Xlibris Publishing introduces Deborah Radwan, author of To Lie Down With the Sea.
Please briefly describe your book:
To Lie Down With the Sea is an enduring love story that I hope will linger with the reader long after the book is closed. Sam and Kate finally find their once-in-a-lifetime love only to have its strength tested by a shocking secret one of them is keeping. I hope it will make the reader believe in true love, cry over life’s ironies but leave them hopeful for what the future holds.
Who is the author “behind” the book?
My professional career was in the financial industry, but my degree was in English. I always wanted to write, loved the beauty of the written word and how a good story could make you feel. In 2012, The Compass was published and now, six years later, I am venturing out again with To Lie Down With the Sea. These books have everything I love in them.
Do you have any particular literary influences that have helped you develop in your genre, subject and style?
I suppose many fictional writers, along with poetry and the singer-storyteller musicians of the 70’s have all influenced my writing.
What inspired you to write your book, and how long did it take you to finish it?
I always wanted to write, but was intimidated by many of the multi-generational books I read in the 80’s and 90’s. I thought, I could never do that! Then, I read the Bridges of Madison County – a story that took place in a week between two characters. THIS, I thought, I can do. Several months after finishing that book, I was driving up the coast, looked out at the ocean and the entire story and title of To Lie down With the Sea popped into my head. True story. It took me one year to write, but I sat on it for 20 years, massaging it, changing it hoping to make it better.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers?
Love is everything. Every life makes a difference on this planet, no matter how small. What is important, is that we really loved.
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
Not currently. I’d have to give that some thought.
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book? Please feel free to mention any accolades you have received.
The best thing I ever did was advertise my book in my high school alumnae newsletter. So many opportunities came from that one advertisement. I will also be having a book launch party in October.
What was your favorite part of your publishing experience, overall and with Xlibris?
The level of communication with me was outstanding. I was apprised of status almost daily and felt like they had a keen interest in my book.
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Believe in yourself. Be truthful with yourself. Massage the story over and over until you think, this is it!
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