Day 10: Debra Webb – The Hope of Love

Romance matters…period.

Revenge by Debra WebbI can’t imagine life without romance in it. When I turn to a good book I want it to reflect real life. Even if the read is a total escape that doesn’t involve any of life’s harsher aspects, there must always be some level of romance. The bond between two people that transcends all else is, to me, essential for a satisfying journey.

Just last Saturday my husband and I celebrated our 39th anniversary. Thirty-nine years together! It wasn’t always easy and I’m sure there will be times to come that won’t be as well, but there is just something deeply right about waking up each day to know he is at my side. We have two daughters and he was at my side as each was born and as they grew into wonderful young women. I watched him walk each one down the aisle and one day I expect to sit next to him as we hold our first grandchild.

I look back at the pictures of our wedding day and those early years and realize just how painfully young we really were and how amazing it is that we made it this far. I also note the changes. We’re growing older and there are new challenges the same as there are new joys. But the one thing that is absolutely certain is his hand reaching for mine. That is truly the most incredible knowledge—knowing he is there. As a writer and a reader, I cannot imagine a fulfilling story without that vital element.

Romance gives us hope no matter how dark the day. It offers refuge when we are weary but most of all it never fails us because a true romance has a satisfying ending. And like all great romance novels, one day my story will end and I know in my heart, whether in the flesh or in the spirit, the man I love will be there beside me, reaching for my hand.

Recommendations:
There are so many talented authors I love to read that it’s difficult to name just one or two. I would highly recommend anything by Cindy Gerard or Rita Herron. Both write incredible romantic suspense! A self-published author I recently got hooked on is VR Marks. He’s writing a series and book four, The Informant, is out now! He adds just the right amount of romance in his high action suspense novels.


 

Questions for Debra:

What is the craziest or ugliest object in your house, and why do you keep it?

I guess it would have to be the tattered old notebook that holds dozens of stories I wrote as a kid. My daughters have urged me to get a new binder to put those stories in but I just can’t bring myself to part with that old spiral notebook. I wagged it around all the time as a kid. And I always carried a sharp pencil. Even now when I sharpen a pencil the smell reminds me of writing stories in the tree house my daddy built on our farm.

If there was a movie made about your life, what would it be called? (And just for fun, who would play you?)

That one’s easy, FAST AND FURIOUS. I came into this world in a hurry! I had my first job babysitting when I was six. I got paid a dollar a day to watch two toddlers. By the time I was fifteen I had a real job and I got married when I was sixteen, first child at eighteen. I didn’t want to miss anything. I’ve written stories my whole life and when I decided to finally get serious about a writing career, I went from unpublished to having more than 100 books published in fourteen years. I guess I came into this world with just one speed—hurry! Hmm, who would play me? A crazy woman, no doubt. If I was really lucky it would be Jennifer Garner—not because she looks like me (thank goodness for her!) but because she’s just nice and she’s a great actress.

What is the best non-monetary gift you ever received?

A reader who always wrote to me after reading one of my books sent me the most wonderful gift. It was her brother’s winning rodeo buckle from 1969. He had passed away years before and she said it was the one thing of real value she had to give me. I tried to give it back but she wouldn’t have it. The idea that my stories meant that much to her still brings tears to my eyes.

If you had to pick one romantic scene or couple to recommend to a first-time reader of YOUR books, which would it be?

Definitely Jess Harris and Dan Burnett from the Faces of Evil. These two fell in love back in high school. After college they went their separate ways and now, twenty odd years later they’re working together on murder cases. OBSESSION will forever more be my favorite book I’ve written. It holds a very special place in my heart.

 

Debra is generously donating one autographed copy of Revenge and one kindle copy of Bone Deep for US readers, and one copy each for international readers. International contest submissions enter hereTo enter the domestic contest, either leave a comment here or enter the weekly drawing on the contest page. Or both.  (Only one entry per commenter per post, though – multiple comments on one essay does not give you more chances.)  Comment entries must be posted by midnight EST Aug 10 to be eligible, though winners will be announced the following week.


 

Debra WebbDEBRA WEBB, born in Alabama, wrote her first story at age nine and her first romance at thirteen. It wasn’t until she spent three years working for the military behind the Iron Curtain—and a five-year stint with NASA—that she realized her true calling. A collision course between suspense and romance was set. Since then she has penned more than 100 novels including her internationally bestselling Colby Agency series. Her debut romantic thriller series, the Faces of Evil, propelled Debra to the top of the bestselling charts! Visit Debra at www.thefacesofevil.com or at www.debrawebb.com.

