Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My name is Debra J. Falasco, and I am turning fifty this year!
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live in Milliken, Co, a small community an hour north of Denver.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am a Mom of one technologically minded ten-year old son, wife of a classic MOPAR collector, hopeless romantic, lover of all things vintage. Gone with the Wind is my favorite book, followed very closely by Little Women, and I have a hopeless fascination with David Gandy.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I am currently working on my sixth book, Indecorum, the Tales of Chapel Hall, Book Three. This is the third installment in the series but while the mystery from Inevitable continues, Indecorum has a new romance brewing. Readers have already felt the tension between Jordan and Caprice, but while Machelle and Adrian are on their wedding trip, Jordan and Caprice explore their feelings for each other as they search for answers from the past.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
When? My whole life. I started writing as a child, but it wasn’t until 2017 that I thought I could actually publish the book I had only dreamed about for three decades. Inevitable, the Tales of Chapel Hall, Book One, was based on characters I had created in the late 90’s. After leaving my full-time job, I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to publish my first book. I spent a year writing it, then published in August 2018.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I always considered myself a writer, even during the times when I wasn’t actively writing. I didn’t consider myself an author until I hit “publish” on Inevitable!
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Just reading romance novels practically my entire life! When I sat down to write my first couple of books, I was inspired by what I wanted to read – the characters who made me swoon, the words that made me weak in the knees. I wanted to write the kinds of books I wanted to read.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I’m not sure at what point the book became Inevitable. I went through several proposed titles over the years, but it wasn’t until I was almost done with the book that the title Inevitable come into play. Inevitable because it was inevitable that he loved her and she loved him. After years of denying what he felt, he couldn’t stay away from her any longer. They were meant to be together.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I like words, pretty words, descriptive words, I like to paint a picture with words. I also like to write in first person. Two of my historicals and both of my contemporaries are written in first person. I actually think I enjoy writing first person POV in the male perspective the most. Something about getting behind their thoughts, really peeling back the layers and getting into their skins…
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I think there’s a little of myself in every book, in every character. Whether it’s a simple thing like being an author ( my Man with series features a group of authors who each fall for a man who represents the genre in which they write) or modeling my male characters are men I would want to fall for, there’s a piece of me in every book!
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, I don’t travel yet, only virtually, but soon, I hope to change that. In Man with Money, my female mc, Vivien, travels when she writes. That’s my real dream job!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Various artists. Victoria Cooper designed my “Man with” covers and Lisa K. Miller at GotYouCovered designed Inhibition and Lord Ravenspur’s Christmas Wish based on Inevitable’s premade design by Darin Yardimli.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Each book is different but the bottom line is “Be open to love and love the best way you know how.”
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?
I don’t have one favorite. I read mostly romance at the moment but I go in spurts with other genres and authors. If I had to make a quick list of reliable go to authors: Louise Bay, Willow Winters, Meghan March, Cecelia Mecca, and Julie Johnstone come to mind.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Early on? That was it. Family and friends, but do not underestimate the value of social media. Without Facebook, I would be dead in the water. Social media gives us a platform we wouldn’t have on our own.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely, this is a business. I have to approach it as one and manage it the same way.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope. Loved it as it is! My last book released in November and it’s the prequel Christmas novella to the Tales of Chapel Hall series. I wouldn’t change a thing about it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned to write the words that are in my heart and not get too set on what is “supposed” to happen. I am open to changing course when a new and better idea comes along as they so often do!
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
David Gandy is my perfect Adrian Ravenspur!
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
I quote Louise Bay when I say to write the kind of books that you want to read.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I’m just getting started out here!! I have five books out in fifteen months and about two dozen more planned under my own name of Debra J. Falasco. This year, I’m happy to announce that I’m starting a new line of darker romance under the pen name of Caprice Langden.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
K.I.Lynn’s Forever and All the Afters.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Nope. Too long ago and way too many to count! Memorable books are Little Women, Watership Down, the Last Days of Pompeii, The Little Princess – loved the classics when I was younger.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
A good love story, a sad ending, subtle plan on words – anything clever enough to snag those emotions.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I have a fascination with William Marshal, the Greatest Knight, confidante of Kings and Queens, signer of the Magna Carta. If I could, he’d be the one person I would travel through time to meet.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Reading, writing, cooking, and I collect tea cups!
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Huge Supernatural fan. Loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. I like to watch cooking shows as well.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Food – too many to list. Color – deep jewel tones, blues, burgundies, emeralds. Music – I’m a Durannie. Still a Duran Duran fan from the 80’s and beyond. I still listen to all 80’s music like it was yesterday.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
What I do now as well – work, take care of my family, clean, cook, watch tv only I’d do all of it a lot more often!
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my husband and son. A good meal. And lots of tears. I’m too sentimental not to cry.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Not even considering it.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Debra J. Falasco is an indie author of historical and contemporary romance. She is a Mom of one son, wife of a classic MOPAR collector, and lives in a historic home north of Denver, Colorado.
Facebook – www.facebook.com/debrajfalasco
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/debrafalasco
Twitter – https://twitter.com/DebraFalasco
Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/djfalas/
Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Debra-J-Falasco/e/B07FZFK5H5/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
Books and Amazon Links –
The Tales of Chapel Hall
Lord Ravenspur’s Christmas Wish
Man with Money
Man with the Mafia