posted on September 12, 2013 by Debra Clopton

The Story Behind The Story of AN EVER AFTER SUMMER

aneveraftersummer1.  Tell us a bit about the story behind your latest novel. Where did your inspiration spark from?

When my agent came up with the idea of me joining up with Mary, Margaret and Robin Lee I was intrigued and very excited to work with these 3 wonderful women, but I had never written a historical so I was a bit nervous. And then I just couldn’t come up with an idea that I felt was good enough to stand beside theirs! I kept tossing all of my ideas out the window. I decided to look at popular names from the 1870’s. I found a list of names on the internet saved it to my computer and headed out the door to the airport. We were in air when I began scanning the names. I saw Eldora first and then the name Melvina – instantly the opening line to the story hit me like a brick! A born killer, Melvina Eldora Smith killed three people before the age of one! Immediately I was hooked and I felt readers would be too. I had to know who Melvina Eldora had killed – after all she was only one! And so my story AN EVER AFTER SUMMER was born. Within moments, with my husband chuckling beside me as he watched the words appearing on screen—he does that often, I had the three paragraph book idea created and couldn’t wait to write the tale. AN EVER AFTER SUMMER is a fun, touching story with plenty of spunk and sparks flying off the page. The reviews have been great and I’ve been so pleased at the response the collection has received that I’m thrilled to offer the novella as a stand alone now. But I highly recommend all 4 of the stories in the Bride For All Seasons Collection.

2.  How long did your book take you to write?

About a month, once I started.

3.  How long was the editing/publishing process?

Not long at all, I was very blessed that the story flowed so well the editors didn’t feel it needed too much editing. Of course all together we knew from delivery date to pub date would be a year.

4.  Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

My advice is to not give up if you truly feel writing is your calling. If that is so, then write, find the time and get a book done. Be diligent in honing the talent God gave you and be prepared to persevere if that’s His plan for you and be ready and prepared for His timing. I always say that I’m so glad I hung in there and didn’t quit, because if I had given up in my timing I would have missed out on God’s timing and all of the fun I’m having.

Debra Clopton photo5.  What’s your next book or project?

HER UNEXPECTED COWBOY, Book 2 of my Cowboys of Sunrise Ranch series for Love Inspired will be on shelves Jan 2014. Now, I’m working on a new novella in my Mule Hollow Series that will come out with Zondervan in August called, AN AUGUST BRIDE. I’m also just finishing up my next novella with Thomas Nelson as once again, I’m teaming up with Mary, Margaret, and Robin on a second 1870’s set anthology! We are so excited. It will be an Unlikely Bride Collection titled FOUR WEDDINGS AND A KISS. And I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be working on a new contemporary series for Thomas Nelson set in Wishing Springs, Texas – It’s going to be an exciting and very busy year!

Debra Clopton

Debra Clopton

Bestselling author Debra Clopton has sold over 2.5 million books and her holiday story, OPERATION: MARRIED BY CHRISTMAS has been optioned for an ABC Family Movie staring Leann Rimes. Debra writes cowboy romances, inspirational, Christian romances, contemporary and western romances set in Texas. She is known for her snappy dialogue, cowboy heroes and spunky heroines. Her awards include: The Book Sellers Best, Romantic Times Magazine's Book of the Year. She's also a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Finalist, and a triple finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award. A sixth generation Texan, Debra lives on a ranch in central Texas with her husband Chuck. She loves to travel and spend time with her family. She is the author of the much loved Mule Hollow Matchmakers series where you never know what the Matchmaking "Posse" is going to do next! She has written for Harlequin, Harper Collins Christian and now with DCP Publishing with her newest series, New Horizon Ranch/Mule Hollow collection. She is currently working on her next novel surrounded by cows, dogs and even renegade donkey herds that keep her writing authentic and often find their way into her stories. She loves helping people smile with her fun, fast paced stories. Visit Debra's website at Check out her Facebook at Follow her on Twitter at Contact her at Sign up for Debra's newsletter and contests at

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