Hope you all had a great weekend! Today we have Deb Kastner sitting down for coffee with us, please join us!
PM: Good morning, Deb! Thank you for taking the time to let our readers get to know you a little better! I’ll start off with a ‘softball’ question for you – lol –What’s your favorite color? Any reason why?
DK: Purple. Because…PURPLE!
PM: Have you always known you had the writing bug (and ability)?
DK: Yes. When I was in second grade I was asked to write a one-page story. Mine was twelve pages and the teacher read it out loud. By the time I was in high school I was making up “dream dates” for all my friends…romance author, here I come.
PM: What is one thing about you that your readers would be shocked to know?
DK: When I get stressed I play Pokemon Go on my phone. It drives my hubby batty.
PM: If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would it be, and why?
DK: We’d all say Jesus, wouldn’t we? I think I would love to have dinner with the Holy Family, where I could not only hang out with our Savior, but meet His Blessed Mother and foster father.
PM: I poked around your website and see you live in Colorado. I have never been, but my aunt has lived there for many years and absolutely loves it! What would be the one thing you would tell a first-time visitor they had to see in your state?
DK: I would take them on a trail ride in the Rocky Mountains. There is no better way to absorb the beauty than on the back of a horse.
PM: Who was your greatest influence when you decided to become an author?
DK: My tenth grade English teacher Mr. Starkey. When we had our first creative writing assignment, my best friend got a B and mean ol’ Mr. Starkey gave me a C. I know it sounds like pride, and I guess in a way it was, but I knew I was a writer and my friend excelled in math. I spent the whole night crying angry, frustrated tears. My mom, being the awesome woman she is, told me to get over it and go talk to Mr. Starkey. I did. He said he gave me a C because he knew I was a good writer and could do much better than I’d done–and you know what? He was RIGHT. Needless to say, I worked hard in his class and got straight A’s after that. My friend ended up with a solid B.
PM: Tell us what you enjoy doing the most when you are not writing or reading?
DK: This isn’t going to come as a surprise to anyone who has known me for any length of time, but my favorite go-to is to take a long weekend to visit with my good friends The Texas Tenors and see as many of their shows as I can within that time period. I never, ever get tired of hearing them sing. My stress reliever and muse, all in one.
PM: What was your favorite subject in school?
DK: English. Creative writing. Shocker!
PM: How can readers keep up with you and your new releases?
DK: Please sign up for my newsletter here: http://bit.ly/debkastnernews
I’m also on Facebook and Twitter.
PM: Finally, coffee or tea? Cream, sugar?
DK: Yes and Yes. I drink black coffee all day. I’m a goner without it. At night I switch to peppermint tea.