Friday, May 02, 2014

Writing: "Does It Ever Get Old?" (author Deborah Raney)

Someone asked me recently if, now that I've written over 25 books, the thrill of a new book releasing has dimmed. Looking through my photo album answered the question better than I could put into words. For every occasion that first copy of a new title arrives on my doorstep, I pose "her" on my desk and snap "newborn" pictures, then post them all over the Internet for the world to see.

It truly never does get old. It may never again be quite as unbelievable and amazing as that very first time I held my very first book in my hands, but nevertheless, each book is the culmination of almost a year's hard work. And not just mine! So many people have a hand in bringing each book to life. I've always said that my editors should surely share my byline on the cover of each novel. I can't even imagine putting a book out there without their invaluable suggestions and fine-tooth combing. Nor would I want to write a book without my eagle-eyed critique partner, Tamera Alexander  or my early readers (beta readers some call them) who spot things even my editors sometimes miss! And then there is the cover designer, the interior typography, catalog and backcover copy writers (sometimes I do that, but often my editors have better ideas about how to capture the book in a few short lines). And my agent, of course! I wouldn't want to navigate the waters of this changing publishing world without him. Indeed, it takes a village to publish a book, and I do love my village.

One other reason book release day is always special is that we usually celebrate by going out to eat, or at the very least, ordering a pizza to share. The release of a new book will always be celebration-worthy at our house! A good thing, since I'll have two new books releasing later this year! I can already smell the pepperoni!

So to answer the question, has the thrill worn off? No! In fact, the only thing I can think of that's more exciting and fulfilling than the arrival of a new book is the arrival of a new grandchild! 

DEBORAH RANEY's first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and launched her writing career after 20 happy years as a stay-at-home mom. Since then, her books have won numerous awards including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. Deb's newest novel, Home to Chicory Lane, releases in August as the first book in The Chicory Inn Novels series for Abingdon Press Fiction. Deb enjoys teaching at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband, Ken Raney, recently traded small-town life in Kansas ––the setting of many of Deb's novels––for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita where they enjoy gardening, antiquing, movies, and traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away. Visit Deb on the Web at

Thanks, Deb. If you have a writing question for either Deborah Raney or me, please ask it in the comment section. We'd love to hear from you.


Kathy Dobyns said...

Deborah Raney is one treasured Facebook communicator with me. I am glad she continues to share, and write, and let us know how alive she is. Her Friday morning dates with her hubby, Ken, are always something to check out, and wish for in my own life. Someday, I'm going to push for this ritual in other couples lives. It is a great way to keep springtime in a marriage.
Loved knowing she is proud of her accomplishments as each new book arrives. Obviously this girl celebrates life. Too bad she doesn't see more of her grandchildren. That would be a real downer for me, but alas, I have none. Two adult sons and no grands.
Thanks for sharing on your blog, Richard. Deborah Rainey is definitely a keeper!

Richard Mabry said...

Kathy, Yes, Deb is indeed a keeper, and I'm proud to call her friend and colleague. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Deborah Raney said...

Thanks so much, Kathy. And thanks for inviting me to blog here, Doc. It's always great to connect, whether at a conference or online. I love your books! (I'm 2 or 3 titles behind though, so don't write too fast!!)

Mocha with Linda said...

And the thrill never wears off for your readers either, Deb! Love you!

Deborah Raney said...

Awww, thanks, Linda! Readers like you make it a joy to be a writer!