handle it when their baby has been switched? Mine looked so distinct, nobody could have made a mistake!

    Please enter me for your giveaway.
    Thank you.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  3. Great interview. I remember when The Wizard of Oz came on once a year at Christmastime! What a treat it was to watch it and we wouldn't miss it either. Can't wait to read your books.

    Gail Mundy

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  4. This interview was wonderful! Please enter me!

    connieed53 at aol dot com

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  5. I really enjoyed this interview. The comment that really hit me was "Everybody has regrets, but with God there is forgiveness for past mistakes."

    Do not include me in this giveaway, but best of luck to everyone else. (I do not qualify to enter, as I am not a US resident).

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  6. Debbie is a gifted writer. I have read both of her books, and look forward to the next adventure with great anticipation.

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  7. Thanks for the opportunity to do the interview. It was a hoot! Loved your choice of questions. If you get a chance, stop by my new and improved website http://debbiefullerthomas.com.

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  8. I enjoyed getting to know Debbie through this interview. Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon was an excellent book and I look forward to Raising Rain soon. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

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  9. Great interview.All your books sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

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  10. Great interview....would love to be entered to win this book. Thanks.
    jackie.smith(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  11. Neat interview! I always love "The questions nobody would ask" section and this one was no exception. I agree about the Wizard of Oz movie!!

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  12. What a great interview that was. The books sound excellent as well. Please enter me in the drawing.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  13. I would love to read the book - please sign me up!

    edwina.cowgill@yahoo.com

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  14. Valerie Malewicz gave me a facebook message to be posted here.

    I was reading your interview with Debbie Fuller Thomas and was surprised by who she wanted to meet.Walt Disney has always been an interest to me also.The overall interview was very interesting.

    Valerie Malewicz 12*13*09 8:37p.m.

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  15. Wonderful interview...I love the titles of her books...I'm glad she persevered!!

    In case I win, my email address is:
    phdclark@swbell.net

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  16. Love the Wizard of Oz influence!

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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  17. CONGRATULATIONS TO CONNIE- You've Won a copy of Raising Rain.

    THANKS to everyone that read the interview and encouraged Debbie!!

    Blessings to Everyone. Thanks for stopping by.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS and a BLESSED NEW YEAR

    Nora :D

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