Sunday, November 18, 2012

My Guest, Romance Author Debra St. John, Tells Us About Her Next Big Thing for Thanksgiving

My guest today is a very good friend of mine and a great romance author, by the name of Debra St. John. Debra is answering questions to share her Next Big Thing for Thanksgiving with us.

What is the title of your book?
An Unexpected Blessing

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I wanted to write a Thanksgiving story, so I had a lot of the background details in my head. I knew it would include all the best things about the holiday: food, things to be thankful for, and time with family. I also knew I wanted the setting to be a small town. The actual plot for the storyline just came to me one day.

What genre does your book fall under?
Contemporary romance. I’d call it cozy with some spice!

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Well, he’s not really an actor, but country singer Justin Moore has the right look and the right smile to play Joe. I think Natalie Portman would make a good Katy.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When an ex-con and the girl he’s had a secret crush on for years reunite, the sparks fly and attraction blooms, but their love is put to the test by small town gossip that can’t get over his past.

Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?
It’s available from The Wild Rose Press.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About two months.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, but it so often gets pushed aside and forgotten in the rush to get to Christmas. I wanted a book to celebrate all of the wonderful things about Thanksgiving.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
My heroine, Katy, shares my views about Christmas needing to wait its turn in order to give Thanksgiving its rightful due!


 “Are you going to dance with me or not?”
     “Yes, ma’am, I am.” He stood and offered his hand.
     She slid hers into his warm grasp. As always, his touch caused a little shock in her heart. The weight of a hundred pairs of eyes followed them out onto the floor. The dirt was packed smooth, and a ring of hay bales marked the area. Her tummy quivered with a combination of nerves and anticipation.
     He found an open spot, which wasn’t difficult with the other couples affording them a wide berth, and then curved his arm around her waist to draw her close. Her body fit perfectly against him. A shiver tingled through her. She rested her free hand on his shoulder.
     His thigh brushed hers as he rhythmically shuffled his feet to the music. His gaze captured and held hers. The rest of the room faded as she stared into the warm, melted chocolate brown of his eyes.
     She didn’t care that people whispered. Snuck glances. Or outright gaped. All she cared about was swaying to a soft, slow beat. The quicker thud of her heart. Strong arms wrapped around her. And the desire to stay right where she was. Maybe forever.

Please welcome Debra St. John by leaving a comment. 

To see my review of Unexpected Blessing, go to:


  1. Wow, Morgan! You are ahead of the game with this post! Thanks for having me here today, and thanks, as always for your constant support. It helps to have a good buddy in this business, doesn't it?!

  2. My Pleasure, Debra! Keep supplying those great romances for us to read!

    Morgan Mandel

  3. Really liked the excerpt. It says a lot about both characters. The book sounds great - and I like the idea of having a focus on Thanksgiving. That holiday seems to get forgotten in books!

  4. Hi Ginger, Thanks for popping in and leaving a comment. Thanksgiving surely does seem to get passed by. It was fun to write a story with it as the focus.

  5. Hi Debra, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays too--I have such great memories from my childhood! Your choice for Katy makes me laugh, because my husband has a HUGE crush on Natalie Portman! :)

  6. Hi Debra,
    Sounds like a cozy holiday story. Great job getting your first draft done in two months.

  7. Too often people are "pegged" by gossip. Believing someone is better--and finding out you're right--would make for a heart-warming story, Debra. Well done!

  8. Jennifer, Yea, Natalie would probably be on my hubby's 'list', too!

    Kathy, Thanks! I definitely like cozy. I was pretty proud of myself for the turnaround time.

    Ana - Thanks! It's always so easy/tempting to believe everything you hear, isn't it?

  9. Great excerpt, Debra! And I agree that Thanksgiving seems to get shoved out of the way to make way for the mad Christmas rush.

  10. Hi Susan...thanks. I actually walked into Wal-Mart this year on Halloween and they had a decorated Christmas tree in the entryway. Every year it seems to get earlier and earlier.

  11. I'm looking forward to reading this, Debra, especially as we don't have Thanksgiving here in the UK so it's something I've never experienced. I'm very impressed that you wrote the first draft in only two months too!

  12. Paula, I always work better on a deadline...and not a self-imposed one. I hope you enjoy the story and that it gives you a little taste of life here in the U.S.!

  13. Great interview. It looks like my kind of book.


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