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Author Talk: May 2006

Read all about romance writer Debbie Macomber in an in-depth interview!

On Writing and Reading...

What do you love most about being a writer?
Having written. The writing process is sometimes overwhelming, but I really do love it when a project is finished, edited and ready to hit the shelves. That's a tremendous feeling.

What do you like least about being a writer?
Filling out credit applications and explaining that I'm self-employed.

On Romance...

Describe the ultimate romantic meal.
Any meal that I didn't have to cook.

What is your all-time favorite romantic movie?
You've Got Mail.

What is the most romantic gesture or gift you have received?
For my 50th birthday, my daughter commissioned a special painting for me by a local artist. The artist used our family's names throughout the scene on storefronts and elsewhere. What a fabulous gift --- one I will long treasure.

All About me...

Besides writing, what other talent would you most like to have?
I wish I was persuasive enough to talk my three-year-old granddaughter into taking a nap.

Who is someone you admire and why?
My parents, because they've maintained their love and commitment to each other for 55 years.

Do you have a good luck charm or superstition?
Nope, I believe we each create our own good luck.

Share one of your favorite indulgences with us.
I have a lot of indulgences, but one of my favorites is my quiet time each weekday morning. I sit in my kitchen with my coffee, my Bible and my journal and watch the sun come up over the Seattle skyline. It's often pink and gold and always glorious.

So often I find myself rushing in the morning, eager to get out the door for one reason or another, but when I take this time, I feel as if God's smiling down on this day, blessing it, blessing me.

What quality do you most admire in a man?

What is the one thing you've always wanted to do, but never had the courage to try?
For three years my oldest son was an Airborne Ranger. He often described what it was like to parachute from a plane and made the experience sound incredible. I'd never have the courage to actually do it myself, but it does sound fascinating.

If you weren't a writer, what would you be?
I'd own a yarn shop.