Welcome Debbie Lynne Costello as my guest
Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was about eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her family live in upstate South Carolina. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, her and her husband enjoy camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.
A J: Tell us about your family and your ministry.
Debbie Lynne: I have a wonderful and supportive family. My husband and I were high school sweethearts. We have four wonderful children. We have two grandchildren which I help take care of while my daughter is working. My ministry has changed through the years. It’s amazing how God does that. I am the children’s director at our church. But I find the largest part of that job is the VBS we do. We go to the children rather than have them come to us. We chose one of the local parks and hold it there. This past year we even ministered to the teens.
A J: Who’s your one biggest fan/supporter of your writing?
Debbie Lynne: My husband is awesome. He supports every aspect of my career—even me going to conferences. He believes in me so much that even when I’m discouraged he makes me believe in myself.
A J: When did you begin to write your first novel? When did you finish? How long have you pursued a writing career?
Debbie Lynne: I started my first novel in 2007 and finished the 114,000 word manuscript four months later. When I finished that story I began pursuing publication.
A J: What do you love about writing?
Debbie Lynne: I love the escape it gives me. I can create my own communities, solve problems, bring people together, and open hearts to Christ, the possibilities are limitless. Days that I’m able to write, I find I’m more relaxed, too.
A J: What do you feel are your strengths and weaknesses as a writer?
Debbie Lynne: My strength is plots. I love twists and turns and subplots. My hubby says it’s because I have a twisted mind. ;o) My weakness is flowery words. I’m a pretty plain writer in that sense. I don’t have beautiful rhythmic writing. I have a story in my head and I tell it.
A J: Do you outline your books or let the story go where it wishes?
Debbie Lynne: If I don’t have to do a chapter by chapter summary for a publisher I let the story go where the characters take it. And even when I do a detailed synopsis the characters often don’t agree with where I had planned for it to go. So I find it much easier and quicker to just let them tell me what’s supposed to happen.
A J: Do you write biographies of your characters?
Debbie Lynne: Yes! In the beginning I didn’t, but I do now and it is very helpful to know what your characters have been through in their lives.
A J: What are you working on right now? Do you work on more than one book at a time?
Debbie Lynne: I’m writing a 3 book proposal for my agent to submit to publishers that is set in the early 1870’s in Charleston, SC. I’m also working on the final details of my medieval that is set to release in February 2015. I don’t write two different stories at the same time, though. I’m not that good at keeping names straight.
A J: How did you locate your agent?
Debbie Lynne: I met her at an ACFW conference in a 15 minute interview.
A J: What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?
Debbie Lynne: Finding the time to write. It seems life gets busier and busier and time becomes more and more precious.
A J: Tell us about your story in A Cup of Christmas Cheer.
Debbie Lynne: A recent WWII widow receives a mysterious letter seeking reconciliation with her in-laws, but when she goes for a visit only her father-in-law seems to be interested in mending fences. But as the days pass mother-in-law and daughter-in-law learn a little about themselves and the true meaning of forgiveness.
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