We are excited today to get to visit with Debbie DeLouise. When not writing her well-reviewed fiction, Debbie is a reference librarian in Long Island, a perfect situation for researching her books. She has a B.A. in English and an MLS in Library Science. Debbie has a history in journalism and received the Lawrence C. Lobaugh Memorial Award in Journalism from Long Island University/C.W. Post for her work as features editor on the student newspaper. She also edited and published the Palmer School graduate library school newsletter.
Like many of her fans, Debbie is a cat lover. She is a member of the Cat Writer’s Association and Sisters-in-Crime Association and has published articles in Cats Magazine and Catnip (Tufts University Veterinary Newsletter). She won the Glamour Puss special award from Hartz Corporation for her Catster.com article, “Brushing your cat for bonding, beauty, and better health,” (June, 2016). Her short mystery, “Stitches in Time” was published in the Cat Crimes Through Time Anthology, (1999).
Debbie lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and two cats.
Welcome, Debbie. Thanks so much for joining us and giving your fans a chance to get to know you better.
- Your book, A Stone’s Throw, about a widowed librarian, is the first in a romantic cozy mystery series. When can we expect to see the other books?
I just signed with Solstice Publishing for the sequel, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, coming out this fall. All the Cobble Cove books can be read as standalones and feature some of the same characters. However, new characters are also introduced. I have plans for at least two others, but I also have another cozy series in mind as well as additional standalones. I just finished a psychological thriller that I need to revise before submitting to an agent or publisher.
- Can you describe your ideal reader?
My ideal reader would be someone who likes character-driven fiction and enjoys twists. My books aren’t for readers looking for explicit sexual content or violence. They are for people who want a good story, identify with the various characters, and try to guess the outcome. My readers should also be interested in a variety of genres and storytelling because I don’t like to pigeonhole my writing into one type. Although I consider myself a mystery author, I always like to add a touch of romance to my stories and like to experiment with point of view, setting, themes, and other details. I enjoy writing standalone books as well as series and hope to attract readers who read both.
- Cats feature prominently in your writing. Do you have any favorite stories to tell about your two current pets?
I’ve always been a cat lover, and I like featuring both cats and dogs in my books. I currently have a 16-year old Siamese, Oliver, and an 8-year old tabby, Stripey. They are males and have been living together for 3 years. We took Oliver in after my mother had to move to an assisted living center. It took about a month’s time for the cats to stay together without fighting.
One of the stumbling blocks was that Oliver had stayed in our home previously when my mother lost her electricity for two weeks when Hurricane Sandy hit our area. We had taken my mother and Oliver in the week we were scheduled to go on a Disney World vacation. My mother stayed in my daughter’s room with Oliver during this time, but he escaped one day while we were away and had a big battle with Stripey. However, when Oliver came to stay with us permanently, I introduced them more gradually with the method my vet recommended of familiarizing them both with one another’s scent using the same cloth to rub them. Eventually, they were able to stay in the same room for short periods. Now they are not exactly buddies, but they don’t fight with one another. They tend to stay in separate areas. When they both want some exercise, they run after each other but tails don’t grow fat or ears flattened back, and there are no angry hissing sounds exchanged.
- You list Limitless Publishing as the publisher for your book. Is this a traditional small publisher or your own imprint? Can you tell us about how you chose this publishing path?
Limitless Publishing is a small press. I signed with them after they reviewed my manuscript “A Stone’s Throw” last summer during the Pit2Pub Twitter event in which I participated.
- Do you have an agent?
No, but I’m looking for one. I feel an agent can help me find a larger publisher that will allow my books more widespread distribution in more formats (audio and hardcover, for instance).
- Your first (self-published) book was a paranormal romance. Do paranormal aspects feature in your current series? Ghosts? Magic? Clairvoyance?
No. A Stone’s Throw is different from Cloudy Rainbow, although I still enjoy writing paranormal themes. For instance, I recently wrote a short paranormal/historical romance, “The Seashell and the Stone” for an anthology with 15 other authors, most of them from Limitless Publishing. The anthology, “Love, Always”, is not published by Limitless and is only available as a giveaway that I and the other authors sponsor through our newsletters and takeover events. I also have a half- written novel featuring a ghost cat that I hope to finish one day.
- Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
I’m proud to share that Cloudy Rainbow received an honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest self-published awards. I wrote that book after my beloved cat, Floppy, died from diabetic and liver complications. The book is dedicated to him, and he is featured as a character in it. My second novel, A Stone’s Throw, is the story of a widowed librarian who visits her husband’s home town and finds a new love with the town’s newspaper publisher, but also discovers some alarming truths about her husband’s death and its connection to the publisher and his family. Along with a variety of characters, there is also a cat and dog who play minor but interesting roles in the novel.
I have plans for at least two more books in the Cobble Cove series. I’ve also just finished writing a psychological thriller I hope to publish as a standalone.
I have two short stories coming out in anthologies this week on September 16: “The Path to Rainbow Bridge,” for the “Realms of Fantastic Stories” anthology, and “Deadline” will appear in the “Project 9” anthology of short stories.
I’d like my readers to know that the best way to keep up to date with me and my work is through my author newsletter that is emailed twice monthly and features a monthly contest. To subscribe, they just need to complete the pop-up form on my website: https://debbiedelouise.com. They then have to confirm the subscription. If anyone has problems subscribing, I can also add them manually if they send me their email address.
Thank you so much for taking time from your busy schedule to share about your life and your writing, Debbie. We’ll look forward to reading your next books.
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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Debbie-De-Louise/e/B0144ZGXPW/
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