  Buy Debra’s books on Amazon.

  • Jen C

    I love your responses to the questions. I’d get that notebook bound and copied. What a treasure!

    • Debra Webb

      Thanks, Jen! Good idea!

  • Melanie Backus

    I love your post! Long marriages are wonderful( 38 years for me) and the memories made through the years are priceless. We are truly blessed.

    • Debra Webb

      Thanks, Melanie! Congratulations to you!

  • Regan Black

    What a beautiful post, Deb! It brought tears to my eyes. And I loved the q&a. You are so very talented and as readers we’re blessed by your fast production and fabulous creativity!

    • Debra Webb

      Thanks, Regan!

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I loved reading your post.

    • Debra Webb

      Thank you, Melissa!

  • tonda hargett

    Wow, what an exciting life you’ve led, and are still leading! I think it’s wonderful that you can do what you obviously love, and do it so well!

    • Debra Webb

      Thank you, Tonda!

  • DeeAnn Garner Kline

    Debra, I’ve been reading your books for years and absolutely love them. Some had made me laugh and some had made me cry. Romance stories touch our heart and we often see some aspect of ourselves in romance books or wish we had the romance the couple in the story had. Some had sweet romances and some have a hard road to each other. It doesn’t matter what story it is I just enjoy the book and characters and eagerly anticipate the next one! 🙂 Thanks for all the stories. And, Rita Herron is one of my favorite authors too.

    • Debra Webb

      Thanks, DeeAnn! I love Rita too!

  • Marijane Diodati

    Deb,

    Your post was lovely. You have been very blessed and you appreciate it. The questions and answers are great too. You are a sentimental and feeling person. You also are kind and a real softie which is a wonderful thing.

    I have been reading your books for years starting with the Colby Agency but, in my opinion, the Faces of Evil series is the best work that you have written.

    Anyone who does not read this series is missing books as good as those of the authors that you mentioned but also as good as Karen Rose, Lisa Gardner, Allison Brennan, Christy Reece, Laura Griffin, Karen Robards and other authors of their ilk.

    • Debra Webb

      Thank you so much, Marijane!

  • Kim Cornwell

    Boy we have a lot in common ! I was also born in Alabama, but move to Georgia whee I met my hubby at 14. Married him at 16 and had my first child at 17 and the second at 23. We will celebrate our 30th anniversary this December. He is also my life and best friend. He has been disabled for the past 20 years and we have become a lot closer. I love my romance books! Can’t live without them! Thanks for stopping by always love meeting new authors!

    • Debra Webb

      Kim, how exciting! We do have MUCH in common! Stop by thefacesofevil.com and visit!

  • I totally agree..romance does give us hope! You sharing your story of the love you & your husband share is so special.

    • Debra Webb

      Thanks, Brooke! He’s a very special man!

  • Kareni

    Many thanks, Debb, for your books. And a very happy anniversary to you and your husband.

    • Debra Webb

      Thank you, Kareni!!!

  • Suzanne Clune

    Congratulations on your wedding anniversary.Its wonderful to see couples staying together for so many years.I also agree,that romance does give hope to people,and of course there is always the entertainment factor!

    • Debra Webb

      True, Suzanne! Thanks!

  • Sandi in OH

    We have been married for 45 years and have gone through having a special needs son, his father’s Alzheimers, the death of three of our parents, and two of his siblings. Reading romances has been what has kept me sane in trying times.

    • Debra Webb

      Wow, Sandi! Congratulations!

  • TrishJ

    It is comforting to know the person you fell in love with will be right beside you for all the special moments in life. And if you stumble, he is there to catch you. I do love your books.

    • Debra Webb

      Thanks, Trish! I can’t imagine live without him!

  • Nicole Fortuna

    Wow, 39 years together congrats!

    • Debra Webb

      Thanks, Nicole! I tell folks I got married at age 3!

  • christinejensen

    Fantastic! In a world where marriages rarely make it past the 5 year mark. I love to hear of those that stand the test of time. My husband and I just celebrated 16 years together and we have had out ups and downs, but I love him and will continue to stand by his side as the years go by and the children grow(we have 5).

    • Debra Webb

      Congratuations, Christine! It’s work. Sometimes are harder than others but it’s well worth it!

  • Karin Anderson

    I absolutely agree that Cindy Gerard is a Must-Read author! I met her at RomCon a few years ago and have read most of her books since then.

    • Debra Webb

      Hey Karin, Cindy is a phenomenal talent and a dear friend!

