I was born in Martinsville, Virgina. At eighteen, I moved to North Carolina below the Blue Ridge Mountains and I love it. I enjoy wildlife and there are plenty of deer, foxes and birds I see almost every day. The most striking thing is the amount of beautiful old houses I have come across. I adore Victorian style houses and they are scattered all over North Carolina.
What does your writing desk look like? What would we find on it right this minute?
Well, lucky for me I’ve just recently bought a new desk so it’s relatively clean and not heaped with magazines and candy papers like usual. Let’s hope it stays this way!
What inspired you to write your first book?
I was depressed from the breakup of my long standing marriage. I was at the end of my rope and was getting bad thoughts about what I should do. I just happened to be getting out of my car and reached down into the grass and pulled out a crooked heart-shaped stone. I heard a voice inside my head say, “even though it’s crooked and imperfect, it’s still a heart and you can still love.” It saved me and inspired me at the same time.
Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
I think there is a message of hope for everyone dealing with a broken heart. When we lose a loved one from death, breakup, or divorce, our hearts are designed to keep on loving. We just don’t want to right away because we are hurting. We all have second, third and fourth chances for love. You just have to take them. Try to be patient and realize you can’t find someone over night. Take your time and heal. Focus on just you and how you can make yourself better for a new start. Go to the gym, get a new hairstyle or start a hobby. Time will be your friend if you focus on your future instead of the past mistakes.
What are you currently working on?
Can you give us a sneak peek? The title is Crimson Snow. It’s also a paranormal romance, but very different from what I normally write and I think my readers will be surprised. I have always loved knights in armor, castles, dragons and magic. That’s enough of a teaser! You can read the first chapter on my blog here: http://debrajayneeast.blogspot.com/2013/01/crimson-snow_14.html
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
My favorite past author is Grace Livingston Hill who could write so convincingly, she could squeeze tears from a turnip. I adore all her work and her stories give a great perception of what love is for a young girl. Presently, I enjoy Stephanie Meyers of the Twilight fame. She has given the world the joy of reading again through her books. That kind of inspiration is genius. I admire her greatly.
Yes, I can say it’s to never compromise on something you believe in. If you don’t like the cover your editor has commissioned, or if you disagree on details remember you wrote the book. Stand firm in what you want and in the end you will be glad you did not give up.
Do you have anything else you’d like to add?
Thanks for having me here today!