03 Jan Debra Anastasia Talks Return to Poughkeepsie

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Last winter when we first started doing author interviews, Debra Anastasia graciously did one with us. She discussed her two book series Poughkeepsie and Seraphim. She also gave us a hint about her book, Return to Poughkeepsie slated to come out late 2013. She told us about the main character, Beckett “(he) is filthy and this is his story. He has a lot of demons to face. It’s shaping up to be very sexual and violent and (I hope) touching.”


Well, here it is... Return to Poughkeepsie has arrived. Poughkeepsie is one of my all-time favorite love stories and I wasn’t sure if I would like her follow up book as much as the first in the series. I’m so glad I was wrong. Return to Poughkeepsie has all the tenderness, suspense and depth of the first book with a hearty dose of the author’s brilliant sense of humor. It gives us a more in-depth view of some of the characters from the first book and introduces us to a few new fascinating characters, as well. And, at the heart of it all is Beckett, her anti-hero.

Here is the summary of Return to Poughkeepsie:

Beckett Taylor is a murderer. His calling, his craft are destruction and intimidation—whether he wants it that way now or not. He left Poughkeepsie to keep his brothers safe, to keep Eve safe. Set up with happy lives to live, they’re better off without him, right?
But all his willpower crumbles when he hears his brother, Blake’s frantic voice on the phone. An unknown enemy has moved in on his old territory, and Livia’s been taken. In an instant, Beckett knows it will take an attack only he and Eve can execute to bring her back. All his self-imposed embargoes are torn to shreds, perhaps along with the new man he’s struggled to become.
“Brother, call Eve. I’ll be there soon.”

In this emotional and action-packed sequel to Poughkeepsie, Debra Anastasia conjures a tale of love at its most raw and ragged. With Beckett and Eve, how could we expect anything less? But even when it’s messy, not magical, true love perseveres. Real love finds a way—for better or for worse until death does part.

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Did you know when you wrote Poughkeepsie that there was more of the story to tell?

Sort of! The characters live in my head, so they’re continually evolving. I worried about a Beckett book because he is such a bad boy. The readers told me they wanted more of him, so I trust them!


Poughkeepsie had such a tender love story at its center; something tells me Beckett's love story is of a far different nature. Can you tell us a bit about his love for Eve?

I think Beckett has always expected to die early. It sort of ruined a love story for him. Ultimately, he wouldn’t want to involve a woman in his dangerous lifestyle. But Eve changed all that by being so incredibly deadly. She could take care of herself and a lot of other people for that matter. I think Beckett’s heart didn’t stand a chance against her.


Blake and Livia are once again thrust into a scary scenario in this book. Was it hard to take such a sensitive soul like Blake and throw him into another terrifying situation?

So, so hard to do that to them. Seriously, haven’t they been through enough? Poor guys. There was one scene in particular where I just cried while I wrote it, because I knew Blake was struggling so much.


You know I love your humor on your social media accounts. I can't tell you how many of your tweets or Facebook posts I read to others while laughing so hard I'm crying. Please tell me in this intense story there's a bit of Debra's humor injected into it.

First, thank you for laughing at/with me. There had to be a little humor in Return to Poughkeepsie, right? I think the more I write, the more my weirdness seeps into these stories. I had fun in quite a few scenes. I do have a novel that I will get into the world fairly soon that's a comedy. The worst comedy in the world. In all truth, I believe in laughter. I think every day you can just laugh your ass off you should. It heals.

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We know you have a bit of a thing for Henry Cavill (much like we do), if you made your books into movies, could you see Henry playing a role and if so, which role?

Mmmm. Beckett? My Beckett is full of muscles and kindness while being deadly. Henry could totally handle that. You guys can help me fit him for his costumes for the movie! We’d have to do lots and lots of fittings.



Thank you, Debra for taking the time to answer our questions!



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