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  1. Tell us a little about the novel.

The novel is about a 12 year old boy who was raised in a senior citizen home.  His widowed mom is the cook there so they get a free apartment. Jaz has thrift store clothes, no electronic games, and no friends under the age of seventy.  He considers his life uber-lame.

About the time he inherits his paternal grandparent’s farm, he also learns his mom kept a secret from him – his dad didn’t really die, but disappeared.

When Jaz and his mom move to the farm, Jaz begins finding strange things with inexplicable properties. But it’s when he finds an ancient stone tablet covered in strange symbols that he learns all the weirdness is connected to his missing dad.

Jaz and his new friends have to solve the mystery of tablet to locate six magic stones. If they do, they can open a portal to the world where his dad is captive; if not, he’ll not just lose his dad forever – he could lose his life as well.

  1. Where did the idea/inspiration come from?

The inspiration for the book was my grandchildren. I wrote because I wanted them to learn to love reading – particularly the boys.

  1. Tell us about you

I am a women in my upper 50s, married for 26 years, with three children and seven grandchildren. I have been a writer of some sort all my life – grant writer, journalist, communications, public relations, etc.  This is my first novel, but Jaz already has a part II MS complete and ready to go. I have one other WIP.

My plans are to retire and write full time.

  1. Where and when do you write:

I prefer to utilize my vacation time to write. My favorite place is to go to the Gulf side of Florida and sit on a balcony and write. With a view of the Gulf and the sea air, my fingers can hardly keep up with my thoughts!

  1. What are you working on right now?

In addition to polishing Jaz (I went back and completely rewrote it 1st person POV), I’m writing a book about a twelve-year-old city boy who is forced to move with his mother to the Kentucky mountains – off the grid –  to live with his great-grandmother in the deep mountains where his family has always lived. There, he sees the ghost of an ancestor – an eight-year-old slave boy who was killed by civil war soldiers while hiding stolen gold. But someone else is looking for it too, and the MC suspects he’s killed once already to protect his secret. The MC must find the body of the slave boy and the gold before the killer eliminates him as well.

  1. What are your favorite books?

My favorite books vary.  I like mysteries, I like ghost stories, I like supernatural and I like books that make me laugh. I tend to read series a lot.

For laughs, I enjoy the Hap and Leonard series by Joe R. Lansdale, and the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. I am pretty sure I’ve read everything Stephen King ever wrote, with The Stand being my all-time favorite. My forever favorite author will be Terry Pratchett – LOVED his stuff and really miss checking to see what new stuff is coming. And one single mystery book I loved was The Eight, by Katherine Neville.

  1. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Energize. I’m always geeked when I finish a scene or think of a really cook twist, then get it written.

  1. What was the first book to make you cry?

The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton.  As a kid, I read that book so many times I think I could have recited it word for word back then.


Deb Drick @DebDrickdeb 7-17

Deb Drick is a mother of three and grandmother of seven. She is having the time of her life learning all about writing novels, and began writing for middle grade audiences to encourage her grandchildren to read.

When Deb isn’t working as Executive Director of G1NBC Livingston County, she loves to garden and travel with her husband of 26 years.

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