Q&A with Debra Mullins & Prodigal Son Giveaway

Prodigal Son (Truth Seers #1)

  • By Debra Mullins
  • Editions: ebook, paperback
  • Published: October 1st 2013 by Tor Books
  • Genre: Adult Paranormal / Romance
  • Bounty hunter Rafe Montana is a Seer, descended from the fabled Atlanteans. He uses his inherited power to “see” criminals across the globe and track them down, and he’s just started on a new case. Danny Cangialosi is accused of disappearing with a stolen car…but for the first time in his life, when Rafe goes looking, he is unable to “see” him. Instead, his search leads him to Danny’s stubborn, meddling, and very cute stepsister, Cara McGaffigan.
    Cara is looking for Danny, too, but not to turn him in. He is her brother, after all, and she’s convinced he has a good heart. If she can just find him before the cops do, she’ll figure out a way to get him out of this. But Cara didn’t count on a scorching-hot bounty hunter getting in her way.
    Despite instant chemistry, Rafe and Cara know they’re never going to see eye-to-eye when it comes to Danny. What they don’t know is that Danny didn’t just steal a car—he stole a precious stone, a stone right out of the legends of Atlantis. It holds powers they can only dream of…and its owner wants it back.
    ~ Tor

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    If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?


    What would you say inspired you to write it?

    I’ve had this idea for many years, ever since high school. The first spark came in Spanish class, when my teacher told us about the Basque people of Spain and the legend that they might be the survivors from Atlantis because their language is like no other language in the world. This gave me my jumping off point idea-wise.

    Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?

    Every writer has his/her own process, and my process always has me stuck on Chapter 5, every book. Most of the time I’m writing instinctively, but when I hit the Chapter 5 wall, I start pulling out plotting aids, like a storyboard or the Hero’s Journey questionnaire. These things get me moving again.

    Your all time favorite book?

    I have many, but today it’s BORN IN FIRE by Nora Roberts.

    What made you pick that one above all others?

    I’ve been a Nora fan since Day One, and this book hit home with me. I’m of Irish heritage, and I have sisters. It just struck a lot of chords, especially since Maggie is a glass artist. Her struggles mirror what it’s like to be a writer.

    What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?

    PRODIGAL SON took me nearly two years to write.

    Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?

    Being an author has given me more confidence. Every time I complete a book, that’s another step in the journey.

    Was there ever a time, during your work on the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind?

    Every time I get stuck on chapter 5, I want to just throw up my hands. But the book won’t get finished that way, so I just keep at it until I the story starts moving again.

    What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?

    I have a full time day job as senior tech support, a family, and I enjoy researching my family tree.

    How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?

    You will never please everyone all of the time. Just remind yourself that the occasional bad review gives the good reviews more validity.

    Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?

    Yes, this is the first of the TruthSeers trilogy. The other two books feature Rafe’s siblings, Darius and Tessa, and Adrian Gray.

    What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?

    I have some historical ideas that I plan to pursue in between paranormals.

    Fun facts:

    If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?

    A cure for all incurable diseases

    If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you?

    The Last Herald Mage trilogy by Mercedes Lackey (I know, that’s a series, not a single book!)

    Name your favorite fruit.

    Any kind of berry.

    Coffee or tea?

    Tea, always.

    Favorite season?


    How about fav time of 24 hours?

    Early morning before anyone else is awake

    Were you a boyscout/girlscout?

    Girl scout

    Favorite food for breakfast?

    Omelet of egg, cheddar cheese and tomatoes

    Latest book you’ve bought and read?

    Taming the Alpha by Savannah Stuart

    Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?

    Pens from hotel rooms

    Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!


    Drama or comedy?

    Comedy (but not sitcoms)

    Have a fav quote or personal motto?

    “Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.” — Madeline L’Engle

    Cats or dogs? Cats

    Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?

    Dinner by candlelight


    Winners: Kamla & Shelly

    About the Author & Links:

    Deb Mullins
    Debra Mullins is the author of thirteen historical romances for Avon Books and one paranormal romance for Tor/Forge. Her books have been translated into several languages and nominated for awards from both the magazine RT Book Reviews and Romance Writers of America and its chapters, including the Golden Heart, the RITA, the Holt Medallion (twice), the Book Buyer’s Best Award, and the National Readers Choice Award. She also won the Golden Leaf Award for Best Historical for her book, A NECESSARY BRIDE.
    Debra has spoken at various RWA chapter meetings, as well as the national RWA conference, the Liberty States Fiction Writers conference and the Emerald City Writers’ Conference in Seattle. In August 2009, she gave a full day special event for the Orange County chapter of Romance Writers of America with author Charlotte Carter, where she spoke on the topics of character and conflict.
    Born and raised in the New York/New Jersey area, Debra now lives in California and has been actively writing for over twenty years. A language nerd, she could speak four languages by the time she graduated high school. At age 16, she went to France on a student exchange program for a summer. By the time she came home to the U.S., she was dreaming in French.
    She is currently finishing a paranormal trilogy for Tor/Forge. The first book, PRODIGAL SON, is due out in October 2013. Debra is a member of Novelists Inc., Liberty States Fiction Writers, and several chapters of RWA.

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