Debbie makes the News
Novel Idea Delivers on Magic
Well who would have thought I would make the News in such a way. I am truly grateful to the Albert and Logan News for printing this article – WOW! I could not believe my eyes when I first saw the article.
The following is the story that was printed.
Waterford author Debbie Behan never imagined herself as an author – just a fan of the old mills & Boon.
Now she is celebrating the publication of her first novel Cloud Riders.
The fantasy novel centres around Cassandra Wyatt, an outcast, who becomes embroiled in a struggle for inter-galactic peace preservation.
Behan shares her story of success and goals for the future with the News.
How long were you working on your most recent book?
Cloud Riders was dreamed up and written in 2009 and has been a work in progress over the last three years. Cloud Riders is the first of five.
Where did the inspiration come from for the book?
A lover of fantasy and being a bit of a romantic this book was fun to write. A low cloud formation gave me the ideas for my characters as to how they would go through a portal. Then where to go? Sky? Stars?
All sounded good to me and that led me to Google stars, which led me to the constellations and that’s when the fascination began. I read and studied Greek mythology for hours at a time.
I found it so interesting and so the story grew.
When did you decide to try writing as a career?
In 2008 through health issues, I left a career that was my world for 30 years in the supermarket industry.
Not only was I lucky enough so experience many complex and yet lovely personalities. I saw first-hand what a truly beautiful country we live in.
A glimpse of the magic is touched so as my characters hide out here in outback Australia.
Do you have any writing rituals or preferences?
Mine is simple, it’s visual. I always come up with a name first and then (in a rough way) design a cover,
This becomes the screen saver on my laptop as motivation.
I also paste it into the start of my document. I actually came up with the Cloud Riders title before I had finished the previous story.
I had no idea what this fantasy would be about, I just let it evolve.
What are some books that have changed your life?
Many will laugh at this but when I was younger, I believe Mills & Boon taught me about love, but it was the love story in Twilight that inspired me to write.
I was given the series to read for a Christmas present.
With little to read, one day I picked up the first book and that was it for me.
My husband came home and I told him I was going to write a novel.
What is your ultimate goal for your writing career?
I have eight novels completed and another two stories in progress.
My goal is to complete the edit stage on two novels by early 2013.
One being book two of the Cloud Riders, the other is book one of a trilogy.