Interview with Deborah Raney & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Deborah Raney & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordDEBORAH 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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Savanna:  Welcome to The Engrafted Word, Deborah.  Congratulations on your newest release, Winter Brides. Can you tell us what it was like writing this novella collection along with Denise Hunter and Besty St. Amant? What first inspired A January Bride?

Interview with Deborah Raney & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordDeborah:  A January Bride was first published as Playing by Heart, and was a Christy Award finalist over ten years ago. I updated that novella and expanded it to show Art and Maddie’s wedding, which was so much fun! Since Denise’s and Betsy’s novellas are stand-alones, not connected to my story, we didn’t work together at all during the writing process, but when it came time to market, we had a blast working together to promote the book and get the word out to our readers. We were able to see the book shoot to #2 on the Nook Bestsellers list recently, so that was exciting!

Savanna: How fun! 😉 You’ve won multiple writing awards. What has been one of the greatest lessons and fondest memories from participating in these contests?

Deborah:  I can honestly say that the fondest memories from contests, along with the encouragement it gives me as a writer, are sharing with the other finalists for the award. It’s one of those things where just being a finalist feels like being a winner, and even if I don’t final in a contest, I usually know the authors who did, and it’s a privilege to rejoice along with them because ultimately, we all have the same goals, and wish to bring glory to the same God, so a win for one is a win for all.

Savanna:  With over 25 books to your name, what is one of your favorite covers?

Interview with Deborah Raney & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordDeborah:  I have had a lot of beautiful covers during my career, the ones for A Nest of Sparrows and A Scarlet Cord being two of my favorites. But my favorite cover of all time is the one my husband, Ken Raney, designed for my e-book, Because of the Rain. Red is one of my favorite colors, so that’s one reason I love it, but it also just captures the story so beautifully.

Savanna:  That is so neat Ken designed the cover! I remember getting to chat briefly with you both at the last ACFW conference. It was such a highlight for me! 😉

I loved seeing pictures on your website from your writing space. How beautiful! What music do you like to listen to while you write?

Deborah:  I love listening to movie soundtracks when I write because those pieces were written specifically to enhance a story, not to overpower it. Because of that, soundtracks make fantastic music to write by. A few of my favorite movie soundtrack composers are John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, James Newton Howard, and James Horner. Right now I’m listening to The Tourist by James Newton Howard. GREAT stuff!

Savanna:  What was one of the most memorable books you’ve read this year and why?

Interview with Deborah Raney & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordDeborah:  I would have to say the most memorable have been A Common Life and Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon. I had the privilege of meeting Ms. Karon in September and she is way at the top of my list of favorite authors. I’m currently reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (wanting to finish it before the movie comes out), and I can already tell that it will likely top my list of memorable non-fiction books for the year.

Savanna:  Can you share with us a piece of writing advice that has made a difference in your career?

Deborah:  I’ve heard this from numerous authors and writing teachers, and have found it to be true. If you write about what you are passionate about, readers will catch the passion. So I’ve always tried to write the kind of books I would like to read.

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

Interview with Deborah Raney & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordDeborah: I just finished the third book in the Chicory Inn Novels series and will start work on Book #4 mid-January. I’ve enjoyed this new series about FAMILY so much! I was privileged to have all four of my grandparents until I was in my forties. I’m an oldest-of-five who married an oldest-of-five and we have four kids, and 5 (so far!) grandkids, so family is THE most important thing in the world to me. I love how this new series puts a spotlight on the blessing of family.

Savanna: That’s wonderful, Deborah. What a sweet thing to celebrate in life and in fiction, right? 🙂  Thanks so much for being with us here today.  It’s been great getting to chat with you.  Can’t wait to read more of your work! Have a blessed 2015!

Deborah:  THANK YOU! I enjoyed the interview!

GIVEAWAY!!

