25 Nov Debra Anastasia Talks Saving Poughkeepsie

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There are love stories that are touching, then there are love stories that touch your heart. Debra Anastasia has written just such a story with her Poughkeepsie series. She was one of our first author interviews early in 2013, then she chatted with us again last winter when Return to Poughkeepsie was released. Debra has now released the last book in the series, Saving Poughkeepsie. It features all of her original characters with our favorite, Beckett right in the middle of things. As we've mentioned before, Henry Cavill is our Beckett Taylor and I think if you read the synopsis, you'll see just why.

 

Beckett Taylor’s quest to be a better man has brought Eve Hartt back into his life, but sometimes it feels like they’re bound together with barbed wire. Though he longs to love her without causing pain, the wreckage of their past continues to crash down around them.

Yet with the help of this brothers—and for his brothers—Beckett won’t stop trying. He’s determined to make them all a family, to make a life they want to live, and to make Poughkeepsie a place that’s safe to live it.

He can feel their futures balanced precariously on his shoulders: Blake and Livia and their children, Cole and Kyle and the new baby they’ve just brought home, and Eve…always Eve. He wants their dreams to be real. But murderers don’t just get Happily Ever After handed to them. They have to wrench it away from Satan himself.

Good thing Beckett is prepared to do just that. After all, saving Poughkeepsie is the only way his story ends.

Prepare your heart and your head for a wild ride in this final installment of the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood series. Debra Anastasia does not disappoint as she weaves the last chapter of a story that blends true love, turbulent emotions, and life’s harsh realities into an uplifting tale that calls to the good in each of us.

 

Debra was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about her series, her inspiration for Beckett and what project she has going on next.

 

Last we knew, Beckett was embroiled in a battle he was afraid would effect not only Eve, but his brothers and their families. Is this where we pick up Saving Poughkeepsie?

We pick up with the three others drinking beer in Blake's back yard. It is the simplest of beginnings and I'm in love with the dudes just being guys together. Throwing nicknames back and forth. There are quite a few brother moments in Saving Poughkeepsie and I feel like the guys earned that time.

 

You've been with these characters for several years and these men and their families have been through so much. Is it hard to walk away from their story, now that it is complete?

I think it will be. Right now I'm on the edge of my seat, hoping the readers enjoy the ending. I think the ending is more important than the beginning of a story. It has to be satisfying. You have to be able to tuck in all these characters and be happy for them in your imagination. I think until I see how this last book hits my readers, I will just be a ball of worry.

 

The boat Henry Cavill

Livia and Blake's story in Poughkeepsie remains one of my favorite love stories. I hate to let them go... I might be persuaded if I knew you were working on a new story. What are you working on next?

Thank you! (They don't want to let you go either!) Actually, I'm almost done with my next story, The Revenger. There is a sample chapter in the end of Saving Poughkeepsie. It's about a super-hero style lady. Pretty much Eve with supernatural weapons. It started as fanfic, and I can't wait to bring that one to the readers. I also have my stupid comedy that is the worst book ever written. I hope it will be out in 2015. Poughkeepsie has become part of my identity and my gateway to the most amazing readers, bloggers and author friends.

 

We have told you before, we love to imagine Henry Cavill as our Beckett. You even shared with us in our last interview that you could imagine it, "My Beckett is full of muscles and kindness while being deadly. Henry (Cavill) could totally handle that," but you had a recent encounter with the man you imagined as Beckett on social media. Can you tell us about that?

Okay now you have me imagining them both standing together (Note: You can see Kellan and Henry together in 2011's Immortals). Well now. *fanself* A Mr. Kellan Lutz of Twilight fame tweeted me! He's been in my head for a long time as Beckett so that was a super fun day full of squealing while trying to act like a professional.

 

 

What role has social media played in your promotion of your writing?

Social media makes writing a team sport. Women can be social creatures and it turns out readers can be fairly fast friends when they have books in common. I came up in the twilight community, and that was/is a very tight-knit yet welcoming place to be. As my fanfic writers and readers ventured into the publishing world, we've all sort of done our best to hold hands and keep the sisterhood of it all alive. So I see it more as participating in the brain trust of amazing women that are kind enough to put up with my crazy ass.

 

Debra has been kind enough to give us two giveaway swag packs! Please RT our tweet on Twitter to enter the giveaway.

 

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