You ever just have a moment where your whole day is saved? Well, Debbie Mason just saved ours! We’re basking in the glow of this incredibly fun Q&A, and now you can too! Don’t miss our interview or her latest book, Starlight Bridge, out now!
What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?
Love Actually, The Notebook, Sleepless in Seattle, Gone with the Wind, and Serendipity.
Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).
David and Natalie had the perfect meet-cute scene in Love Actually.
I love the boat scene in The Notebook, it was beautiful and romantic.
My favorite scene in Sleepless in Seattle was at the end of the movie when Annie and Sam finally meet.
One of my favorite scenes from Gone with the Wind is the one where Rhett is heading off to war.
From Serendipity, it was another meet-cute scene.
Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?
No, but the actress who plays Hugh Grant’s love interest in Love Actually, Martine McCutcheon, is my inspiration for Julia Landon, the heroine in my October release, Sugarplum Way. Julia is a romance writer and owns Books and Beans in Harmony Harbor.
If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?
I would seriously go into a deep depression if I thought I could read only five more books in this lifetime. I’ve read so many amazing books over the years that it’s difficult to pick just five, but here’s the first ones that immediately come to mind. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Me Before You by JoJo Moyes, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Who are your book boyfriends? (list a maximum of five) What do you like about them? What characteristics do they share with the hero from your latest release?
Right now my book boyfriends are the Gallagher brothers of Harmony Harbor. I think of them as the to-serve-and-protect Gallaghers. Liam, the hero in Mistletoe Cottage, is a firefighter. Griffin, the hero in Starlight Bridge, is a former Navy SEAL and is now with the Coast Guard. Finn, the hero in Primrose Lane, is a doctor. And Aidan, the hero in Sugarplum Way, is a former DEA Agent who now works at HHPD. The characteristics that make them excellent at their jobs are what I love about them. They’re good, strong, smart men who stand up for what is right and for the women they love. It also doesn’t hurt that they wear uniforms and look good in them too.
Everyone has a favorite couple (an “OTP” in ‘shipping terms) in romance, whether in a romance book, movie, or television series. Who is your favorite couple, and why?
Other than the couples in my own series, my favorites are Jamie and Claire from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, and Eve Dallas and Roarke from J.D. Robb’s In Death series.
FIRST ROMANCE (AKA My First Time):
What was the first romance novel you read?
Skye O’Malley by Bertrice Small.
What do you remember about it?
The heroine, she was a fabulous character.
What did you like most about it?
The characters, the setting, the drama and suspense.
What did you like least about it?
I really can’t think of anything I didn’t like about it.
Have you ever reread it? If you did, how do you feel about it now?
Yes. Loved it and the others that followed just as much as I did when I was a teenager.
Darcy or Wentworth?
(bonus: who’s your favorite Darcy or Wentworth on screen?)
Darcy. Colin Firth.
Rochester or Heathcliff?
Spock or Kirk?
Sunrise or sunset?
Angst or humor?
Tea or coffee?
Wine or beer?
Cake or pie?
Scruff, beard, or clean-shaven?
Blue-collar or white collar?
Jeans or a suit?
Car or motorcycle?