Name Deborra Zello/Debbie Zello
Where are you from?
A small town in Connecticut USA.
A little about yourself `ie your education Family life etc
I grew up in a loving house. My family all live very close to me still. That makes for great holidays with my loud family all present.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My seventh book was just released on July 7th. The Middle of My Bridge joins, The Kiss Me Chronicles, Love’s Labyrinthine, The Viscount’s Vices, Raising Ren and Cowboys, Elizabet, under the back staircase, and Shadows of Him. I thought the seventh book on the seventh day of the seventh month was good luck. It’s turning out to be exactly that!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I was never interested in writing, growing up. I had an unfortunate run in with cancer, requiring six rounds of chemotherapy. The night after that first round, I began having vivid dreams. A woman insisted she had to tell me her story. That story, along with three others, became my first book.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I completed that first story and gave it to a few friends to read. When they gave it back to me with positive feedback, I thought I might be able to do this. I take no credit for the writing, Fiona. The characters bring me the story; I merely set it on paper.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m told that my books read as if we are sitting in my living room with a glass of wine and I recount the story to you. The characters lead you through their life as they see fit.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I’ve had them pop into my head and I’ve struggled with a few. I have one now that doesn’t seem right.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I write Contemporary Romance and Historical Romance. My books that involve history are accurate representations of historical facts. The contemporary novels often take you to places I have visited or done extensive research on. Take from them what you will.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Except for the places mentioned, they are all novels and therefore fiction.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I admit, if I’m not given a name for a character, I might provide one from my memory. Perhaps a nasty girl from school. Or an angel I have met.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
As a child, I read Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. That novel woke my love of history up in a big way. I have always been an avid reader, and my collection runs the gamut of mystery’s, history, and erotica.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Prince by Sylvan Reynard. It’s wonderful.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I am lucky enough to be under contract with a great publisher, Bitten Press LLC. They house a group of amazingly talented authors and poets. I am so proud to be among such accomplished men and women.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m way ahead right now with eight completed manuscripts waiting for their edits. The next book to be released is named, Romancing Broadway. It’s the story of a Midwestern girl that come to NYC to find fame on Broadway. This story takes you on an amazing journey to Italy, following a tall dark and handsome man.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I have an amazing PA Mary Fazzi, and a small but mighty group of marvelous women that believe in me. They are my biggest cheerleaders. I also am blessed to have several of my fellow authors that have been so supportive. Among them are Ethan Radcliff, A J Storm, Sydney Taylor, Craig Lowe, Alan Walker, Rosemary Willhide and Al Daltrey.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
That would be lovely. I hope that does happen.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I don’t look back. Once it’s the end, that’s what it is.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I have four stories that I am working on right now. A prequel to one that is finished but needed more. It’s already 82K, so I broke it into two books. Another, is a story about adoption from every angle. The next is a young adult story about Dee. She is Dorothy, from The Wizard of Oz, great-granddaughter. She is going on some amazing adventures. The last tale just began two nights ago. I’m not sure what his story is yet.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Finding the time. I suspect every author says that.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not right now. I have visited all but four states in the US. I’ve been through much of Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. I want to backpack through Europe next for maybe three months.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Suzzana Ryan, she designs all of Bitten covers. She does amazing work.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Getting enough sleep. Those characters are very persistent and bossy.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Anything is possible; you simply have to begin. Then have the courage to finish.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for reading my words. If you have left a review, another thank you goes to you. Then please tell people that you read it, for another big thank you.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Everything, I’m really quite emotional and not afraid to show or share it.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Benjamin Franklyn. I want to see how a seventy-year-old man could talk so many young French women into being his mistresses. He was quite a character at the time.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
She’s not really dead…the jokes on you.
Fiona: Other than writing, do you have any hobbies?
I don’t have time for any hobbies. I do read when I can and I love to paint folk art.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m a big fan of Walking Dead. American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance are two more favorites. I watch anything Tom Hanks has done.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Cheese, chocolate and coffee / pink, purple and blue / no rap or heavy, but anything else.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done.
I love the law and research.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so, what is it?
Amazon author page link http://www.amazon.com/Debbie-Zello/e/B00JA71W0G
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The Middle of My Bridge
Shadow of Him
Elizabet Under the back staircase
The Viscount’s Vices: The Love Story of Brook and William
Raising Ren and Cowboys: Sequel to The Viscount’s Vices William and Brooks Love Story
Love’s Labyrinthine: Five Stories about Love’s Twists and Turns
The Kiss Me Chronicles: Four Short Stories about Love
Blog link http://www.debbiezello.com