Deborah has graciously offered 2 giveaways! One winner will receive a copy of Winter Brides and the other will win a copy of Home to Chicory Lane. Enter below and it could be YOU! 😉

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Thanks for entering! Contest is open only in the U.S. and ends January 27, 2015.  The winners will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody! 😉

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59 comments on “Interview with Deborah Raney & GIVEAWAY
  1. Charlyn says:

    enjoyed reading the interview. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Charlyn says:

    Shared on Facebook and retweeted but don’t know how to get info to put in raffle copter form to get credit.

  3. Joan Arning says:

    Love the interview with Deb! Her writing and decorating are wonderful! As are her Missouri connections! I listen to Christian Contemporary music but don’t really have a favorite right now.

  4. Milissa Jenkins says:

    Love her!!!

  5. Velma Hunsucker says:

    I would love to win a copy of Deborah’s books, particularly Home to Chicory Lane. Thank you for entering me. I enjoyed the interview.
    donvelma@gmail.com

  6. Lori Weller says:

    I enjoyed the interview. Would love to win copies of Deborah’s books. I listen to contemporary Christian music while I work. I listen to the radio so there isn’t any one person it concentrates on. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Yeah, I listen to a lot of different music myself throughout the day as I work around the house. 😉 Thanks for joining us, Lori. Hope you get to read Deborah’s books soon!

  7. Lanna Webb says:

    Best interviewer/interviewee end product I’ve seen in a long time. Thoroughly enjoyed it and actually read every word! lol. Can’t wait to read, read, read!!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      You just made my day, Lanna! 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it. I love sitting down and chatting with great authors like Deborah. Good luck to you in the drawing and happy reading!

  8. Caryl Kane says:

    Hey Savanna! I enjoyed the interview with Deborah. I don’t have a favorite song. I do enjoy Bethel Worship and Misty Edwards.

    I would love to read Winter Brides.

    I follow and subscribe.

    psalm103and138[at]gmail[dot]com

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Thanks for visiting us, Caryl! I’ve not heard of the ones you mentioned, but I’ll have to check them out. 😉 Glad you enjoyed the interview. It’s always nice to have you stop by!

  9. Merry says:

    I dont have a favorite song, but I do like to sing praise songs out loud to myself.

  10. Edward Arrington says:

    I used to listen to Southern Gospel music while I was working but I enjoy the music so much that it distracts me from my work. I keep CDs in both our vehicles so I can listen while I drive.

  11. Sharon Timmer says:

    My favorite song to listen to while I work is Amazing Grace

  12. Bonnie Roof says:

    I listen to Christian music most of the time – a couple of my fave songs are There is Healing in His Hands and In the Presence of Jehovah, and some of my fave artists are The Collingsworth Family, Da’maris, and The Heritage Singers.

  13. Jordann says:

    I love listening to the old hymns!

  14. Kathryn Voss says:

    I love listening to hymns. It doesn’t really matter which one, just a song that praises God!

  15. Jennifer Essad says:

    I play my favorites, Van Morrison, the Corrs, Train, Carole King

  16. I have a copy of Deborah Raney’s Home to Chicory Lane and would like to win a print copy of Winter Brides. My favorite worship song is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o0bARRMYQ8 I Worship You, Almighty God written by Sondra Corbett Wood. I follow and subscribe to your website blog. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  17. Loraine N. says:

    I usually listen to smooth jazz when I am working, but I may have to give movie soundtracks a try. Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Sonnetta Jones says:

    I sometimes choose books to read based on the covers. The cover has to say something to me so that I can find out what the book is about.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I do the same thing sometimes, Sonnetta. It’s hard not to be drawn into a beautiful book by its cover. 😉 Thanks for stopping by! Good luck in the drawing!

  19. Brenda Arrington says:

    I enjoy good music but don’t typically listen to it while I work.

  20. Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Savanna. It was such a fun interview!
    Loraine, smooth jazz is my second favorite kind of music to listen to while reading or writing. Sonnetta, the cover is very important to me too! That’s the main reason I still prefer paper books over e-books because I often turn back to look at the cover in the middle of reading a chapter.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I’m SO happy to have you here, Deborah! 😉 And I’m like you… I often enjoy looking back at the cover while I’m reading. I miss that so much with my kindle. Have a great day and thanks for the great giveaways!

