Monday, May 28, 2012

Above the Bridge by Deborah Garner: Author Interview

Romantic Mystery

When Paige MacKenzie arrives in Jackson Hole, her only goal is to complete a simple newspaper assignment about the old west. However, it's not long before her instincts tell her there's more than a basic story to be found in the popular, northwestern Wyoming mountain area. A chance encounter with attractive cowboy Jake Norris soon has Paige chasing a legend of buried treasure, passed down through generations.

From the torn edge of a water-damaged map to the mysterious glow of an antler arch, Paige will follow clues high into the mountainous terrain and deep into Jackson's history. Side-stepping a few shady characters who are also searching for the same hidden reward, she will have to decide who is trustworthy and who is not.

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Today I am welcoming Deborah Garner to my blog. 

It's exciting to have the opportunity to chat a bit and find out more about you.  Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?

Never. It's not that I dislike music, it's more a matter of music being so rich that it distracts me. It sways the images that my characters are trying to create in their environment. In order to focus on the writing itself, I need to have silence. Strange, maybe, but true.

Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?

 Sit down. Write. Keep writing.

What is it that you like to do when you’re not reading/writing?

I love photography and travel, so I'll jump at any occasion to grab my camera equipment and hit the road. I also do seasonal work in a resort area, so that keeps me busy. Very, very busy.

New York or LA? Why?

Neither! I know, I'm such a rebel! I find cities to be vibrant, intriguing and full of life. I love visiting them, for about...two days. Then claustrophobia sets in and I'm yearning for trees, open spaces and clean, fresh air.

What does your family think of your writing career?

My family has been wonderfully supportive. They all jumped in to help with a recent book launch for Above the Bridge, rounding up friends and spreading the word. Every immediate family member attended the event. And I don't think it was just for the champagne, strawberries and chocolate that was served, though, hmmm, now that I think about it...

Do you have a milestone birthday coming up? If so, how are you approaching it?

I do have one this year and I find my attitude to be very different than I would have predicted. I haven't embraced milestone birthdays in the past, but somehow I'm starting to come to grips with the concept of aging. I've been blessed with a life full of amazing experiences and opportunities - teaching, dancing, traveling, writing, etc. Instead of dwelling in the panic that has often plagued me in the past - wondering how I would fit everything in that I still want to do - I'm looking back and realizing how fortunate my path has been. It's about acceptance and gratitude.

Where are your fans most likely to find you hanging out?

Ah, good question. The truth is, they're not likely to find me at all. I'm very reclusive when I don't absolutely have to be out and about. I love  being home, curled up in a comfortable chair, a good book in my lap and my sweet corgi-shepherd mix by my side.

Entice us, what future projects are you considering?

There's another Paige MacKenzie Mystery percolating in my brain. I have a hunch I know where she's going for her next adventure, but the details have yet to reveal themselves. On a completely different note, I have a non-fiction project finished and in the rough editing stages, a compilation of ten years of U.S. backroads travel experiences, with an emphasis on small towns and unique lodging.

Thanks so much for taking time to be here, Deborah.  I wish you the very best with all your projects.

Thank you, Laurie.  It's been fun!

Deborah Garner is an accomplished travel writer and photographer with a passion for back roads and secret hideaways. She splits her time between California and Wyoming, dragging one human and two canines along whenever possible.

Twitter: @PaigeandJake

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