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Deborah Coonts is the national bestselling author of the Lucky O’Toole Adventure series (Wanna Get Lucky?, a New York Times Notable Crime Novel & a double RITA™ finalist). Learn more about Deborah on her website www.deborahcoonts.com.
Deborah Coonts swears she was switched at birth. Coming from a family of homebodies, Deborah is the odd woman out, happiest with a passport, a high-limit credit card, her computer, and changing scenery outside her window. Goaded by an insatiable curiosity, she flies airplanes, rides motorcycles, travels the world, and pretends to be more of a badass than she probably is. Deborah is the author of the Lucky O’Toole Vegas Adventure series, a romantic mystery romp through Sin City. Wanna Get Lucky?, the first in the series, was a New York Times Notable Crime Novel and a double RITA™ Award Finalist. She has also penned the Kate Sawyer Medical Thriller series, the Brinda Rose Humorous Mystery series, as well as a couple of standalones. Although often on an adventure, you can always track her down at www.deborahcoonts.com.
My mother tells me I was born in Texas a very long time ago, but I’m not so sure—my mother can’t be trusted. She’ll also tell you I was a born storyteller. That I believe—I have the detention notices and bad-conduct reports to prove it. However, the path from minor hyperbolist, or as I prefer to think of my former self, Grand Master of the Art of Self-Prevarication, to the author of the New York Times Notable Crime Novel and double RITA™ finalist, Wanna Get Lucky?, the book that launched the bestselling series, was a bit tortured.
Someone once told me I lived a peripatetic life—yes, I had to look it up. And he was right. I’ve been everything from a mom, business owner, accountant, wife, pilot, flight instructor, lawyer …worse, a tax lawyer… to a writer. The three personas I’ve kept suit me the best: mom, flight instructor, and writer. And the other personas I’ve tried on then shrugged out of and discarded like an itchy coat were great grist for the story mill.
Chasing stories keeps me busy and out of jail…for the most part. Researching in Vegas can be a bit… sketchy.
Prodded by the next adventure and the police, I keep moving. I lived in Vegas for 15 years—the longest I’d stayed anywhere. And I get back there often. But other places, too, are calling.
Someone asked me the other day where I lived. The question stopped me cold. Finally, I said, “On Southwest Airlines, third row, window seat, either side.” Always in search of a story. And the adventure would be perfect if they could just stock a split of nice Champagne.
- New York Times Notable Crime Novel (Wanna Get Lucky?)
- Double RITA™ finalist (Wanna Get Lucky?)
- Getting Serious About Humor by Charlotte Stuart, inSinC the Sisters in Crime quarterly March 2020
- Loving Las Vegas: A Local's Night Out, The Guardian
- Where do bestselling authors get their ideas? 1-800-ideas of course, Murder She Wrote
- Some like it hot! Deborah Coonts talks about mixing sex and murder, Jungle Red Writers
Wrong Place, Write Crime: In which Deborah talks about her successful Lucky O'Toole series, mystery conferences, the publishing world, fast cars and first lines. Listen here.
Author Provocateur: Host Josie Brown interviews Deborah Coonts about Lucky Ce Soir. Listen here.
Author on the Air Radio: Multi-genre and very talented author Deborah Coonts joins us LIVE to talk BOOKS. Listen here.
Thriller Seekers: Bestseller Deborah Coonts joins Alex Dolan on Thrill Seekers to chat about her first thriller, After Me. Listen here.
The Author Biz: Keeping Your Readers Engaged With Multiple Series, in this chat Deborah talks about her latest releases, Lucky the Hard Way and After Me. Listen here.
CrimeFiction.FM: Deborah chats about the latest in Lucky's world, Lucky Flash, with CrimeFiction.FM host, Stephen Campbell. Listen here.
The Author Biz: In this interview Deborah discusses Lucky Catch and the business of being an author. Listen here.
RT Book Reviews Interview
Fox 21 Colorado Springs
Ed Bernstein Show in Las Vegas
Morning Blend Las Vegas