Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Debbie Macomber.
Debbie is the author of many books including: It's Better This Way, A Walk Along the Beach, Window on the Bay, Cottage by the Sea, Any Dream Will Do, If Not for You, and the Rose Harbor Inn series. Thirteen of her novels have been New York Times #1 bestsellers, and five of her beloved Christmas novels have been hit movies on the Hallmark Channel. The Hallmark Channel has also produced the original series Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove, based on her Cedar Cove books. With more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide, Debbie is a leading voice in romance and women's fiction.
In this episode Debbie Macomber and I discuss:
- How our subconscious comes out in writing and directs the topics we explore.
- The balance between writing light Christmas stories and still providing substance.
- Why she began her book with a series of letters and flashbacks mixed with the present.
Plus, her #1 tip for writers.
For more info and show notes: diymfa.com/381
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392: World Building and Character Friendships in a YA Fairy Tale Retelling - Interview with Leslie Vedder
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391: The Medium and the Message: How Poetry Communicates a Deeper Truth - Interview with Ashanti Anderson
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390: Idea to Premise to Story: Crafting a Dynamic Short Story - Interview with Charlie Jane Anders
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389: A Master Class on Short Fiction, Voice, and Opening Lines - Interview with J.L. Torres
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388: How to Craft Your Supporting Characters - Interview with Sacha Black
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