Interview: Deborah Malone

Deborah Malone has worked as a freelance writer and photographer since 2001. Her writing is featured in “Tales of the Rails” edited by Olin Jackson. She has also had a showing of her photographs at Floyd Medical Center Art Gallery.

Enjoy learning more about her.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?

I’m born and raised a Southerner. I live in the North Georgia Mountains about 80 miles north of Atlanta. I’ve always loved to read and I remember trying to write a book when I was about thirteen, but never finished it. I’ve been writing seriously since 2001 when I started writing for “Georgia Backroads” a historic magazine. I started writing on my first novel about 2005.

Tell us about your latest book or blog. What do you hope readers take away from it?

My debut novel is a cozy mystery Death in Dahlonega. I hope that people can sit down after a hard day at work or a stressful day with the kids and let the characters take them away on an adventure for a little while. There are not any deep lessons to be learned, but Trixie is struggling with trust after she’s been through a difficult divorce and her friend Dee Dee helps her through some tough times. Trixie’s favorite verse for this book is Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

Book you’re currently reading?

I’m reading Dr. Mabry’s Medical Error. I’ve read several of his books and I like all of them.

If you’re a blogger, how often do you update it, and what types of things do you cover?

I do blog, but I don’t post very often. I like to have at least one or two giveaways and/or an interview. I’ve read many books doing this and it has opened my reading world to many other genres that I would not have read otherwise. I enjoy pretty much all genres now.

Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?

I’m working on my second and third book in the Trixie Montgomery Cozy Mystery series. The next one will be Murder in Marietta and the third one is Terror on Tybee Island. Sometime I’d like to try a different genre, maybe romantic suspense or contemporary Southern fiction.

What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

I have two favorite books – To Kill a Mockingbird and Gone with the Wind.

In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?

If someone is happy with their writing – weather they are published or not, then they are successful. It’s a growing process on the journey to publication and even marketing afterwards, so as long as your growing then you are making progress. Never give up!

Where can we learn more about you?

My website is I love to hear from my readers.

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