People ask me questions all the time. Here are a few of the most common questions:
1) How long were you writing before your first publication? How many manuscripts had you written by that time? Have you published any of your early works since? Do you plan to? It took me 13 years to get published. But 3 of those years I wasn’t writing, instead I took time off to enjoy time with my 2 sons and my 1st husband. So technically it was 10 years of writing and submitting. During that time I finished 7 novels and have never gone back and revised them to sell-I thought about it but then realized I had too many new stories waiting to write to go back..
2) Does your best writing flow? Or are you most satisfied with the work that you’ve labored over, sweating and groaning?
My writing NEVER flows-is there such a thing? I always, always suffer through a book and always about two thirds of the way through I am convinced that it is the worst book ever and what was I thinking! My husband ignores me now but I truly believe it when I’m in that spot. It makes me cling to God more and really seek His guidance. I’ve come to accept it as part of my process. In the end if the book makes someone smile then I’m happy. When it truly helps someone in a deeper way then I feel completely humbled and blessed that God led me and was able to use me through my words. And that is why I do what I do.
3)What was the hardest part about writing your novel?
I never know when I write where the trouble will set in. But it always does. I think that makes it all the more interesting when something has to be worked for and in most of my stories that's what happens. I usually don't even know how the book is going to end until I'm writing it. In my latest book BETTING ON HOPE deciding or I should say realizing how the book was going to end was the hardest part to get to.
4)When readers get to the last page of your stories, what do you hope they take away from the stories?
I want as always readers to feel happy but also hopeful. I want them smiling, maybe even sighing…and I want them to want to read my next book!
I love writing my books for y'all! I hope you'll check back for more questions through out the year! I'll also be posting more interviews from upcoming books.
Some older interviews!
Debra has several interviews published in different places around the world wide web. She thought it might be nice to list them for her readers all in one place. So here they are!
- Interviews and Q&A's with Debra:
- This Interview with Jennifer Allee, from 2008 is entitled, “Meet Debra Clopton,” and it comes from back when “Next Door Daddy” was new! Click Here to read it.
- Harlequin publishes a monthly magazine/catalog. This “getting to know Debra better” interview appeared there a couple of months ago. Read “The Last Word with Debra Clopton” HERE.
- Debra has a Q and A interview in Harlequin's Simply Books Extra magazine. Check it out HERE
- Interviews of Book Characters:
- “THE HOLDEN BROTHER'S” Interviews from Debra's MULE HOLLOW HOMECOMING SERIES: find out what makes these cowboys tick!
- Luke Holden, the hero of Debra's Fall 2011 book, “HER RODEO COWBOY” Read the interview with Luke Holden HERE.
- Jess Holden steps out of the pages of “HER LONE STAR COWBOY” to answer a few questions. Read the interview HERE.
- Bull Rider Colt Holden, hero of HER HOMECOMING COWBOY Aug 2012 release. Read interview HERE