Tell us a bit about yourself.
I live with my husband on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, in the US. I love walking on the beach, riding our bike and laying in the sun. I enjoy travelling - one of my favorite places is England. I’m an avid reader, my favorites being paranormal, historical and contemporary romance, time travel, mysteries, and Christmas stories.
I have a disease of the retina called Retinitis Pigmentosa. This causes gradual vision loss. I lost the ability to read in my early twenties, but even when I had sight, seeing the printed word was always difficult for me. Reading a book would take me twice as long as a person with normal sight. I became frustrated with this and began to make up my own stories. It wasn’t until the invention of computers and wonderful screen reading software that I was able to put my stories into words. Everything I type is read back to me aloud. This enables me to do my research and to post on social media. This has truly opened a nw window of opportunity for me.
How do you find time to write?
I like to write early in the morning. If the words are flowing, I’ve been known to write all day. I do have problems sometimes with everyday distractions. The phone is constantly ringing, the laundry needs doing, or the house cleaned. But mostly I manage to write every day.
What are your publishing tips?
I suppose my tip would be persistence. I’ve had my share of rejections and had two small publishers close their doors just as my book was about to be released. It’s easy to feel discouraged, but if writing is your passion, follow the dream.
But before you submit your MS, make sure it’s as perfect as it can be. Have someone else read through looking for any editing and grammar mistakes you may have missed. I’ve judged a few writing contest and my number one advice for new writers is take online writing classes. These are usually inexpensive and are extremely helpful. You may have a great story, but if it’s full of mistakes, a publisher will reject it in a minute.
Any promotional and marketing tips?
I’m going to be honest and say marketing is my least favorite aspect of writing. I’ve been known to say I’d rather have hot pokers stuck in me than work on marketing. But this is part of selling your book, so it must be endured. I’ve found author interviews, blog tours, and reviews work for me.
Tell us about your recent book.
His Magic Touch is a paranormal romance set in New Orleans. Jared Dupre and Kendra O’Connell are wiccan witches who are about to get married. As Jared enjoys his bachelor party, a spirit appears telling him the demonic witch Adam Montief has kidnapped his brother vowing to kill him over a centuries-old vendetta Jared knows nothing about. Unaware Adam wants Kendra for his own, Jared must rescue his brother and destroy Adam before Kendra is drawn into Adam’s world of dark magic and sadistic evil.
Anything else you would like to add?
I’d like to thank Liv for hosting me today and giving me an opportunity to tell readers a little about myself and my new release.
Author of Mystery, Magic, and Romance
Available from Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble:
His Magic Touch, from Wild Rose Press;
The Silver Crescent,
Decorated to Death (a Christmas cozy mystery),
The Haunted West, a paranormal western romance anthology,
Ebb and Flow, an Island Writers' Network anthology.
Facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/debbygrahlauthor?ref=br_rs
Amazon Author Page -- https://www.amazon.com/Debby-Grahl/e/B00B34HM26
Groot the puppy, my faithful companion, sits by my side while I write my stories.