Celebrating Over Coffee With….Debbie Lynne Costello

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On this warm, sunny Friday morning in Southern California, I am talking with Debbie Lynne Costello to learn more about her and her writing.  Debbie and I have our coffee cups – come pull up a chair, let me pour you a cup and join our conversation!

Do you have pets? Can you tell us about them?

Debbie hourseDo I have pets! And you may be sorry you asked if I will tell you about them! Photo time! LOL! I have 3 Shetland Sheepdogs aka shelties. My male is a fluke of nature and weighs 8 pounds! But don’t let his size fool you. I also have a 95 pound German Shepherd who is my baby. She’s IS a big baby! My 8 pound sheltie will put my 95 pound German Shepherd to the floor by jumping up and grabbing her jowls and shaking. I’m always getting after Aiden for picking on his big sister. ;o) I also have a very old cat. We have 3 Tennessee Walking Horses and 2 Arabian horses one of which is a pure Egyptian, and then we have the pasture watch dog which is a miniature donkey who rules the roost.

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What is your current work in progress? Can you tell us about it?

I’m working on the sequel to Sword of Forgiveness. I want to share that Sword of Forgiveness is going on AUDIO within the next few weeks! It’s very exciting. Back to my work in progress. The title is Sword of Trust. The hero you meet in Sword of Forgiveness and the heroine is from Scotland. And as the title suggests it deals with trusting our Lord.

What is your favorite hobby?

My favorite hobby is trail riding but I’m not sure that’s a hobby. And I used to say writing was my favorite hobby but that has gone beyond hobby and is more of a profession now. So hmmmm fav hobby? Well I love to do crafts, sew, smock, and crochet. I don’t know if I have one favorite over another. Just whatever catches my eye and I have to make!

Who inspires you? Who is your hero?

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My grandmother inspires me. Though she passed away 3 years ago, she was an amazing woman. She prayed her whole family into the family of God! Her faith and spirit was amazing! She was such an ambitious woman and never looked her age. When she was 90 she looked 70. She always came to help no matter what we were doing. If we were canning she was right there slaving over the stove at 90 years old. My sister (RaQuel) tells a story about grandma coming to help her work in her yard. RaQuel said that she kept having to come in the house and cool down and my grandmother just stayed out there working! She was such a giving and loving woman who was always helping people. She had a huge heart and every time I am in the kitchen canning I think of her.  My hubby is my hero. He’s a good man who believes in treating a woman like a woman. He’s a real gentleman and a man of his word. He makes me proud to call him my husband. Even as he battled cancer this past year, he never lost sight of those things.

Can you tell us about your family? Feel free to brag about them a bit 🙂 

I have 4 wonderful children, a beautiful daughter-in-love, and soon to be son-in-love and two grandchildren. My children make me proud. My daughter is a PA and my oldest son is an Air Traffic Controller. His wife is a nurse. My middle son is in college as a pre-med student and my youngest is now in Pharmacy college. No, none of my children took after me. They are all very scientific minded. Exactly what I am not! That was my worst subject in school! But my husband is very much that way. This past year was a huge trial for us and my family really came together and were a huge support. My sister and mother each took 2 of our dogs and kept them while we were gone getting treatment and they both have their own pets! Family is one of the biggest blessings God gives us and I am very blessed to be given such a precious family.

debbie author picDebbie Lynne Costello is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller Sword of Forgiveness, a medieval romance. She has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina where she has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children’s Director. When not spending time with her husband, four children and grandchildren she hangs out with her Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.

To celebrate us meeting for coffee, Debbie Lynne is giving away one of her books (winner’s choice). Enter by answering the following question below in the comments: Who inspires you? Be sure to include your email in a safe format so we can notify you if you are chosen as the winner.

This giveaway ends on Monday, July 4th at 11:59pm PST.

Thank you for joining us!

40 thoughts on “Celebrating Over Coffee With….Debbie Lynne Costello

  • July 1, 2016 at 6:56 am
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    My mother Justina Baisley Wilson inspires me everyday even when she doesn’t think so. She has battled health problems all of my life and I will be 32 on the 11th of July. She has been through hell and back pretty much but she sees it as her ministry to witness to the doctors when they ask how is it that you are even standing here alive before me. She has had 28 surgeries in 11 years plus two transplants and is on the list for a 3rd. Unfortunately, because of my diabetes I can’t donate a kidney to her. My mom listens with a big heart whenever something is bothering us kids or just when she wants to watch a movie. She is a great joy to be around and I believe she has done a great job being a mother even when life has kicked her down. She doesn’t lose her faith and knows God has her back.

    • July 2, 2016 at 5:20 am
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      Wow! Halita! That is an awesome testimony!! Your mother is an inspiration to me! Thank you so much for sharing her beautiful testimony. I’m sorry to hear you have diabetes at such a young age. Our family has battled juvenile diabetes. Although I’m thankful that me and none of my children have it. My father is a brittle diabetic.

