This interview with Debby Mayne, author of Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida was going to be longer. I’m going to blame Debby for sidetracking me. You’ll see in a few minutes what she said to do that!
VC: Have you ever ridden a tandem bicycle? What new skills does it require? Please tell me all about it!
DM: Yes, I’ve ridden a tandem bicycle. Based on my experience, the best scenario is the person at the front focusing on steering and the person at the back providing most of the pedal power. When they make a turn, both should slightly lean into it rather than against it. It’s only slightly more difficult than riding a single bicycle, and it’s a whole lot more fun! It’s also very romantic to ride a bicycle-built-for-two on the beach–especially on the West Coast of Florida at sunset!
VC: The credits on the book trailer say that you designed it. What process did you use? What programs?
DM: I went to Animoto.com and uploaded the pictures I took on a trip to Treasure Island, which is in the southern part of the county where I live. After putting the pictures in the correct order, I added the text and selected the music that best fit the story. Animoto offers a nice range of music, and it’s a fun and easy process.
VC: Well, as anyone who knows me will attest, the thought of playing with a program that allows you to use your own photos to make a small movie was more than I could resist. Instead of emailing Debby back with more questions, I went over to Animoto and played! Here is the result of less than half an hour (much of it searching for photos!):
Author and speaker Debby Mayne grew up in a military family, which meant moving every few years throughout her childhood. Debby was born in Alaska, and she has lived in Mississippi, Tennessee, Oregon, Florida, Hawaii, and Japan. Her comfort foods are as diverse as her interests. You might find her eating sushi while reading a cozy mystery novel or fried catfish while watching a Tampa Bay Buccaneers football game.
Her husband of almost 30 years has accepted the fact that outside of her faith and family, books are the most important thing in her life. She and Wally have two grown daughters, Lauren and Alison, a son-in-law, Jason, and a granddaughter.
Debby has published 16 books, more than 400 short stories and articles, 6 novellas that have been printed in 7 anthologies, and a slew of devotions for busy women. She has also worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, product information writer for a TV retailer, a creative writing instructor, and a copy editor and proofreader for several book publishers. Debby currently enjoys writing Christian fiction, which allows her the freedom to tell stories without restraining her convictions.
She lives on Florida’s west coast with her husband and two cats. To learn more about Debby, visit her website.
Debby Mayne says
Great job with the video, Valerie! It’s very addictive, isn’t it?
It sure could be, Debby! I am now thinking of dozens of uses for it, but seriously? It could soak up half my writing time if I let it!