Today my guest is Debra K. Dunlap, author of the YA fantasy Fallon O'Reilly and The Ice Queen's Lair.
1. Hi, Debra. Could you tell us a little about yourself?
First, I'd like to thank you for hosting me, Susanne. I appreciate the opportunity to present my work and the MuseItUp Publishing Company to your readers.
Well, let's see, I am the mother of five wonderful children, grandmother to seven beautiful little ones and aunt to a horde of nieces and nephews. My educational credentials include a B.S. in Physics and a B.S. in Paralegal Studies. Although I've spent most of my life in Alaska, I currently reside in a very small town in Wyoming.
2. Would you describe your desk or workspace?
My very large desk always holds my laptop, a cup of coffee, a globe, a gargoyle clock and a dragon letter opener. I'm very partial to a tidy workspace, but I recently moved into a new house and haven't finished unpacking. So, if you were to peek right now, you'd see a few boxes and sundries stacked at the end of the desk!
3. Do you have a favorite quote?
Yes! "Imagination is more important than knowledge." Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
I've always believed that imagination served as the foundation for Einstein's immense grasp of physics.
4. If you could have coffee with anyone (living or dead, real or fictional), who would it be and why?
Anne McCaffrey! She has written many wonderful books, but my favorites are those from the Pern series. I've read them so many times that I feel I've actually met the characters. I want to be a Pernese dragon rider! What a treat it would be to have coffee with her and listen to her talk about her inspiration for the series.
5. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I'm not sure if it qualifies as a quirk, but I do some of my best writing when I'm not writing. Whenever I am waiting in line, sitting in traffic or waiting to fall asleep, I'm usually creating scenes and dialog. Recently, I waited on the freeway with traffic stopped due to some sort of work. I was so engrossed plotting a new book that I didn't notice the state trooper, who directed traffic, trying to get my attention to move forward. By the time I heard all the honking horns, the poor man was nearly jumping up and down in frustration. I'm surprised he didn't pull his gun and fire a shot into the air!
6. Sounds like that could be the start of an interesting scene for a book. Okay, on to my next question. Do you write full-time or part-time?
I work full-time as a Deputy Clerk of District Court, so I write part-time. I get up at 5 a.m. to write before work and write again when I come home.
7. What marketing strategies do you have for Fallon O'Reilly and The Ice Queen's Lair?
I'm working to increase my online presence, such as developing a website, blog and Facebook page. I particularly enjoy Facebook because it allows interactive exchanges, rather than the one-way posting of information provided by websites.
8. Could you share a little about any current writing projects?
I recently completed a new novel about a 15 year-old girl who survives the destruction of her entire village and must assume responsibility for the orphaned children. The second book in the Magic in the Americas (Fallon O'Reilly) series is in the works, too.
9. What would be some ways for readers to contact you?
Readers are welcomed and encouraged to contact me at:
I can also be found at the following addresses:
10. Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I'd like to acknowledge the encouragement and assistance provided to authors by Lea Schizas, founder of the Muse Online Writers Conference and owner of the MuseItUp Publishing house. Lea is an amazing, hard-working woman with the stamina of a champion and a heart of gold. She's created a publishing company with a wonderful team spirit and I encourage authors to submit to MuseItUp Publishing.
Debra, thank you for stopping by today to answer some questions. I've enjoyed getting to know you better. I look forward to when book two of the Magic in the Americas (Fallon O'Reilly) series comes out. I'll try to wait patiently.