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Deborah Raney

Deborah Raney’s first novel, A Vow to Cherish, was awarded a Silver Angel from Excellence in Media and inspired the acclaimed World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Since then her books have won the RITA Award, the HOLT Medallion, and the National Readers’ Choice Award. Raney was also a finalist for the Christy Award. She and her husband, artist Ken Raney, make their home in their native Kansas.
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Deborah Raney
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." ~Martyred missionary Jim Elliot

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I would love to be bilingual. I think having a second or third language at my bidding would open up the world in amazing ways.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Wasted time and thoughtless words.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. God has blessed me with the gift of cheerfulness. I hope that is a blessing to others.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My children. Not that I can take any credit for the amazing people they have become, but I think anyone who meets them can't help but say we did a few things right.

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January 24, 2011

While I love to read historical novels, I've only written one, a novella. (Had it been a full-length historical, I'd still be asking for extensions on my deadline!) The only thing that experience accomplished was to convince me I'd best stick to writing contemporary. Why? Oh, let me count the ways...

My first sentence of my first draft of "Circle of Blessings"––set in 1864 in the Dakota Territory––read something like this:

Heather Bradford grabbed her handbag from the credenza in the parlor and stepped out onto the back deck, panning the horizon.

My fingers paused on the keyboard. Was a purse actually... see more

July 26, 2010

Book: Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
Movie: Children of a Lesser God
TV series: Without a Trace
Color: Red
Coffee drink: White Chocolate Mocha
Candy: Coffee Nips or Gobstoppers
Snack: Kettle corn
Pet: Cats
Game: Mexican Train Dominoes

December 18, 2009

A recipe that's become a Christmas tradition in my family is Jewel Cookies. Some might think the recipe gets its name from the colorful egg yolk paint or frosting, but in fact, these cookies are named after a sweet neighbor from my childhood (to whom I dedicated my novel A Nest of Sparrows). Though Jewel and her husband, Don, had no children of their own, Jewel used to invite all the kids from our little farming community to "paint" and decorate cookies at her farmhouse every Christmas. After Don and Jewel moved into town, my sister and her family moved into their farmhouse, and my sister continued the tradition for her children and mine. Jewel often... see more

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