It is clear that Deborah Busby, Ahwatukee resident and author, likes hand-written mementos.
Mostly because for every first draft of a book she writes, it must be handwritten.
“I’m kind of quirky as an author,” said Busby, 41, who also mentioned she needs Harry Potter movies serve as background noise when she edits.
“Everyone has their own sources of inspiration,” she added.
Busby, a contemporary romance author, just released “Turning Point,” a novel largely about love, finding “yourself” again, and also lightly touches on domestic violence.
Later this year, two more books are set for release and two more planned for next year.
While writing has been a “lifelong dream” of Busby’s, she also spends her time teaching English at online colleges and caring for her family—a husband and six kids, five of which were from a previous marriage.
Busby is originally from Oregon, and wrote her first book at age 20, which she explained as being “disastrous.” A lot of her stories, she said, seem to always involve a Phoenix-Portland connection.
“You write about what you know,” said Busby, as she sat in her home office filled with books, lots of natural daylight, and a keyboard piano.
When it comes to her inspiration for stories or scenes, she said the ideas can come from real life, like seeing a couple walk down the street and daydreaming about what they might be like.
But more often than not, Busby explains the ideas “will just drop out of my mind, and I can’t sleep and it’s all I think about until I write it and actually get it down.”
With “Turning Point,” Busby said she wrote the entire first draft while on a weekend trip to northern Arizona.
“Writers each have their own rhythm,” she said, “what works for one may or may not work for another.”
Next on Busby’s ideal plate would be screenwriting, admitting that while book writing and screenwriting are completely different, it’s also a dream of hers to see her books made into movies.
For those who are interested in writing a book, Busby’s best advice is to just start writing.
“My mantra is you can’t edit a blank page. It doesn’t matter how long it is, or how good or bad it is, you just need to write,” she added.
While understanding that there will always be that voice of negativity in your head that convinces you not to write, Busby rebukes that by saying, “you just have to be louder.”
Deborah Busby’s books are available on e-Readers and in some Barnes and Noble Bookstores. To find out more about her upcoming releases, visit www.deborahbusby.com.
• Diana Martinez is freelancing this summer for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @_dianamartinez.