debbie macomberDebbie Macomber is not only a New York Times bestselling author, but she’s also one of the world’s most popular authors, and we are thrilled to have her join us today.  Over the years she has given readers hours of pleasure, creating heartwarming stories of family, friendship and love.  Her latest release “A Turn in the Road” is part of her wildly popular Blossom Street novels.

My bags are packed for my upcoming book tour, and while part of the schedule includes air travel, much of it will be driving from one city to the next--a road trip, in other words.  Wouldn’t you say that's pretty fitting for a story called A Turn in the Road ?  My husband will be at the wheel, which makes it even better.
 


Every year, usually in December, we make the same trek from Washington State to Florida that Bethanne, Ruth and Annie do in this story.  Our dog, Bogie, travels with us.  There's nothing he likes better than taking his place in the back seat so he can watch the world go speeding by.  My characters have music, books, maps--and knitting—to pass the time on their road trip, just like we do (well, the knitting’s mine, not Wayne’s). The one thing they don’t have is a dog to accompany them.

On our yearly drive to Florida Wayne and I have made many of the same stops Bethanne, Ruth and Annie make in the story.  Somehow or other Wayne always finds a reason (or do I mean an excuse?) to visit Las Vegas, and you’ll see that it ends up being part of the characters’ trip, too.  Once, and I'm not making this up, our car actually broke down right outside of Vegas.  It took two full days to fix, and Wayne used the opportunity to play poker. Lots and lots of poker. I, on the other hand, rented a car and visited yarn stores…buying lots and lots of yarn. No surprise there!

Bethanne, Ruth and Annie, however, encounter more than one surprise along the way and have a number of adventures, big and small.  I hope you’ll enjoy this road trip, even if you never leave the comfort of your favorite chair.  And I hope that when you finish the last page, you'll say to yourself, "Now that was a really good story."

 If you could take a road trip with anyone anywhere, who would you go with and where?

 

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by glitterbee on ‎04-21-2011 11:00 AM

I would go with my BFF Sue.  We would start in Minnesota and head West.  I would love to go to the Northwest and to CA, Vegas, Utah etc.  On another road trip we would head East to the New England states.  During these road trips we would take many side excursions.  Since we are retired we could take as long as we want and do what we want.  Of course, along the way we would have to find as many quilting and knitting stores as we could and yes, stock up. She also does scrapbooking so I imagine we would have to stop at wherever we could find those supplies also.

 

by glitterbee on ‎04-21-2011 11:03 AM

Oh, I forgot to add that I already have done the southern states as we winter in FL 7 months out of the year.  THe only problem with that as I can't get my husband to stop at any quilting or knitting shops along the way so maybe Sue and I would have to do the South trip together.

Nothing like finding new shops and exploring. I have read all of your books and I mean all of them from way back, I can't wait to read A Turn IN the Road.  I already preordered it for my Kindle. Just waiting and waitng and waiting and waiting.

by Author DebbieMacomber on ‎04-21-2011 12:19 PM

Hello Glitterbee,

 

I've done road trips with my high school friends through the years.  My friend Diane, who lived across the street from me is one of my bff's.  We went through all 12 years of school together and the funny part is we didn't become really close friends until we were adults.  At any rate we've gone on wine tours.  We took our husband's with us and they should just consider themselves lucky we didn't stop at every yarn store en route. 

 

You'll love your Kindle.  I bought Nooks for my family for Christmas.  Everyone loves theirs.

 

Debbie

by Val-Pearson on ‎04-21-2011 12:31 PM

I would take my mom for sure.  As she's getting older, I want to spend every moment I can with her.  We have plans big plans of things we're going to do and one of those is to visit every single state on a road trip.  I can't wait!  After that, we are going to RWA for sure.  I know everything on our list will take several years but I can't wait to get to know my mom all over again and just be able to laugh.  

by Blogger Maria_Lokken on ‎04-21-2011 12:36 PM

Hi Debbie -


We're so happy to have you here today!

 

I LOVE road trips - and I loved "A Turn in the Road".  Thanks for such a great read.

 

I have two sisters and once a year we just do a 'sisters' vacation, and we've taken road trips to lots of places.  The most memorable was driving to Montreal from NY, we had the time of our lives.  We laughed till we hurt, we ate until we couldn't stuff another thing in our mouths and we shopped...

by writingbooks on ‎04-21-2011 01:09 PM

I would love to rent (or buy!) an RV and follow the route from Ohio to Las Vegas that my characters take in my WIP. With my husband at the wheel so my hands are free to take lots of notes and pictures. Like you, we'd have to make a few side trips, mostly for family we haven't seen in years. Although, now that I think about it, a black Harley with sidecar would be more accurate for research purposes...and more fun!

by Author DebbieMacomber on ‎04-21-2011 02:02 PM

To Val,

 

Oh enjoy this time with your mother.  I lost mine six years ago now and think of her every single day.  I took my mother to Vegas one year on a Mother-Daughter trip and we had a  blast.  Not a road trip though.  We went by plane, still its a memory I hold close to my heart.  Oh how we laughed.

 

Debbie

by Author DebbieMacomber on ‎04-21-2011 02:05 PM

Hi Maria,

 

I don't have a sister but I am close to my girl cousins, espeically on my father's side of the family.  We do quite a bit together.  In fact my cousin Shirley lives in the condo next to ours in Vero Beach Florida.  She's in Seattle now and we've purchased a house but we so enjoyed being close during the winter months. 

 

Thank you for the comment about A TURN IN THE ROAD.  It was a fun book to write.

 

Debbie

by Author DebbieMacomber on ‎04-21-2011 02:06 PM

Dear writingbooks,

 

Wayne and I have toyed with the idea of purchasing a motorhome and hitting the road with it several times, but have never made the leap.  Naturally he'd do the driving (which he does now) and I'll knit.  It's the perfect vacation.  I hope you do take such a trip.

 

Debbie

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