Our Christmas Gift to You: An Interview with Debbie Mumford and a Contest

We’ve got another contest for you this Christmas. Debbie Mumford stopped by to tell us a little about herself. And, she has agreed to give one lucky reader a copy of The Silver Casket.

Cat Logan, a young American with a recent degree in medieval literature, travels to Scotland to discover her roots. She finds more than she bargained for when a mysterious silver casket (rumored to hold the desiccated heart of a long dead Scottish laird) transports her back in time to the 1400s and the man whose heart she holds in her hands.

Romantic Journey: Thanks for taking a few minutes out of your holiday preparation to chat with us. How did you first get published?

Debbie Mumford: My first published piece was a children’s story in an ezine. I actually published several short stories in online venues before I found Freya’s Bower. Credit for that connection goes to Romance Divas! I joined RD, and a couple of weeks later saw an announcement of a new e-publisher that was asking for writing samples. I sent one in and was contacted in a matter of hours. Talk about thrilling!

Freya’s Bower asked me to write two related short stories to help them launch. After that, I submitted a novella, Sorcha’s Heart, and the rest is history.

RJ: Do you have another job? If so, what is it?

DM: Well, I did until the current recession hit *sigh* I’ve been a technical writer in the land use / land planning field.

RJ: How does a typical work day unfold? Do you clean first or write first? How do you let your family know when you are in serious writing mode?

DM: When I was employed, I got up at 5:30 a.m., wrote for an hour, and then prepared for my day at the office. Now my schedule is a bit more relaxed, but I’m still a morning writer. I prefer to get my pages done before I move on to other things.

RJ: What is the biggest blooper you’ve written?

DM: Oh! My first published novel, Second Sight, was a nightmare. I wrote it during NaNoWriMo one year, and almost gave up on it before it was in marketable condition. I have my Freya’s Bower editor to thank for its continued existence. If she hadn’t encouraged and poked and prodded, I’d’ve given up on the sucker.

RJ: And what line that you’ve written continues to amaze you?

DM: I love this one from near the end of a YA book my agent is currently shopping:

Being bodiless, I was beyond the rush of chemicals we understand as emotion, but I watched with sublime awe as the dragon who had taught me to accept myself transformed into the faery I would have loved.

RJ: What are your five favorite books? What lessons have you applied from them to your own writing?

DM: Oh, wow. You’re limiting me to five?

  1. Any of the Pern novels by Anne McCaffrey – I love dragons and Anne taught me that they could be intelligent, caring, and heroic. [RJ: Look for a photo of Debbie with Anny McCaffrey–also one of my formative writers–on her website.]
  2. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – Tolkien taught me that faery stories aren’t just for children, that fantasy is ageless.
  3. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – Rowling taught me to accept the magic in my soul.
  4. White Lies by Linda Howard – one of her early romances that caught my heart and taught me to love the romance genre.
  5. Any of Nora Roberts’ fantasy trilogies – Nora has taught me many things, but I love how she manages to blend fantasy with romance in a contemporary setting. Amazing.

Yes, I know. I cheated. That’s a lot more than five books, but honestly! I was a reader long before I was a writer.

RJ: The Silver Casket includes time travel. What drew you to the concept of time travel? What inspired the love story?

DM: I love time travel stories. I think the first one I ever read was “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” by Mark Twain.

I love them when the heroine is taken back in time, as she is in The Silver Casket, and I love them when the hero comes forward in time, as in the movie Kate & Leopold. The imbalance in societal values and general knowledge of the world provides such wonderful intrinsic conflict. I’d always wanted to try my hand at one.

As to the love story, well…that one is pure wish fulfillment!

RJ: Christmas-themed romance stories—love them or leave them?

DM: Who doesn’t love a romance involving snow, and holiday lights, and warm, cozy nights curled in front of a crackling fire? I like romance at any time of the year!

RJ: If your ship were sinking and you could grab one thing on the way to the lifeboat, what would it be? Go on instinct here; don’t let common sense interfere with you as you grab your hairdryer or laptop instead of food to take to the desert island.

DM: My laptop, of course! Who cares that the battery will die in hours? I’m sure my own personal Robinson Crusoe will figure out a way to power it once we reach the desert island. I’m nothing if not optimistic!

RJ: Thanks again, Debbie. It was great findingout more about you and your work.

Okay, readers, now for the fun part. Here’s how to enter the random drawing for a copy of The Silver Casket:

  • Commenting on this post.
  • Tweeting a link to this post in Twitter. You’ll need to comment letting us know that you tweeted. Include your Twitter username for verification.
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  • Subscribing to the RSS feed or email feed. Comment that you did it to be entered.
  • Following The Romantic Journey on Twitter. Again, comment with your Twitter username for verification.

You receive one entry for each action, so you can potentially receive eight entries.

The winner will be announced 2 January. Entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. UTC on 1 January, 2010.

No transfers or substitutions.

7 Responses to “Our Christmas Gift to You: An Interview with Debbie Mumford and a Contest”

  1. 25 December, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Hi 🙂
    Thank you for the interview with Debbie Mumford and thanks to Debbie for sharing. I enjoyed learning more about her and her writing.
    Merry Christmas!

  2. 2 Tracey D
    26 December, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Happy Holidays!

    I enjoyed the interview. This book sounds great; I like reading about time travel.

    I already subscribed via email feed.
    I follow on Twitter (as bl0226)

    Tracey D

  3. 3 sheere
    28 December, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Heheh, I would grab my Mp4, because its battery lasts more than my laptop’s! I’ve enjoyed a lot this interview!

    Please count me in your contest!

    – Commented
    – Twitter follower (@sheeredry)
    – suscriber!

  4. 28 December, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Oooo…Thanks to everyone who’s commented and twittered! What fun.

    Good luck, everyone!

  5. 5 Spav
    29 December, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Great interview! It sounds like an interesting book.

    Tweet: http://twitter.com/Sparima/status/7168230944
    Twitter follower: (@sparima)

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