  21. Britney Adams says:

    Thank you for sharing a great interview and giveaway opportunity! I would love to win one of Deb’s books! I enjoy listening to music when I am cooking, but don’t have a favorite song.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I LOVE listening to music while I’m cooking too, Britney. My hubby always shuts the door to his office when I start cooking and turn up the music. He’s not a fan of Michael Buble or Dean Martin like I am. 😉 Good luck in the drawing!

  22. Deanna S says:

    I enjoy listening to I Can Only Imagine and other Christian songs.
    We always have the radio on in the car.. dkstevensne AToutlookDoTCOm

  23. Robin Bunting says:

    As always, a super interview. Would love to win either of these books. Thank you for giving me a chance to do so.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      You make me smile, Robin! 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoy the interviews. We always enjoy having your company here. 😉 Hope you get to read one of Deborah’s books soon!

  24. MS Barb says:

    Usually it’s one of the old Gaither songs on youtube, such as: I’ve Never Been this Homesick Before, Gone, Leaving on My Mind; Just a Little Talk w/ Jesus; Rivers of Joy; Said I wasn’t gonna Tell Nobody; Lead Me to that Rock….and I could go on!

  25. Trixi O. says:

    I only listen to Christian music on Klove & I have it playing softly in the background in my living room all day. I think it invites the Lord’s Spirit to dwell in our house and brings peace 🙂 I have so many favorite songs so it’s hard to name just one. For me, worship is one channel that God uses to speak to me & it brings me closer to Him. I loved reading about all the 5’s in your interview Deborah (“I’m an oldest-of-five who married an oldest-of-five and we have four kids, and 5 (so far!) grandkids”), sounds like God has a special number for your family 🙂 And how much love I can sense you all have for one another! Such a blessing. Thanks for taking time to come share with us today & for a chance to win a copy of your books. Savanna your blog, as always is such a joy to read. Great authors writing about people and places they love with sprinklings of God’s love throughout their books! Many blessings to you & yours for you both.

  26. Kris M says:

    I usually just listen to the local Christian radio station. But, a lot of the time it stays quiet so my son can concentrate and do his work (he’s homeschooled). But I love when he is working hard and I can steal a few minutes to read – I love Deborah’s books!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I understand, Kris! I was homeschooled myself and had to have it quiet while I worked. 😉 What a special season you’re in to be teaching your son from home. May this time be a blessed time for your family!

      We’re glad you could stop by. Hope you get read to read more of Deborah’s books soon!

  27. Lillian says:

    I love listening to Christian music while I work. I lifts my spirit and makes work more enjoyable.

  28. Valorie M. says:

    I can’t download the giveaway; is it closed?

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I’m sorry, Valorie. You’re right, the contest is still open through today. I’ve been having a couple problems with Rafflecopter for this giveaway. I can manually enter your entries for you. A comment gets you 3 entries. Let me know if you share the link or follow my FB or Twitter pages and I’ll give you even more. Thanks! And sorry for the hassle. 😉

      • Valorie M. says:

        No worries! Okay I shared on twitter and fb.
        I would love to read some clean fiction; My whole adult life I have done so much self.help reading that I’d like to get back to something requiring less extreme Soul Work!)
        As for me, I get lost in the music and have a hard time getting anything done, unless the music IS what I’m getting done!
        Most recently I have been speaking the life of these songs into the barren places of my marriage, family, dreams, emotions.
        Amanda Cook: You Make Me Brave, Lauren Daigle: Dry BOnes (Come Alive) and Brian/Katie Torwalt, Shores “All depression washed away On the shores of your great love; And let addiction and all shame…Freedome take hold of my heart”
        Be laid down at your feet; Come awake, awake my soul..”

        • Savanna Savanna says:

          Thanks for sharing, Valorie. I’m thrilled you’re here. And I hope we can get some new books in your hands soon as well. 😉 Those are some great songs you mentioned too. Have a blessed week. And thanks again for stopping by. I’ll make sure you get your extra entries. 😉

  29. Thanks again for hosting me, Savanna! And thanks for all the comments and encouraging words. Congrats to the winners! Your books will go in the mail soon!

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