Getting to Know Debbie White
A USA Today bestselling author, Debbie writes sweet contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She’s an avid supporter of animal rescue, and as such, pledges to happily donate a percentage of all book sales to local and national rescue organizations. You can learn more about Debbie and her books here.
Where did you grow up, and where do you live now? Tell us something a lot of people don’t know about your home town.
I grew up in a small town in California called Rohnert Park. It’s not so small now. Although I do consider it my home town, I haven’t lived here my entire life. I moved away after high school only to return again in 2005. We are now returning to our second home town, Summerville, South Carolina! Rohnert Park is sandwiched between Petaluma and Santa Rosa. I was born in Petaluma. It’s also known as the arm-wrestling champion of the world.
What is your favorite part about writing Sweet Romance/ Cozy Mysteries?
I love to write sweet romance because I feel you can write a great story without all of the sexual innuendos. A strong connection, lots of chemistry with the occasional kiss and touch is all that is truly needed to show a reader a couple care. We don’t need to read all the other details. At least that’s my opinion on the matter. I have been known to really make a kiss pretty sensual but tastefully done.
Who or what inspired you to become an author?
I don’t have the standard answer that I’ve always wanted to write, or that I dreamed of it since I was a little girl. Nope. None of these. I read a lot. I used to read even more than I do now. I just felt that I had the skills to produce a good book. I was clearly mistaken! It takes a lot of hard work to write a book. I’m still mastering it and honing my craft every day. But the readers who’ve found me love my books and that’s the encouragement I need to continue.
If you weren’t an author, what would you be doing?
I would be either working at a pet rescue or a gardening center, or perhaps working at one of my earliest jobs, at a library!
Do you have any pets? Please tell us about them!
Yes, I have two rescues. Both of them are dachshunds. Dash is a long-hair red and Briar is a pie ball, red and white wire hair. They are rascals to be sure, but we can’t imagine how our life would be without them.
Have you found your own real life happily ever after?
Yes, I have. I’ve been married coming up on 44 years, February 2019. We’ve had our share of conflict, but we’ve resolved them, just like a good romance novel should!
What is one book that impacted or changed your life that you think everybody should read? Tell us about it.
I wish I could say it was one of the classics. I wish I could tell you it was just one book. But I can’t. I’ve read so many great books and they have all had some impact on me. I started reading romance authors like Danielle Steel, Nicholas Sparks, and Jackie Collins. Then I got a hold of a Debbie Macomber book and really enjoyed her sweet writing. But if I had to say one book left a big impression on me it was a book written by Richard Paul Evans titled The Walk. Talk about inspirational!