Since I’m the Monday Fox, it’s my honor to wish you all a peaceful Memorial Day, compliments of those who served and died in service to our country. It’s because of their sacrifices that we’re able to say and write our opinions. We take for granted freedoms that people in other nations only dream about. On this day, we remember them and hopefully pause for a moment to thank them.
Now, let’s address the topic of the week. One of our foxes asked, “What would be the first three questions you’d ask a famous author?”
When I first started reading romance, I devoured them. No matter how busy I was, I found time to read, often going through a book a day. The library was my favorite place to get paperbacks, but each week when I went to buy groceries, I’d spend a few minutes in the paperback book section perusing the new titles. There were about a half dozen authors whose books I’d purchase without even reading the title or blurb, and one of them was Debbie Macomber.
If you’re not familiar with Debbie Macomber’s stories, then you’re probably not much of a romance reader. She is quite prolific, and I’m amazed at the variety of settings and themes in her books. Yet all her stories have something in common – they emphasize the importance of family. I think this is what attracted me to her romances. The main characters were people I would want to know.
Debbie actually came to Grand Rapids about five years ago, but I was unable to attend her book signing because I had an important orchestra rehearsal. I did manage to get a signed book because a high school friend of mine went and got one for me! I suppose if I had attended the event, I wouldn’t have been able to strike up a conversation. For one thing, the people that arrange these things are very good at keeping the line moving, so there’s no chance to ask questions. Also, I would’ve been far too star-struck to think of anything other than a simple “I love your books.”
So assuming I had the opportunity as well as the presence of mind to speak coherently, these are the questions I’d like to ask:
- You have a number of romance series, and they’re set in so many different locations. I’ve read the Midnight Sons series set in Alaska, the Heart of Texas books, the Dakota series, and of course the Cedar Cove and Blossom Street books. I know you live in Washington State, so you’d be familiar with settings there. Do you have a connection with the other areas?
- Your Cedar Cove series became a popular television series. When I read these books I fell in love with Olivia, Grace, and the rest of the residents of the town. What was it like to see these characters come alive on the small screen? How close did the show come to what you had in mind?
- Many of your stories have several threads with things happening concurrently. How do you manage that? Do you use a timeline or other tool to keep them straight?
I’m sure if I were to stew about this for another week I could come up with more, but fortunately we were asked for only the first three. What questions would you ask if and when you come face-to-face with your favorite author?