Today we get write to the point with Deborah M. Piccurelli. Read to the end, she has a giveaway and a wonderful opportunity for you to support a much needed cause…fighting abortion and fetal harvesting.
Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?
I live in New Jersey with my husband and two sons. As a former law enforcement officer, my husband is a good source of information for some of the elements I need to add while writing my romantic suspense novels. I always enjoyed writing papers for English classes when in school, and even attempted to write a couple novels as a child. No one really knew I was doing that, so there was no encouragement to follow through. I got away from that in my teens and early twenties, but took it up again after having both my children. By then, I was able to complete a full novel. I have been doing this steadily for about 20 years. Not only do I enjoy reading and writing, but I like (clean) movies, get-togethers with friends and family, walking in the park, and elliptical workouts at the gym.
How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?
I grew up Catholic, and went to Catholic school for 8 years. I didn’t agree with a lot of the rules they had, but I must have gleaned all the right things to become a born-again believer in my late twenties. I always loved God, even as a child, and knew He was my constant companion. I knew He could and would do anything, and He always came through for me. Even before I converted. I don’t ever recall hearing about why Jesus died for us, until my sister told me as an adult (she had recently converted). That’s when I came to know the Lord.
Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?
Here is the blurb from the back cover of my novel, HUSH, LITTLE BABY:
Investigative journalist, Amber Blake, is a little person bent on payback for the death of her average-sized twin sister. Enlisted by her former partner and estranged husband, Evan, she poses as a counselor in an abortion clinic to expose the doctor responsible for fetal harvesting. As a Christian, she struggles with concealing her beliefs to maintain her cover, while the doctor’s romantic overtures tumble her stomach. Amber agrees to date him for the sake of the story . . . but nothing prepares her for what’s behind a mysterious door in his office.
The take-away value for my readers is three-fold. First, I want them to be entertained by a juicy story. Next, I write about the tough issues in order to bring about awareness, so for this one, it would be for fetal harvesting (a.k.a., baby body parts trafficking); and that, even though little people may look different than most of us, they can pretty much do everything anyone else can do. Lastly, my readers will know that if they wish to participate in helping to stop this horrendous practice, they are doing so by purchasing a copy of the book, as I am donating 10% to an organization that works toward that end.
Your book sounds like a much needed book in Christian fiction.
How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?
I barely have time to write, so I try to choose carefully what I spend my precious time on the computer doing as far as marketing and promotion. Blogging is something I choose not to do. I do, however, maintain an active website where I conduct author interviews, giveaways of their books, feature articles I’ve written, and reviews of books, movies, and television shows.
What are you reading right now?
Right now, I’m reading WHEN LOVE COLLIDES by Michelle Sutton. Yeah, I know, it’s been out awhile, but I’m just getting to it. You should see my pile of books TBR, and the ones stored in my Kindle. LOL!
Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?
The best thing I can think of, right now, is something from my childhood. I was teased and bullied a lot from the boys in my classes for a number of years, because I have an (ahem!) “Ethnic-sized nose.” Having gone through this, I feel it gave me the ability to have compassion for people and their feelings. I just can not bring myself to ostracize another human being, nor hurt them in any way.
Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?
Nothing profound. At the moment, I’m standing on Matthew 8:13 where the centurion has asked Jesus to heal his servant who wasn’t there with him: “And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee.” And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
I like this, because, right now, I’m believing for some things that take that strong of a faith to receive.
Where can we find you on the web?
My website: www.deborahmpiccurelli.com
There are lots of other social networks I belong to, but too many to list here.
Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?
I would just like to remind your visitors about my donating a portion of the proceeds from HUSH, LITTLE BABY to Life Dynamics, an organization that works to stop abortion and all it’s products, which includes fetal harvesting. Helping to spread the word about this would be much appreciated. Also, for tons of info on abortion, etc., see www.lifedynamics.org.
Thanks so much, Melissa, for featuring me on your blog!
My pleasure, Deborah.
Readers I hope you will consider supporting this worthy cause.
Time for the giveaway. Deborah is giving away one winners choice of a paperback copy or PDF copy of her book to one commentator. Leave a comment for Deborah by April 9th at 5:00 PM to be entered.