  • tiyam

    Congrats on 39 years. I’m just coming up on my 5th and time has flown by. I love the faces of evil series and all the Birmingham references.

    • Debra Webb

      Hi Tiyam, thanks so much! Birmingham is my second home!

  • Ketta Peters

    I was gifted with Faces of Evil and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for a great post.

    • Debra Webb

      Hey Ketta, I’m so glad you enjoyed the series! I love writing it!

  • Tory

    Congratulations on your anniversary!

    • Debra Webb

      Thanks, Tory!

  • Christine Combs Mead

    Congrats on your 39 year anniversary! I am looking forward to reading Revenge!

    • Debra Webb

      Enjoy, Christine! Thank you!

  • Ann

    “Romance gives us hope no matter how dark the day.” – So True!!!

    • Debra Webb

      It does, Ann! Thank you for stopping by!

  • Ruth

    Thank you, Debra, for sharing your real-life love story. I so love hearing that romance doesn’t just exist in a novel, but in flesh and blood as well. That’s why romance matters – because romance is real.

    • Debra Webb

      You are so right, Ruth. It just takes patience!

  • Meredith Richardson

    Wow 39 years, that’s amazing!!! I’m so happy to hear that real life love stories still exist and that people do stay together. I try not to look at the divorce rate statistics anymore ;(

    • Debra Webb

      Too true, Meredith! So glad you stopped by!

  • Marilyn White

    Happy Anniversary! I love your FACES OF EVIL series, I have the latest on my Kindle just waiting to be read.

    • Debra Webb

      Thanks, Marilyn! I love, love this series!

  • Chris Roberts

    The hope reading a romance gives is why I continue to read romances all these years. Hubby and I are together for 30 years now. Last four have been rough with his losing his health. So many books I read while he was in the hospital in a coma…They helped me cope and kept me with a little sanity.

    • Debra Webb

      I understand, Chris! Congratulations on 30 years!

  • QuenKne M

    It sounds like you have lead a very full and adventurous life!! Coincidentally, that’s what I feel romance gives us – full and adventurous lives – even if we have to take them moment by moment.
    And isn’t it great to know you always have someone by your side? That’s when romance turns into love. It’s a wonderful gift – and should be cherished.

    • Debra Webb

      Thanks, QuenKne!

  • Pamby50

    Congratulation on 39 years. Next month will be 32 years for us. Romance books kept me occupied as I watched my mother slip away after being in the hospital for 5 weeks. Look forward to reading one of your novels.

    • Debra Webb

      Congratulations to you, Pamby50!

  • leah g

    I will admit I haven’t read any of your books, but I really like romantic suspense and both Cindy Gerard and Rita Herron. So this is a reverse recommendation and I will definitely be looking for Revenge. Thanks for sharing your story its interesting how so many of the happily married couples I know met/married in their teens.

    • Debra Webb

      Thanks, Leah! I hope you enjoy the story! You might start with Obsession! It’s only $2.99 in digital and $3.99 in paperback!

      • leah g

        Thank you! I will go check it out now.

      • leah g

        I finished Obsession this weekend. It was really great. I am already starting on Impulse. Thank you again for the recommendation!

  • BookLady

    Happy 39th Wedding Anniversary! What a lovely post about life-long romance. Thanks for sharing.

    • Debra Webb

      Thank you so much, BookLady!

  • Danielle Sessions Estes

    Congrats on 39 years! I loved reading this post it was beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

    • Debra Webb

      Thank you for coming by, Danielle!

  • brhill2010

    Congratulations on 39 years of marriage. I love your story of your life. Hope you have many more years to come.

    • Debra Webb

      Thank you, brhill2010!

  • Kim

    Congrats on 39 years of marriage! Thanks for sharing!

    • Debra Webb

      Thank you, Kim!

  • Flora Segura-Buchler

    Loved your post today, Debra. As someone married 35 years myself, I could not agree more.

    • Debra Webb

      Thank you, Flora! Congratulations to you too!

  • Britney Adams

    I love that romance books offer hope and refuge. Congratulations on 39 years of romance and marriage!

  • Vickie P

    Quickly catching up on your series…Revenge is next! Would love to win!

  • Rhiannon Rowland

    Congratulations on 39 years, that’s wonderful. And I think that says something about romance, love and why we love to read romances…its not often that you hear of marriages lasting many years, but we all hope to have that lifelong love and can know that our book characters do! 🙂

  • donnas

    Congrats on 39 years. I agree with you its not a completely satisfying read without some level of romance.

  • Jenny Martin

    Just started reading…thanks for the great books