DEBRA GLASS is the author of over thirty books of historical and paranormal romance, non-fiction, and folklore.
She is the recipient of the National Society of Arts and Letters Alabama Screenwriter Award and went on to win the NSAL Empire State Award for excellence in screenwriting. She was a nominee for best erotic author of 2009 and two of her books were nominated for best erotic historical romance of 2009 by The Romance Studio. She is a finalist with two historical romances in The Passionate Plume, the only Romance Writers of America all erotic romance contest for published authors.
Debra is a member of Romance Writers of America, and the Professional Authors Network. She is also a member of RWA's Heart of Dixie chapter.
She lives in Alabama with her real life hero, a couple of smart-aleck ghosts, and a diabolical black cat.
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Here's a selection of questions that Debra is asked on a regular basis.
- Did you always want to be a writer?
While I majored in German and history, and earned an MAed with emphasis in history, from the University of North Alabama, I always enjoyed the arts more that what I’d studied in school. After teaching German, part time, for two years, I resigned and began teaching piano privately, both at home, and as a private contractor at a local parochial school. After buying a fifty year old business, Ryan Piano Company, in 2001, I passed my piano students onto a friend, and began my career as a merchant.
Little did I know my tenure at Ryan Piano Company would bring me back to my first love, writing. After a surprise encounter with the spirit of the deceased founder, I was inspired to pen my first collection of regional ghost stories. Skeletons in the Closet, and the subsequent books in that series, were so successful, I decided to devote myself to the craft and write full time.
- How many books have you published?
- You’ve written several books about ghosts. Do you believe in ghosts and what are your religious views?
Yes, I do believe in ghosts! I have seen two spirits. Neither experience frightened me, but rather amazed me. I grew up in a Southern Baptist home and church, where I even briefly taught Sunday School. I also attended an Episcopal church whose teachings I related to more than those I learned as a Southern Baptist. I follow and respect the teachings of Jesus Christ, and believe that we are spiritual beings, made in the image of the Creator God.
- What’s your writing day like?
My day usually ends at the time I pick my youngest daughter up from school. By the time we’ve attended her daily swim team practice and finished her homework, I’m ready to relax.
I also spend time helping my oldest daughter with her budding career as a singer / songwriter.
I write on a desktop computer. I abhor laptops and choose not to write while away from my home office. My home is wired for sound and connected to my computer. While working on a project, I make a playlist of music that inspires me. Favorites include, the Fried Green Tomatoes score by Thomas Newman, anything by Sarah McLachlan, various other soundtracks, and of course, original songs by my supremely talented daughter, Zoe Welch.
- Where do you get your ideas?
I’m also inspired by the wonderful, committed relationship I have with my husband. He is my #1 fan and supporter and without his love and help, I would have never been able to realize my dream to become a published author.
- How do you respond to those who criticize your books as something less than romance?
- Are any of your books autobiographical?
- Do you write for any blogs?
- What is your favorite of your own books?
- What do you do besides writing?
- Where can I buy your books?
If you’d like to buy one of my books from me in person, I am often a part of booksignings at Cold Water Books in Tuscumbia, Alabama, at the Heart of Dixie Romance Readers’ Luncheon, and the Southern Magic RWA Chapter Readers’ Luncheon. I can usually be found at Downtown Florence First Fridays but I only sell my folklore collections there since my romances are distributed by my various publishers.
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