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Welcome Debra Jayne East

Today we welcome Debra Jayne East to our blog

Debra Jayne East is a member of the MasterKoda Facebook group and part of the virtual blog tour. Today I’m thrilled to be sharing her story of how she got into writing with you.

Author Debra Jayne East 98x150 Welcome Debra Jayne EastWhat Inspired Me to Be a Writer


When I was eight years old, my second grade teacher took me to the library. She had introduced me to the fiction section and I discovered magic!


I checked out a book titled The Little Princess by Francis Hodgkins Burnett, who also wrote The Secret Garden. I fell in love with books! !
I started writing my own stories right then and my little friends bought them.


Growing up, Barbara Cartland and Grace Livingston Hill were authors I devoured as soon as I could get hold of their books! I remember one day at a yard sale, I bought a box of over 35 Barbara Cartland books. I think I read nonstop for a month! They created magic for me. When you are a young impressionable girl, I think it’s important to form positive ideals of love.


After three babies and a career, I forgot about writing of course. Then something happened that changed the path of my life. My husband of 18 years asked for a divorce. I became depressed after the breakup of our marriage and I was at the end of my rope. One day I was walking and for some odd reason I reached down into the grass and pulled out a crooked heart-shaped stone. It seemed to remind me that even though my heart was broken, it was still a heart and someday I could love again. That stone saved my life. It also inspired me to weave it into a paranormal romance story.


When you read my novel Radiance: Love after Death, published by XOXO Publishing, you will see how these authors influenced my writing. In all their books, there was never any graphic sexual content, yet you were thrilled beyond imagination at the expressions of love. There needs to be some mystery in the romance department! When everything is spelled out in minute detail it gets old after awhile. I don’t know about you, but imagination is sexy to me!


Where to reach me on the Web:

Amazon  http:////goo.gl/kjNTF 

BookStrand http://www.bookstrand.com/radiance-love-after-death 

Twitter  http://twitter.com/juliet2cool4u

Blog http://debrajayneeast.blogspot.com

XOXO Publishing http://bit.ly/tnC7A0

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About the author

Tasha Turner

I am a writer and a one-on-one social media coach. I teach people how to brand themselves and how to use social media effectively.

Currently I am co-authoring a short story about a Jewish vampire to be released in 2012 as an e-book. This will be my 1st fiction. I have written a number of computer manuals and managed a tech writing group as well as editing others work for 20 years. Tasha Turner is my Pen Name and has become my professional name by default.

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  • http://cathybrockman.com Cathy Brockman

    great Blog!! Good luck with your books!

    • http://debrajayneeast.blogspot.com Debra Jayne East

      Thank you for stopping by Kathy!

  • http://rionnamorgan.blogspot.com Rionna Morgan

    What a wonderful post! Teachers are magical beings…they have such a gift!

    I’m glad you found solace in writing. That is also a gift.

    All the Best,

    • http://debrajayneeast.blogspot.com Debra Jayne East

      Little do they know what they do for us in the formative years of our lives. I’m greatfull to the amazing teachers I had growing up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TashaTurnerAuthor Tasha Turner

    Thanks for visiting Debra. What a great post. Francis Hodgkins Burnett and Barbara Cartland were two of my favorites also.

  • http://debrajayneeast.blogspot.com Debra Jayne East

    It was my pleasure. They are wonderful authors even for today. Thanks for all who commented.

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