Author of Erotic Comedic Romance Debra Dunbar
Recently, one of my twitter accounts started following Debra Dunbar and got a message “Woohoo! Another victim, errr, follower. I mean follower. Belly up to the bar and let’s tweet!” So I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get to know this author a little better. Here is what I was able to find out.
If you could be as descriptive and wordy as you like, what would you say your actual genre is. (ie, speculative time-travel paranormal gothic horror romance *joking*)
The Imp series would be Dark Rural Erotic Contemporary Comedic Fantasy. Naughty Mom I’d call Erotic Comedic Romance.
What was the reason you started writing the Naughty Mom series?
I love to read erotic romance, but the heroines seem to all be single women in their early twenties – kind of funny given the demographic of the readers is often middle age, married women with children. Why can’t they be heroines too? 15 years of marriage and 5 kids doesn’t have to spell the end of romance and loving, sexy fun with your husband. Naughty Mom is out to prove that.
2 novels in the Imp series, and 1 prequel novella. 1 Naughty Mom story. 1 super-short horror, and a YA paranormal romance in an anthology. And a partridge in a pear tree. (Just kidding!)
When you are not D.D., indie author extraordinaire what other hats do you wear?
I have a really boring, MBA, Corporate-Day-Job persona. I’m a mom to 3 crazy boys, and a wife. When I have a smidgen of free time, I like to jog – I am totally hooked on those crazy mud runs. I ride my horse, and sometimes I actually manage to stay on him. I’m up for anything – flea market, hiking in the woods, wine festival . You name it.
What are some of your favorite genres and authors to read.
Urban Fantasy is a big favorite – Ilona Andrews , Jennifer Estep, Jeaniene Frost and the other Big Dogs. I really love ferreting out undiscovered gems by indie authors and bringing them to light. I also enjoy non-fiction. Things like: Food for the Undead- On the Trail of New England’s Vampires, Strange and Obscure Stories of the Civil War, and anything by Marie-Louise Von Franz.
Did you ever read a book, before you became an author, that made you sit back and say to yourself, “I want to be able to write like this?” and if so what was it?
D.H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers still haunts me after all these years. I doubt I’ll ever be able to write with that much depth and emotion, so I’ll also say Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence. He has a way of portraying life with a humor that really resonates with me. I love his witty style and hope someday I’ll measure up.
Well, so far I’ve hit Urban Fantasy, Erotica, Horror, and YA fantasy. I have a Dark Fantasy in the works for late fall. Yep. Paranormal, Smut, and sometimes Paranormal Smut. That’s me.
Do feel more of a connection to any of your characters more than others and if so which one(s)?
As a woman of “a certain age” and a mother, I have a soft spot for Naughty Mom.
Samantha Martin, the imp in my UF series, is the closest to my heart, though. Secretly, I wish I was more like her. Except then I’d probably be in jail, LOL.
Are you working on another novel or short story? Can you give a hint of the storyline?
In addition to 3 more Naughty Mom stories and a 3rd novel in the Imp series coming out this spring, I’m writing Dead Shift – a Dark Fantasy that will be released in the fall. The heroine is a Baltimore City police officer. She’s dead. And once she realizes it, she needs to find her killer or possibly be trapped forever inside a decaying body.
Ahhhh, I better skip this question!
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