Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I'm a librarian at a public library on Long Island and the author of the Cobble Cove Mystery series which currently consists of three books, A Stone's Throw, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and Written in Stone. I have also written Cloudy Rainbow, a paranormal romance and a romantic/comedy novella, When Jack Trumps Ace. I also have several stories of various genres in anthologies.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest title that was published April 7, 2017 is called Written in Stone. It is the 3rd of my Cobble Cove mystery series. It was inspired by wanting to feature the library cat in the series in a more prominent role (his photo is even on the cover). It also features a murder in a library that, as a librarian, I have always wanted to write (not commit – lol).
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I get up before 5 am to write. I'm a morning person and find that starting early before work is best for me. I also outline a very minimal amount and often surprise myself by the twists and plot changes that occur as my story advances.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I was a big fan of gothic romance and romantic suspense and devoured books by Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt. There was a time I also read many cat cozies and mystery series by authors such as Carole Nelson Douglas, Shirley Murphy, Lilian Jackson Braun, etc. I currently enjoy novels by Nora Roberts and Mary Higgins Clark, but I also like to read new authors and different genres.
What are you working on now?
I am trying to find an agent for my unpublished psychological suspense novel, Sea Scope, and am writing a new mystery that is not part of my series.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My blog and newsletter. Both can be subscribed to at https://debbiedelouise.com. I also have a blog for my cat character at https://sneakylibrarycat.com, and I have a Facebook group called Cobble Cove Character chat where I feature one of my series characters each month and offer a contest for a prize. https://www.facebook.com/groups/748912598599469/
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don't give up, but don't expect to be an overnight success. Most authors aren't. You have to believe in yourself and your writing. and just do what you love – write.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Networking with other authors is essential and beneficial to everyone.
What are you reading now?
I just finished a wonderful book by a debut author, Ruth Hogan, called The Keeper of Lost Things. It's one of the best books I've read in a long time. I found it to be touching, funny, and a topic that most of us can identify with.
What’s next for you as a writer?
As I mentioned above, I would like to find an agent to distribute my work to a wider audience and in additional formats, but I love my current publisher, Solstice Publishing, and would like to continue the Cobble Cove mystery series and maybe start another.
What is your favorite book of all time?
That is a difficult question. I have loved many books. The Time Traveler's Wife comes to mind. I love time travel and paranormal themes if they are done well which this book definitely is. I also enjoyed The Eight by Katherine Neville which featured some historical scenes. I like good historical fiction once in a while and also twilight-zone like books and those by Stephen King, John Saul, and Dean Koontz. Sorry, I'm a librarian. I love to read and can't point to one favorite.