  • July 1, 2016 at 7:04 am
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    As chaotic as my family life was as a child, my father’s sister Wilma became a mentor/ role model for me. After her youngest was school age, she returned to college, specialized in challenged children, and at her retirement was named State Teacher of the year. She was a tireless caregiver and a faith filled example. She outlived almost her entire generation, passing at 90 years young.

    als(at) foxgull (dot) com

    • July 2, 2016 at 5:22 am
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      Andrea, that is one tireless woman! I can see why she is an inspiration to you. Imagine the world if we all took people like that as role models.

  • July 1, 2016 at 9:05 am
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    My parents and maternal grandparents inspired me. They were faithful to God, one another, and hard working. They were never to busy to assist children or grandchildren. They gave of themselves endlessly to family, others and my grandparents to the ministry during this life time. I miss those who makes heaven their home now. I knew I could count on their prayers each day. I enjoyed coffee with both of you and learning more about Debbie. Thanks for sharing. Have a blessed weekend as we celebrate America’s birthday!

    • July 2, 2016 at 5:24 am
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      Hello Marilyn. I too was blessed wonderful parents and grandparents that put family first. We are so fortunate. These days many people are so consumed with themselves that family is a far second. Thank you for sharing your story!

  • July 1, 2016 at 9:26 am
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    I am inspired by anyone who stands up for their beliefs. It doesn’t matter if I agree with them or not, I just think it’s really cool that people have the courage to say their opinions, backing it up with proof of course, not just spouting off, and when you’re brave enough to do that I think that I have a lot of admiration for that. Sometimes I do not have the courage to stand up for my beliefs because I know I will be ridiculed.

    • July 2, 2016 at 5:27 am
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      Good Morning Laurie,
      I think it is easier for some than others because some are extroverts and others introverts. But when it comes to Christ we have to stand for Him. He will help us and be there. It’s not always easy but the bible says the road won’t be easy. But He will be there for us. Thanks for sharing!

  • July 1, 2016 at 9:34 am
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    My parents really inspire me. They have loved me unconditionally and model patience day in and out. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

    kathrynlvoss(at)gmail(dot)com

    • July 2, 2016 at 5:29 am
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      Hello Kathryn! Having good and supportive parents is such a blessing from the Lord. They really do make a difference in our lives.

  • July 1, 2016 at 9:56 am
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    My older brother inspires me. He was diagnosed with Prostate cancer nearly 2 years ago due to a mess up through the Veteran’s Medical Clinic. They took a biopsy of his Prostate nearly 5 years ago and lost it. He didn’t find out until three years later and he is still the same older brother I have loved all my life. He doesn’t let his disease stop him. He did sue the VA for damages and is getting treatment. He is currently in remission and I pray daily he will beat this thing . I have been a big baby over a hip replacement and a partial knee replacement and he just soldiers on like the true soldier he is. I love you big Bro’.
    princessdebbie1_2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

    • July 2, 2016 at 5:33 am
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      Good Morning Debbie! We never know why God works the way he does. But there is always a reason and He works it out for good. My hubby was diagnosed years after and He worked it out for good! God is so good. I know its hard when we are suffering and knee replacements are no easy thing! I’ve seen my mother go through 2 and my grandmother 2. Those are no cake walk. So don’t be too hard on yourself. :o)

  • July 1, 2016 at 10:49 am
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    My grandmother was not a warm and loving Grandmother and was the only grandmother I had as a young girl. ( my Maternal grandmother had passed away when I was 2) I so wanted a grandmother who held my hand, or sat me on her lap as she read me a story. I know now that she couldn’t give love because she never recieved it as a child..I vowed to myself at a very young age that I was going to be the most loving and the most warm and the most caring grandmother when I grew up. I know your are asking–what about becoming a warm and loving Mother. I was a warm and loving mother. But my grandmother inspired me to be what I wanted most– I wanted to be a warm and loving Grandmothet and I am just that to my 10 grandchildren and to my 8 great-grandchildren. When I spend time with each one they know without a doubt that I truly love them .

    • July 2, 2016 at 5:36 am
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      That is sad for your grandmother. I think times were so hard in those days kids were set aside and used to help with chores than showed loved. I’m sure they were loved but everyone was so tired after a days work they just didn’t have anything left in them. I’m so happy for you that you are able to love and enjoy your all of those grands and great-grands! That is awesome!

  • July 1, 2016 at 11:41 am
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    When I was a teen, my 4H leader inspired me. She was, and still is, the most positive, encouraging person I’ve known. More recently, on of my best friends, Melinda, whom I don’t get to talk to nearly enough. She has faced so many challenges, but she’s always upbeat and positive. Whereas I may have started out as her inspiration, the tables have turned and now she is mine.

    • July 2, 2016 at 5:42 am
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      Good morning Andrea. People like your 4H leader are so much fun to be around. They are like a magnet to others. We all are drawn to upbeat, cheerful people. Your 4 H leader sounds like a wonderful lady! How nice that you and your friend are inspirations to each other! God is good!

  • July 1, 2016 at 12:47 pm
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    My inspiration is my daughter ♡ without getting to personal, she was born with a rare genetic disorder and we didn’t find out what that was until she was in her teens. It’s heartbreaking for us and more for her. Well since that time she has grown into a beautiful young woman. She will be 32 in August. She has a fantastic job and is the most loving and caring person I know. Thank you
    isisthe12th(at)gmail(dot)com

    • July 2, 2016 at 5:43 am
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      Hello Linda,
      It isn’t often we hear that one of our children is an inspiration. Your story is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing that with us.

