Monday, May 17, 2010

Deborah Raney's "Almost Forever"




We're happy to have Deborah Raney with us today talking about her book, Almost Forever. To learn more about Deborah and her book, read on!

1) How did this story come to you?
My husband is always clipping stories out of the newspaper that he thinks I’ll find interesting––that he thinks might hold the seed of an idea for a future novel. One day he placed the story of nine heroic firefighters who were killed in a fire in Charleston, SC. That story and the career of my firefighter nephew, got me thinking about the lives of the survivors and how they find the will to go on after such a tragedy. The Hanover Falls novels explore the questions I encountered that day.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Because of the reception the Clayburn novels series had, we decided to do another series with the locale being the thread that tied the three books together. The Hanover Falls novels are a little more closely entwined plot-wise than the Clayburn novels were. Each one stands alone, but the Hanover Falls novels are best read in order: Almost Forever, Forever After, After All. Books 2 will release in January 2011 and Book 3 in September 2011.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1. Though I’m usually a very cheerful, upbeat person, I do tend to have a bit of a temper. I have it pretty well under control these days (thank you, Lord!) but I’ve been known to kick a cabinet or two in my younger years.
2. I was a debate champion in high school and I still love to practice the craft on my husband and kids.
3. I play the piano by ear…not very well, but enough that it’s great therapy to bang out a tune or two when my temper flares.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m digging in to write the first draft of After All, Book 3 in the Hanover Falls series. My substantive edit for Forever After will come one of these days and I’ll have to put everything aside to work on that, but for now, I’m happily playing with the characters from this new story. After that I have a stand-alone book contracted, also with Howard/Simon & Schuster, and another two-book contract to announce soon.

5) Parting comments?
Thanks so much for inviting me to your blog! I’ll try to stop by and visit with your readers soon!
6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
http://www.deborahraney.com/
http://novelgarden.blogspot.com/
http://twitter.com/authordebraney
http://snipurl.com/facebookreaderspage

25 comments:

  1. I would love to have a chance at winning this book!! Thanks for this interview and a chance to win Deborah's new book. It really looks good.

    Blessings

    Nora :D
    Finding Hope Through Fiction
    norafindinghope@gmail.com

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  2. I am a subscriber to your blog. She sounds like one busy lady with lots of great writing going on!
    Thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  3. I would love a chance to win this book. It sounds like it is going to be a great read.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  4. I have only read two of Deborah Raney's books so far, but I loved them and wrote positive reviews of them on my blog. This one sounds like another great story.

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  5. Please include me in the drawing thanks.
    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  6. I love Deborah's books. This sounds good and tough reading about the survivors and how they go on with life.
    wsmarple/at/gmail/dot/com

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  7. I am eager to start the Hanover Falls series. Sometimes it's easy for a non-writer to take for granted an author's hard work, but I can appreciate all that goes into a novel and wish Deborah the best. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of Almost Forever.

    I already subscribe to this blog.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

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  8. Enjoyed your interview Deborah and would love to win your book. I have just discovered you and your books and can't wait to start reading. Thanks for stopping by to chat..
    Pls include me in drawing.


    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  9. This book sounds so interesting. Would love to win a copy.

    elbedford@comcast.net

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  10. crystalrichards74@yahoo.comMay 18, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    I would love to win!!crystalrichards74@yahoo.com

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  11. I love stories that encourage hope and finding joy after a life changing event. Please add me to the drawing for Almost Forever, it sounds wonderful.
    worthy2bpraised[at]gmail[dot]com

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  12. I subscribe to your blog! I love Deb's books...have read them all and anxious to read this one. Please enter me!! Thanks!!!!
    jackie.smithATdishmailDOTnet

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  13. Love her stuff!!!! She is one of my favorites!!!

    myboyzmom@netzero.com

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  14. I love Deborah Raney....would love to win her new book!!

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  15. love her stuff...she has great books and would love to win and read her newest book.

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  16. i enjoyed this posting...thanks for the chance to read Deborah's novel.

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  17. I've heard so much about Deborah's books. I would love to read this one. Please sign me up.
    Deborah M.
    debbiejeanm[at]gmail[dot]com

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  18. I would love to win a copy this book. It sounds very good.
    Karen gods(_)princess(3)(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. I would love to read this.. please enter me

    ohboystrus1@hotmail.com

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  20. I enjoyed your interview very much and would love to win a copy of this book. Thank you for taking the time to do the interview with K. Dawn.
    Blessing to you!

    Beverly
    bgrider2@cox.net

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  21. Please toss my name into the hat for Deborah's book!

    Thanks,
    Ann Lee Miller
    Ann_Lee_Miller@msn.com

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  22. I am always looking for a good book to read! This one sounds like one I would enjoy!

    Kelli Glesige

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  23. Please include me for a chance to win a copy of this book! I chuckled reading that Deborah practiced her debating on her Hubby and Kids!!
    I am a subscriber to your blog!

    alekee02[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  24. Sounds good! Please enter me in to win :) Thanks!
    august.lady54@yahoo.com

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  25. Please enter me to win. Sounds great.
    k_hanns@yahoo.com

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