Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Long Island Authors Group, and the Cat Writers’ Association. Her novels include a paranormal romance, standalone mysteries, the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series, and a romantic comedy novella. Debbie has also written a non-fiction cat book and a time-travel novel. She’s contributed to several Red Penguin Collection anthologies and their Bloom Literary Journal. She also writes for Catster Magazine. Debbie lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and three cats.
What inspires you to write?
Everything inspires me — books I've read, TV shows, the news, my memories, my cats, people I've known, all my experiences, my dreams, etc.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I first started writing, I created plots and outlines before I began writing. Then I became more of a pantster and only created character outlines as I wrote. Now I'm trying to outline a bit more but still keep the flexibility of changing scenes and characters as I write. I sometimes don't know the killer until close to the end of the book, and I sometimes kill off a character I'd never planned to do when I started.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don't talk to my characters, but I do "hear" what they're saying and what they want me to do. I get along better with some characters than others, and they all take on their own personalities and roles in my books.
Who are your favorite authors?
When I was younger, I was very into gothic romance and authors such as Phyllis Whitney, Victoria Holt, and Barbara Michaels. I then went through a period of devouring cat cozy mysteries by authors (some of whom I met through the Cat Writers' Association), Carole Nelson Douglas (Midnight Louie mysteries), Shirley Murphy (Joe Grey mysteries), Lillian Jackson Braun (Cat Who), Rita Mae Brown (Sneaky Pie mysteries). Now I read a variety of authors, both famous and Indie. I'm a big fan of Nora Roberts, her standalones, trilogies, and her J.D. Robb series. I like psychological mysteries. I enjoyed Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight, The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley, and the Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware. I also like paranormal and time-travel tales such as The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I've also enjoyed some historical mysteries and fiction.
What genres do you write?
paranormal romance, mystery, Cozy mystery, pschological thriller, romantic comedy, science fiction
How did you choose the genre(s) you write?
While I write several genres, I prefer writing mysteries because those are the books I enjoy reading from cozies to psychological thrillers. I also like to try reading and writing different genres and authors.
What three things are on your writing desk at any given moment?
Coffee cup, pens, pads, dictionary/thesaurus, and, of course, computer.
What hobbies do you have when you need a break from writing?
Running, Exercise videos, playing with my cats, reading, and watching TV
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook
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