08 May 2011

Book Signing Report: Debbie Macomber

What I learned about the sweet, personable, delightful Debbie Macomber at last Saturday's book signing:
  • Debbie likes Starbucks.
  • She believes the next writer in her family will be her 8 year old grandson.
  • Her newest book (A Turn in the Road) was inspired by her annual book signing road trip with her husband Wayne.
  • Her book The Sooner the Better (signed paperback contest coming soon) was inspired by her two favorite movies Romancing the Stone and African Queen.
  • She insisted I rent African Queen.
  • She named her dog Bogie after Humphrey Bogart.
  • Her first library book was checked out to her by then librarian Beverly Cleary.
  • It took her 5 years to get published.
  • Every time she signs her autograph, she finishes it with 2 Tim 1:7
  • Another angel book (featuring an angel-in-training named Will) is due out next year.
  • A third Debbie Macomber book is scheduled to become a Hallmark movie. This coming Christmas look for Trading Christmas (originally title When Christmas Comes) on the Hallmark Channel.
  • Should you ever get the chance to meet Debbie, do! She is delightful!
Image: Property of Tales of Whimsy.com

52 comments :

  1. How wonderful that you got to meet Debbie Macomber! She sounds like a lovely person. Thanks for sharing those facts about her :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. That's great you got to meet her! I haven't read any of her books, but a few of my friends are fans. It sounds like you had a nice time. Thanks for sharing this.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Ms. Macomber is such a delightful author! How very cool you met her and learned so much during the author event!

    ReplyDelete
  4. How wonderful! cool about the librarian Beverly Cleary!
    have a wonderful day, my dear!

    ReplyDelete
  5. fun time! definitely see African Queen - such a great classic.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Awww that is so cute!!! I heart Humphry. Such a dream boat.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Aww, how sweet! She was holding a few events here - some signings, a luncheon and a knitting party, I think - but I'm fairly certain I missed it all. I'll certainly have to check it out, I'd love to meet her (and she sounds so personable!). And I definitely need to read The Sooner the Better - those are some of my favorite films as well!

    ReplyDelete
  8. That picture of her is too cute, she seems like such a friendly person! Love the name Bogie after Bogart too:)

    ReplyDelete
  9. wish i can go to a fun signing. but authors rarely come to my area.

    ReplyDelete
  10. What a fun author event and how fun that her first librarian was Beverly Cleary!!!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Only Humphrey Bogart can make the name Bogie look cool. I adored him and Lauren together, he passed too soon huh.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Ms. Macomber sounds so lovely! I shall have to see if she's signing near me anytime soon. I hope you'll love African Queen - it was one of my favorite classic films when I was very young (I think I saw it for the first time at 7 or 8 years old).

    ReplyDelete
  13. Yes, you have to watch African Queen.

    ReplyDelete
  14. *is jealous of people who live in a city where they actually have author visits*

    Sounds like it was a fun signing!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Great info on Debbie. I love her Christmas books! I just did my Rudolph Day post on my Christmas blog a couple of weeks ago on upcoming Hallmark Channel Christmas movies and one of them was the one you mentioned. I came across the book on Bookmooch and it's on the way to me...soon, I hope!

    And yes, you really must rent African Queen!

    ReplyDelete
  16. SO fun, Juju! I hope you enjoyed it...and it sounds like you did! :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. How cute is that picture of her! Thanks for such a cute post. I love that she talked about Humphrey Bogart. My favorite movie is Casablanca (but the African Queen is good too) :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Seriously so cool! I love the picture and the "interview"! And okay, how cool is it that her first librarian was Beverly Cleary? I'm in serious fan girl mode now. How awesome! Totally and completely jealous of Debbie now, and for that very reason I may need to start reading more of her books. LOL Love it! :o)

    ReplyDelete
  19. I am sooo jealous! Wish authors like that would come visit us across the pond :)

    ReplyDelete
  20. I love it! I can't believe her librarian was Beverly Cleary. Wow! Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Okay, I'm falling over dead. Her first librarian was Beverly Cleary?!? Beverly is one of my hero writers. I've read her autobiography (2 books)and totally wish I could have met her. I really am starting to like the idea of reading some Debbie Macomber.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I know how much you enjoy Macomber's books, so I'm glad you got to go to the signing. This is great!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Now I will absolutely need to read The Sooner the Better because Romancing the Stone is one of my all time favorite movies ever! I could seriously watch it back to back, and I have!

    Thanks for sharing these fun facts. Ms. Macomber is a refreshing delight!

