Didja miss us? Didja miss us? Writer Wednesday was on hiatus last week while I worked to meet an editing deadline, but now we’re BACK and we’ve got contemporary romance author Debra Druzy in the interview hot seat (well, really, I hope it’s just a comfortable, relaxing, warm seat, because I want authors to enjoy being here).
I don’t know about YOU, but with a book entitled Sleeping with Santa, Debra’s got me dying to know more about her and her books (if Santa looks like the guy on her cover, I’m so in)! So settle in while Debra takes over the mic and shares a bit about herself, and what’s next for her writing.
Thank you for having me on your Writer Wednesday blog, Margaret. And Hello to your fabulous followers!
I’m Debra Druzy, author of Sleeping With Santa, a contemporary romance. These questions were a nice break from revising my current work in progress. And a helluva lot easier than third grade Common Core math homework.
Everything. Dreams. Conversations. Driving. Grocery shopping. Doing laundry. Watching the news. Music is especially inspirational—I call it songspiration.
Which type of romance do you love most, and why?
Contemporary is my favorite because I relate to the time, place, and language better than some other genres.
Name one interesting thing you learned in researching/writing your last book.
I learned that I must plot the story rather than write from the seat of my pants. I can’t drive my car anywhere without my GPS guiding the way, so I don’t what made me think I could write without knowing where the story was going.
Name two things people don’t know about you.
I can’t fall asleep with the television on. [ML says: People can do that? I sure can’t!]
I was born the day the Mets won the World Series, the first time.
What fellow romance author do you recommend reading, and why?
I have the privilege to beta read for two writer-friends. Arla Dahl’s Immoral Virtue Trilogy gives the Salem witch trials an erotic twist. I consider Arla’s style Fifty Shades of Shakespeare. And Stephanie Kepke’s Goddess of Suburbia is a chick-lit romance. I compare reading the story to taking a road trip with a good friend as she recaps a nervous breakdown with heart and humor. I have to mention Cherry Adair—she is a fabulous writer and mentor. If you like action-adventure-romance, check out Cherry’s books.
What one piece of advice do you wish you’d had when first starting out?
It’s fine to sit and free-write to get the juices going and warm up the muse. But like cooking, driving, building a house, sewing a dress—having a recipe, a map, a blueprint, a pattern to follow is a tremendous help. Set up the framework for the story before layering the details.
What’s your favorite romance novel of all time, and why?
Although contemporary is my favorite genre, Thea Devine’s historical romance, Secret Pleasures, is my favorite story. It’s a little bit of everything decadent—murder, mystery, romance, erotica. I bought the book when it first came out to read on my train ride to work, and it proved to be a naughty escape during the long roundtrip commute. The paperback is still in my nightstand drawer.
Thanks again, Margaret. And thanks to your followers for stopping by.
If you haven’t slept with Santa yet, you can get the SLEEPING WITH SANTA
e-book on sale for only 99 cents, until October 29.
When Nick reluctantly accepts the temporary transfer to the Scenic View Fire Department he doesn’t plan on playing Santa Claus for the kiddie Christmas party. Sticking around town for the special assignment will give him a chance to get to know lonely, local sweetheart Lily and find out why she wants nothing to do with him.
Lily is a lifelong fixture in Scenic View, sick of living hand-to-mouth in a place where everyone’s nose is in her personal business. Just when she’s ready to move out of town, she meets the gorgeous newcomer, and it’s lust at first sight. The only thing is she doesn’t date firemen, which is too bad, because charming Nick seems like a real keeper.
With a little Christmas magic and help from the Santa suit, will Nick find a way into Lily’s heart and change her mind?
You’re gonna have to sleep with Santa to find out.
Get SLEEPING WITH SANTA for .99 October 16 – 29.
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For more information and links for where to buy, please visit http://www.debradruzy.com/
A bit about Debra:
Debra Druzy is a married, stay-at-home mom, writing romance in between running errands and doing household chores. Sleeping with Santa is her first published book, but there are plenty of unfinished stories in the closet and under the bed, which is probably bad for feng shui, but a good lesson in persistence pays off.
Want to connect further? Find Debra here:
Debra Druzy Online: http://www.debradruzy.com/
Thanks so much for being a part of Writer Wednesday, Debra! It was a pleasure to have you with us!
Love the interview! Thank you so much for the Goddess of Suburbia shout out! I’m a huge fan of your writing too!!
Thanks for stopping in and sharing the love, Stephanie!
No problem! Happy to do it ❤️
Thanks, Stef. And I loved GOS. Can’t wait to see what you’re writing next! xo
Thanks so much!! It’s completely different – except that it’s also about a woman whose life is falling apart, but for a very different reason. I guess that’s a favorite theme for me…
And… thank you for supporting writers with your Writer Wednesday, Margaret Locke!! Great blog!
I love to do it – let me know if you’d like a slot. 🙂
I would love to – thank you so much!
Hey Stephanie – can you shoot me an email at AuthorMargaretLocke@gmail.com? Then I can let you know which days I have available. Thanks! 🙂
Sure! Thanks!! I have to get my son up and ready for school right now (my older boys have already left), but I will as soon as I drop him off. Thanks again!
No problem – I might not be able to email you right away, as after I drop my kids at school, I’m off to West Virginia for the book festival…
That’s fantastic! Have fun!!! My son does not want to get up LOL
Great interview. I can’t sleep with the television on, either! Best of luck, with this, your first! May there be many more to follow,
Thanks, Linda, for giving Debra some love!
Thank you for stopping by and for the kind words, Linda. xo
I love Debra Druzy! Her first romance is witty and all kinds of steamy romantic. I’d sleep with Santa if he was packaged like Nick! Can’t wait for her next one.
I did tell Debra right away if Santa looked like the guy on the cover, wowza, yes, please. Thanks for commenting!
Oh, Aedyn ~ thank you sooo much for the kind words and support.
I was fortunate to meet Aedyn in Cherry Adair’s online BICC group. She’s a very early SWS beta reader, who gave me many helpful suggestions for Sleeping with Santa. xo
So you were born when the Mets won the world series! Now there’s a claim to fame! I’m firing up my kindle to get ‘Santa’, Immoral Virtue and Goddess!
Thank you, Gwen!
Yes ~ My Grandma Jean won two bets the day I was born: 1) that I’d be a girl, and 2) the Mets would win the World Series.
I hope you’re feeling well ~ I got the scoop from “the telephone” story.
Margaret and Deb – this was a great interview! Deb, you KNOW I loved Sleeping with Santa, but I also enjoyed this extra peek into your writing life. And I am with you completely when it comes to plotting. I don’t like to plot too much before I write but a few guide posts along the way never hurts.
Thank you for the shout-out. 🙂 Absolutely love that.
I prefer to plot, but darn if those characters sometimes don’t have minds of their own. 🙂
So very true. The hero in part three of my trilogy definitely has a mind of his own – and he’s been trying to control mine. He’s sexy, though, so I don’t mind. Too much…
Thank You to Margaret, a gracious and funny hostess, for having me on her Writer Wednesday Blog.
And Thanks to Everyone for stopping by and staying hi.
It was a delight to have you, and I’m loving all the support you got via the comments. Woo hoo!
Deb, on inspiration, you forgot to mention your red-headed firecracker sister, Cindy Lynn! Ooh, girl, you better go buy her a drink or something! And for anyone who hasn’t read Sleeping With Santa yet, a red-headed firecracker is one reason you should!! (Of course, a smokin’ hot Santa is another!)
Born on the Mets World Series win?! That is fricking AWE-SOME!! Especially this year- Let’s Go Mets!
Thank you, Miss Prim xoxo
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