Debra Chapoton

It’s that time again! I have been scouring my connections and found another author of note to share with you.

She is an accomplished author, teacher, and an AMAZING critique partner.  Definitely the kind of lady you want to know.

Debra is another one of my fabulous connections that I met shortly after a Twitter pitching competition. We were both looking for a partner to share our Query pieces with, and a beautiful CP friendship was born.

I have to say, I probably got the better end of the deal than Debra did. A published author multiple times over, her 10+ years of experience is SO much greater than mine. Her input helped polish and clean Alice up so when I submitted my manuscript to my publisher (I’ll tell you who soon, I PROMISE!), it was clean and polished (and rid of SO MANY ‘justs’ and ‘thats’.) and ACCEPTED! For my part, I pretty much just fangirled all over her manuscript and her general awesomeness. I would only be so lucky to work with her again in the future.

So here she is: the woman of the hour: Miss Debra Chaperon!

PictureWho is your favorite author? 
This is the hardest question there is since the answer changes often. Today I’ll say my favorite author is Dean Koontz because every one of his books is scary-good. My favorite book is by someone else though. It’s called Streiker’s Bride.
What do you YOU write?
I started by writing kids’ adventure books, but now I write young adult novels. I’ve written paranormal, suspense, psychological thriller, science fiction, dystopian … you name it.
Why did you choose that age group?
I taught high school for many years and love the teenage years. I tend to draw on former students for characters and a couple of different high schools for settings.How have your books been published?
I was published in Germany by a traditional publishing house and in the US by a small indie publisher that later folded. I took back my rights and self-published then.

I recently got to read your (AMAZING) novel, The Time Bender. How did you get the idea for the story?
The Time Bender (tentative publishing date 2017) was conceived after I read a book blurb for a story about a girl who finds out she’s a mermaid. Since that idea was taken I wondered what would happen if a couple of AWOL space warriors were searching the universe for someone who could manipulate time. I know, big stretch from mermaids to aliens to girls who can slow down time, but that’s how stories get born. I’m almost done with a sequel (The Time Pacer) and I’ve already begun plotting a third book (The Time Stopper) for the series. Picture
What is your favorite part of the writing process?
I particularly like editing and rewriting. I take suggestions from critique partners seriously. I also like to layer in characteristics and subplots during the successive drafts.
Now that you have been in the business for awhile, is there anything that you would have done differently? If you could ‘bend’ time, what would you tell yourself?
I would brand myself from the start. My blog, website, email, etc. would all be named the same, probably with my name only.What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Learn all you can about writing and editing. Study grammar. Buy Dwight V. Swain’s book Techniques of the Selling Writer. Read a lot. Expect to rewrite your story several times. It may only take a few months to produce the first draft, but let it percolate for just as long before tackling a second draft.

What would you say has been the most important thing you have learned since starting your writing journey?
Oooh, hard question. The most important thing [mmm, looking off into distance] is … oh, I know this one: it’s NEVER GIVE UP. That applies to the publishing/marketing side. As far as the writing goes, just have fun.
There you have it, words of wisdom from a VERY smart lady!
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Want to learn more from Debra? 
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