I recently read (and loved) Debby Mayne’s newest book, High Cotton – please join me in welcoming her to the blog today for a chat!
Debby Mayne writes family and faith-based romances, cozy mysteries, and women’s fiction and is the author of more than 60 novels and novellas-plus more than 1,000 short stories, articles, and devotions for busy women. Debby is currently an etiquette writer for The Spruce.
Debby grew up in a military family, which meant moving every few years throughout her childhood. She was born in Alaska, and she has lived in Mississippi, Tennessee, Oregon, Florida, South Carolina, Hawaii, and Japan. Her parents were both from the Deep South, so Debby enjoys featuring characters with Southern drawls, plenty of down-home cooking, and folks with quirky mannerisms. High Cotton is the first book in the Bucklin Family Reunion series.
Some families are filled with so much love they can’t help but drive each other crazy
Shay Henke has mixed feelings about going to her family’s next reunion. On the one hand, she’ll get to see everyone in her mama’s family—folks she loves unconditionally. On the other hand, she knows there’ll be more drama than you can shake a stick at.
The days leading up to the event bring one surprise after another. First Shay must deal with her sister-in-law’s deep, dark secret. Then she has to contend with the childish ways of her business-mogul twin cousins. And when her high school crush wants to be her date to the reunion . . . well, it may have been a dream come true for Shay’s teen self, but the woman she’s become doesn’t know what to make of this.
Shay’s contentment is challenged, and she’s determined to shake things up a bit. But will she find the excitement she’s looking for, or will Shay realize she prefers her quiet and predictable life? One thing is certain: Life in the Bucklin family is never boring.
Hi Debby! Welcome to the blog!
Debby: I like both, but if I had to pick one, it would be oranges—fresh off the tree in Florida. I love Florida.
Carrie: I don’t like oranges but I would still go for one fresh off the tree, just for the experience 🙂
Debby: Summer. I don’t like to be cold. But I don’t like intense heat either, so please add a summer breeze.
Carrie: See? I can support this answer, even though I’m a winter-girl. lol.
Debby: I can’t pick one or the other because I don’t want to hurt the feelings of my grandkitties or brand new grandpuppy. They’re equal.
Carrie: Aww – love this answer!
Debby: All depends on what time of day it is. Coffee in the morning to wake me up and chamomile tea at night to relax me.
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Debby: Knowing totally random trivia but forgetting it when some other random thing comes along.
Q: When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first?
Debby: The answer depends on what’s going on in my life at the moment. We recently moved, so when I go into bookstores, I head straight to the home décor section.
Carrie: Oh, that’s so true, isn’t it? Bookstores are this wonderful treasure trove of information sources for where we’re at in life. Even just when we need entertainment or escape.
Q: If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?
Debby: I’m a gum-chewing lipstick junkie who can’t throw away receipts.
Carrie: LOL! Minus the lipstick and add a book or two, and that sounds a lot like my purse 🙂
Q: Describe your main characters, and tell me who you would cast in their roles if Hollywood wanted to produce High Cotton as a movie!
Debby: Shay is the go-to person for most of the young people in the Bucklin family. Candace Cameron Bure would make a wonderful Shay because she’s wise, kind, and willing to help others.
Sally and Sara are identical twins who have started a surprisingly successful Etsy business. Jennifer Lawrence can play the twins Sally and Sara because she’s beautiful and smart.
Puddin’ is married to Shay’s brother Digger, and they’re madly in love, even though they have 4 young’uns. Drew Barrymore should play Puddin’ because she has the right amount of sass.
Missy is struggling in her marriage, and she stays frustrated most of the time. Sandra Bullock would play Missy because she can play any part and make it work.
Carrie: Oh I love your picks – and your reasoning!! Great choices!
Q: What surprised you about High Cotton or your characters as you wrote their story?
Debby: My characters have always done unexpected things, but this time, it was Shay. She decides to make a major change in her life—something I never saw coming. I can’t say what it is, though, because it’s an important turning point in the story.
Carrie: I gotta admit that I didn’t see that coming either!!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from High Cotton?
Debby: If you think your family is crazy, you should meet the Bucklins. They’ll make you feel really good about where you came from.
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Debby: I’m working on books 2 and 3 in the Bucklin series. Fit to be Tied is in the editing stage, and I’m almost finished writing Out of Pocket.
What about you? What’s something crazy about YOUR family?