What motivates you to write? My biggest motivation for writing is the opportunity to step away from day-to-day life and stand in someone else’s shoes for a moment and see life through their eyes. It may sound a little cliché, but I find inspiration in the people around me whose lives I touch. In turn these experiences motivate me to take what I have learned from them and instill those qualities into my characters as I write.
What writing are you most proud of? I’m most proud of The Haunting of Wolfe Haven. I think every writer wants to create something special and I certainly feel that way when I sit down at my lap top. For me, The Haunting of Wolfe Haven helped me see my potential as a writer. It has won numerous awards from a 2010 Bronze Medal in ForeWord’s Book of the Year Award to being named an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Eric Hoffer Legacy Award as well as many others. Each accomplishment has given me greater insight into the book through the eyes of others. A complete list of the book’s accomplishments can be found on my website at www.debbieaheaton.com
What are you most proud of in your personal life? Without a doubt it’s my daughter, Marsha. I’ve been privileged to watch her grow into a confident young woman with values and determination. I am thankful to have her in my life.
What books did you love growing up? I read anything I could get my hands on as a child. Reading to me was an “adventure” and I couldn’t get enough. But Wuthering Heights and Gone with the Wind rank on the very top for me. Wuthering Heights made such an impression on me that I’ve read it more times than I can count!
Who is your favorite author? That’s a tough question because I enjoy so many! But I think Heather Graham wins that title. I appreciate that she majestically weaves the paranormal in with murder, mystery and romance.
“Riley Russell is gorgeous, smart, and successful. She also has a broken heart she’s managed to keep secret from everyone—including herself. Three years ago, she walked away from her marriage to entrepreneur Tristan Russell, believing there was no hope for the relationship. But when he reenters her life unexpectedly, Riley must fight to remain independent and in control of the life she has built.
Tristan, as handsome and accomplished as ever, is planning to get remarried, but first he must divorce Riley. To save her broken heart, Riley must confront her feelings for Tristan, his family, and his haunted ancestral house, Wolfe Haven. Along the way, she must navigate a minefield of secrets and mysteries, including arson, betrayal, and murder.
As Riley and Tristan try to find love with each other a second time around, they come to grips with things that go bump in the night. If Riley isn’t careful, she may fall prey to enemies that are closer than she thinks.”
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Genre – Romance (Gothic)
Rating – R for graphic sex and language