Librarian pens second steamy novel, ‘Promise Me’

February 9, 2010

By Kathleen R. Merrill

Deborah Schneider, author of 'Promise Me', sits beside her favorite statue in Issaquah, that of late City Clerk Linda Ruehle, on the corner of Rainier Boulevard and East Sunset Way. By Greg Farrar

Upon meeting Deborah Schneider, you wouldn’t expect her to be the author of a steamy romance novel. But you would be wrong.

And if you thought steamy romance novel summed up either her first or her second and most recent book, “Promise Me,” you’d be wrong again.

She had shopped “Promise Me” around years ago, but no one wanted it until she sent it to small publisher The Wild Rose Press, which is owned by women. They wanted to buy the book, but asked for it to be sexier, Schneider said.

“I didn’t think I could, but I guess I did,” she said during a recent interview, blushing at the mention of the racy scenes. “You never know what you can do until someone asks you to do it.”But the book is about much more. It’s the story of a strong woman who doesn’t like to take no for an answer, who wants to stand on her own in the world.

“It’s about tasting life. It’s a book about appetites,” Schneider said. “She’s hungry for life, color.

“I think that’s how we feel as women, starved for experiences and adventure,” she added. “I think that’s why we read, for the experiences and the characters.”

These characters — the tough, but soft Amanda Wainwright and the soft, but tough Samuel Calhoun — will stick with you for a while.

“I’m more interested in the woman’s journey,” Schneider said of her novel’s main character. “But I think both characters had a good story arc. I want to see them grow and change.

The story, a thriller and mystery set against the backdrop of a mining town in Montana, will pull you in and keep you intrigued and guessing, with its unexpected twists and turns, until the last paragraph.

Schneider studied American history, and did a lot of research into the Secret Service, which didn’t start guarding the president until 1901. Before that, the branch of the federal Department of the Treasury protected the country’s currency; agents investigated crimes involving money more than anything else.

Schneider, of North Bend, knows a few things about books. She’s the public programming coordinator at the King County Library System; she works at the service center in Issaquah.

“The first 35,000 words are hard, then the fun starts,” she said of writing.

Find “Promise Me” at your local library or on Amazon.com. Learn more about the author at her Web site — www.debschneider.com.

Kathleen R. Merrill: 392-6434, ext. 227, or editor@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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