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Welcome Deborah Raney, author of Home to Chicory Lane, to Author Spotlight! Leave a comment below for the chance to win a copy of Home to Chicory Lane!

Deborah RaneyWhat is the smartest writing advice you ever got?

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a hundred times: Nothing can happen until you put your butt in the chair and keep it there until the book is finished!

What was your biggest break?

My first novel, A Vow to Cherish, was the inspiration for the acclaimed film of the same title from Billy Graham’s World Wide Pictures. I’m certain that event has everything to do with the fact that I was able to continue getting writing contracts despite unremarkable sales of my early novels.

My great adventure has been…

My truly great adventure in life has been being a wife, mommy, and now “Mimi.” My mom was a stay-at-home mom who made her job look like the most wonderful adventure the world had to offer, so that became my dream from early childhood—to have a big family, and stay home full-time with my children. There was a rather high cost to pay financially because we live in a world where it’s increasingly hard for families to make it on one income. But I will never regret one “thing” that we gave up in order for me to stay home. We lived in a small duplex and things were pretty cozy with four kids, but I got to live my dream, and I’m so grateful. I’m also grateful that God gave me this “next thing” to do—writing—or I think I would have been quite adrift when our kids started leaving home. I love writing, and teaching at conferences, and it’s a wonderful life I’ve been given, but those years our kids were growing up were the best adventure of all.

If I could go anywhere, it would be…

I have a deep longing to visit Europe and especially York, England, where my great-great-grandparents came from. My maternal grandfather, my mother, and my sister have all stood in the doorway of the house where my great-great-grandfather lived as a child before coming to America by boat. His future wife did the same, from England and they grew up to marry in the U.S. Our son lives in Berlin, and we so want to make our trip to Europe while he is still there to serve as a tour guide for us, but right now it’s simply not in the budget. But someday . . . Someday . . . .

Describe yourself in one word:


If your house were on fire, what one thing would you save?

That’s easy: my laptop. All my photos are there, all my correspondence with family and friends, all my important information, all my novels, pretty much my whole life is on this hunk of steel!

What drives you to succeed?

Deadlines and paychecks. Seriously.

Best Surprise:

This past spring I was missing our grown kids and grandkids so badly it was akin to a physical homesickness. My two daughters conspired and surprised me, driving almost 10 hours to arrive at our house at 1:30 in the morning on Mother’s Day weekend with three of our grandsons in tow. It was exactly the cure for what ailed me and I’ll never forget their thoughtfulness and sacrifices to make that happen!

Best Saturday Afternoon Read:Home to Chicory Lane

Anything by Robin Lee Hatcher or Susan Meissner. If I wasn’t her critique partner, Tamera Alexander is another one I’d choose to read on a weekend afternoon.

Best Forgotten Custom:

Not exactly forgotten, but sadly given up. My hubby and I used to buy peanut butter twists and glazed donuts from the local donut shop every Saturday morning without fail. Sadly, when the scales started inching up, we had to give up that custom.

Best Indulgence:

King-size Butterfingers!

Best Advice:

Don’t sweat the small stuff. And consider almost everything to be small stuff.

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