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Between the lines with Big Book Club guest Debbie Macomber (Q&A)

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Debbie Macomber will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Big Book Club Getaway, to be held at the Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino on February 21-22. The event will feature more than eighty authors, and is presented by The Mark Twain House & Museum. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit: www.thebigbookclub.org.

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Today, Hartford Books Examiner welcomes Debbie Macomber.

Ms. Macomber is a leading voice in women’s fiction and currently has more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Nine of her novels have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, with three debuting at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly lists. In 2009 and 2010, Mrs. Miracle and Call Me Mrs. Miracle were Hallmark Channel’s top-watched movies of for the year; in 2013, Hallmark Channel produced the original series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, based on her beloved series. She is the recipient of a RITA Award, an RT Book Reviews Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award; Ms. Macomber is also a multiple winner of both the Holt Medallion and the B. Dalton Award. She makes her home in Port Orchard, Washington State and winters in Florida.

Ms. Macomber’s next book, Blossom Street Brides (Random House, $26.00), is the eleventh book in the Blossom Street Series and will be published on March 25, 2014. Barnes & Noble chose the title as an Editor’s recommendation, noting, “Wedding bells might be ringing somewhere, but all is not yet well on Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street. A male who cannot commit; a long-distance relationship; and mysterious balls of yarn you will enjoy sharing make this 336-page romance a triple treat.” Further, Kirkus praised, “Fans will happily return to the warm, welcoming sanctuary of Macomber’s Blossom Street, catching up with old friends from past Blossom Street books and meeting new ones being welcomed into the fold.”

From the publisher:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber has won the hearts of millions of readers with her moving and inspiring stories. Now wedding bells are ringing in the tight-knit community that gathers around A Good Yarn, a store in a pretty Seattle neighborhood. Knitters come to the store to buy yarn and patterns but somehow they leave richer in friendship and love.

Lauren Elliott has waited years for her long-term boyfriend, Todd, to propose, yet he seems more focused on his career than their relationship. When Lauren learns that her younger sister is pregnant before she herself even has an engagement ring, she feels overjoyed yet disheartened. Knowing she can’t put her future on hold, Lauren prepares to make a bold choice—one that leads her to a man she never dreamed she’d meet.

Newly married to her second husband, Max, Bethanne Scranton is blissfully in love. But with Max’s job in California and Bethanne’s in Seattle, their long-distance marriage is becoming difficult to maintain. To complicate matters, Bethanne’s cunning ex will do anything to win her back.

Lydia Goetz, too, is wonderfully happy with her husband, Brad, though lately she worries about the future of A Good Yarn. As she considers how to bring in business, she discovers that someone has beaten her to the punch. Baskets of yarn are mysteriously popping up all over town, with instructions to knit a scarf for charity and bring it into Lydia’s store. Never before has her shop received so much attention, but who hatched this brilliant plan?

As three women’s lives intersect in unexpected ways, Lydia, Lauren, and Bethanne realize that love heals every heart, and the best surprises still lay ahead.

Now, Debbie Macomber reveals a few pages from the book of her life …

1) As a child, did you wear your literary lust loud and proud or were you a closet bibliophile?

I wore that lust with pride. The bookmobile stopped in a parking lot about a mile from our home and I was often waiting there long before the bus arrived, eager for another installment of reading material.

2) What book(s) were you likely to be caught keeping company with under the covers?

I enjoyed Nancy Drew and Cherry Ames and especially biographies.

3) What are you reading currently & what is your initial impression?

I recently finished THE IRRESISTIBLE BLUEBERRY BAKESHOP AND CAFE by Mary Simses and ORPHAN TRAIN by Christina Baker Kline. Both books were wonderful.

4) What one book do you always recommend when asked?

GIFT FROM THE SEA by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

5) Which of your own books would you suggest to readers & why?

Any one of the Blossom Street books or The Rose Harbor Inn series.

6) Is there a book or author that readers would be surprised to know you’ve read and liked?

I read across the board and one of my favorite authors is Mary Balogh who writes regencies.

7) Who is the one author that would, or did, make you weak in the knees upon meeting?

Zig Ziglar.

8) Has there been an “I’ve made it” moment in your career?

Yes, and it happened only a couple of weeks ago. My name and the title of my book was an answer on Jeopardy. Forget the NYT list, we're talking Jeopardy! As icing on the cake, it was a Daily Double.

9) What is your greatest literary ambition?

My mission statement as an author and as a woman of faith is to be a blessing. My goal as an author is to encourage and inspire, to lure my reader into a story with characters and circumstances that they can relate to--something that could happen in their own lives, and to make the story provocative enough to make them think. I want to tell the story in a way that is both realistic, entertaining and memorable.

10) Fill in the blank: Hartford Books Examiner is _____.

Because I don't live in the area, I haven't had a lot of exposure to the Hartford Books Examiner, but I can say it is a forum with a heart for the written word and a great encourager of authors.

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With thanks to Debbie Macomber for her generosity of time and thought and to Nancy Berland, President/CEO at Nancy Berland Public Relations, and Renate Roth, Administrative Assistant at Debbie Macomber, Inc., for helping to facilitate this interview.

Ms. Macomber will speak at the Big Book Club Getaway on Saturday, February 22nd, at 5 PM. The full schedule of events can be viewed here. For further information, visit: www.thebigbookclub.org.

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