Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Q+A with Deborah Coates + Wide Open Giveaway

Please welcome today's paranormal guest author Deborah Coates.  Deborah is author of What Makes a River and Wide Open.

Keep reading for a chance to win a print copy of Wide Open by Deborah Coates.

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

  I didn't do much writing at all until after grad school and initially I concentrated on short stories.  I wanted to try lots of different things and short stories were made for that.  I wrote a mystery novel, set that aside because I didn't know how to fix it, had some more success with short stories and finally got the idea for WIDE OPEN a little over four years ago.

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

I love books with a strong sense of place and interesting complex characters.  Writing about the paranormal lets me ground my stories in the contemporary world with characters who have recognizable life experiences, but then take all that and add a paranormal twist.  What would people really do if our world had ghosts or sorcerers or ancient gods?  I think the stronger and more solid the grounding, the more impact the paranormal elements have.  I'm still working on how to do that, how different elements affect different characters and where particular stories lead.  It's fun!

EJ:  If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be?  Why?

No contest.  Immortality.  Not only would I love the chance to read all the books and learn all the things, but to watch the world and the people in it grow and change, would be extraordinary.  The long-term accumulation of wealth thing wouldn't be too shabby either.

EJ:  Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.

What I hope is that readers will be drawn to the setting--western South Dakota on the prairie--and the characters.  Hallie is sharp-edged and brave and a little bit reckless (ha!).  Boyd is thoughtful and steadfast and at least as brave as Hallie.  I write for character much of the time and I hope readers fall in love with these characters in this place and want to come along for the ride.

EJ:  If your book were being made into a movie, who would you cast in the leading roles?  Why?

  Oh, wow.  I have clear pictures in my head of all of the characters, but I know that good actors can become their roles in pretty amazing ways so I'm not sure I can point to someone and say--that one, that person, looks just like Hallie or Boyd or Hallie's dad.  I'd love to see actors cast who are the same age as my characters because so often actors age down for roles and then we picture people in their teens and twenties as looking older than they really are.  But honestly, I'd love to see WIDE OPEN made into a movie.  I'd love to see what they do with it, how it looks, and even what they change.  Maybe it would be awful, but the flip side is--it could be amazing!

Wide Open by Deborah Coates

When Sergeant Hallie Michaels comes back to South Dakota from Afghanistan on ten days' compassionate leave, her sister Dell's ghost is waiting at the airport to greet her.

The sheriff says that Dell's death was suicide, but Hallie doesn't believe it. Something happened or Dell's ghost wouldn't still be hanging around. Friends and family, mourning Dell's loss, think Hallie's letting her grief interfere with her judgment. 

The one person who seems willing to listen is the deputy sheriff, Boyd Davies, who shows up everywhere and helps when he doesn't have to. 

As Hallie asks more questions, she attracts new ghosts, women who disappeared without a trace.  Soon, someone's trying to beat her up, burn down her father's ranch, and stop her investigation.

Hallie's going to need Boyd, her friends, and all the ghosts she can find to defeat an enemy who has an unimaginable ancient power at his command.

Thank you Deborah for joining us here today at From the Shadows!

To learn more about Deborah Coates and her books, please visit her website.

**Wide Open Book Giveaway**

We are giving away a copy of Wide Open by Deborah Coates to one lucky winner!

To enter, please leave a comment on this post and include your email address (so we may contact you if you win).  This giveaway is open to US mailing addresses only.  Giveaway ends March 29th midnight EST.


  1. Thank you for the giveaway :)
    GFC: Gi-Gi

  2. Crazy beautiful Cover! Hope I win!

  3. Fantastic cover. Love it and great blurb talk about a must read. GFC - Jessica ( frellathon )


  4. This sounds like an amazing read! I am in all the way! Thank you for the invite.

    Kitty Bullard

  5. Wow, sounds really good!


  6. Wide Open sounds interesting and great! Thanks for the chance to win and great interview! :)

    GFC: Jamie

  7. Sounds like an interesting book! I can't wait to read it!


  8. Intriguing book. I really want to read this. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. I've had my eye on this books for a while now, and I'm even more interested after reading this Q&A!! Thanks so much for the interview and giveaway:)

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  10. Deb Coates' Wide Open is a must-have for me. To begin with just look at that great cover painting. Bring it on, please.

  11. This sounds really good; I grew up in Montana, which has a border touching S. Dakota, and often traveled through S. Dakota with my family on trips to visit relatives. It's a state with a rich history, if not a lot of people. Would love to read a few books set there ;-) katy(dot)sozaeva at gmail(dot)com

  12. Love the cover! Thanks for the interview and the giveaway.
    NewBorrowedUsed(at)gmail(dot) com

  13. First time hearing of this one, sounds good!

  14. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest.

  15. Love the cover! Sounds great :)
    GFC: Vivien

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  16. Great interview! The book sounds very good.


  17. Sounds good. Thanks for the chance!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  18. Sounds like another book that i ned to read asap!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    GFC follower

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  19. I really wany to read this!!

  20. Great interview! I totally love the cover! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. I reeaaallly want to read this!


  22. Thank you for the giveaway!

    Farin Gray