3 Questions Wednesday with Deborah Dee Harper

Deborah Dee Harper now writes from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, after living in Alaska for a year where she chased bears and moose and generally made a pest of herself. She writes inspirational, humorous books for both children and adults, and when she’s not writing or visiting grandchildren, she enjoys herb gardening, photography, and very, very amateurish astronomy.

Welcome back to 3 Questions Wednesday, Deborah!

First question—Can you describe yourself in three words?

Forgiven, funny, maternal

Forgiven because I’m a Christ-follower, funny because I write humor and try to see the lighter side of life, and maternal because I thrive as a mother and grandmother. I’m not married now, so my focus for the past several years has been to provide the best care and devotion I’m capable of toward my children, their spouses, and their children. Part of that focus is presenting a Christ-like model, and humor is my way of enduring life’s difficult times.

Those are great words that go together well. Next question—

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

I’d go to Israel. I’ve long wanted to visit the land of Christ’s birth, ministry, death, and resurrection. I can’t imagine all the ways a trip there would change my life, but at the very least, visiting the places I’ve only read about in the Bible and other supporting books and articles certainly would give me a new perspective. Learning through books those places He visited, the roads He took to move around the country, and the vistas He saw is one thing. Seeing them for myself would bring them to life vividly. I know people who have made the trip and their reports are all the same. It’s life-changing, awesome, and moves your heart, mind, and soul in ways nothing else can.

What a wonderful choice! It would be life-changing. And speaking of life, here’s the last question—

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

I believe “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” would sum up my life very well. I’m still a sinner and no doubt will be one until I take my last breath. Knowing my sins have been (and always will be) forgiven is something I cling to daily.

I love that, Deborah. Readers, Deborah Dee Harper has some exciting news!

I have two books coming out this summer! Misjudge is the third book in my Road’s End series, and Laramie on the Lam is my children’s adventure series coming out in six different books, one per week. To date, four of the books are available.

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of my coming release, Misjudge, or one of my Laramie books (winner’s choice!), leave me a comment to enter.

Here’s more about the books:


Misjudge is the third book in my Road’s End series, and Laramie on the Lam is my children’s adventure series coming out in six different books, one per week. To date, four of the books are available.

In Misjudge, the POTUS returns to Road’s End, Virginia, for an international peace conference, despite Road’s End being the most cantankerous place in the free world. Love is in the air, Emma River comes face-to-face with her history, and the citizens reveal unusual things about themselves. It will be published this summer. I hope readers will take away the message that we all, no matter our age, have valuable contributions to make to society.

In Laramie on the Lam, 11-year-old Laramie Wyoming finds himself in hot water when he holds open the door for some men not realizing they’re robbing the bank. When one of the men stashes $30,000 in Laramie’s backpack, his life changes forever. He and his family and his worst enemy (and now foster brother) travel across the United States in a motorhome so his mother can gather information for her travel books, and the bank robbers chase them every inch of the way. They visit interesting locations, encounter wildlife, lots of adventure, humor, and some mysterious help along the way. Book #1 is pictured and they can all be found here: https://tinyurl.com/y6vh3szc

Laramie on the Lam teaches youngsters

  • The importance and value of depending on their parents, and the joys of visiting interesting, historic, and scenic places around our country
  • How to get along with others—even if that other kid is your worst enemy
  • The comfort of knowing God is always watching over them

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3 Questions Wednesday with Deborah Dee Harper

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday!

Deborah Dee Harper

Deborah Dee Harper writes “humorous and inspirational books for both children and adults.” She says that God has given us “a sense of humor with which to appreciate those aspects of human behavior we can’t quite explain any other way.” So, with that in mind, let’s see how she answers our 3 questions.

Question: What inspires you?

Deborah: This is not a particularly unique answer, but nature inspires me. I am awed at the beauty and diversity of what God has created for us. There are many places on earth where man has never stepped, yet there are so many beautiful things in those places—grass, flowers, waterfalls, streams, wildlife, etc. Even though He knows no one will ever venture to those areas, He still provides the precious flora and fauna, water sources, and geographical elements to take our breath away. Perhaps it’s for His own Glory that He does this. I hope so.

I’m also inspired by music. Listening to Christian music gets my blood pumping and never fails to motivate me to write for His Glory.

It may not be unique, but it’s still a good answer. Nature has a way of reflecting God’s glory–His word often uses natural images to reveal deep truths.

Just for fun–You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Deborah: I’d be a bright yellow. For one thing, I love yellow, but in addition I like the connotation it holds—light, the sun, bright and beautiful flowers, lemons, and all other sorts of cheerful and hopeful associations. I like to bring light and humor and inspiration to my readers through lots of humor, and I associate yellow with all of those writing elements.

I’m not really surprised by your answer–lovers of the color yellow are generally in a good mood most of the time, and display a wonderful sense of humor. They are often shrewd, intellectual. 

Final Question–As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Deborah: As a child, I wanted to be a “stewardess,” the term used back then for flight attendants. I decided I’d work for PanAm airlines, now defunct, and fly exclusively to Italy. There I’d immerse myself in the beauty and culture of Italy while waiting for my next trip home. I even thought about taking lessons in Italian, but once I figured out I wasn’t going to find a tutor in our small town, and that PamAm wouldn’t guarantee me exclusive rights to an Italy run all the time (seniority and all that), I gradually lost interest. It’s a good thing, too, because I’m not fond of flying, hate crossing big bodies of water, and I’m not that crazy about heights!

It would’ve been fun, though, had it worked out and had you not been afraid of those things. Lol! Thank you, Deborah Dee Harper,  for visiting 3 Questions Wednesday.

