Author Interview Debby Grahl: Mountain Blaze

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Author Interview: Debby Grahl

1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?

 I write both paranormal and contemporary romance. I live on Hilton Head Island SC. I decided to write a series which would take place in the Carolina’s. My idea for Mountain Blaze came while touring around Asheville with my cousins. It was Fall, and the spectacular display of color against the backdrop of the Smoky Mountains was breathtaking. We hiked a while and discovered a scenic overlook which revealed a stream winding through the valley below.

We came upon a small ranch with cabins to rent and horseback riding. As we waited for the horses to be saddled for a trail ride, my writer’s imagination replaced the nice older man with a handsome cowboy. Now, what would be his story? As we rode through the lush woods, the air fragrant with the smell of pine, Dillon McCoy took shape in my mind.

We drove down the mountain into Waynesville. This is a great little town where I discovered Mast General. A fun old-fashioned country store, this is one of my favorite places to shop. We decided to stop in a café, and while sipping a delicious cup of coffee, I noticed an attractive woman seated at an adjacent table. Her clothes were stylish. She looked as if she had just walked off Fifth Avenue. Once again, my writer’s imagination took over, and Diana Thompson was born. Now, what circumstances could bring the cowboy and the wealthy city girl together?

In all my books I like to have some type of mystery. So not only do Diana and Dillon need to meet, they must discover what outside force is determined to keep them apart and endanger their lives.

2. Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you a firstborn, middle, or last child, and how does this shape your view of the world?

There’s just my younger brother and me. I grew up in a middle-class family in a suburb of Detroit. I come from an artistic family. My grandmother, aunt, and uncle all painted. My cousin was an art teacher, and I have cousins who do graphic design. I have a disease of the retina called Retinitis Pigmentosa which causes gradual vision loss. I lost the ability to read print in my early twenties. I’ve always thought since I wasn’t able to be creative on canvas, mine came out in words.  

3. Where is your favorite place to write?

A few years ago, I had back surgery and couldn’t sit in my desk chair. I found the loveseat in the living room, with my feet up, worked fine. I write with my keyboard on my lap, and I’ve  never gone back to my desk chair.

4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?

Actually, I’ve never killed off one of my likeable characters, but I have done away with bad ones. I won’t give the ending away for Mountain Blaze, but I hope I created suspense and have a surprise ending.

5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?

This would be Agatha Christie. I’d like to ask her how she comes up with her plots. I once heard she does this sitting in the bath eating an apple.

6. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?

 A two-way radio, matches, and a blanket.

7. If you could have one superpower in your existence, what would it be?

I’d like to be able to time travel. How exciting would it be to visit different centuries and meet people we’ve read about.

8. Favorite snack? Chips and dip.

9. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit? I get where I’m going.

Mountain Blaze

by Debby Grahl


GENRE: Contemporary Romance



Disillusioned by his wife’s betrayal, rodeo star Dillon McCoy comes home to the mountains of North Carolina to lick his wounds. When he agrees to take over the family ranch, the Lazy M, he’s unaware danger waits.

Diana Thompson is having doubts about her engagement to Trent Sawyer. She agrees to leave Chapel Hill and spend Thanksgiving with her friend Jenn at the Lazy M. When Diana and Dillon meet, neither can deny their attraction, but both must resolve past relationships while fighting their growing desire.

After Dillon turns down an anonymous offer to purchase the ranch, attempts are made on his life. When a body is found, Dillon sets out to discover who wants the McCoy land enough to commit murder.



As they made their way back through the woods, Diana’s guilt threatened to consume her. Not only did she enjoy every second of his kiss, she didn’t want him to stop. One terrible truth she had no doubt about — if they hadn’t been sitting on a horse, she’d be in his bed. What a complicated mess her life had become. If she had her own car, she’d make some excuse and leave, but she couldn’t do that to Jenn. Until she could make sense of her emotions, she’d try her best not to be alone with Dillon.

Dillon suddenly pulled Flame to a halt, jarring Diana from her thoughts. “What’s wrong?”

“I’m not sure. There are horse tracks going off the trail into the woods.” Dillon frowned. “I don’t recall seeing them when we passed here earlier.”

Diana glanced around. “We’re near one of the cabins. Perhaps you were distracted describing the ranch to me.”

“I suppose. But that doesn’t explain what they’re doing here.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Award winning author, Debby Grahl, lives on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with her husband, David. Besides writing, she enjoys biking, walking on the beach and a glass of wine at sunset. Her favorite places to visit are New Orleans, New York City, Captiva Island in Florida, the Cotswolds of England, and her home state of Michigan. She is a history buff who also enjoys reading murder mysteries, time travel, and, of course, romance. Visually impaired since childhood by Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), she uses screen-reading software to research and write her books. His Magic Touch, a paranormal romance, was released by Wild Rose Press December 5, 2018. Her latest book, Mountain Blaze, will be released November 2, 2020.

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