Omnimystery News: Guest Post

My guest post for OmniMystery News posted today.  I talk about writing the Street Stories suspense series and how it relates to my experiences with volunteering with the homeless.  I hope you enjoy.

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I chose to write suspense novels about events that happen to street kids because their homelessness adds an unexpected, little used, and huge obstacle for my protagonist to overcome. That’s just good storytelling. And if, while riding the twists and turns of the plot my reader begins to develop an awareness that street kids are people, are human beings not that different from themselves, am I going to complain?

Not a bit. Because influencing the minds and opinions of readers is something all good fiction should do, as long as it’s not at the expense of entertainment. Tell me you’ve never been enlightened by a book you picked up just because the plot sounded like fun? I bet you can’t.

via Omnimystery News: Please Welcome Back Author Debra R. Borys.

First Interview by Jaidis Shaw

Juniper GroveMy first author interview to promote Bend Me Shape Me was posted yesterday at Juniper Grove, the blog site of author Jaidis Shaw.  In addition to talking about Bend Me, I also answer questions about the cozy mystery I am currently working on, writing in general, and my vision for an alternate universe.

Jaidis did a feature story and giveaway of Painted Black last year and will be reviewing Bend Me, Shape Me soon.  Thank you, Jaidis!

Click through the link below to read the entire interview, but here’s a snippet:

Do you have any writing projects you are currently working on?

Yes, I am taking a break from the dark, intense world of the Street Stories series and am living out a fantasy of mine by writing a cozy mystery series. Before I moved to the big city, I lived in farm country in a little mother-in-law house across the driveway from a huge farmhouse where twelve children had been raised amid laughter and hard work. I had a secret dream that I would one day be able to buy the big house also and turn it into an artists’ and writers’ retreat, fully equipped with farm animals in the barn, chickens, home cooked meals, etc.

via Featured Book: Bend Me, Shape Me by Debra R. Borys.