    ReplyDelete
  24. She does sound delightful! That's really cool that she signs off with 2 Tim. 1:7--a great scripture.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Awesome! She knew Beverly Cleary! And I love Romancing the Stone too, although I've never seen African Queen. She sounds like a fantastic woman!

    ReplyDelete
  26. I've heard about this author, but not read anything from her yet. I hope to read a one of her Christmas books next year.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Awesome! That's cool her librarian was Beverly Cleary. Love all the little tidbits! I've been so behind with stuff, I haven't posted my Carrie Ryan book signing!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Love the Beverly Cleary connection!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Wow...sounds like that was an event to see! Congrats on getting the chance to meet her....and THANKS for sharing what you learned. Almost felt like I was there too... ^_^

    ReplyDelete
  30. She is going to be at a local event down here, After seeing you had such a good time, I might head over and meet her.

    ReplyDelete
  31. how fun, I've always wanted to read one of her books, but I never have.

    ReplyDelete
  32. I think I've read one of her Christmas books :) What I find amazing is how an author can be so prolific and still come up with new and different ideas/scenarios.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Oh wow lucky you getting to meet such a great author! I'll admit to only having read a few of her books but I enjoyed every one! She seems like such a sweet lady and a lot of fun too. :-)

    XOXO~ Renee

    ReplyDelete
  34. I'm jealous! And she's right about the African Queen and II Timothy 1--both great in their own way. Love the Beverly Cleary story. Blessings, Juju!

    ReplyDelete
  35. She sounds so sweet and wow that Humphey was haaaandsome! I must read some of her books. I have a few already

    ReplyDelete
  36. I've read a few of her books and I always love the homey, cozy feeling I get when reading. She's excellent at creating an atmosphere. And from your interview she seems so nice!

    ReplyDelete
  37. She sounds like a wonderful author! She's so lucky to have had Beverly Cleary as her librarian, that's awesome. :D I'm looking forward to the Hallmark movie, it sounds great, I love Hallmark movies!

    ReplyDelete
  38. She does look like one cheerie lady!

    ReplyDelete
  39. I actually met Debbie last year at a casino in Reno Nevada. I was sitting there knitting and she stopped me to look at my work. We chatted for a few minutes and she was just delightful. I unfortuantely knew her face, but not her name, and was slightly embarrassed. Never read one of her books and sad to say I still haven't. Will make sure to soon though and will check out when she is in my area. Great post!

    ReplyDelete
  40. I loved the interview.. I have a ton of her books in my TBR and will get to them this week.

    PS: Btw, I just reviewed "Life from Scratch" here Thanks for the recommendation and review!

    ReplyDelete
  41. I love this!! Debbie seems so sweet. And here, here to Romancing the Stone!

    ReplyDelete
  42. Great post...love your blog design too.

    Found your name on the BEA Armchair list and wanted to stop by.

    Elizabeth

    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  43. All: Thank you! :)

    VV & Jenny N.: Will do! :) I rented it.

    Tipsy: Agreed!

    Casee Marie: Yippie! I'm so glad I've convinced you.

    Jenny & Misha & Penny: Thanks! She really is.

    Chelley & NotNessie & Cherry: I feel ya girls. Being a longtime Florida girl, I know the feeling. Not alot of authors come this far down. Luckily Ms. Macomber has a home in Florida.

    Blueice: He did pass too soon!

    Cecelia: O I can't wait!

    Michelle: Me too! I need to visit your Christmas blog.

    Danielle Angel & Alexis & BookBelle: I know right?

    Aths: Ahhh thanks for remembering.

    Missie & Passport in My Pocket: I just rewatched it and it's so much fun. I can't believe how cute Michael Douglas was!

    JessicaBookLover: Agreed :)

    Gina Precious: O you should. Her Christmas books are my favorite!

    Julie: Oooo I can't wait to here. And I know the feeling, I've fallen behind too.

    Gmr: Yay! Best compliment of the day!

    Liz: Yay! Hope you do.

    Kaye: I can totally vouch for her Christmas stuff.

    GG: Oh my, yes! True!

    Renee Ann: Thank you sweetie. Blessings to you too!

    Maya: :)

    Jenny Girl: OMG how cool! I LOVE that story! Wow.

    Kavyen: YAY! I love that book! You're review was great.

    Elizabeth: Why thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  44. Juju, you MUST see African Queen. Absolutely MUST. Bogie and the Great Kate in one film - - and despite the fact they were both getting on in years, the chemistry between them is terrific.

    ReplyDelete
  45. Lori: OOooo good to know. I look forward to it. Thanks for your tips/feedback.

    ReplyDelete
  46. Fantastic post, Juju! Sounds like you had a lovely time and Debbie seems like such a sweet person. =)

    ReplyDelete