Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Hi, Fiona. It’s nice to meet you. Thank you for setting up this interview with me.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My name is Debbie De Louise. I am about ten years old in cat years.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live in Nassau County on Long Island in New York.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I have a B.A. in English and a Masters in Library Science from Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus. I am married with a daughter, Holly, who will be 13 in October. There are also two cats in our home, Oliver my 17-year old Siamese and Stripey, my 9 year old striped tabby.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I just released two short stories on August 22, “Saving Snow White,” a romance and “Dying for a Vacation,” a mystery. My third Cobble Cove mystery, Written in Stone, was released in April by Solstice Publishing, and I am starting a fourth in September.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing as a child as soon as I learned how. I’d always loved telling stories, and I admired authors I read, so I found it fun and a great creative outlet to try my own hand at the craft.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I published my first articles that appeared in cat magazines back in the 1990’s and also when I published my first short story, “Stitches in Time” in the Cat Crimes Through Time Anthology in 1999.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Cloudy Rainbow was inspired by the loss of my beloved 15-year old cat, Floppy, who suffered from diabetes and whom I gave insulin shots daily for the last seven years of his life. Floppy was featured as a cat character in this paranormal romance that also featured fictional scenes inspired from my college days on the student newspaper.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Thinking of the famous poem about pets, “Rainbow Bridge,” I decided to use “Rainbow” in the title and then added “Cloudy” because I thought it sounded good together as a title.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I write a variety of genres, although my current series are cozy mysteries. No matter what I write, I tend not to feature explicit sex, violence, or language because I feel they detract from a plot and also because I personally feel uncomfortable writing such scenes.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I draw upon my own experiences and memories for everything I write. Sometimes the characters are based on people I’ve known, but their descriptions are fictionalized.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
The only traveling I basically do to craft my writing is online and through library research which is easy for me since I’m a librarian. However, I do feature places I’ve actually been in some of my works.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
For my first novel, I hired a graphic designer who was recommended by Booklocker.com, the publisher I self-published it with. For my series and recent short stories, I used the cover designer of my publisher, Solstice Publishing.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
For my Cobble Cove series, the first book, A Stone’s Throw, featured the line, “Everything happens for a reason,” and that is a theme that I believe runs through most of my writing.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
When I was young, I was entranced by gothic romance writers such as Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt. I read almost every book they both wrote during my teens. Then I began reading cozy cat mysteries written by Carole Nelson Douglas, Shirley Rousseau Murphy, Rita Mae Brown, etc. Currently, I read a variety of authors both well-known and debut. I especially enjoy Nora Roberts and Mary Higgins Clark. I like books that combine mystery, romance, and a twist because those are the ones I also enjoy writing. I admire Nora Roberts’ ability to write trilogies, standalone romantic supsense novels, and the futuristic mysteries she authors as J.D. Robb.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
The Cat Writer’s Association. I’ve been a member of this group for many years. In order to join as a professional member initially, I needed to publish two cat-related pieces of writing. This motivated me to submit articles to cat magazines and eventually start me on my road to publishing.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I certainly do. I look forward to pursuing it full time when I retire.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
My latest book, Written in Stone, is the third Cobble Cove mystery. I’m very pleased with the way it turned out, so I don’t think I would have wanted to change anything in it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned that I enjoy writing a series as much as I do standalone stories and novels. I enjoy developing characters and furthering their stories.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I have no idea. I’m not much of a movie goer, so I would leave that up to the casting department of who they would cast in the role of Alicia the librarian and mystery author.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
If you really love to write, don’t give up on your dream. There are many more opportunities today despite all the competition. Publishing and marketing your work is more demanding and time-consuming than writing, so network with other authors, learn how to manage your time, and study all you can about the field. Most of all, believe in yourself.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I’d like to thank them for reading my books and stories and hope that they enjoy them as much as I do writing them.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m reading Susan Mann’s, Librarian and the Spy, a title I found in a book review journal at work. I’ve since connected with Susan who is also a librarian and even interviewed the cat in her book, Rasputin, on my cat character Sneaky’s blog.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, but I remember the first book that made a difference in my life. It was a gift from my brother and was called “Winter People,” by Phyllis Whitney. That book turned me into a voracious reader.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Any sad stories about animals, particularly cats, will make me cry. I also cry at wakes even if I didn’t know the person well. Stupid jokes sometimes make me laugh. I rarely laugh or cry after reading books, but both of Jo Jo Moyes’ novels caused me to do so. Her writing is very emotion-provoking.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
That is a very tough question and one I have never considered so don’t have an answer for you. Sorry.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Besides reading, writing, and spending time with my cats, I like to travel even to nearby places I haven’t been. I also like to walk and enjoy nature.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
My husband and I have started to binge watch certain shows. We just finished watching Covert Affairs. Before that, we watched Bones, Dexter, and White Collar. I enjoyed them all. I like mystery/crime shows, but we also watch Modern Family which is a comedy.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Favorite Foods: Black forest cake, Vanilla ice cream with dark cherries, chocolate, Penne in pink sauce, blueberries, eclairs, custard, flame-grilled burgers, patty melts, salad, grilled onions, cole slaw and pickles, unsalted peanuts with raisins.
Favorite colors: Purple and blue
Favorite Music: Classic Rock, 70’s tunes.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Probably go crazy, but maybe my house would be organized – lol.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Here lies Debbie De Louise, Mother, daughter, sister, bestselling author, librarian, book lover, and cat lover
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events andspecial offers?
My website/blog/newsletter signup is located at https://debbiedelouise.com
My cat character’s blog is https://sneakylibrarycat.wordpress.com
My Facebook author page is: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author/
My Amazon Author Page:http://www.amazon.com/Debbie-De-Louise/e/B0144ZGXPW/
My Goodreads Account:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2750133.Debbie_De_Louise