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Is it…could it be…Spring? Let’s keep our fingers crossed…both for better weather and this chance to win a fantastic set of books from Hachette Books! With Spring comes spring cleaning and a chance for a new start, and you’ll want these books to help you on your way.
Spring Cleaning, Spring Foward
- Throw Out Fifty Things By Gail Blanke
- No Matter What! By Lisa Nichols
- Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Home By Thelma Meyer
- The Power to Change Today By Gregory Dickow
- Work in Progress By Kristin Armstrong
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I met Debba Haupert at Podcamp Nashville. She’s an extraordinary woman and the creator of Girlfriendology.com ~ A place for inspiration, appreciation, and celebration of girlfriends. Little did I know at the time, Debba is also the author of a popular craft book on image transfer. I’m honored to help her promote her book and her efforts in new media. Take a moment to read our conversation and if you’re interested in hearing her turn the tables and interview me, check out Girlfriendology (on iTunes).
Carrie: What inspired you to write this book?
Debba: After leaving a corporate job, I followed my creative passion and went into the craft/hobby industry. With a marketing background, I soon was working with craft companies on newsletters, promotions, and PR. I started working with Lazertran, an image transfer paper company out of Wales. At an industry tradeshow, I taught a class on doing image transfer. The acquisitions editor for Lark Books was in the class and asked me to write a book on it! I will add that the product is very inspiring. It does allow you to put a custom image on pretty much any surface – ceramics, paper, wood, glass, fabric, etc. It was a blast to write the book and get to see what new techniques I could come up with!
Carrie: What is the primary message you’d like your readers to take away from this book?
Debba: There isn’t enough instruction and inspiration available on television any more – the Carol Duvall Show (craft show on HGTV and DIY) is no longer taping.* There aren’t any general crafts magazines so books are the best resource for technique and inspiration. I was able to demonstrate some of the projects from the book on the Carol Duvall show and in magazines which was a wonderful way to show people how to combine technology (image creation – photoshop, using photographs, etc.) with craft (surfaces and techniques).
Carrie: Tell us about your writing process.
Debba: Funny, it seems like writing a craft book would be easy and fun. It was fun, but it wasn’t easy! You have to go back and forth with the editor to approve projects, send in chapters on an aggressive timeline, etc. One of the fun parts was the photo shoot. I went to Asheville, NC for a week to take all the images for the book. The Lark Books editors and photo crew were fabulous, especially the talented Terry Taylor–That means you have to have multiple sets of projects in various stages of completion. If the photo doesn’t work out, you have to have another example to use, so there is a lot of prep before the photo shoot.
Carrie: The process of writing a book is not easy, to say the least. What motivated you to keep going, especially in those times when it was far from convenient to write?