When I got a little older and started going to the big library downtown I thought I’d died and going to book heaven. I think I read every mystery they had. My love of books has not diminished over time. When I was about eleven or twelve, I remember thinking ‘oh I can write a book’ I did write about three or four pages, but never finished. I’ve learned it’s a little harder than it looks. LOL
Although I continued my reading in adulthood I didn’t try my hand at writing until much later. I wrote some short stories and poems, but not anything serious. Then around 2001 I went to eat at a restaurant that was housed in a beautiful old building. I suggested to my friend someone should write about it. He said “Why don’t you?” And I did. That was the beginning of my writing for “Georgia Backroads” a historical magazine devoted to Georgia history.
Somewhere along the way I decided I wanted to write a cozy mystery. I finished the manuscript in about a year, but then set it aside to take care of my dad and my daughter that is disabled. In the meantime I learned about “Christian fiction” and ACFW. I knew that was how I wanted to write my book. I rewrote the manuscript and then started on the editing. I had a lot to learn and it took me several years to get it to the point of publication.
I submitted it to small publishing houses and Lamp Post Publishing offered me a contract. I was ecstatic. There was still about six months of editing and work before the final product was ready to put on the market. “Death in Dahlonega” was officially published in October of 2011.
My emotions have been on a roller coaster ride since then. There are many high points, but one thing I didn’t expect was how exposed I would feel. A writer puts so much of their heart and soul in a book and then sends it out into the world to be read and reviewed. It is kinda like giving birth – and sending your baby out into the big, bad world. It is nice to see all the hard work and all the times I’ve wanted to give up, but didn’t, have paid off.
Please visit me at my website www.deborah-malone.com or my blog www.deborahsbutterflyjourney.blogspot.com. I would love to hear from you. “Death in Dahlonega” is available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and Lamp Post Publishing.