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By Andrea Downing Peck
NATURAL;BORN storyteller Debbie
Macomber has captivated readers with her
tales of romance, community and enduring
friendships that inspire as well as entertain.
A prolific author with more than 160 million books in print worldwide, Macomber has
become a cannot-miss women’s fiction writer
with eight New York Times’ best-sellers,
including Rose Harbor in Bloom, published in
Success initially was elusive, however.
Macomber was a young mother of four when
she began writing full time using a rented
typewriter. It was five years before she sold
her first novel, Heartsong.
“When I first started out, the rejections
came so fast they hit me in the back of the
head,” Macomber tells The Connection while
sitting in a conference room above her yarn
shop, A Good Yarn, in a picturesque
Victorian-style building in Port Orchard,
Washington. “I would be walking from the
post office and—bang—another rejection.”
Macomber, 65, describes her desire to
write as a “dream that pounded inside of me,”
but the Washington native admits she had to
learn to craft a novel, in part because dyslexia
meant she did not read until age 10. To teach
herself the art of novel writing, she scrutinized
four of her favorite books, including Kathleen
Woodiwiss’ The Wolf and the Dove.
“Whatever was inside that story that
made me want to go back and read them again
and again, I wanted in my own story,” she
explains. “I dissected them scene by scene,
chapter by chapter. I learned the structure of a
novel, how to open and close a chapter and
introduce another character’s viewpoint.”
Author weaves tales
of love, hope
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Blessed with a deep reservoir of story
ideas, Macomber plans to continue publishing three books a year, writing from within
the turret atop her yarn shop or her winter
home in Florida. Macomber maintains her
prolific pace by focusing on producing the
daily page count needed—about 5,000 words
a day—to meet her deadlines.
“I don’t go home until those pages are finished,” says Macomber, whose charitable
works include serving as spokesperson for
World Vision’s Knit for Kids program.
Her books, meanwhile, will continue to
mirror her own outlook on life.
“I tend to be an optimistic, idealistic person,” she says. “When we were first married,
Wayne used to say, ‘Do you have to wake up
and shine so bright?’ I live a life of hope and
look for the best in things. It’s great if that
comes through in my books.” C
Andrea Downing Peck
is a freelance writer
In her numerous novel series, many of
which are based in the Pacific Northwest, she
has created a cast of characters—from Lydia
Hoffman, a yarn shop owner on Blossom
Street, to Olivia Lockhart, a small-town judge
in Cedar Cove—who could be your neighbors or new best friends.
Starry Night is Macomber’s latest installment and the most romantic page-turner in
her Christmas series, which she writes to
provide her readers with a reprieve from
“Generally, I try to do something more
humorous because people are so stressed out
over the holidays,” the Costco member says.
“I want to give them something that is going
to make them laugh, but this book is going to
make them sigh and believe again in romance
and falling in love.”
Starry Night chronicles the unlikely pairing of Finn Dalton, a reclusive best-selling
author hidden away in the wilds of Alaska,
and Carrie Slayton, a Chicago society-page
columnist who longs to write hard news.
Slayton’s editor promises her a chance to leave
the society beat behind if she locates and
lands the first interview with the complex but
“Isn’t it wildly romantic?” asks
Macomber, who admits to modeling Finn
after Wayne, her husband of 45 years. “I
loved writing that book.”