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About Deborah Raney
FROM THE AUTHOR: I went from full-time stay-at-home mom for 20-plus years to full-time author. My passion is my family--my husband and I have four kids and ten 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 forty books and contributed to several anthologies. My first love is fiction. The third and final book of my Chandler Sisters Novels series just released, and much of my backlist is being re-released via Raney Day Press.
A typical writing day for me begins early--usually 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 when we had four kids at home! When my writing time begins mid-morning, I have a routine that sets the stage: 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 porch where the deer, birds, squirrels, groundhogs, raccoons, and bunnies provide inspiration and entertainment.
My husband and I enjoy movies, but believe it or not, my first choice of entertainment is still READING! As much as I enjoy the actual process of writing, I am an extrovert by nature, and doubt I'd have lasted 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 whenever Ken and I teach at conferences around the country.
Probably the most exciting event in my writing life so far was having my first novel made into a movie by World Wide Pictures. Certainly a dream come true for any author, and I feel blessed beyond words to still get to be doing what I love as my day job.
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Originally published by Steeple Hill in 2007.
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Bridges is quintessential Deborah Raney: small town charm, a gentle, compelling love story, and enchanting secondary characters.
~Tamera Alexander, bestselling author of Colors of Truth
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