Interview with Debbie Civil, author of Talented

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by Debbie Civil 

Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Published by: Independent (Amazon Digital Services LLC)
Page count: 72

We are talented, and our duty is to protect the town of Westgrove from a destructive enemy.

For two years we have been hunting THEM. That’s right, we don’t know the name of our enemy. All we know is that human energy makes THEM stronger. So, we’ve spent our time patrolling heavily populated areas, to ensure the safety of our town. During a party in a secluded Cabin, everything changes., A human is murdered, and our friends are dragged into the war to protect our territory. More complications arise when a keeper visits Westgrove and informs us of the council’s expectations. Will we obey or go rogue?

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About the author

My name is Debbie Civil and I’m from Brockton Massachusetts. The most important detail about me is that I love literature. In a perfect world, I would live in a library and have unlimited access to tons of novels. I would also include my lucky laptop in the deal, so that I could write adventures. I graduated from Eastern Nazarene College in 2012, with a degree in child and adolescent psychology. My novels focus on the inner turmoil of young adults. I love to write stories about young love and the challenges that the teen couple will face. I also love writing fantasy novels. Aside from reading and writing, I enjoy spending time with friends, family, and my cat Charlie.

My Doodles Ate Me congratulates author Debbie Civil on the release of her book, Talented. Let's welcome her on the blog for an interview with us today. Read on!

1. What inspired you to write the paranormal romance series, Talented?

This series was inspired by one of the dreams I had while in college. I was lucky enough to gain some wonderful friends. I was the only blind kid in my high school. And it was exciting when I made blind friends while attending various programs. One night, I had a dream that all of my blind friends had super powers and saved the world. After talking to one of my friends, I determined that this would make an interesting book.

2. "...a group of blind high school students who are battling an enemy only they can see." Sounds quite intriguing. Can you tell us what kind of research went behind the story?

I interviewed friends and family to learn about things like fashion and makeup. I also watched a makeup tutorial to better understand Sophia’s mother’s profession.

3. Who's your favorite character from the book and why?

My favorite character is Dwayne. He means well but is very misunderstood. And plus, I love his lack of fashion sense.

4. Tell us about some of the learning experiences or biggest challenges you faced throughout the writing and publishing process.

The most difficult part about the writing process was accepting my final manuscript. I always want to change something. I have the habit of second guessing myself. I think that one of the most challenging things in the publishing process is being brave enough to upload your manuscript up to a site like Kindle. Once your work is out there, strangers are able to read and interpret it.

5. Do you get creative blocks or burnouts? How do you get out of those, if and when you do? 

Yes. Whenever I’m unsure of where a book is going, I listen to music. Music has also gotten me through my worse cases of writer’s block.

6. Tell us something personal about you or maybe a quirk that you have that your readers may be surprised to know. 

I like binge watching court shows on Youtube. If I find a case interesting, I send a link to my friends. I love watching Judge Christina, Judge Ross, Judge Karen, Judge Faith, Judge Hatchet, and Judge Judy. But to be honest, I am adding to my favorite list of judges every day.

7. What do you like to do when you are not writing or reading?

I love going to movies, watching court TV, listening to music, going to restaurants, and talking to friends.

8. What's next?

I’m working on publishing the third book in the talented series. The book is called “Alpha.”

9. Lastly, any special thoughts for the readers?

I hope you enjoy my novel. It was really fun to write!

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