It all started at age thirty-eight when Deborah's life took a dramatic turn. Over the next few years, she finished her college degree, wrote and published two novels for Harper Collins, and moved to New Orleans where she lives now among a very eclectic group of friends. She shares a house with two adorable Shih-Tzus (Harry and Sally).
Deborah can't remember a time when she didn't want to be a writer, except a short period when she was ten and wanted to be a jockey (she blames Walter Farley). She won her first fiction contest at age eleven and never looked back.
When she's not writing, Deborah loves exploring New Orleans and its history, painting, reading, and photography.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to paint. This is something I've taken up recently, but I have always wanted to try it. I also like photography and walking in my neighborhood with my two adorable Shih-Tzus (Harry and Sally). I have a close group of friends and I enjoy hanging out with them. We are trying to eat at every restaurant in New Orleans at least once, I love to play tourist at home. One of my favorite places is Faulkner Books in Pirate's Alley. It smells like history. I read, do a little gardening, watch too much TV, and spend too much time on the Internet.
What is your writing process?
Wow! That's a good question. I wish I had a good answer. I'm still trying to work that out and I'm writing about it on my blog. The hardest part is just sitting down and doing it. I outline - sort of. I capture everything I know about the book in Scrivener and expand that until I have scenes and chapters. There will be a particular scene that wants to be written first, and it's not always the opening scene. Usually the first run through is almost all dialogue written like this:
Rafe: Are you always so stubborn? Anne: Yes. Rafe: Well, it almost got you killed this time. What the hell were you thinking, setting out alone like that? Anne: I've got to get to Eagle Pass. Rafe: Why? Anne: My mother is sick,
Then it gets fleshed out in a layering process until I have a first draft.
Alone in a savage land, Anne Cameron soon realizes her only hope for the life she wants is a cache of Confederate gold hidden somewhere in Mexico, and the only man who can save her is the last man she should trust.