Monday, July 3, 2017

Interview with Christian Cozy Mystery Author Deborah Malone

Deborah has worked as a freelance writer and photographer, for the historic magazine “Georgia Backroads, since 2001. Her writing is featured in “Tales of the Rails,” edited by Olin Jackson as well as the “Christian Communicator,” and “The Southern Writers Magazine.” Deborah has two daughters, and lives in Georgia with her husband, Travis

Welcome to my blog, Deborah. Please tell us about the Trixie Montgomery Cozy Mystery Series.

Thank you for having me Linda. Trixie is a journalist for a magazine in Georgia called “Georgia by the Way.” It just so happens that I, too, write for a magazine: “Georgia Backroads.” I guess you could say that Trixie is a lot like me. She gets to travel because of her job, and she usually takes her best friend Dee Dee along with her. They seem to be magnets for murders and have become quite good at solving them.

The settings in my books are real and if you’re familiar with the area you would recognize the buildings, restaurants, roads, etc. This makes it fun for people who have visited these areas or plan to visit them.

Death in Dahlonega is the first book in this series. What is it about?

Trixie is near her sixth month probation period on her job as a magazine journalist. Her boss, Harv, has given her an assignment to cover the Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega, Georgia, a mining town in the north Georgia mountains. She takes her friend, Dee Dee, with her. While they are visiting the Gold Museum, Dee Dee has to go to the bathroom when she happens upon a dead body. Let’s just say it doesn’t go well for Dee Dee since she and the victim had an argument earlier in the day. Trixie and Dee Dee get involved to help solve the murder.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

While writing for “Georgia Backroads,” I wrote several historical articles, and while researching fell in love with this unique little town. I knew when I started writing my novel I wanted to set it in Dahlonega. I wanted to use the real setting, because it is such a quaint and unique area, and a well-known tourist spot in Georgia.

Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

Trixie is the main character and I feel close to her because part of myself went into her. And Trixie isn’t perfect. She’s been through a divorce (her husband wanted to move on to greener pastures), she is at a point in her life that her faith has wavered, and she has a bum knee from when she fell off a horse when she was younger. She uses a cane for long walks. In other words, she is real! Through the series, you will see Trixie grow and regain her faith with the help of her good friend Dee Dee.

Where is your website and blog so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?

My website is

Thank you for this wonderful interview, Deborah. I appreciate it and hope that my readers will check out your books.


Jennifer said...

Great interview! I already have all of Deborah's books ☺

Library Lady said...

Thanks for introducing me to Deborah.
Looking forward to reading and hopefully, winning, her book.
Janet E.

Nancy Luebke said...

You are a new to me author but I enjoy these types of stories. I like that you make your characters real. Thanks for this opportunity.

Lisa Brown said...

Trixie sounds like an interesting character; the book sounds great, and thanks for the chance to win :)
jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

Leona Olson said...

I never thought of a Gold Rush in Georgia. It is always fun to read about a familiar place.

Sonja said...

I am glad the character has a bum knee, because I can commiserate! Sounds great!

Mutti said...

I would love to read your book and learn a little bit about modern day Dahlonega as I have ancestors who came from there. It is one of the cities I would still like to see. Somehow we have missed it in our travels through Georgia. I am glad to find another author to read! Since Linda recommends you I am sure I will enjoy your books.

Robin in NC said...

Thanks for introducing us to another new author, Linda! I enjoy stories that I can relate to the characters! We need all the Christian Cozy Mystery books we can get our hands on! :) Thanks! Best of luck with your books Deborah! rw620 AT aol DOT com

Diane Dean White said...

These books look great. We lived in GA for a few years, and I too was finally able
to write about the rural area in THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN.I think I'll curl up with one
of yours and enjoy the area again.

Deborah Malone said...

Thank you so much for your comments. It is good to see some familiar faces and some new ones, too. I used to choose a winner and Diane White is the winner. Congratulations Diane!

Deborah Malone said...

Diane could you please email me at so I can get your mailing information. Thanks!

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Congratulations to Diane Dean White. I'm sure you'll enjoy this Christian Cozy Mystery.