DEBORAH RANEY's first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and launched Deb’s writing career. Twenty years later, thirty books, and numerous awards later, she's still creating stories that touch hearts and lives. Her awards include RWA's RITA Award, ACFW's Carol Award, the National Readers Choice Award, and the HOLT Medallion. Deborah is also a three-time Christy Award finalist. She and husband, Ken Raney, traded small-town life in Kansas for life in the friendly city of Wichita. They love traveling to visit four grown children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away. Find out more about Deb’s newest releases at www.deborahraney.com.
FROM THE AUTHOR: I went from full-time stay-at-home mom for 20 years to full-time author. My passion is my family—my husband and I have four kids and seven darling grandkids...and counting! But since, if a mom does her job right, she eventually puts herself OUT of a job, I'm delighted to have discovered my next career.
I have written more than thirty books, have two non-fiction books published, and contributed to several anthologies, as well as writing magazine articles. But my first love is fiction. The fifth and final book in my Chicory Inn Novels series for Abingdon Press released in February 2017, and besides re-releasing my backlist through Raney Day Press, I currently have a new three-book series in the works with a traditional publisher.
A typical writing day for me begins early—often before 6 a.m.—with the business side of things: answering e-mail and reader mail, updating my website, writing blog posts, reading for research. Our routine is much quieter now than it was when we had four kids at home. When my writing time begins mid-morning, I have a routine that sets the stage, starting with lighting scented candles, choosing music to write by, and brewing a perfect cup of coffee. I have a cozy office that looks out over our front yard, but I often take my laptop out to the back deck where the birds, squirrels, ducks, geese, bunnies, and an occasional egret (or even a rare coywolf or deer!) provide entertainment.
My husband and I enjoy movies, but believe it or not, my first choice of activities for the evening is READING—a great novel, of course! As much as I enjoy the actual process of writing, I am an extrovert by nature, and doubt I'd last long in this business were it not for the company of several wonderful online writers' groups, connecting with other authors at retreats and conventions, and meeting aspiring writers when my husband and I teach at conferences around the country.
Probably the most exciting event in my writing life so far was when my first novel was made into a movie by World Wide Pictures. Certainly a dream come true, and I feel blessed beyond words to still get to be doing what I love as my day job.