Presenting Deborah Malone, author of Death in Dahlonega **GIVEAWAY**

This week I am featuring Deborah Malone, author of Death in Dahlonega. She is from north Georgia, which is where my dad’s family is from. I was instantly drawn to her book because of the title. I have heard so many stories about the goldmines and I often dream of what it must have been like for my ancestors in Dahlonega. I hope you will enjoy this interview as much as I did.
Deborah has graciously offered a signed hard copy of her book. Please make sure to leave a comment below with your email address if you would like a chance to win this great book. Remember, as always, we have to have at least ten comments to make a contest. Contest winner must live within the US.
Deborah, tell us a little about yourself. We’d love to know where you are from and how you came to be who you are today.
Sherri, first of all, thank you for having me on your blog. I hope my readers learn a little something about me they didn’t know. I always love to hear from my readers. My dad was from Opelika, AL and my mother was from Cincinnati, OH. It’s so true when they say opposites attract. My dad had moved there to work for General Electric. While they were there they had my two older brothers, Bill and Curtis. In the early 1950’s they moved to north Georgia where my dad was transferred to work at GE. I wonder sometimes how I would have turned out if we’d stayed in Ohio – I’d be a *&^% Yankee. 🙂  This past summer we had a reunion of twelve cousins in Cincinnati on my mother’s side. Some I hadn’t seen for 40 years. It was so much fun!

My mother had Rheumatoid Arthritis, but Dad never missed a church service taking us kids to church.  I have had my ups and downs with my faith, but I’ve never given up on God. I’ve come to the conclusion there are some things we will not have the answers to while on this earth. And that is alright – in Pro. 3:5 we are told to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” That is the verse Trixie holds on to in “Death in Dahlonega.”

I love how you use your life experiences in your writing. Tell us three things about you that would surprise your readers. 

I went back to college in my early 40’s and graduated at the age of 45 in 1999.

I’ve had Fibromyalgia since 1992.

I’m a novice photographer and love macro shots of nature. I’ve had a showing of my photographs at our local hospital.

Were you an avid reader as a child? What did you read?

Yes, yes and yes. I’ve been saying lately that I came out of the womb reading 🙂 Mysteries have always been my favorites and I loved Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon.

What is your favorite genre to read now?

Gee – would you believe mysteries? LOL  However, since I’ve been reviewing books for my blog I have read just about every genre there is and I feel I’ve opened a whole new world of reading for me. I would encourage others to read outside their safety zone – favorite genre – and discover a whole new world.

I have learned to read outside of my zone, as well. Although I love romances, I enjoy mysteries and thrillers and would like to try my hand at writing one soon. As a child or teenager, did you ever dream of being an author?

Yes – When I was a teenager I started a mystery. I think I made it to page 3 or 4.

I have a lot of those “starters” too!! When did you first begin writing, and why do you write still?

I started writing when I went back to college and took a creative writing course. I knew then I wanted to publish something. In 2001 I published my first article in a historical magazine “Georgia Backroads” and I’ve been writing for them since then. I still write because I still have goals in my writing I haven’t reached yet. Also, I love it and it helps me keep my sanity in a stressful world.

Oh, you are so right about the therapy that writing brings to your life! How long did you write before you sold your first book?

I wrote consistently for four years.

How many books do you have published?

I have one book published, my debut cozy “Death in Dahlonega” published by Lamp Post Publishing. I’ve just sent off my manuscript for the second in the Trixie Montgomery series “Murder in Marietta.” I’m working on my third in the series, “Terror on Tybee Island.”

Well, you are a busy girl! Tell us about your latest book.

Trixie Montgomery has gone through a rough divorce. She has moved back to her home town of Vans Valley, Georgia where she moved in next door to her mother and great-aunt Nana. Trixie goes to work to supplement her income. She writes for “Georgia by the Way” a historical magazine. Her best friend Dee Dee accompanies her on a trip to Dahlonega, Georgia where Trixie is working on an article about the Gold Rush Days – an arts and crafts festival. They are watching a film on the actual gold rush days when Dee Dee excuses herself to go tinkle. While she’s gone she decides to snoop around and she stumbles upon a dead body. Not thinking she pulls out the pickaxe and is found holding the bloody murder weapon. The victim, John Tatum, happens to be a man that Dee Dee had a run in with earlier that day. She rises to the top of the suspects list and when the town sheriff doesn’t seem to be looking for anyone else, Trixie decides to help her best friend. Together they must find the real killer to keep Dee Dee out of the slammer!

This is a short, easy read and I hope it will be something my readers can sit down and read for pure enjoyment after a hard, stressful day. I hope Trixie, Dee Dee and Nana’s antics will give you a laugh out loud moment.

