Debbie Peterson’s Author Inspiration
Way back when, a hundred million years ago or so (okay, maybe not that far back) I had an elementary school teacher challenge the class to read as many books as we could during the school year. In conjunction with reading each book, we would also need to write a report that would give the class a brief synopsis. The winner of her contest would receive a gorgeous, white photo album and I wanted to win it! So, I started reading.
Miss Redd, this wonderful teacher who unwittingly fed my love of reading, had a shelf of books at the back of the room. I vividly remember that she had the entire set of Nancy Drew’s to date, but there were other books as well. It didn’t take me any time at all to get through the ones I wanted to read.
Now before I go any further, I must also confess a lifelong love of fairytales, romance, and happily-ever-after stories. So, after finishing the last book I wanted to read on that school room shelf, I asked my Aunt Karen if she could recommend a book or two that I could read next. Without any hesitation whatsoever she said, “Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.” I had them both checked out of the library and in my hand the very next day.
I loved them, so thank you very much Charlotte Brontë for opening up a whole new world for me! After reading those books, I discovered Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt. I spent endless afternoon hours and weekends lost in their stories. Not only did I love them, they fed my imagination. The simple stories I made up (and acted out) during my childhood, suddenly became far more complex.
Other authors and a ton of other books would follow, but for me, Charlotte, Mary and Victoria have probably influenced my writing far more than any other, because they gave me my foundation.
By the way? I won that beautiful white photo album…
COURT OF THE HAWK
Epigraphist Dr. Essie DeSpencer travels to an ancient Welsh castle in order to decipher an Ogham inscription discovered by the handsome and enigmatic, Garreth ap Daffyd. But the journey is not what she expects. She doesn’t plan to fall for the Lord of the castle, or to find herself deeply entrenched in legends, myths, and magic. Real legends, and real magic, that have devastating consequences.
Garreth didn’t plan for Essie to stay any longer than it took her to decipher the pictograph. Instead, he finds himself falling in love for the first time in his very long life. Now the Lord of
Llys y Gwalch must find a way to attain the heart of his soul mate and keep her safe from the dangers that threaten them both.
Lowri ambushed them the moment they entered the hall, just as he expected. A mountain of food followed. Garreth then waded through endless hours of unnecessary fuss and repeated explanations. All throughout the tiresome episode, Essie avoided his gaze. Finally, he had enough.
Garreth rose to his feet, strode across the room, took hold of her hand, and all but yanked her to her feet despite the ongoing conversation. He swept his gaze about the suddenly silent room. “Excuse us please.” Though he didn’t really care if they excused him or not.
No one uttered a word as they vacated the room. Garreth led her to the side door of the castle. He escorted her outside to the garden, and over to a comfortable curved bench beneath the shelter of the trees. This particular area would give them the privacy he sought
“This isn’t necessary, Garreth,” she said as he sat down beside her.
He ignored the comment. “What troubles you the most, Essie? My insignificant title that no one ever bothered to mention? My association with the Tylwyth Teg? Or is it my past relationship with Nia?”
She shook her head and looked away. “Your title and your relationships are none of my business, Garreth.”
He claimed her stubborn chin, forcing her to meet his gaze. “Now how is that fair, when I’ve made the details of your life and any future relationship you might have, mine?”
Debbie is an author of paranormal and fantasy romance because she has a soft spot for fairy tales, the joy of falling in love, making an impossible love possible, and happily ever after endings. She loves music, art, beautiful sunrises, sunsets, and thunder storms.
When she is not busy conjuring her latest novel, Debbie spends time with the members of her very large family within the lovely, arid deserts of southern Nevada. She also pursues her interests in family history, which she also teaches, mythology, and history.
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