Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Author Interview - Meet Deborah Palumbo

I met author Deborah Palumbo on Goodreads, and we immediately hit it off. We got a kick out of the fact that we had both picked the same background for our blogs. Obviously, she has good taste. We also share an interest in the paranormal genre, so we decided to trade off interviews. You can read her interview of me here. In addition to the paranormal genre, she also writes historical and mystery novels. Please check out the links to her work at the end of the interview.

First of all, I want to thank you Michelle for having me on your blog. I'm really glad to be here with you and your friends.

Q: What/Who inspired you to become writer?

I wasn't actually "inspired" by any event or person. The inspiration was internal; something I was born with. I always had desire to write, ever since I was a kid.

Q: You have written books in several different genres. What is your favorite and why?

I have 9 books total on amazon, ebook and paperback, and yes, there are a few different genres, so there's something for everybody! Anyway, I said this before. I must be a multi personality, LOL, because I love writing in each of these genres and not sure I could say which is my favorite. I can say however, that whatever book or genre I'm writing at a particular time, they're all laced with mystery, that's the key to my stories, and there's always an element of romance, if not a full blown, fire burning out of control romance!

Q: Have you considered adding another genre to your list? If so, what would it be?

No, paranormal, mystery, historical is it for me; although I have toyed around with the idea of a fantasy book, and in fact, last year I wrote a plot down and scribbled a few characters down too. We'll see if the inspiration evolves on that one!

One of my mystery books though is a crime noir with a vintage detective entitled When the Temperature Rises, The Detective McAllister series. I guess it's a subgenre within mystery. Book 2 is a WIP! I love this series as much as The Undeparted series, and can't wait to release this book.

Q: I really enjoyed The Undeparted. You take an interesting approach in that series. The main characters (vampires) want to become human again in book 2, The Ascent of the Undeparted, and seek forgiveness for their crimes. What inspired that twist in your story?

I'm not certain I can always pinpoint why I've gone down a certain path or took a twist, but I've been told it's an original series, and that's good! Anyway, to answer your question as best I can, Quentin was in transition emotionally and spiritually when he met and fell in love with Cassandra; having been one of the highest fallen angels, he finally recognized after ions that he should get right with the creator of the universe, and furthermore, since Cassandra was so virtuous and good, he feared for her soul in the event she'd be killed in her vampire state in which case she'd spiral downwards to the bowels of hell; he couldn't allow that. He really felt she deserved to meet God, hence The Ascent of the Undeparted! Book 3 is being released late this month; it's called The Banished One.

Q: Tell us about your newest book – The Banished One.

The Banished One is about a killer vampire who was in The Ascent of the Undeparted, who is wreaking havoc on a sleepy town, is having sexual escapades, and the lieutenant (a new character) who is pursuing him. Lieutenant Welby is a staunch disbeliever in vampires but not for long. A series of preternatural events convinces him that vampires really do exist. He follows the old town rumors about vampires right up to Quentin and his gothic castle to enlist Quentin's aid because Welby knows he can't defeat a vampire; he needs an immortal to do the battle. Question is will Quentin help out? Will Quentin battle the serial killer vampire who by the way had captured Cassandra in the past and is a constant threat to her wellbeing?
The book is for readers 18+ for some spicy love scenes. See it's more than just a mystery; it's laced with romance. The vampires really spice things up in this book!

Q: You co-wrote a screenplay with the actor/writer Jordan Rhodes. What was that experience like?

I was thrilled that Jordan Rhodes asked me to co-write his screenplay entitled McCabe and Little Jessie. He's a really great and talented man. He read and reviewed my novel Edge of Darkness, that's how we met, and how and why I was asked to co-write with him. We hope to begin a production company in which I'd be the writer. We hope that at least a few of my novels will make it to the screen. 

Fun Questions:

Q: Favorite 70’s song?

 Oh my; there are too many to mention, but I LOVE the Bee Gees! In fact I love seventies music in general! It's what I listen to.

Q: Favorite board game?

Scrabble; also like Monopoly and Parcheesi

Q: Favorite snack/drink while writing?

Sorry but I don't snack!

Q: Most creative time of the day?

There isn't a particular time of the day when I'm most creative. I of course write during the day as a norm, but believe me, there have been many nights and in the middle of the night and at 4AM when I've been absolutely inspired and have to at least jot down the thoughts storming my brain!

Q: Favorite movie?

Sense and Sensibility.

Q: What are you currently reading?

I'm reading Jodie Pierce's The Vampire Chronicles, Mae Clair Weathering Rock.

Thanks so much for these great questions Michelle! I really enjoyed answering them and spending time with you!

Deborah Palumbo

Thank you for doing this interview, Deborah! Best of luck to you with your writing and getting that production company up and running. I would love to see some of your books on the big screen!

Get your copy of The Undeparted and check out Deborah Palumbo's other books here.

You can connect with Deborah on


  1. Great interview, ladies. I think it's exciting that you co-wrote a screenplay. It is something I've thought of doing, but haven't decided.

    Wishing you much success with your career.

    1. First of all, thanks so much Michelle for this wonderful space on your blog!! Has anyone noticed that we have the same blog??!! Great minds think alike!
      Janna thank you so much for stopping by and replying! I had a great time co writing a screenplay n especially w Jordan Rhodes; it was a wonderful experience..quite different form novels, and I do prefer writing novels, but the experience was awesome. In fact, I wrote a screenplay based one my novels, The Doctors.
      Let me encourage you to follow your heart n write one too!!
      Please join my blog Janna

  2. Bee Gees fans unite!! *laughs* Hello, Michelle. Hello, Deborah. I knew I recognized that name! We found each other on Google Plus recently. We cross paths with so many, don't we?
    I really enjoyed the interview. Thanks for sharing. I'm now following your blog as well, where I hope to learn more about your work.
    You ladies have a great weekend. *waves*