Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Daphne Self & Alabama Days

Posted July 21, 2020 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, Daphne Self, giveaway, mystery/suspense, romance / 24 Comments

Please join me in welcoming Daphne Self to the blog to chat about her new romantic suspense, Alabama Days!

Daphne Self, formerly published under the name D.M. Webb, resides in Iowa. As a Mississippian transplant, she spends her days in the Midwest state writing, editing, reading, antiquing, and planning adventures with her husband and sons. She pursues her dream as an editor and author with one goal in mind: To Glorify His Name. Daphne is also an avid reader who devours book in many genres. As a long time member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), she volunteers her time helping published and unpublished authors.

You can connect with Daphne on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

A Southern Saga

GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: Ambassador International
RELEASE DATE: June 16, 2020
PAGES: 269

How could a loving God hurt so many people?

Paramedic Scott Wilson believes he can chase death away, but his spirit is shattered when people he loves are taken from him. As a paramedic, Scott sees every day the pain that people suffer, and he wants no part of a God that would allow bad things to happen to good people. As a result, he hides behind his work and addiction to ease the pain within his soul.

But once newspaper reporter Angela Mabry and her son, Max, move into town, Scott can’t help but notice the feisty redhead. Angela is determined to uncover the town’s seedy underbelly and reveal the strange coincidences of so many car accidents at one location.

When a prominent city official dies in a car wreck, Scott and Angela find themselves tangled in intrigue and deception. Together they search for the truth and discover that not all is what it seems.


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Hi Daphne! Welcome back to the blog!

Daphne: Hard choice for me. My coffee has been limited so I find myself veering back to tea. And I have a diverse palate for tea. I will drink green, white, jasmine, Darjeeling, and even the occasional orange pekoe, yet my favorite is Earl Grey, hot.

Carrie: I really wish I could like tea (or coffee, for that matter) – it seems like such a readerly thing to drink. But it just tastes like really bitter hot water to me :-/

Daphne: Music, definitely. I have tried audiobooks, but with my hearing it is hard to hear the words and I eventually become bored with them. As for music, although at times I can’t hear the lyrics as well as I would like, I can listen to the melodies and beats. And although I enjoy Christian rock and Christian country, a lot of 70s/80s, and rock, I’m quite fond of Beethoven.

Carrie: I’m not a fan of audiobooks, in general, either. Spotify is always on in our house – with a very eclectic mix of tunes 🙂

Daphne: I now have a gluten sensitivity and found gluten-free bread dry as desert bones, so I’ve recently become a soup person. Learning to make my own cream of soups and clam chowders.

Carrie: Aren’t chronic illnesses & their ever-evolving complications oh-so-fun? <gentle hugs>

Daphne: I’m all about the feels! Although I do have e-books on my tablet, I have chronic migraines and the constant reading on an electronic device is a trigger. Yet nothing beats the feel and smell of a book, whether new or old!

Carrie: I love ebooks for their convenience but that last sentence is so very true!

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Daphne: I once thought being an empath would be cool, but now….I think being able to see the supernatural realm around us would be beneficial. Having that kind of superpower could help many people.

Carrie: If we could see like Elisha did in 2 Kings 6 (or maybe he just believed the supernatural army was there, without seeing) … we would probably be a lot braver and feel a lot less alone.

Q: If you knew you were only going to be allowed FIVE books for the rest of your life, besides the Bible, which five would make the cut? 

Daphne: Besides the Bible: An Useless Young Man? by George Theodore Blakers (my ancestor and one of few books in publication); The Blue Flower by Henry van Dyke; Jubal Sackett by Louis L’Amour; From Dishes to Snow by Kathy M. Howard; and The Other Wise Man by Henry van Dyke.

Carrie: I have read none of those – yikes!

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?

Daphne: If anyone looked in my purse aka bag (it’s a backpack style in hippie colors), they would see me as practical and simple, and probably quirky. I only have my wallet (a monkey wallet) that contains my license and other pertinent cards; my rescue inhaler, three to four pens, maybe a mask, and maybe my phone, and one thing of hand lotion that I got from a hotel.

Carrie: Hotel hand lotion is the best!

Q: Were there any songs that inspired you as you wrote Alabama Days

Daphne: I have a playlist dedicated to Alabama Days that has a long list of songs that inspired my book. But the one I would listen to the most in order to figure out a scene or find the proper words was Mat Kearney’s Face to Face. The other one to help me center my thoughts on the book was Needtobreathe’s Multiplied.

Carrie: I need to look up Mat Kearney’s song but Needtobreathe is always awesome.

Q: Did you have the whole plot outlined before you started writing, or did you let the characters dictate what came next? 

Daphne: I’m a neither person. I don’t fully outline, other than writing down ideas that I want so that I don’t forget. But I don’t let the characters dictate. I fall into that “Wonderland” as I write and “don the mantel” of my characters so that I can feel what they feel, know what they know, etc. It’s like I’m acting out the full scenes to a play as I write. That way I can make it seem more natural, more authentic. So it isn’t the characters who dictate, but their emotions and reactions that guide the story.

Carrie: That’s a lovely way of putting it!

Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from Alabama Days & why do you love it?

Daphne: Although there are many, this one really strikes me the most because not only have I experienced this, but I know others who have too: “She was right about him running. But she was wrong about the direction. He was running toward death. Ready to fight it for all he was worth.”

Carrie: ♥

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.

Daphne: I have another book that releases this fall. The title is Journey On and it chronicles the ups and downs of being newly diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic pain. I’m also working on the next A Southern Saga story and it will be set in South Carolina near the Greenville area. I’m really looking forward to this book because it will be a slight deviation from my norm.

Carrie: Both books sound great!

Daphne Self is offering a print copy of Alabama Days to one of my readers! (Open internationally. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What interests you most about Alabama Days and/or my Q&A with Daphne Self?

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24 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Daphne Self & Alabama Days

  1. MS Barb

    I enjoy stories about first responders; and, mysteries (why are there so many crashes at one particular place!?)

  2. Lynn Brown

    I like that its about surviving loss and how faith helps in that process. It sounds good. Thanks for the chance.

  3. Janice Moore

    This authort my happy button when I read the titles of her books! I’m a “Sweet Home Alabama” girl now living near Greenville, SC, so her selection of settings are spectacular for me!

  4. Lisa Stillman

    I love the quote: “She was right about him running. But she was wrong about the direction. He was running toward death. Ready to fight it for all he was worth.”

    Why did you choose to write a story about fibromyalgia? My daughter suffers from it.

    • It is actually a nonfiction book about fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed with one of the severest cases of fibromyalgia a little over three years ago. I struggled with accepting my condition. And as I wrote in my prayer journal I realized that the verses that were helping me could be helpful to others; thus, the book Journey On was born.

  5. What interests me the most? I guess that would have to be they have to search together for the truth together and must to use teamwork to do it while being tangled in a web of intrigue, deception and mystery. Can Scott handle the feisty redhead?
    I love Inspirational Romantic books especially books about paramedic and our first responders.
    I would love to read and review your books in print format. I look forward to to learning about you and your books.
    I sure hope I win.

  6. She was right about him running, but she was wrong about the direction….I absolutely love this quote. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard it, and for some reason it really hits me somewhere deep.

  7. Debra Branigan

    The book sounds interesting and is romantic suspense so I’m in. Best wishes to the author on the book.

  8. Judy

    The description of the book sounds like it would be a book I would enjoy. Also, being from the South and from Alabama, the title caught my attention.

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