Interview with Debra Parmley
Interview with Author Debra Parmley
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June Calendar Girl
Welcome Debra and thank you for taking the time to visit with us.
Where do you call home?
I live just outside Memphis, TN and used to be in a writers critique group with Elvis’s estate attorney.
Do you have another job other than writing?
I work part time for my husband’s business Whistle Clean Pressure Cleaning, doing his marketing and office work.
What is your favorite place to eat?
Bahama Breeze. I love seafood.
Key lime pie, tiramisu and dark chocolate. I have a sweet tooth.
If I came to your home and looked inside the refrigerator, what would I find?
Tonight you would find raspberry lemonade, dark chocolate almond milk, rice milk, salad fixings, applesauce, sliced peaches, yogurt, blueberries, cheeses and condiments. There might be a few slices of pizza if my hubby hasn’t finished them off along with his whole milk.
Where do you like to go when you want to run away? Where is the farthest place you have traveled from home?
I used to escape to the library to write. I love to travel and used to work as a travel consultant. I’ve been to Tahiti, Italy, Germany, France, Prague, Scotland, Spain, Turkey, Panama, and Columbia. Well, I’ve traveled quite a bit.
Do you have a social/political cause you are passionate about?
I am the founder of Shimmy Mob Memphis. Shimmy Mob is an international organization which raises funds for our local domestic abuse shelters. Every year on international belly dance day we dance to raise funds and awareness. Got to ShimmyMob.com to learn more.
Do you have a critique partner?
No, I stopped when I was writing for five publshing houses and working with so many editors. I learned to trust them to help me polish my work. I love working with a good editor.
Attending any conventions/conferences this year?
I have one more this year in September in Kentucky near Mammoth Cave called Pages in the Caves. Though we aren’t actually signing in the caves. (That would be fun though I’m not sure cool and damp would be good for the books.) It’s their first year to host one so I am looking forward to meeting new readers and authors there. I like going to new events around the country each year because I get to meet more readers. The small events are especially nice when they allow us to go to pockets of the country where there haven’t been any romance author events.
What genres do you write and do you go by different Nom de Plumes?
I write everything under my real name and I write in many genres. Western historical romance, 1920’s romance, contemporary, military heroes, fairy tale romance, and futuristic romance.
Tell us your latest news? Current projects?
I’m hard at work on Dancing Butterfly; book two in my Butterflies Fly Free series about young flappers in the roaring twenties. I’m also looking into having my books made into audio books.
One of two of your biggest learning experiences during your writing and publishing process? Biggest surprises/learning experiences you didn’t expect once you became a published writer?
I didn’t realize the depth of love, care and concern my readers would have for me. There is one dear lady who not only made me a lap quilt, she has made one for my soon to be here granddaughter. There is another dear lady who came all the way from Europe and wanted to sit with me at dinner at an event. These happenings simply blow me away. I mean I know how much I love my readers, but I had no idea how much they would love me in return. I treasure each message I receive.
What would you have done differently if you could do it again?
I would not have waited so long to break away from two of the five publishers I was with to go Indie and I would have written exactly what I wanted to. For years no one wanted to even look at a 1920’s romance. Now I have this new series started and I love every minute of writing it.
What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?
It was in a speech actually, on branding. Branding is simply knowing who you are, and acting like it. I’d say to beginning writers, just be yourself. Be your wonderful, eccentric self and the readers and industry people who love you will love the real you and your relationships will be more authentic.
Easiest and hardest thing about writing?
Writing is the easiest thing, just telling a story on paper. The hardest thing is getting your books in front of readers who would like to read them. From distribution to marketing, this is very important whether you are Indie or traditional published.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Dusty Richards issued me a challenge at a writer’s convention in Arkansas. ‘Write your first novel and make it a western and if you win my contest my agent will read the entire manuscript.’ Well I never could pass up a good challenge. By the next year I had a story but he no longer had an agent. Still he looked at the first three chapters and gave me some advice, and then I was off and running. Funny thing though, that western turned into a romance. Everything I write leans that way whatever my original intention is.
Is your writing area/office organized or strategically placed chaos?
I write on my laptop so my writing area tends to be mobile. I have two areas set up, but I will write anywhere. Today I wrote on a legal pad in the hammock in our yard so I could enjoy the sunshine and listen to the birds. This really is the best job in the world.
Do you listen to music while you write or do you need complete silence?
Sometimes, I do. It depends upon the story. Sometimes I will listen to songs and then turn the music off and write. I have also danced a scene and then written it.
Any life experiences tangled in the storylines?
There might be a few, but I’m not telling. ;-) (Unless I write my memoirs one day.)
What book are you reading now?
I just started Sharon Sala’s Dark Hearts, it’s book one in the trilogy. She is one of my favorite authors.
What do you like to read/favorite genre?
I read so many different genres I don’t really have a favorite, though if I had to choose I would chose old-fashioned fairy tales.
If you could say one thing to the next generation of authors, what would it be?
Be your own wonderful, eccentric, creative self and create what calls to you. Your imagination is never wrong.
What would you like to say to your readers?
Infinite love and gratitude to each of you. You bring joy to my life.
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