Conversation with paranormal fantasy romance author Debbie Peterson

romance author Debbie Peterson is here chatting about writing, and her new
novel Bound by Oath and Honour.

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A little bit about
Debbie is
an author of paranormal and fantasy romance because she has a soft spot for
fairy tales, the joy of falling in love, making an impossible love possible,
and happily ever after endings. She loves animals of every persuasion, music,
art, beautiful sunrises, sunsets, the smell of rain, and thunder storms.
When she is
not busy conjuring her latest novel, Debbie spends time with the members of her
very large family in the lovely, arid deserts of southern Nevada, where some of
those spectacular sunsets occur. She also pursues her interests in
genealogy—which she also teaches—mythology, and history.
A little bit about Bound by Oath and Honour:
Fresh from
her photo shoot in Northern England, wildlife photographer Tala Westbrook makes
a promised stop at the family manor in Staffordshire, desperately in need of
renovation. Though she didn’t plan to stay longer than it took to find a
contractor, she is caught up in an ancient paranormal war. Despite the danger
all around, she finds herself falling for the handsome, enigmatic man assigned
to protect her.
Micah Berrington, elite guardian
from the realm of the Bewitan Fierd, is used to protecting men of strength in
the greatest of peril, not a female looking for someone to repair her home. Yet
the assignment is far more than it seems and so is the beautiful woman destined
to capture his heart, regardless of the cost.
by Oath and Honour
After he chambered a round in his rifle, he placed a finger
against the trigger. He faced Tala with lifted hand and palm out. “Wait here
while I check out the second floor.”
She gazed at him for several moments as if he had quite lost
his mind. “I think not. In case you have forgotten, this house belongs to my
family, Micah, not yours.”
“I will not debate the issue with you right now. Either you
can wait here as directed, or I will throw you over my shoulder and carry you
back to the cottage. I’ll then lock you inside for the remainder of the night.
The choice is yours.”
She sucked in a breath while her mouth dropped another
notch. “You wouldn’t—”
“Oh, but I would,” he whispered as he leaned in close to her
In evidence of his staunch determination, she gritted her
teeth. She turned her head to the side. Once again, she refused to meet his
gaze. “Fine.”
The dreaded “fine” escaped her lips for the second time in
less than ten minutes. This one had a bit more oomph and resentment behind it
than did the first. He ignored it. Instead, Micah turned his attention away
from her little snit fit and focused on the task ahead.
Every now
and again I’ll be reading a book or watching TV when out of the blue a
character, minor or main, beloved or not, does something unbelievable. I mean really—as in the character I’ve come to
know would never, ever say or do that—unbelievable. Has that ever happened to
you? Were you puzzled like “where in the heck did that come from?” or just
plain annoyed?
How about
when in the beginning of a movie or book, a character says he’s an only child
and then far later talks about an experience with a sister or brother? Movie
goers are quick to pick out these flaws and inconsistencies. Once found, they
gleefully list them on various websites. Book lovers are quick to do the same.
In succinctly written reviews, they’ll happily mention such mistakes for all
the world to see, and ridicule, never mind the story might be positively
In light of
that fact, I believe creating a character bios is kind of an important part of
writing a book. You wouldn’t want to say Richard has velvety brown eyes in the
first few chapters of your book and then toward the end say his “emerald green
eyes flashed with anger.” Believe me, readers notice the mistake.
So what’s
important to know when creating each character besides name, age and gender?
I’ll mention just a few.
A complete
physical description which includes far more than the obvious height, build, eye,
hair, and skin color. Does this character have dimples? Tattoos? Scruff,
mustache or beard? Full face freckles or just a smattering across the nose? How
about that nose? Sharp, rounded, bulbous?
Is this character easy going or quick to anger? Patient or impatient? What are
his or her qualities and weaknesses? Does he or she carry a grudge?
Where (location)
and under what circumstances did your character come from? What about his or
her family? What led this character to the here and now?
What are
his or her values, beliefs and goals? Does he or she have any quirks either
endearing or downright annoying?
What does
your character feel about other characters he or she encounters? Why?
These are
just a few things a writer should know about each created character, whether
the information makes into the book or not and whether an editor edits it out
or not. (I’ve had that plenty of times.) If you know, really know your
character well, you won’t have to wonder how they’ll react in any given
situation. If your characters are anything like mine, they’ll stubbornly veer
off in an unplanned, unmapped direction. When they do, and they need to react, you’ve
already got their back!

Thanks for being here today, Debbie.
Thanks for
inviting me over Lisa! I’ve enjoyed every minute.
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21 thoughts on “Conversation with paranormal fantasy romance author Debbie Peterson

  1. Mai T. says:

    If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

  2. Debbie Peterson says:

    Hello Mai! Piece of advice? I would tell them they could go ahead and ignore the lady behind the pen! (They always do anyway!).

  3. Debbie Peterson says:

    Thank you Ally! It's always exciting to get a new book released and I meet so many wonderful people on the Book Tours!

  4. Debbie Peterson says:

    Good morning James Robert! We've got sunny skies here in Las Vegas and they're predicting 115 degree heat by Tuesday…ugh… Perhaps I ought to visit Michigan!

  5. Ally Swanson says:

    I enjoyed reading the excerpt. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read. Looking forward to checking out this book.

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