“I’m a Texan, born and bred…Texans tell stories with honesty and from the heart.”
A member of the Writers’ League of Texas, since January, Debbie Fleitman lives in Gainesville, TX.
Debbie Fleitman: My first book is nonfiction. Life after the Storm is a book about a family who survived the Joplin tornado. Presently, I am writing a novel that is set in the 1960s.
Scribe: What authors would you like to have coffee or a beer with and which beverage?
DF: I always wanted to have coffee with Harper Lee because To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book. Her writing transcends time and place—it is a masterpiece.
Scribe: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want to have with you to keep you sane?
DF: The Bible—it encompasses almost every genre and literary aspect of a good book. It provides wisdom, inspiration, conflict, death, suspense, dynamic characters and unbelievable acts (miracles, the supernatural). It is the complete package.
Scribe: What have you learned from your association with the Writers’ League?
DF: The Writers’ League provides helpful workshops and seminars at different venues that enable any author to hone his/her writing skills and reinforce the concepts that make a good writer.
Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future?
DF: I want to complete and publish the novel I’m currently writing. Like other writers, I have many stories swimming around in my head. It would be wonderful to have one of my books made into a movie.
Scribe: Here at the Writers’ League, we love sharing book recommendations. What’s one Texas-related book that has come out within the past year that you couldn’t put down?
DF: Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir is a must for all writers. I’ve been a fan of hers since The Liars’ Club. She tells the honest truth without the frills on how difficult and wonderful the art of writing is. She exposes every layer of herself and makes the reader feel like she is talking directly to you. She expounds greatly about finding your “voice.” Her advice has been profoundly valuable to me.
Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for blatant self-promotion!
DF: I’m a Texan, born and bred, and feel Texas is definitely God’s country. Texans tell stories with honesty and from the heart. I feel like I’m still a novice in the writing world and want to network with other writers.