Tuesday, March 10, 2015



By Deborah Piccurelli

    1.  Does “Uncovering the Unthinkable” of your brand occur naturally in the way you write a story, or do you take the advice of a number of writers who say, “Let the worst thing possible happen to your character, and then make it worse?”

   I do take that advice about making things worse, but “Uncovering the Unthinkable” comes from the subjects I choose to write about, and what I weave an entertaining story around.

2.    2. Where does “the unthinkable” rise from in your book? Evil, complications or a great imagination, or something that happened to you?

 Definitely evil, but evil in the real things that are going on in this world. Much of what I write about are things we don’t know about, or maybe heard of, but shy away from knowing more about.

3.      How is “the unthinkable” vital to suspense?

If it’s unthinkable, it is something we are not naturally familiar with. Something that goes against everything we, as a society, have striven to keep from going on. Things that go against the grain of what we know is right.

4.      That brings us to your new novella, Love Comes Calling. Tell us about your release party. Have you had these before? Are they well attended? Does a person need an invitation?

I did not host a release party for my two previous books. I do hope this first one will absolutely be well attended. I will post the event on Facebook, and friends will receive notifications and invitations. And since I’ve never held one before, I’m not sure, but it’s possible the event will reach others, too. If any of your subscribers wish to attend this event, they can friend me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/deborah.piccurelli. I will also be tweeting about the release party, so they can follow me on Twitter @DebPiccurelli.

5.      By your book summary, was the unthinkable in this book the basis of your story idea? What triggered the idea?

This book was actually written years ago, before I came up with my brand. On the other hand, an “unthinkable” did naturally develop, which certainly is the basis of the story. What triggered the idea was asking myself the question, “What if a character did something really awful to another character, who they didn’t know personally at the time, and, after making a change in their life, wanted to make things right with that person?” The next question then becomes, “What is that really awful thing they did to that person?”

6.      When does complication cross a line where too much of the unthinkable happens? I’m reading more and more of these kinds of books.

I’m not sure if this is the answer you’re looking for, but for me, it would be if there’s so much of it that the reader becomes numb to it, and it loses its impact within the story.

7.      Your book, Hush Little Baby, exposes the unthinkable in abortion clinics. Was research for that book difficult?

In some ways, yes. To have to learn the details of what goes on, and read about the attitudes of real people who work, or have worked in those clinics would make my heart drop to my stomach. Much of that is depicted in the book.

8.      How long have you donated 10 percent of proceeds to a pro-life organization?

Hush, Little Baby was released in December, 2011. I began donating when I started to receive royalties from its sales. It’s still in print, so I’ll be donating as long as it sells.

9.      In your book, In the Midst of Deceit, the main character is a modern-day Job. How did you avoid becoming depressed yourself while writing the book?

I guess knowing the outcome of the story helped with that. Ha!

10.  Have you ever cried with a character? Tell us about it if you did.

I’m ashamed to admit this, but I haven’t. Not that I don’t feel those emotions. Otherwise I wouldn’t be able to convey them on the pages of my books. My emotional mechanism works quite differently than most other people. In real life situations, I can hold it together about ninety-five percent of the time; but give me an episode of the Brady Bunch or a Nicholas Sparks movie, and I’m reduced to a blubbering lump of feelings. LOL!

11.  Where does victory, reconciliation, or happiness come from in your books?

First and foremost, victory, reconciliation and happiness for the characters in my books stems from their relationship with the Lord. But there are also natural aspects that develop through the story that contribute to those outcomes. It’s a balance, just as it is in our own lives.

12.  What’s your work in progress?

I had been working on a book until the Lord impressed upon me to lay that aside and work on a futuristic TV drama He has assigned to me. Afterward, I’ll go back to that book, which definitely fits my brand of “Uncovering the Unthinkable.”

Thank you for hosting me on your blog, Ada. It’s been fun!



 Available for preorder now!

The day new Christian, Derek Spencer, shows up on Charlie Parkes’s doorstep to make up for what he’d done, is the very day he falls in love with her. But Charlie’s sister mistakes him for a home improvement contractor, and he decides to play along until he finds a way to tell her who he really is.

Charlie is attracted to Derek, but knows the attention he pays her is only flattery. How could such a great-looking guy fall for someone with a face like hers? Nevertheless, the two form a relationship that brings a joy to Charlie that’s way beyond her wildest dreams.

But what will happen when Derek’s true identity is revealed?

Author bio:

After years of reading books and watching movies with an element of romance, Deborah M. Piccurelli’s desire to write romance novels came naturally. She is active in her church and is an advocate for sanctity of life. Deborah is the author of two novels, a novella and several cause-related newspaper articles. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and the New Jersey Society of Christian Writers. As one of the winners in a contest by The Christian Authors Show, details of Deborah’s writing journey can be found in the 2013-2014 edition of the book, 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading. Deborah lives in New Jersey with her husband and their two sons.