Debra Mullins is the author of thirteen historical romances for Avon Books and one paranormal romance for Tor/Forge. Her books have been translated into several languages and nominated for awards from both the magazine RT Book Reviews and Romance Writers of America and its chapters, including the Golden Heart, the RITA, the Holt Medallion (twice), the Book Buyer’s Best Award, and the National Readers Choice Award. She also won the Golden Leaf Award for Best Historical for her book, A NECESSARY BRIDE.
Debra has spoken at various RWA chapter meetings, as well as the national RWA conference, the Liberty States Fiction Writers conference and the Emerald City Writers’ Conference in Seattle. In August 2009, she gave a full day special event for the Orange County chapter of Romance Writers of America with author Charlotte Carter, where she spoke on the topics of character and conflict.
Born and raised in the New York/New Jersey area, Debra now lives in California and has been actively writing for over twenty years. A language nerd, she could speak four languages by the time she graduated high school. At age 16, she went to France on a student exchange program for a summer. By the time she came home to the U.S., she was dreaming in French.
She is currently finishing a paranormal trilogy for Tor/Forge. The first book, PRODIGAL SON, is due out in October 2013. Debra is a member of Novelists Inc., Liberty States Fiction Writers, and several chapters of RWA. You can find her on Twitter using @debramullins and on the web at http://www.debramullins.com.
Thank you so much for having me guest post on your blog! One of the fun things about doing these blog tours is meeting so many devoted readers like myself. I’ve been a voracious reader ever since I can remember. I’ve always found it a wonderful way to escape real life for a while, and now that I’m an author myself, I can hopefully provide the same respite for others.
I am primarily a romance reader, though I do enjoy science fiction/fantasy as well. Some of my favorites are the Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey and The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillop. Romance-wise, I’ve written thirteen historical romances and two paranormal romances, the first of which, PRODIGAL SON, is out this month. I enjoy romances because of the dynamic between male and female, and I like knowing there is a happy ending coming. Life throws us enough unpleasant surprises that it’s fun to enjoy a story knowing there won’t be heartbreak at the end.
When I’m writing, I often listen to music. This both motivates me emotionally and helps me shut out the world around me. I got into the habit years ago when I lived in a small apartment with my husband and two kids. My computer was in the living room right next to the TV, and it was hard to transport myself into my story with Power Rangers on the screen next to me. I started listening to music to tune out the world, and I found that, with the right music, I could actually put myself in the necessary emotional state for whatever scene I was writing. Back then I had a stereo with cassette tapes and headphones, but these days I have iTunes on my computer. I have playlists called Love Scenes, Gutwrenching and Heartbreak. Sometimes I listen to classical music or the group Bond. Sometimes it’s a soundtrack, like from Pirates of the Caribbean or the TV show Alias. Whatever gets my brain where it needs to be to keep creating my stories.
Writers are basically sponges. We absorb things that impact us about the world around us and then spit them out again in a different format. I’ve been inspired to write books from news stories or songs or movies or even real events from my own life. It’s all about the emotion these things engender and a drive to recreate it for the reader. I really love what I do. Here’s hoping that comes through on every page.