Today at Mother/Gamer/Writer we are featuring author Debra Webb and her series, Faces of Evil. Please join us for a wonderful interview with Debra about her writing, self and traditional publishing, and the latest installment in her series, Power. And as an added bonus, we have a special giveaway featuring “FALL in Love with Forever” prize pack of upcoming fall titles from Forever, Forever Yours, and Grand Central Publishing. And as always, make sure you add Power to your shelf on Goodreads!
- Title: Obsession (Faces of Evil, #1)
- ISBN-13: 9780615565873
- Publisher: Pink House Press
- Publication date: 1/28/2012
- Pages: 332
- Find it: Goodreads / Amazon
She thought she’d left the murders-and his obsession-behind . . .
Special Agent Jess Harris has spent more than a decade studying the many faces of evil. In her determination to stop a serial killer, she broke the rules, and it cost her everything. With her career in need of resuscitation and her love life dead and buried, Jess jumps at a chance to advise on a case that has the top detectives of Birmingham, Alabama, stumped. But the case forces her to confront all the reasons she put her hometown-and her first love-in her rearview mirror.
Four young women have gone missing, and Police Chief Dan Burnett will do anything to find them before it’s too late-even if it means asking for help from the woman who has spent a decade avoiding him. Jess agrees to lend a hand and welcomes the diversion of a new case, a new life to save to make up for the victims she’s lost. But then the unthinkable happens: the crazed serial killer from her past follows Jess to Birmingham. The situation is becoming increasingly desperate-and time is swiftly running out . . .
- Title: Impulse (Faces of Evil, #2)
- ISBN-13: 9780615599366
- Publisher: Pink House Press
- Publication date: 2/28/2012
- Pages: 326
- Find It: Goodreads / Amazon
Her nightmare isn’t over yet . . .
The Player is a master in the art of torture and murder. No one had ever gotten close to capturing him until Special Agent Jess Harris targeted him with her relentless determination. Jess’s actions may have cost her a job with the bureau, but the Player still wants his vengeance and he’ll make Jess pay in ways she never imagined. The first victim is Jess’s friend-and the killer won’t stop there. With each new death Jess becomes more certain that the only way to stop the Player is to give him what he really wants: her.
Chief of Police Dan Burnett is determined to give Jess her confidence and her life back. With an offer on the table, a position as deputy chief of a new division, can Jess risk staying in her hometown and putting those around her in more danger? Or will she walk away to protect everyone she loves-including Dan, who just may want her back in his arms? The stakes are high, and a single impulse will determine who survives the Player’s final, deadly game . . .
- Title: Power (Faces of Evil, #3)
- ASIN: B008EN5RCQ
- Publisher: Forever Yours
- Publication date: September 4, 2012
- Pages: 290 pages
- Find It: Goodreads / Amazon
New York Times bestselling author Cindy Gerard praised OBSESSION, calling the first of Debra Webb’s Faces of Evil novels her “best work yet,” and noting it is “peopled with tough, credible characters and a brilliant plot.” Here Webb introduced readers to FBI Special Agent Jess Harris, whose ten-year obsession with a serial killer put her job in jeopardy and, in IMPUSE, cost friends their lives. POWER, an e-book original on sale September 4th, sees Jess begins the next chapter of her life as the new deputy chief of Birmingham’s major crimes division, reporting to her first love, Chief of Police Dan Burnett. She’s focusing all of her attention on work, including the demise of a celebrated ballet instructor, whose death is ruled an accident. Jess’s instincts tell her otherwise and, even with the case now moved to another division, she can’t shake the feeling there’s more to the story. Her investigation leads her to Birmingham’s gang culture and its powerful elite, where she soon becomes the killer’s next target.
1. Welcome Debra to Mother/Gamer/Writer, for those readers who are not familiar with you or your work, can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?
It’s great to be here! Thank you so much. Well, let’s see, I was born on a farm in northern Alabama. I started writing as a kid. I have handwritten short stories and screenplays going back to age nine. By thirteen I was adding a dash of romance to my stories. But it wasn’t until many years later that that I decided to actually attempt writing a novel for publication. As I set out to make writing my official career, I realized that what I really wanted to do was delve into the arena of suspense. I’ve always loved the genre but it wasn’t until I spent three years working for the military behind the Iron Curtain—and a five-year stint with NASA—that the need to add that volatile element caught fire in my blood. I’ve published around 100 novels since 2000.
I married my sweetheart 38 years ago and we have two precious daughters and three loveable dogs. We live in an old house that we resurrected by repurposing castoffs and frequenting salvage stores. We love gardening and exploring the good old USA.
2. What would you consider your writing pet peeves? Or writing rituals?
I have my space—my office. I prefer to do my writing there. I prefer mornings to evenings when it comes to work. I think it’s important to schedule work time just as if I were going to the office and punching a time clock. When I go into my office in the mornings my brain knows it’s time to work.