Readers, here’s more about Deborah and her books–


Deborah Dee Harper currently resides with her daughter and granddaughter in Alaska, where she writes inspiration and humorous books for both children and adults and takes thousands of photographs. When she isn’t writing or taking photos, she stalks moose and other wildlife, survives earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, endures the long, dark, frigid winters, revels in the endless summer days, and is awestruck by the rippling northern lights of the Alaskan night skies. She also leaps mountains in a single bound and wrestles grizzly bears along hiking trails. (Not really. Just making sure you were paying attention.) Whenever she can, she loves being with her daughter, son-in-law, and three grandsons in Kentucky, and her son, daughter-in-law, and two more grandsons in Michigan. (For real.)

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Heaven help the president!

What would you do if you discovered, by accident, no less, that the President of the United States was attending your daughter’s wedding in less than two weeks?

Panic. You’d panic, I tell you.

That’s what the parents of the bride, Pastor Hugh Foster and his wife Melanie did. Add in a severe storm, crazy senior citizens who believe the POTUS lied his way into office, a crumbling, but historic church you happen to pastor, a cranky Secret Service agent, a four-year-old grandchild-to-be you know nothing about, and a son-in-law-to-be whose faith in the Lord has waned, and well … you’ve got yourself a humdinger of a wedding. Not to mention that that same future son-in-law is a University of Michigan Wolverines fan (gasp! … not a Michigan State Spartan fan) and prefers sweet tea for unsweetened. My gosh, what is the world coming to?

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3 Questions Wednesday with Deborah Dee Harper

DeborahDHarperWelcome,  Deborah Dee Harper, to 3 Questions Wednesday! Deborah’s warm and witty writing style is evident in her new mystery, Misstep, Book 1, Road’s End series.

We’re so glad you could join us, Deborah. First question:

Which author would you never get tired of, and why?

Deborah: I think Dean Koontz brings me back to his books time and again. Although they can be intense and cringe-worthy in many scenes, his books are beautifully written with almost poetic descriptions. I particularly like his Odd Thomas character and find the humor in them a delightful change from the clenched stomach mode I find myself in with some of his work. All in all, though, I love his books and marvel at how prolific he is! On the other hand, I also enjoy John Grisham, Stephen King, Joel C. Rosenberg, and David Baldacci, and a host of other talented authors.

These are some of the “great ones” — it’s not surprising you also enjoy reading suspense. I’m sure there’s a well-written villain who caught your fancy, so–

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Deborah: I’d have to say Lucian, the demon, in Tosca Lee’s Demon: A Memoir is my favorite fictional villain—although to say he’s fictional might be stretching it a bit. Lucian, though undeniably evil, also brought to light a point I had never considered before. We humans have a choice and the angels (now demons) who sided with Lucifer during the fall will never have another opportunity to regain what they lost. Lucian’s utter distaste for human beings and their cavalier attitude toward salvation made me really think about how hurtful it must be to our Lord and Savior to be cast aside as if eternal life with Him wasn’t a big deal. I wonder how often, if ever, we Christians think about how precious His promise of salvation and eternal life really is.

Intriguing choice–last question:

What project are you currently working on?

Deborah:  Currently, I’m working on marketing my latest release, Misstep, the first book in my Road’s End series from Write Integrity Press. Road’s End is the first series in Write Integrity’s new Pens of Mystery line. I’m a humor/inspirational writer and Misstep has a lot of both in it. The second and third books in the series, Faux Pas and Misjudge will be coming out soon, and I’m trying to streamline my marketing efforts during this go-around to make it easier in the future.

I’ve also just submitted a manuscript to my agent for the first book of another series I hope to write. This one is a bit darker, dealing with the effects of sin on our lives and our eternity. It’s also my hope that I’ll be able to continue writing books for the Road’s End series indefinitely, as my mind is bulging from the host of ideas I have.

How exciting! We wish you great success in all your writing endeavors. And thanks so much for taking the time to complete our 3 Questions.

Readers, you can win a copy of Misstep (you’ll love it!) by leaving us a comment below. And be sure to connect with Deborah via her links listed beneath her bio.

Misstep

MisstepWinnie and Sadie are still fighting, and I’m still living in the strangest town on earth. It’s December in Road’s End, Virginia, a tiny town long forgotten by anyone but its residents, where Colonel Hugh Foster and his wife, Melanie, have chosen to live—for better or worse. The jury’s still out on that one! Road’s End is comprised entirely of senior citizens whose kids have grown and left for greener pastures. Hugh, Melanie, and Bristol (one of the few sane people in town) are faced with a crumbling church in desperate need of repair and renovation, a dwindling congregation of opinionated, ornery senior citizens, and a camel—yes, a camel. And if that’s not enough, the trio and the rest of the Road’s End residents, are soon mired in danger and intrigue when a group of gun-toting drug dealers arrive in town, bent on killing the church handyman, and conspiring to ruin the doggonedest record-breaking blizzard the town has ever seen. Poor drug dealers.

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Prior to moving to Tennessee, Deborah Dee Harper lived in Anchorage, Alaska, where she stalked moose, survived earthquakes, prepared their house and car for a volcanic eruption, took thousands of photographs (really, thousands), hiked mountain trails to blue glaciers, watched magnificent whales, sea lions, Dall sheep, bald eagles, wolves, foxes, and black bears in the wild, and chased a grizzly bear down a lonely dirt road to get a picture. Thanks be to God, she survived (and got her picture). She still takes photographs when she’s not writing, but her kids have forbidden her to chase bears. She writes inspirational and humorous Christian books for both adults and children.

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