Tag Archives: The Author

Interview at Mysterious Writers

I hope you will visit Jean Henry Mead’s blog at Mysterious Writers and read what we talked about in our interview.  We talk about Painted Black, writing, and the next Street Stories novel, Bend Me, Shape Me.

Here’s one of the unique questions I answered:

Which three inanimate objects would you save in case of a fire or other natural disaster?

My laptop, my external hard drive, and my purse. Hopefully I’ve put my wallet in my purse before the fire started. All very practical, I know, and I would truly mourn any personal mementos that were left behind and destroyed but my words could never be rewritten in quite the same way again (I know because I’ve lost files and never could rewrite to my satisfaction again). Plus almost all my pictures are digitized so I’m saving memories as well. And with cash, credit cards and ID available, that would be one less hassle I would have to worry about as I piece my life together.

via Interview at Mysterious Writers.

Helen Ross Writes About Painted Black

Helen Ross is a children’s author and blogger who is doing her part to support independent authors and small presses on her blog Helen Ross Writes.  As part of that, she interviewed me about my path to publishing which includes a few tidbits about the evolution of Painted Black and my publisher New Libri Press.  She also posted an interview with New Libri author Acacia Awai last week about her YA novel Scales.

Click the link at the end of the excerpt below to read the whole article and find out more about Painted Black’s creation.

Painted Black has gone through several major revisions and was put away in a drawer several times thinking that was it.  I belonged to a  writers’ group for eleven years during that process and their input was invaluable to me.  I honestly don’t think it would be this good without them, which is why I give them a special thanks in the book.  The book also benefited from my growth as a writer thanks to books I’ve read on writing, to conferences I attended, to the simple act of writing, writing, writing.  Finally, my publishers at New Libri had excellent suggestions for ways to improve the commerciality of it without compromising my voice or the feel of the book.

via http://misshelenwrites.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/chatting-with-debra-borys-author-of-painted-black/

Author Spotlight no.61

Morgen Bailey did a beautiful job with the Author Spotlight she posted about Painted Black.  Her site has a lot of other interesting interviews and lots of other writer/reader goodness.

Check her out: Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog

“The characters in Painted Black know how true that is. The victim in the novel, Lexie Green, was kicked out of her home when she was 12 because her mother caught her boyfriend molesting her and blamed the little girl instead of the drunk man. One of my main characters, Chris, ran away from home because they lived in such poverty he felt he was just a burden to his single-parent mother who was working two jobs and had two small children to care for. He calls his mother every once in a while to tell her he’s okay, but because she never asks him to come home she validates that she doesn’t care about him.

The street kids I write about are examples of what you call “throw away youth’” kids who were either kicked out or ran away because life at home was so terrible anything seems better than what they left behind. When there is no one who cares where you are or what happens to you, you end up treated like garbage someone just tossed out on the curb.”

via Author Spotlight no.61 – Debra Borys « Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog.

Interview up at Sylvia Browder’s Blog

You would think that one author interview would be the same as another.  But each interviewer always has at least one or two questions that asks something new.  I hope you enjoy.

Sylvia:  What is your favorite scene from the book?

Debra: One of my favorite scenes is when Jo meets Lexie. When I read it, I can actually see the Chicago Street they are standing on. The image of Lexie sitting in a booth wolfing down a burrito because she’s so hungry was inspired by a similar scene I experienced one of my first nights of volunteering in Chicago.  I was with one of the Emmaus Ministries’ staff members and we bought a late night supper for a young homeless man we met.


Author Interview

Yikes!  I just scheduled my first author interview to talk about Painted Black.  It’s a 30 minute live interview  at http://johnbyk.blogspot.com/ a Blog Talk radio.

January 8

8 p.m. EST

Live Interview


Debra R. Borys

author of

Painted Black