If I have a true pet peeve, I suppose it’s that I don’t like to read email or watch the news before work. I prefer to go into the world of my characters without taking any baggage from this one. Sometimes, however, that’s impossible.
3. If you could sum up Power or the Faces of Evil Series in a few sentences, how would you describe your novel?
I have never, ever been any good at this! Give me a few pages and I can do it! Okay, I’ll try. In the first two installments of the Faces of Evil series Jess Harris’s world is turned upside down. In POWER, Jess is attempting to regain her footing both personally and professionally, but murder waits for no one. Jess finds herself in the middle of a high profile murder investigation and a missing persons case simultaneously. But the real trouble is that in any case there is always someone who’d rather the truth not come out and Jess is cramping the killer’s style. Having a target painted on her forehead is nothing new for Jess, but this time she just might have gotten closer to the danger than she’d anticipated.
4. Why did you choose Birmingham, Alabama to be the backdrop for your story?
Ah, now this one is easy. Birmingham is my second home. My father and his family were born and raised there. Growing up, I spent at least one weekend every month with my favorite cousin in Birmingham where we explored and plotted stories from dawn until bedtime (sometimes longer if we could sneak out again). Some of my most treasured memories took place in Birmingham. Then, years later, when my older daughter was born, she had life-threatening issues. My tiny baby was rushed from the small hospital in Scottsboro to the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. The doctors and nurses there saved her life. For me, Birmingham truly is the Magic City.
5. When writing thrillers or crime fiction, how much work is put into research? Was it difficult? Did you find things you needed to change as you crafted your story?
Some amount of research is necessary with every page. Some necessary information is more difficult to find than other stuff. For example, the Faces of Evil setting details are easy because Birmingham is only 90 minutes away. Determining how a gang leader might react in a given situation is somewhat more challenging. As I complete my research I sometimes discover that I can’t do something the way I’d imagined doing it in my head. And I always, always find things to change as I go along. I see the story like a movie and occasionally I have to remind myself that novel writers must ground their stories a little more in reality than the way scripts turn out in the movies. Hollywood can get away with a little more “suspension of disbelief” so to speak.
6. Who was your favorite character to write? Which character was the hardest?
Absolutely Jess Harris is my all-time favorite character to write! I love her! The hardest would have to be the Player. He is so very evil but I have to keep him human, likeable even, to a degree. Try doing that with a psychopath! The trick is to remember that we’re all capable of evil. As Jess says, “If you want to know what the face of evil looks like, look in the mirror.”
7. What is it like to transition from being self-published to traditional publishing? What advice would you offer to others looking to do the same?
Since I started out with traditional publishing it was kind of the reverse of that question for me. In 2010 I suffered a horrible injury and lost a great deal of the use of my right hand and arm. I pretty much thought my career was over. Eventually I managed to figure out how to keep up with my category romantic suspense work since the books are shorter and my editor agreed that I could write fewer per year. But I couldn’t see ever doing bigger books again. Then, last fall I decided to attempt starting a series I had always wanted to do. When I finished the first book, OBSESSION, I cried like a baby. I was back. I would never be able to work the way I used to, but I was back! Dear friends urged me to self-publish the book since I feared my ability to work under the deadlines of a contract and frankly the romantic suspense/thriller market wasn’t what it used to be. Basically, I was terrified of whatever I did next. But, with the encouragement and support of those friends, I did it! I published the first two stories myself and they stayed on the Amazon top 100 romantic suspense list for six months! It was incredible! Exhilarating and terrifying at the same time!
I firmly believe that there is room for both traditional publishing and self-publishing in an author’s career. In fact, in this economy and market, I think it’s essential to have more than one iron in the fire. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO DO EITHER ONE OR BOTH. Write the stories and publish them in whatever venue works best for you. And never, ever give up on making that happen no matter the challenges life throws in front of you!
8. What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on REVENGE, book five in the Faces of Evil series and I am having a blast!
9. Lastly, do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Let me repeat the most important advice I can give: 1) Do not be afraid. 2) Never give up!
Where can readers and fans stalk you around the web?
I hope you’ll visit me at www.thefacesofevil.com. This site is completely dedicated to the books in the series and it’s very interactive. So come on over and become a person of interest! You might just end up a suspect in the next Faces of Evil book!
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About The Author:
Native Alabaman Debra Webb set aside her writing for two decades to try other occupations, including working at NASA in the Space Shuttle Program. She resumed writing again in 1996 while living in Tennessee, and quickly achieved recognition and success as the author of numerous romantic suspense novels. In 2010, an accident, followed by painful physical rehabilitation, kept Debra from being able to write for a time. Later, despite roadblocks, and with the help of friends and technology, Debra wrote the first two FACES OF EVIL novels and self published them in early 2012. Forever Yours quickly moved to acquire those books, her new novel POWER, and future novels. Today, Debra lives with her family and three dogs back home in Alabama. Find out more about Debra and her books at http://www.thefacesofevil.com and http://www.debrawebb.com.
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