Interview with Deborah Raney & GIVEAWAY

DEBORAH RANEY’s first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Her books have since won the RITA Award, ACFW Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers’ Choice Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. Home to Chicory Lane, first in Deb’s new Chicory Inn Novels series from Abingdon Press just released. Deb and her husband, Ken Raney, enjoy life in Kansas. They have four children and five small grandchildren, who all live much too far away.


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Welcome back to the blog, Deborah. I’m so excited to have you visit us. Congrats on your new release, Home At Last.

Which character from Home at Last would you say you’re most excited for the readers to meet? And why?

Link Whitman, the only remaining son of Grant and Audrey, has kind of remained in the shadows in the first four books, and I think readers will enjoy getting to know him, but more than that, I’m excited for them to meet Shayla, the girl Link is falling in love with. Shay has had a difficult life, losing her mom, watching her brother go off to jail, then being saddled with his young daughter, Portia, to raise. Shayla doesn’t realize that God has had His hand on her through it all, and that deep love is about to capture her heart—God’s love, Link’s love, and a shared love for a little girl who desperately needs a family.

What did you learn from the Whitman family throughout writing this series?

All through writing this entire series, I’ve tried to keep the Whitmans real. To not make them too perfect, to show that even with their faults, they are loveable and God can use them. This book reminded me of the strength that is found in the family. And how God intended the family to be a place of healing, of love, and of building each other up. Having lost my mom in October this year, I’ve been preciously reminded that the things she taught me didn’t die with her, but became even more a part of me and my brother and sisters. I love that I have the privilege of leaving a similar legacy for my kids and grandkids. And that we have eternity to rejoice in that.

I’m so sorry to hear about your mom, Deborah. Sounds like she was a very special lady.

Which story in the Chicory Inn series proved to be the most challenging to write and why?

I think Another Way Home was probably the one that required the most research, the most angst as I tried to figure out happy endings for everyone (impossible to do, unfortunately, though satisfying endings work too.) Adoption is such an emotional and potentially volatile issue, and I wanted to handle it respectfully and realistically. It is a part of my own family in numerous ways, starting with my grandparents who adopted a niece and nephew and raised them as their own after their parents were killed in a house fire. Adoptions have continued with each generation of my extended family, and it’s been a blessing in each case.

What’s something your readers would be surprised to know about you?

They may not know that our four children are spread out over three decades. I gave birth to our oldest in the 1970s, our two middle kids in the 1980s, and our youngest in the 1990s! (It runs in the family, as my mom’s baby brother was born while she was in college, so I have an uncle who is only 4 years older than I.) That span between births meant that we had children living under our roof for almost thirty-three years! No wonder we are so enjoying our empty nest years! 😉

Do you have a word of advice for aspiring writers still on the edge of jumping in to publication?

Never give up! God’s timing is never off. He is never too early, never too late. Our job is just to do what He’s called us to do and be ready when He says “go!” That’s been true throughout my career, to the point that I’ve quit freaking out when it seems like something “fell through” or didn’t happen as I thought it should. Always, always, the future proves that God knew what He was doing all along. I’m finally, 22 years after I began writing, beginning to trust Him in ALL things! (Yes, I’m a slow learner.)

Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?

I can’t remember a time in my career when I had more going on! The final Chicory Inn novel just released, I’m just finishing the first book in a new Guidepost series called The Society of Second Chances, set in Kentucky. After that, I’ll be back to work on a project that has been on hiatus for a few months, a new three-book series, The Chandler Sisters series, set back in Missouri where the Chicory Inn Novels (and several other of my books) took place. In addition to all that, I’m working with my husband’s Raney Day Press to get my older novels back in print with new Ken Raney-designed book covers. I love the lineup of book covers he’s designed for me so far!

Yes, they’re beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing, Deborah. Have a great 2017!!


Deborah has graciously offered to give away a copy of the newest Chicory Inn novel, Home at Last, to one lucky reader. Enter below and it could be YOU! 😉

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Thanks for entering! Contest is open only in the U.S. and ends February 14, 2017.  The winners will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody! 😉









48 comments on “Interview with Deborah Raney & GIVEAWAY
  1. Joan Arning says:

    I just read Rescue Me by Susan May Warren. I’d like to meet Sam!

