Interview with Deborah Russeff

What are you working on next?
In December 2014 I started a book I titled, "Second Chances" Don't Blow It This Time. The book is about relationships and what I have learned along the way. My first marriage ended after 30 years. One would think going into a new marriage would be easy, but it was not! I read many books by amazing authors that gave me so much insight I felt there was a need to share what I had learned. I am hoping to complete this book by the end of the year.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Researching various topics such as homeopathic remedies, relational needs or whatever is going on in my life at any given time.
What is your writing process?
I get an idea of a topic and I write an out-line. I break it up into chapters and work on one at a time so it is not so overwhelming. I always go back and add more to each chapter as I gain more insight. I continually go to books I have read and look back at the pages I have marked or high-lighted or go on-line and search for more information. It's hard to end a book. I could continue adding more and more, but at some point you just have to tell yourself, "OK, you are done."
How do you approach cover design?
I am very artistic and always have been. I LOVE to design my own covers. When I was in real estate I loved creating brochures and flyers. I think the marketing was my favorite part of the job.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"The Gift In You" by Dr. Caroline Leaf
"Who Switched Off My Brain" by Dr. Caroline Leaf
"Who Switched Off Your Brain" by Dr. Caroline Leaf
"Finding And Keeping The Love Of Your Life" by Kevin Leman
"The Bondage Breaker" by Neil Anderson
I like to read books that will change my life. I have no patience to read fictional books. I enjoy a good fictional movie to relax and let my brain escape from working all day, but if I am going to spend time reading, I want it to be productive.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an iPad with a Kindle app but I would have to say most of my reading, when not a physical book, is done on my laptop on various websites.
Describe your desk
LOL.... my desk. Well, our home is very humble yet elegant. We don't have a lot of space and my laptop is having issues with wireless connection to the internet at this time, so I am currently sitting on the bed in our guest room next to the internet modem so I can connect an Ethernet cord to my laptop. I have a book bag I drag along with me that has all my research books.
When I am not at home, I am on our 48' sailboat. Again, limited space and often times, without internet, so I set at the settee with my laptop, usually pillows propped to make it more comfortable and my dog either laying at my side or trying to get me to play with her. Short story long, I don't have a desk.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Sultan Washington, in the country near the Sultan river. My dad loved animals and so we always had cows, horses dogs and many other animals around. I rode horses nearly every day. I loved just being alone and doing my own thing. My mind was always very active. My mother was an avid reader and I think her reading to me as a child, and the example she set by always having her nose in a book, made a big impact on my life.
When did you first start writing?
I first started journaling around 1988 or so. I had also started many books since then and never finished them. Some I still have, I just can't bring myself to throw them away.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's pretty self explanatory. My husband and I were shopping for a used sailboat and I documented every step of our journey. My experience in real estate and researching led me to discovering many things the average sailboat shopper would not think of. We experienced dealing with a yacht broker who was of questionable character, so we took matters into our own hands and made things happen without the "expert". Once you have been in the business of writing contracts, it's not that complicated. Although this was not real estate, there were many similarities. We have heard of many horror stories and people experiencing buyers remorse, so we wanted to share our journey to help others overcome the obstacles and know what to do and how to get there.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have been a loner all of my life. An Introvert if you will. Many of the jobs I have had over the years have been independent. I couldn't be anything other than an "indie author". Not that I don't work well with others, I just enjoy my freedom. I like to do what I like to do. They say; "if you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life."
Published 2016-08-03.
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Books by This Author

Food Storage Without Refrigeration
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,950. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Canning & preserving
Fearing an EMP strike or just looking for some ways to store food for long term? Tips and tricks to make your perishable foods last longer. Discover many foods you THOUGHT needed refrigeration, but do not.
Used Sailboat Buyer Beware
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,960. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Sailing
Buying a used sailing vessel is not as easy as one would hope. You can't always count on the professionals involved in your purchasing experience to help you avoid buyers remorse. Know what to look for, what to expect and where to find the information you need to be happy with your choice long after your purchase. Also discover a little known purchasing strategy that could save you a LOT of money!