Interview with DEBRA RENEE IRELAND

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I still love to feel the crisp paper beneath my fingers as i hold a book and turn its pages, but i also enjoy reading on my i-pad.
Describe your desk
My desk has many wonderful pictures of my children and grandchild on it, so i can look at them and know someday, this could all be theirs.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a farm in Nebraska. My grandfather use to tell my sister and I stories everyday, I can still remember them and I hold them close to my heart, I haven't put any to paper because they are so sacred to me.
When did you first start writing?
I have loved writing poems and stories since I was a child, but just started writing childrens stories a couple of years ago.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a story about the first windmill. Only fitting since I grew up on a farm with many windmills scattered across the land.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get to use childrens names who I actually know, which makes it alot of fun!
What are you working on next?
The book that is getting illustrated right now is the story about my own son, Zach. He was such a fun and smart little boy, we had many wonderful years together by ourselves before we adopted his sisters. Zach and I use to explore the farm and do alot of nature walks, magical memories that I hold close to my heart.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many favorites, i read alot of Nora Roberts, and Clive Cussler
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To watch the sunrise that God gives me each day!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I can't remember that far back, but I sure have alot of stories in my head to write about living on the farm! ALOT OF VERY FUNNY ONES!
What is your writing process?
That's the simplest question yet, God gives me the words, I just need to be open to receive them...
How do you approach cover design?
I try to look at it thru my grandchilds eyes, I always try to show him the pictures and ask him if he likes it.
Published 2014-03-22.
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