I love that you want your readers to experience joy when they are reading your books. What inspired you to write this particular book?

I’ve always loved to read so I think it was natural that I’d transition into writing. Mysteries have been my genre of choice since I was a young girl and loved to read Nancy Drew.  Cozy mysteries are one of my favorites and Ann George has been a big influence on my writing. As for writing Christian Fiction – Margaret Daley’s books were a big influence. I’d written several articles on Dahlonega and I loved the setting. It was an easy choice for me.

Do you put yourself into your main character, or do you find yourself borrowing from family or friends as your characters develop?

My goodness yes – but that’s all I’m going to say.  🙂

I’m right there with ya!  Is there any scene in your book that came from a real-life happening?

Yes, there are several, but one of them would be when my girlfriend and I took a trip to Dahlonega Gold Rush Days. We really did eat trail mix and we really did sing to Alan Jackson.

Are you a plotter, a pantster, or somewhere in between, and can you elaborate on your answer?

I’m definitely a panster. I have a general outline on how I want the manuscript to progress, but that’s it. Then I might do a general outline for each chapter, but none of it is done in detail. Now after I’ve written a chapter I will go in Microsoft One Note and detail the chapter so I can keep up with my characters, timeline, setting, etc.

I do exactly the same thing. I definitely keep up with what’s in a chapter. It makes the synopsis so much easier!

Now that we have covered the details of your life and your books, tell us where our readers can find you on the internet.

Let’s show Deborah lots of love by leaving some great comments for her. Don’t forget to leave your email address for a chance to win a copy of Death in Dahlonega!

Published by Sherri Wilson Johnson

I am a wife/mother/writer/speaker looking to be used by God!

30 thoughts on “Presenting Deborah Malone, author of Death in Dahlonega **GIVEAWAY**

  1. What a great interview Sherri and such an interesting author. Wait, that’s me! Kidding aside thank you so much for having me as a guest on you blog and I hope your readers enjoy it. (Sorry if this comes through twice)

  2. I would love to read this one. Ahhh, Trixie Beldon was one of my favorites as a child!! 🙂

    Thanks for a chance to win.

    1. Hi Ladette,
      Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment. If I close my eyes I can go back and picture me reading a Trixie Beldon book. I loved the hardback books with large writing. Thanks again for coming by.

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      Thank you for being such a faithful follower! Yes, I went back to school and graduated with a BS in Human Services at the age of 45. I guess you’re never to old to learn. Well, that was over 10 years ago:) Hope things are going well with your writing.

    1. Hi Ginger,
      Wow I feel special that you are interested in “Death in Dahlonega.” I don’t know if you are familar with cozies, but they are usually very light reading with a good dose of humor. I think you would enjoy the antics of Trixie, Dee Dee and Nana (Trixie’s great-aunt).

      I love you blog. I signed up as a follower.

    1. Hi Pat,
      Good to see you again. Thanks for being such a faithful follower. Thank you for the compliment on my pic. I thought I needed to bring it up to date since the other one was several years old. I’ve seen a lot of author’s pics that don’t look anything like they do in person:) Just keep on leaving comments and maybe you’ll eventually win a copy of “Death in Dahlonega.”

    1. Hi Sandra,
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I did put more of myself in this interview than I have in the past. I was suprised when I read it:) But that’s okay I think for anyone wanting to be a published author they can see that the ones that are published are just like them – human:) Wow – I’d love to have some of my Nancy Drew books. I can think of several right now I read – the one about the missing mail comes to mind. Thanks again and I’d glad I got to meet you.

  3. Great Interview. Love the surprising things about you! Wow!! Your book sounds good and interesting because I’ve driven through that down. Tough to spell but fun to drive through!! Grin! Thanks for the interview and a chance to read your book!

    1. Hi Nora,
      Great to see you here. Thanks for visiting. The building on the front cover of my book is a pic of the actual old courthouse located in the town square. It is now the Gold Museum. Yes, it took me quite a while to learn to spell it correct. Now it is second nature:) Thanks again for stopping by!

    1. Hi Amanda,
      Thanks for stopping by. Yes, it interesting about authors and if they are plotter or pansters. I heard of authors who almost write their whole book before they get started. I don’t think that would work for me. I like being surprised by my characters:)

    1. Hi April,
      If I’m not mistaken you have a part in the Dahlonega Book Festival. I plan on being there this Nov. “Death in Dahlonega” is also being sold in the General Store if you have the inclination to buy a copy or you can get it on Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Curtis and for your kind words. I working on the second book and should have it ready to turn in shortly. I’m just about through with the third one, too. Hope you like them as much!

  4. I yes what a wondefrul review…would love to read Deborab Malone’s new book…’Death in Dahlonege’…

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