Saturday Special Edition – Tell Me A Story/Blog Talk Radio

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I wanted to share my Blog Talk Radio interview here today that I did yesterday with Annette Rochelle Aben, on her podcast series, Tell Me A Story. I was thrilled to be invited over to the podcast, and you can tell by listening to the interview, we both had fun doing it . . ..minus the glitch, where for the first few minutes she couldn’t hear me, lol. But nevertheless, Annette held the fort and became a wonderful publicist and spokesperson for me and my books.


I have to admit, even though I’m a great conversationalist, never lost for words, it was intimidating to step away from my little 4 walls in my office behind the computer and speak live through the cybersphere. A great stepping stone for getting myself out of seclusion and testing the waters for some potential public speaking down the road.


Grab a coffee, and or, erm, maybe a glass of wine, and enjoy our little half hour chat!
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  1. You were great, Deb, both you and Annette. Engaging, eloquent, candid, humorous ~ all necessary ingredients to draw readers, sell books, and ultimately help people through sharing your very personal ordeals and experiences. In my opinion, you aced it, girlfriend! And Annette was the perfect host to help you do that 🙂 ❤

    1. Wow T, thanks so much for the amazing feedback! And I have to agree, Annette is awesome and knows how to steer a ship! 🙂 <3

  2. Just listened to the interview and it was fantastic, Debby. Loved how you and Annette chatted. Felt like you were in the same room as me. Wow, all that luggage! I can just see Mr G’s face now as you show him how much you’re taking with you. ?

    I didn’t detect any nerves at all and I loved how you both joked about the glitches at the beginning of the interview and not being able to connect straight away.

    Looking forward to hearing your next interview.

    1. Lol, thanks Hugh! I just saw your lovely comment on FB! Thanks for the kudos. I was surprised how comfortable I felt immediately with Annette and just pretended I was chatting with her alone on the phone. That’s me Hugh, raw and real. I consider it a great compliment that you felt as though we were all chatting in the same room. That’s the kind of feedback I get from my readers when they review my books, and it’s one of the highest compliments I value as a writer, connecting with a reader.
      I do think I’ll be back at Annette’s blog radio show again, and I look forward to YOUR turn there too! xo 🙂

      1. Well, I’m very pleased to hear that you’ll be back on the show, Debby. As for me, the thought terrifies me actually being live on air. I’d probably find myself wanting to go and pay a visit to the bathroom half way, through. ? Or opening my mouth and there nothing coming out. ?

        1. LOL Hugh, that’s how I felt at first. But then I just got into a groove where I just focused on the thought that I was just on the phone with Annette, chewing the book fat, lol. I think it’s intimidating for many writers to step out from behind the creative curtain and put ourselves ‘out there’ publicly. 🙂

  3. Just listened to your interview with Annette on Blog Talk Radio. Annette is a great host and it was good to put a voice to your photo. I follow your blog and you kindly follow mine but there is something that makes your photo come alive when hearing your voice. It also helps makes your books come alive. Looking forward to your next interview with Annette and reading more of your books. :o)

    1. Hi Patricia. Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to us. And thanks for the warm compliments. I also enjoy listening to these radio shows with Annette hosting other authors, especially when we know them, hearing their voice does make it so much more personal. And yes, I am following your blog after getting to know a bit about you from Sally’s blog. <3

  4. Will be back to listen asap Deb…sounds great! <3 xoxo

    1. Great Sher! Looking forward to your thoughts, as always! 🙂 🙂 <3xo

      1. Thanks Deb, really appreciate that, can’t wait to hear your voice! See you a bit later on today…bug hugs in the meantime, as always! 🙂 <3

        1. Thanks so much Sher, as always. Hugs back (((xxx)))<3

  5. I haven’t listened yet, but want to congratulate you, Debby. This sounds wonderful all around. I’ve learned to relax with radio interviews despite my struggle with hearing when sound quality isn’t perfect. Easiest for me is face-to-face so I have the help of body language. On the phone, I go with honesty. Hearing loss has become part of my story.

    1. I know your struggle with your hearing Elaine. And I can well understand how in person interviews would make it easier for you. You’ve had more experience than me with public speaking and I admire you for it. You just keep with what works best for you. You don’t have to conform to what makes you uncomfortable. And thanks for the kudos. <3

  6. Wonderful radio show. You were a perfect guest–with your amazing story. I loved hearing it in your own voice. And Annette was so right–it must be difficult to revisit these experiences orally. In front of the world. Hearing it brings it home much stronger than even the written word.

