Thursday, February 9, 2012

Meet "Death in Dahlonega" author Deborah Malone

Recently, I met author Deborah Malone and was thrilled to learn about her new mystery, Death in Dahlonega. When we discussed ways to share about her book, I asked her to answer a couple of fun questions to help readers get to know her better. She's also giving away a copy of the book, so be sure to check the details below to enter!

Deborah, thank you for joining us today!

If you had a dinner party and could invite seven people - past, present, future - real or fictional - who would you invite and why, and what would you serve?

This is a hard question. I'd like to invite Jesus, but I would probably be like Martha and worry about everything being just right. Then I guess I'd like to invite Anne George who is a cozy mystery writer who had a lot of influence on the way I write. I'd love to see my parents and grandmother again so that brings the total to five leaving two more. I should probably say a president or something, but I'd love to meet the writers of Psych or Monk. 

If money and time were no object, where would you spend one month of your time, and what would you do during that month?

I have fibromyalgia so it limits what I can do. So while we are pretending I'm going to say that I don't have fibro and I can do what I want physically. With that being said I've always wanted to go on a mission trip - I've thought about the Smiles Mission Trip.  Then for fun I'd like to go to Hawaii and take pictures!

About Death in Dahlonega:

Winner in American Christian Fiction Writers' Category Five writing contest!

A friendly adventure turns to murder and mayhem in the north Georgia mountains. Historical writer Trixie Montgomery is asked to cover Gold Rush Days in the picturesque Georgia mountain town, Dahlonega.

Trixie seizes the chance to mix business with pleasure and asks her best friend, Dee Dee to tag along. Their well laid plans go awry when Dee Dee is discovered standing over the lifeless body of prominent citizen, John Tatum - the very man she'd had a run in with earlier that day - holding a bloody pickax in her hands.

Can Trixie find a way to finish her assignment and keep Dee Dee out of the slammer?

About Deborah:

Deborah has worked as a freelance writer and photographer, since 2001, for the historical magazine Georgia Backroads.” She has had many articles and photographs published during this time. 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 as well as winning several awards. Her debut cozy mystery "Death in Dahlonega" is now available. She is a current member of the Georgia Writers Association, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She has an established blog, ButterflyJourney, where she reviews Christian Fiction. 

Deborah's giving away a copy of Death in Dahlonega. To enter, answer this question in the comments below, and we'll draw a winner next week. Be sure to leave your answer to the question and a way for us to contact you if you win.

What's one of your favorite small towns in America and 
why is it your favorite?


Darla Sue Dollman said...

Corrales, New Mexico is one of my favorite small towns. I lived there with my children when they were babies. Every night at dusk I sat in a chair on the front porch with my children in my arms watching the setting sun turn the mountains a deep shade of red. The town is on a nature reserve and thousands of birds migrate through each year. Our house had a metal roof and when the birds flew overhead we could hear the beat of their wings. At that time, cattle free-ranged around the property and they would stick their noses through the porch rails to sniff my daughter. Her first spoken word was "moo." I felt so close to God in Corrales, so blessed.

Pat Dyer said...

Actually, Dahlonega,GA, not because it is the setting of this book, but because it is nestled in the mountains and apple country. It's quaint, interesting, charming, and the people and hospitality are outstanding.

Deborah M said...

Wow Darla, what a wonderful place you have described. I would love to visit. Pat, I'm glad you've been able to visit Dahlonega, isn't it the most charming little town. I can just see it back during the gold rush days.
Thank you both for stopping by and sharing your comments.

Tracy Ruckman said...

Darla, I wanna go there!

Pat - Dahlonega is an awesome little town, isn't it?

Debbie - thanks for dropping by and sharing your book with us! Hope to see you in a couple of weeks.

Darla Sue Dollman said...

Tracy, Deborah, I don't live far from there now, just a few minutes south in Rio Rancho. I still have the stunning views of the mountains. My husband and I moved here a few months ago--I'd always dreamed of coming back here, and here I am! I love small towns. I love reading stories set in small towns because I understand the situation. I don't think I could ever live in a city. I'm a small town, Southwestern woman!

Lauralee Bliss said...

Hiking the Appalachian Trail like I do, I have visited many small towns. I must say I do like Harper's Ferry, WV. The perfect blend of history, quaintness, small shops, the trail that runs right through the heart of it and nestled by two river forks. But this book being offered caught my interest as the town is not far from the southern terminus of the AT at Springer Mtn.


