Playing Twenty Questions with Debi Hurt…
Which comes first, the story, the characters or the setting? Generally, with me it is the story. I get an idea and then the characters develop as the story plays out in my head. I once wrote the entire ending chapter of a book before I ever write anything else. It is not the way it usually happens for me.
Are you in control of your characters or do they control you? I am in control for the most part, but occasionally they will steer me in a different direction. In essence, I’m the driver and they are the navigator!
How do you come up with the titles to your books? Often the titles come to me and the book is written around the title. I will hear a word or a phrase that strikes a chord with me. I have even kept a small notepad in my purse and my car where I write down words or phrases that I hear that would be a great title.
What did you want to be when you grew up? You mean I have to grow up someday? As far as writing, I have always written since I was young, so I knew that writing would play a large part in my “grown-up life.”
Are you working on anything at the present you’d like to share with us? I am. I actually have several things in the works, but I am about 16 chapters into a suspense called Pen Pals 4 Life, which I hope will be my next release.
Do you have any strange handwriting habits, like capitalizing all your “r”s or dotting your “I”s with heart (or anything like that)? My handwriting can do what I call “squirreling.” Most people slope their handwriting in one direction. Mine tends to “squirrel” in different directions depending on my mood. I have even been known to “squirrel” during the sitting.
You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be? Probably the death of my first Miniature Dachshund. His name was Marley and he died 3 years ago last August. He was attached to me at the hip. I have four mini Dachshunds now, but Marley was my big baby! If I was sick, he would lay behind me on the couch with his little paws around my neck like he was “spooning” me to make me feel better. I had a dream after Marley passed that I got a puppy born the same day he died. A few months later, Bella Graycee came into my life…and she has been a work in progress for sure! Whew!
When you looked in the mirror this morning, what was the first thing you thought? Thank you God, I’m alive to fight another day.
What were you doing at midnight last night? Snoozing!
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? When I was a kid, my mamaw and I used to take coffee and put it in a bowl and put saltine crackers in it covered with sugar. Good stuff!
What do you want to know about the future? I would rather live one day at a time. I like surprises!
What’s your heritage? I have American Indian on both sides of my family. I am told Miami and Blackfoot, but I have not researched it.
What’s your favorite pizza? I love to cook, so it would have to be my homemade pizza. I don’t like pizza sauce, so I make it by spreading garlic and butter on the crust and then with layered tomatoes instead of sauce then add all my toppings. The toppings cook down into the tomatoes and it is fabulous!
What’s one thing scientists should invent? Sheet corners that won’t come up off the bed when you sleep!! Drives me crazy!
What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries? Snuggle on the sofa with my hubby! I’m a newlywed…
Have you always wanted to be a writer? I have always BEEN a writer. I have always wanted to make a living at it.
If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing? Wishing I were writing!
Fill in the blank favorites…
Dessert: Crème Brulee
City: Country Girl
Season: Warm ones
Type of hero: Super Healer
Type of heroine: The Nurturer
What question would you love to answer that I didn’t ask? What would I say to new authors: I would say, find a local writers group and join. If there isn’t one in your area, start one. Being around those of a like mind is inspiring. When I joined my first writers group, I went home after every meeting with my mind ablaze. I would write for hours.
Tell us about your current title. The White Sofa focuses on an aspiring artist who has a nervous breakdown. Her friends and family are stunned and unsure what has caused her descent into near madness. She is institutionalized and is the first case given to a young psychologist on staff. Breaking through her walls is not easy, but as he learns more about her, he becomes acutely aware that something in her past has recently come back into her life to haunt her. He is also aware of the strong attraction between them. This is something that he must not let happen because of their doctor/patient relationship. I’ll let you buy the book to find out the rest!