  2. Bonnie Roof says:

    Thanks for the interesting interview and giveaway opportunity, Deborah and Savanna!! I enjoyed learning more about Deborah and her writing.

    I’d love to meet any of the characters in Julie Lessman’s books – always lots of family warmth, drama, inspiration, and laughs too!!

    Shared post on Facebook.

  3. Susan Zollmann says:

    I would enjoy meeting Elizabeth Bennett from Pride & Prejudice

  4. Tonya Robinette says:

    I would love to have lunch with Aunt Bitsy from Jennifer Beckstrand’s Honeybee Sisters series. That would definitely be a hoot! She is quite a character.

  5. Julie B says:

    Jo- from Little Women

  6. Lucy Reynolds says:

    I would like to meet at least one person in each book I read. I’m reading Life After by Katie Ganshert right now, so I would like to meet Autumn Manning.

  7. Perrianne Askew says:

    I can’t think of a fictional character, but I’d bet that you would be fun to lunch with.

  8. Melanie Backus says:

    I would like to have lunch with Melanie from Gone With the Wind.

  9. Cathy says:

    My first thought for a very interesting but not necessarily relaxing lunch would be Scarlett from Gone With The Wind.

  10. Anne L. Rightler says:

    I would like to lunch with Lucy and Susan from The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe. Thx for the interview. I really enjoyed it.

  11. I have taught TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD most of the 23 years I’ve been an English teacher and love it new every time! I would want to have lunch with Scout Finch, but as an adult. — Savannah, did you know Deborah Raney will be presenting at the All Write Now! Conference in Cape Giraradeau, MO, in July? I just found out last night. My publisher organizes the conference. You could probably squeeze in a trip to one of the Civil War battle fields on this side of the state, too. 🙂

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Karen. So glad to see you here. I MUST read that book soon. I feel bad admitting I haven’t yet. 😉

      No, I didn’t know she was coming so close to us. Yay! I’ll have to look up that conference. I definitely would enjoy adding in a little trip to a nearby CW battlefield too. Great idea! 😉

  12. I’d love to meet and have lunch with Ann of Green Gables!

  13. Kim Potter says:

    I would like to meet any of the characters from any of Jen Turano’s books!! There would definitely be plenty of laughs.

  14. Megan says:

    I would love to have lunch with Millie Longfellow from In Good Company!

  15. Edward Arrington says:

    I have enjoyed the entire Chicory Inn series and am getting ready to read Home at Last in the next week or two. Since we already own it, I’m not entering the giveaway.

  16. Joan says:

    I would like to spend time with Maddie from “My Sisters Prayer”

  17. Linda Romer says:

    Max from taking Chances book 2 by Erin Nicholas. Thank you

  18. Dianne Casey says:

    “Home at Last” sounds like a really great read. I haven’t read this series yet, but I plan to read it soon.

  19. Trixi says:

    Ummm, that’s a question that’s kind of like asking an avid reader who their favorite author or book is!! You just can’t possibly narrow it down to ONE…lol! I’d have to say any of the characters I’ve met in all the books I’ve read I’d love to have lunch with…well, except for the bad guys that is. 🙂

    I have Deborah’s “Another Way Home” & “Close to Home” so I’d love to add this one to my collection. Thanks for the wonderful author interview Savannah & giveaway chance, blessings!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Haha, yeah, pretty much! I love all the unique answers here, but especially yours, Trixi. 🙂

      I hope you get to add to your collection as well. Good luck!

  20. Charlotte says:

    Annie Dawson from the Annie’s Attic Mystery Series, a series about the same characters solving mysteries of items found in cleaning out her Grandmother’s Attic after inheriting her house. Each book written by different authors although some authors have written more than one. It is interesting how each have brought the stories along and kept the same themes going.

  21. Sonnetta Jones says:

    I would love to meet Aramis from The Three Musketeers series.

  22. Caryl Kane says:

    I’d love to have lunch with Ty Porter.

    Savanna, thank you for the wonderful interview with Deb.

  23. Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog, Savanna. I loved hearing everyone’s comments and got some great new titles to add to my TBR list!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      So glad you could stop by, Deborah. Blessings on your writing. Let me know next time you swing by southern Missouri. Maybe we could meet up for lunch or something. 😉

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