Debra Diaz


Award-winning author Debra Diaz has written several novels in the historical fiction genre and one contemporary mystery for young readers. She has worked as a columnist and feature writer for a local newspaper, and between other jobs has owned and operated a writing service. Her goal as a writer is to not only entertain, but to challenge and inspire!

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Two things--the actual writing, which is sort of compulsory, and getting positive feedback from readers. We write to be read, unless you're writing deep dark secrets in your diary! I say positive feedback, because naturally the negative is not very pleasant, although it may be constructive. I have benefited from a couple of less than cheery reviews by rethinking and revising some things. I don't want readers to just like my books, I want them to get something out of them, even if it's just a small sense of encouragement, or some historical tidbit. I can honestly say I've gotten "something" out of every book I've ever read, even if it was just a determination not to read that kind of book again!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords, especially Mark Coker, has been great. He obviously loves what he's doing and is dedicated to helping out his authors. Back in the day he even went into one of my books personally to see why it wouldn't clear Meatgrinder to upload--don't know if he'd have time to do that now! The publishing process is clearly explained and Mark has written a manual/style guide to help authors out. It's really quite easy, and with Smashwords handling all the shipping to retailers, as well as handling any problems that may arise with retailers, authors are free to start writing another book. Mark stays on top of the game and I have confidence in him.
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Where to find Debra Diaz online


On This Night
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,010. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Mallory had thought she was safe, but the secret she shared with a former slave came back to haunt her that October night in 1865. The war was over; yet, for her, it would never be over. She could not have expected that her secret would lead to murder, nor did she expect it to lead to love. It was a night of strange and twisted revelations, that threatened to change all that she believed...
Woman of Sin Trilogy
Series: Woman of Sin. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 312,510. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Historical
Boxed set of three complete novels - "Woman of Sin", "Man of God" and "Child of the King". The novels in this popular series are also sold separately.
Child of the King
Series: Woman of Sin, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 106,150. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Historical
The daughter of Paulus and Alysia is grown now, and ready for a life of her own...but Rachel is unable to rise above her past, and something that happened in Rome...years ago. Metellus, former tribune in the Praetorian Guard, has been commissioned by the emperor to bring Rachel from Jerusalem to Rome, and it is a journey that will affect both their ways they never could have imagined.
Man of God
Series: Woman of Sin, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,320. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical
Paulus Valerius, former legate in the Roman army, and Alysia, the woman he loves, face danger and betrayal as they seek to spread the word of God from Jerusalem to Rome during the maniacal reign of Gaius (Caligula) Caesar. This standalone sequel to "Woman of Sin" is a vivid panorama of the lives of those who choose to share the atoning power of the cross, no matter what the price.
Woman of Sin
Series: Woman of Sin, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 124,360. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Historical
Alysia is taken from her home and sold into slavery during the turbulent reign of Tiberius Caesar. She is purchased by Paulus Maximus, a Roman legate who pierces through her determination to hate her captors. When trouble caused by his jealous stepbrother forces her to run away, she finds herself in the battle-torn land of Palestine, where she meets another man who will change her life forever.
Place of Peace
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,440. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Christian » Romance
Genny Romayne is determined not to marry the man her father has chosen for her.Her pursuit of independence leads her to a man she will come to love and hate, and sets them both on a quest for truth that may cost them their lives...This novel journeys through one of the most perilous times in the post-Civil War South, and tells of a love between two people that-try as they might-neither can resist.
Summons From a Stranger
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 38,180. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Lindsey Sims is staying with her older sister's best friend, Rachel, while her parents are away on a trip to the Bahamas. Rachel Evans has received a mysterious letter from a man she's never met but who is, in a way, part of her family. Lindsey accompanies Rachel as she reluctantly answers the summons, and is caught in a grown-up world of greed, jealousy, and attempted murder.
Shadow of Dawn
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,490. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Southern bride Catherine Kelly is plunged into a world of danger and deceit in this riveting tale set during the Civil War. An unfamiliar husband, a familiar stranger, startling revelations... all lead to the discovery of a double treachery that will end in murder and cause Catherine to fear for her own life - and her soul.

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