Thanks for the introduction, Claudine, and I apologize for not posting earlier. My alter ego had a longggggggggggggg day at work, but Iâ€™ll be here all day tomorrow and Friday.
Anyway, Iâ€™m A.L.Debran and I typically write historicals of the western nature. I say usually because my newest release is a contemporary vampire novella. I grew up on a cattle ranch listening to Marty Robbins gunfighter ballads and reading Louis Lâ€™Amour westerns. The love of all things Old West is deep in my heart.
I like to tell people that I live in the far southeastern corner of Colorado where â€œwe have a name for rain and wind and fire. The rain is Tess, the fireâ€™s Joe, and they call the wind Mariah.â€
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Now, to answer Claudineâ€™s questions.
What brings out the muse in me? I fired my muses a couple of years ago because they were a couple of riverboat gamblers who ultimately wanted to play poker and smoke cigars more than they wanted to inspire me. So Iâ€™m on my own, however, I almost always have a movie going while I write. I need the visual inspiration that movies offer. For instance, when Iâ€™m in deep-scene writing, I put on the Lord of the Rings trilogy and just keep them going. The Last of the Mohicans, Phantom of the Opera, and Casablanca are also good mood-setters.
When Iâ€™m writing, do I have to have a lucky charm? Nope, I can write anywhere, at anytime, under any circumstances. I hand-write and type. Iâ€™m not temperamental at all. Napkin, notebook, computer keyboard, envelope, sidewalk chalkâ€¦itâ€™s all the same to me.
I donâ€™t know if these qualify as quirks, but I use a trifold board (science project type) to glue visuals of my story to -pictures and words- so I can see the characters, places, etc. My stories unfold in my head much as a movie unfolds on screen. I write in scenes rather than a beginning-middle-end/linear format and I stick the indivdual scenes in as the story plays out. Another quirk is until I have the exact name for each character and know that characterâ€™s personality, the story wonâ€™t flow at all.
I can go on and on, so Iâ€™ll take a breath here and let someone else say something.