Deborah L. Fruchey

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Deborah Fruchey was born in California over 50 years ago. Her first novel, The Unwilling Heiress, was chosen as a Best Book by the American Bookseller's Association in 1987. She has attended several colleges just for fun, never earning a degree, and has worked at everything from international banking to selling light bulbs over the phone.

In 2005 Deborah married musician Robert Hamaker, and settled in as a full time author. She no longer knows why she bothered with anything else in the first place. She also speaks for the National Alliance of Mental Illness in their In Our Own Voice program, as a result of her own experience with Bipolar Disorder.


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Deborah L. Fruchey I very seldom have a 'reading list,' unless you count books by authors I like which are not yet available. I just sort of amble through what's up and…moreI very seldom have a 'reading list,' unless you count books by authors I like which are not yet available. I just sort of amble through what's up and what sounds interesting and pick something. When I find an author I like, I go back & read every thing they ever put out. When I run out of things to read, I flip through my Kindle to see what books I have picked up cheap or free on Bookbub and not gotten to yet.

So far this summer, I was looking forward to 'Indigo' (Charlaine Harris), 'Down Among the Sticks & Bones' (Seanan McGuire, my very favorite for the last few years), and the newest Jane Yellowrock. I just recently discovered a writer (via Amazon's Fantasy listings) called Philip Armstrong. There is apparently another author with this name, but the one I found writes Fantasy (my all-time favorite genre), very long supernatural adventures set in the ancient world. The reframing of both history and myth is fascinating to me. As some of you know, I am creeping up on my own first Fantasy project and I never tire of seeing how other people do it.

Favorite authors include Patricia McKillip (oh, the magic!), Barbara Hambly, Sandra Ingerman (for shamanism), Neil Gaiman, Patricia Briggs, Robin Hobb, Faith Hunter (who I mentioned vis a vis Jane Yellowrock), Rowling (need I say? I also love her mysteries as Robert Galbraith), Ilona Andrews, Jim Butcher, Vera Nazarian, Lynn Flewelling, China Mieville (sheer genius!), and many others. I read constantly (as in, every night for hours) and probably also take in a fair amount of middling to junk fiction. It is just as important, however, for a writer to know how NOT to do it!(less)
Deborah L. Fruchey In one sense, I no longer have writer's block. I belonged to a weekly writer's group for several years, where we received prompts and wrote for timed…moreIn one sense, I no longer have writer's block. I belonged to a weekly writer's group for several years, where we received prompts and wrote for timed periods, 10 or 20 minutes usually. And I learned that no matter how tired or uninspired I felt at the beginning of the evening, I could always find something inside me. Sometimes my best stuff came out on the evenings when I felt I had nothing to say. So I have learned that I can sit down and write SOMETHING any time I want.

However, writing SOMETHING is different than writing a very specific thing. I may not be able to come up with a poem on command (though that is sometimes possible). And I certainly can't force a novel into being. A lot of very complex things have to migrate together and join into a web to make a novel work, so I can get very stuck there. Right now I am trying to put together a new novel that is taking a very long time to coalesce. The basic premises are sound, but plotting is my weakness. This time I have decided to make a plot outline ahead of time instead of going by the seat of my pants - and the process is mountainous for me. Luckily I have found a great online course about the art of story structure that will make it all a bit more comprehensible.(less)
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A Scandalous Creature

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The Unwilling Heiress

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Priestess of Secrets

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I've been a little under the weather and could not answer my author question last week, and poof! It's gone! The question, if I remember correctly, was what imaginary or literary world I would like to be part of and what I would do there.

No doubt, I would wander immediately into the World of October Daye, from Seanan McGuire's fascinating series. My job would probably be working at that elusive... Read more of this blog post »
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