“I would most like to have a drink with Harlan Coben so that I could ask him where he got the knack for his ingenious ability to mix storytelling with a searing critique of human frailties and toss it all into a mystery.”
A member of the Writers’ League of Texas since August, Deborah Reardon lives in Dallas, TX.
Deborah Reardon: My primary genre is mystery/thriller; however, I’m keenly focused on dusting off my first novel, which is literary fiction.
Scribe: What author would you most like to have a drink with, and what’s the first question you would ask them?
DR: I would most like to have a drink with Harlan Coben so that I could ask him where he got the knack for his ingenious ability to mix storytelling with a searing critique of human frailties and toss it all into a mystery.
Scribe: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want to have with you to keep you sane?
DR: I’d pick Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple, in large measure for its sheer hilarity and sparkly prose. Similar to watching Gilligan’s Island re-runs over and over, or like rubbernecking after a roadway accident, I’d get to take my mind off my own woes by nibbling at Bernadette’s disaster.
Logically some survival guide or self-help book makes the most sense . . . maybe even a read like Wild by Cheryl Strayed in order to learn what not to do when one gets off the beaten path.
Scribe: What have you learned from your association with the Writers’ League?
DR: Since I’ve only just begun my journey with the Writers’ League, I’m excited to find out what’s happening with statewide library events and classes for Dallas-ites in order to learn from my disappointments and successes as an author. [Editor’s note: With the launch of our online classes, writers everywhere can access our top-notch classes. Visit our website for more info.]
Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future?
DR: I visualize my writing taking me to a notable agent, who helps me achieve that next level as a published author regardless of genre.
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?
DR: Since I often bring home books from my fellow authors, The South of Good by Randall Reneau—with whom I shared the book room at the 2016 Wimberley Book Festival—was very well received and gobbled up by my husband in days. [Editor’s note: Randall Reneau will be signing at the Writers’ League book at the Texas Book Festival. Find the full signing schedule here.]
Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for blatant self-promotion!
DR: I am a National Indie finalist and an Amazon bestseller, which I’m sure pales in comparison to many acclaimed Writers’ League authors, but I am proud of the forward progress. I’m the author of Blue Suede Shoes, and you can find me online at http://www.deborahreardon.com.
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