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In the Booth with Ruth – Debra Jayne East, Author

Debra Jayne East

What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?

I come from a long line of writers. I loved to write poems and short stories from second grade. I couldn’t stand myself if I didn’t write things down in a notebook to read over again later, or to reflect on. I researched my family tree when I got older, and suddenly, I understood why. My distant relative, Violet Florence Martin was an Irish author, born in 1862, who co-wrote a series of novels with cousin Edith Somerville under the pen name of Martin Ross in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  She did that because back then the writing community only took men authors seriously, not women, so she took on a man’s name to conquer writing in her own way. So, from that perspective writing is in my blood.

My emotions are what inspire me to write. I consider writing an art form of painting pictures with words. I hate to sound cliché but we all have a story to tell. I have so much imagination inside me; I want to share it as I have been inspired by the writings of others. 

How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments? 

I write every day. I always carry a notebook with me, so if a line or thought comes to me I can write it down. I have built a whole chapter on a few short sentences and it’s important to remember writing any good story is built on dreams and inspiration. It’s easy for me to fit it in to my life because I am retired and I make up my own schedule every day, which I love, love, love! 

In which genre do you most enjoy writing? 

I think paranormal is the most enjoyable because it’s the most flexible. If you want to make a purple dragon fly sideways into the valley your readers wont blink an eye. On the other hand if you are writing mainstream fiction and your main attorney turns into a werewolf and eats the judge you’ve got problems. 

What draws you to write in that genre? 

It’s the fantasy factor. Look at Field of Dreams by W. P. Kinsella. Would it touch us the same if those baseball legends hadn’t came out of the cornfield? Of course not, it’s the magic of those long ago dead ball players coming to life that thrills readers. Kinsella weaved every boy’s dream into the storyline. I want to do that…to weave dreams. 

Can you tell me about your current project(s)?

I have a recently completed a book called Crimson Snow, a paranormal romance set back in medieval ages about a romance between the son of Merlin the magician and Amera, a woman who is an Angelan; part angel and part faiery.

The one I just started developing is called Dust and is about a young biology student on her way home for the holidays in Maine.  She picks up a hitchhiker in a snowstorm to later find out he’s not from her small town of Harpswell, Maine. In fact, he’s from a place light years away. 

What are your writing plans for the future? 

I’m starting a series called Southern Girls and Hot Cars that will be launched soon and I’m excited about that. I’m also going to try my hand at writing a screenplay. I have a project in mind about the disappearance of a young man from a small town thirty-five years ago. His name was Taylor Grainger and it’s based on a true story.

Where can people find out more about you?

XOXO Publishing

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About Ruth Jacobs (296 Articles)
Author of Soul Destruction: Unforgivable, a novel exposing the dark world and harsh reality of life as a drug addicted call girl. The main storyline is based loosely on events from my own life. In addition to fiction writing, I am also involved in journalism and broadcasting, primarily for human rights campaigning in the areas of sex workers' rights, anti-sexual exploitation and anti-human trafficking.

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