meet mystery author debbie de louise

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Let's welcome mystery author Debbie De Louise!

Debbie De Louise is the author of the Cobble Cove Mysteries: A Stone's Throw, Between A Rock And A Hard Place, Written In Stone, And Love On The Rocks.

She has also authored a paranormal romance novel, Cloudy Rainbow, a romantic comedy novella, Jack Trumps Ace, and a standalone thriller, Reason To Die. Her most recent book is a psychological mystery: Sea Scope.

She worked as Features Editor on the student newspaper and publisher and editor of the Palmer School graduate newsletter at Long Island University, where she received a B.A. in English and Masters in Library Science.

A member of the Cat Writer’s Association, she has published articles in Cats Magazine and Catnip (Tufts University Veterinary Newsletter). Her short mystery, “Stitches in Time” was published in the Cat Crimes Through Time Anthology.

She has won Writer's Digest Honorable Mention for her self-published Novel, "Cloudy Rainbow," and the Laurence C. Lobaugh, Jr. memorial award in Journalism. Her short story, "The Path to Rainbow Bridge" and her latest Cobble Cove mystery, "Love on the Rocks" both received a Certificate of Excellence from the Cat Writers' Association.

She has been published through Solstice Publishing and Creativia. She is a reference librarian and lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and three cats.

What interests you about writing? Why do you do it?

As a mystery author, I enjoy creating people, places, and plots and sharing them with readers. Writing is a very immersive experience, as reading can be. It’s a great outlet for creativity.

How do you feel your background has influenced your writing?

As a librarian, part of my job is selecting books for my library’s fiction and mystery collections. That involves reading reviews and also writing them for our staff picks as well as suggesting authors and titles for our homebound patrons and those needing reader advisory services. I believe that being familiar with other books, authors, and reader interests helps me craft better stories.

Have you always lived on Long Island, or are you a traveler?

I’ve lived all my life on Long Island and have only moved twice within the same town.

I do enjoy traveling, though, when I get the chance and have been to a lot of places, mostly on the East Coast but have also been to Canada, England, and Wales. I’m still hoping to get out West and to visit Italy one day.

I really like the "stone" theme of your Cobble Cove series. How did you come up with that?

To be honest, I’m not sure.

For the first book, A Stone’s Throw, I based the title on the saying and then, as I wrote the other books, I decided to make each title a saying with either rocks or stones in them – Between a Rock and a Hard Place; Written in Stone; Love on the Rocks.

A stone theme was also appropriate because I called the town Cobble Cove.

Do you have (or have you ever had) a real-life mystery situation, or an unanswered mystery in your life?

In fact, I’ve had two and they’ve both involved cats.

I’ve had cats all my life, and I also write about them. When I lost my female cat, Holly, to cancer in October 2003, I was trying to get pregnant. Five months later, I did.

My daughter was born 6 ½ weeks premature on the first anniversary of my cat's death. I named my daughter Holly, but we’d already chosen that name. I still found it a very strange coincidence that my baby girl would be born early and arrive on the same date I lost my female cat.

More recently, my 17-year old Siamese, Oliver, died after a 2-year bout with kidney disease. He’d been my mother’s cat until she had to be moved into a nursing home

Oliver died in November 2017 after living with us for 5 years. My mother died 9 months later last July.

This past October, we adopted two 3-month-old kittens from a shelter. They were born around the time my mother passed away.

On my mother’s birthday in February, I saw a cat-shaped shadow on my ceiling. The shadow faded a few minutes after light entered the room, but I was able to take a photo of it.

It was the first time I’d ever seen anything like it.

I had the thought that my mother, also a life-long cat lover, was sending me a message that she was with Oliver again.

I also felt that my mother and Oliver somehow arranged for us to find and adopt our two kittens, Harry and Hermione, who have brought us such joy after their losses.



Awww! That is so sweet! And rather amazing!
What are you working on right now?

I’m working on a new standalone mystery. I’d rather not say too much about it.

I’m also hoping to write a 5th Cobble Cove book and finish another standalone that I’ve worked on in the past.

I’m also querying the first of a new cozy mystery to agents.

What are your plans for the future, literary or otherwise?

Eventually, I’d like to retire from my full-time job at the library, write full time as a mystery author, and be published by a large publisher.

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