    1. Thanks so much much Jacqui, for listening in and leaving your kudos. 🙂

  7. I absolutely loved this interview . I am sure we´d get along so well in real life… sending love for the new week, dear Debbie. Aquileana ⭐️.-

    1. Thanks so much for the sweet compliment Aq. I have no doubt we’d get along. We’ve been friends here for years. <3xo

  8. Wonderful interview, what a super host in Annette, and Deb, I absolutely loved hearing your voice and feel I know you even better now! You came across as professional, honest, articulate and lots of fun! I just know we’ll have a blast when we finally meet for real, I absolutely can’t friggin’ wait lol 😀 I have your books lined up on my Kindle (although I was holding out for the paperback of your latest, but somehow got a Kindle copy!) and will start with Conflicting Hearts. I have a feeling I’ll be devouring it. I laughed out loud at your baggage stories…it’s happened to me a few times travelling back and forth across the Atlantic so many times, the stuff I crammed in there makes my eyes water at the thought! But…I’ve only been pulled over by customs once and that scared the heebie jeebies out of me, I felt immediately guilty even though all I had in there was numerous packets of tea…oh, and jars of Marmite, lol! Your heart for others, so inspiring and encouraging, makes you a mentor and role model for many, me included, and I know I’m not the only one who thanks you for sharing your life with us, the path you’ve travelled, so painfully at times, to give us hope to believe in our true selves. Maybe the menopause is more empowering than we once believed! I love you dear Deb! 🙂 <3 <3 <3

    1. Wow Sher, I’m so glad I found this beautiful, heartfelt comment in spam! Thanks for alerting me to it. Everyone needs an encourager like you my dear friend. Your words are the light that can keep a writer motivated in darker times. I’m truly honored that you value my work so high, and are such a constant supporter, and always around to offer kind words. I love you back my friend! And lol, I had to laugh at your last statement, ‘menopause is more empowering than we once believed’, now that’s an understatement! LOL xoxoxo <3 <3

      1. Oh Deb, firstly, thank you for springing me from spam prison, lol! I’ve been in touch with Akismet today back and forth, and I’m hoping the problem is sorted now. And secondly, I know I gush, but I can’t help it, I really do mean every word! I also wanted to say that you were very brave to do this interview, I can’t even speak properly into Hugh’s phone video at the blogger’s bash, I get stumped for words and act so silly! Public speaking as published authors is something we need to practice…I’m burying my head in the sand big time about that right now!…but having a show like this, with Annette as such a superb host, must do wonders for your publicity. You sounded as if you had done these kind of shows many times before, you didn’t sound nervous at all, despite the glitch at the beginning. You should be so proud. We support one another my friend, and that is how we get through the dark days 🙂 Much love and huge hugs back to you! <3 🙂 <3 xoxox

        1. Sher, I’m so glad to have you in my corner, lol. I am nervous when it comes to public speaking, and something I’m working on to get over. I’d like to start doing a lot more video in the future. It’s well enough that this was only audio, imagine when I have to get in front of the camera, lol. If I can do it, YOU can do it! 🙂 xoxo Thanks for the love and support!!! <3

          1. It all sounds positively nerve-wracking lol! They say the fear of public speaking is number one of top fears! I can believe it! You trail the path my friend, I will follow, one of these days! But first…back to my memoir. A frustrating writing week, but a busy week in other ways, so a lot accomplished. But I get really irritable if I can’t get to my writing lol! Poor hubby…he deserves a medal 🙂 I’ll always be in your corner my dear friend, as I know you’re in mine. Trying to catch up after the spam monster gobbled me up this week, so will see you soon to catch up asap! Love and hugs to you in the meantime! 🙂 <3 xoxo

          2. Lol Sher,you make me laugh. And I will try and blaze the trail for you, lol. No doubt public speaking is a top fear! Thanks for the statistics, lol. Love and hugs back Sher! xoxo <3 :)

          3. Blaze away my dear friend! 🙂 <3 xoxo

          4. LOL 🙂 xoxo

          5. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend my friend! 🙂 <3 xoxo

          6. I’m working Sher, lol, what else is new? Wishing you the same. <3 xo

  9. I’ve heard some of Annette’s interviews, always excellent, and I had hoped to listen to yours live, but I ended up having a meeting at the same time. Beautiful introduction and it’s great to put a voice to your writing (although I agree you sound as you write, approachable and passionate).

    1. Yay, thanks Olga for taking the time to listen to us. And thanks for the lovely comment. I am glad to hear that I sound as I write! So glad you got to listen in . 🙂

  10. Fabulous interview, Debby. Great to hear your voice. I agree with Olga and thought you sounded the way you look as well. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Tess for listening to our interview and leaving your lovely comment. I found that comment interesting, ‘you sound how you look’ LOL. Often we do hear people speak for the first time, and we are surprised that how we imagined them speak was completely different when we hear them. 🙂

  11. Very much enjoyed the chat. Thank you for posting this as it is sometimes a nice change to hear than read. Also, thank you for sharing your life lessons and writer’s experiences with the world. You are inspiring.

    1. Wow Ann! I’m so touched you took the time to listen. Isn’t just a little more personal when we can put the voice to the face? I hope to get more involved with video/podcasting in the new year! 🙂

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