Deborah M said...

Hi Lauralee,
Thank you for stopping by. I've been on the very trail you are talking about. There is a outdoor sporting store there and the trail goes through the building. I've walked the trail about a mile in that area. I'm in awe that your're able to walk the trail. If you ever have a chance to visit the North Georgia mountains you won't be disappointed.

Gail Pallotta said...

Hi Deborah,
Congratulations on your book. Death in Dahlonega sounds like an interesting read.
I'd love to come to your pretend dinner party.

Elaine Marie Cooper said...

Hi Debbie,

OK, for my favorite small town I would go north and choose Williamsburg, MA! It is where my ancestors settled back during the American Revolution.

And your book sounds awesome—please put me in the drawing!



Deborah M said...

Hi Gail good to see you again. I'd love for you to come to my dinner party! Hi Elaine I'm glad you stopped by to say HI. I would love to visit Williamsburg especially during the fall. I know it would be so beautiful.

Amanda Stephan said...

Ah, what a question!
I'd have to say my favorite small town in America is Capac, MI. I lived through my teen years there, and it was a very special place. Only two stoplights, and everyone knew everyone else. Not always a good thing, but still. It was a special place.

Thank you for the opportunity to win this delightful-looking/sounding book!
Congrats Deborah ~ it looks awesome!

amanda38401 at gmail dot com

misskallie2000 said...

My favorite is Perry, Georgia. The downtown is so quaint with great shops. They have alot of activities and the Agra Center is there also with Rodeo's and other great shows. They also have Historical Homes, gardens etc. It is said to be a great city to retire to.
I am still following you Deborah and hoping to win your book. lol

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Nora said...

I grew up in a small town called Sparta N.J. It was cute, and you felt a sense of community there. Their education standards and dress code in the public schools were high. It was a place where you knew a lot of people and they knew you.

It's a town that was small and they thought they hit the big time when a Burger King was built there.

I loved it and was thankful to grow up there but on the down side there weren't many jobs there. Many people spent hours comm-uniting to N.Y. Or south Jersey to work. My parents ended up moving to Florida. I had some of my best memories of that sweet town!! Grin!

I'd love to be entered into the drawing.


Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network

Jo said...

My favorite small town is Sahuarita, Arizona right where I live now. It is a small community but a very close knit community. Number of churches, small stores, restaurants, and eventually hoping to put in a old fashioned village


Deborah M said...

Oh it is so good to see old friends here as well as new ones. Misskallie I'm on several blogs and will be over the next couple of months - I hope you win a copy soon. Hi Nora, thank you for stopping by during your busy, busy day. Jo its good to see you here. I love that I have a "following" and some fans. Amanda, nice to see a new face to me. Thank you everyone for your support!

scw1217 said...

I've been to Dahlonega. I love that area. My favorite small town would probably be Murphy, North Carolina. We go there on vacation a lot and its so peaceful and beautiful. Very close to a lot of areas; we can go north or south from there.

Carmen7351 said...

My favorite place is St. Killian, MN. It's the 2nd of the three farms I lived on as a child. Loved the groves and wide open area. The town is about 4 blocks. Best memories there.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Sherri Wilson Johnson said...

I love Blue Ridge, Georgia. I love the mountains, the waterfalls, the apple buying. It's just a wonderful place. Of course, I have lived in Georgia my entire life so I'm kind of partial. I'd love to win the book. Sherri
igottawrite at bellsouth dot net

Tracy Ruckman said...

Hearing about all these towns makes me want to go visit all of them!!

Sherri - Blue Ridge is actually one of my favorite small towns too. It's very unique. We lived there for one summer, and we loved roaming downtown on a weekly basis.

Darla Sue Dollman said...

I'm thinking the same thing--I want to see these towns--making a list, just in case, some day...

Maureen Timerman said...

I actually live in a small [don't blink, you'll miss it]'s called Clockville NY. If you have a problem there is always someone there to help!


beemama said...

One of my favorite small towns is Ackerman, MS. My used to visit there when my grandparents were alive and lived just outside of town. Every year our family still has a reunion close to there. It is one of those quaint little towns where most of the businesses are on one side of the main street and the railroad tracks and depot take up the other side of the street. I still remember walking down the street with my grandparents and everyone calling out hellos. The neat thing is they still do that. I love the feel of community there.

Deborah M said...

I guess I would have to say Dahlonega is my favorite small town. I loved reading about all your favorite towns. Thank you for stopping by.