  • July 1, 2016 at 1:56 pm
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    My parents inspired me and still do. They put God first in all of their decisions. They gave me a love of books, education, travel, and family.

    • July 2, 2016 at 5:45 am
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      Hello Marguerite,
      That is truly wonderful that your parents were such godly people. Putting God first shows our children that no matter what happens in life we can always turn to Him and He is there for us! Thank you for sharing!

  • July 1, 2016 at 2:44 pm
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    Today is our 38th anniversary. That always make me think of the couples that have stuck together through thick and thin. My parents inspired me by reaching 55 years together. Then it only ended because my Dad died. Any couple that makes it to 50 years or more is an absolute inspiration of what love and commitment are supposed to be.
    debbiewilder (at) comcast (dot) net

    • July 2, 2016 at 5:47 am
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      Hey Debora! Congratulations and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! You are only a few years ahead of me and my husband. My parents have been married for 62 years now! And I agree! People who stick together that long are a huge inspiration. :o)

  • July 1, 2016 at 3:27 pm
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    My twin sister Shaunette inspires me. When she found out she had terminal Brain Cancer(Anaplastic Astrocytoma) the first thing she said was God has given me a peace to deal with what is coming. She has continued to trust God to this day. She has told our family that she trusts God to do what is best. Even when they told her that she possible will be gone in 6 months, her faith has not wavered. Shaunette has taught me how to face suffering and death in a way that glorifies God. She is simply amazing and the most wonderfully loving person in the world.
    Sonnetta_jones(at)hotmail(dot)com

    • July 2, 2016 at 5:50 am
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      Awe Sonnetta, Your story is bittersweet. What a lovely sister you had. You know God is smiling down from heaven as we speak. He will say, “Well done thy good and faithful servant.” I pray she will have many more years here on this earth. Doctors aren’t the ones that have the final say, God is!

  • July 1, 2016 at 3:47 pm
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    My late pastor’s wife. At 81, she is still active and bakes homemade rolls for many church dinners. jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

    • July 2, 2016 at 5:52 am
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      What a wonderful, giving lady. My mother is almost 80 and she cares for my father and helps take care of her 2 year old and 5 year old grandchildren. People like that are amazing!

  • July 1, 2016 at 7:53 pm
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    My niece Rhiannon is my inspiration. She lives with me and even though she went through a terrible time in Foster Care she’s still a kind,loving faithful person. I so admire how she doesn’t let things stand in the way of goals she has and blessed that even though she’s busy with college she still helps and cares about her family.

    • July 2, 2016 at 5:54 am
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      Good Morning Lynne. Your niece sounds like a lovely lady. It’s such a joy to see someone who has overcome hard and bad times to make it on top and then show kindness to others. My grandmother was like that.

  • July 1, 2016 at 8:27 pm
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    My mom, who was a refugee twice in her early life and lived to tell about it. She has risen above it, and it a kind woman who harbors no unkind feelings.

    • July 2, 2016 at 5:55 am
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      Hello Sonja. We need more people like your mother in this world! People today hold and nurse hard feelings and that creates hatred. I’d love to meet your mother she sounds like a beautiful person.

  • July 1, 2016 at 10:06 pm
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    My mom inspires me, she’s 47 and just graduated from college with her RN degree!
    catwoman0667@yahoo.com

    • July 2, 2016 at 5:56 am
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      Hello Nicole. That is AWESOME! Congratulations to your mom! She is a wonderful role model. Some who shows you its never to late to reach for your dreams! Thanks for coming by.

  • July 2, 2016 at 6:00 am
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    Ladies, I’m so sorry I didn’t get back to you yesterday. I had signed up to be notified and didn’t get any emails saying I had comments. However, the fault was mine because I discovered today that that email I received was an email that I was supposed to confirm that I wanted to get notifications. Thank you all for coming by. I’d love if you’d share about this post on FB and/or twitter! Have a blessed 4th of July!

  • July 2, 2016 at 7:53 pm
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    My grandmother has been a real inspiration to me. She is with Jesus now, but her testimony remains. She was such a sweetie and everyone loved her. She went through many trials and hard-ships and yet she never gave up. Her love and dedication to the Lord was her strong-hold. She was always working behind the scenes .A true servant. Her joy was always evident on her face. I don’t think I ever saw her get angry. My last memory of her before she died was of her singing and praising the Lord for His goodness. That’s the kind of testimony I want to leave behind.

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

  • July 3, 2016 at 4:44 am
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    Good Morning Alison. Your grandmother sounds like a beautiful person. I have never seen mine get angry either. I bet the two ladies would have been best of friends.Thank you for sharing with us!

  • July 4, 2016 at 9:59 am
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    My sister. She is fighting Lupus but she is also an Advocate and foster mom to new borns.

  • July 4, 2016 at 10:05 am
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    My sister Lynette inspires me. She is an advocate/foster mom to newborns. She also has lupus. But I have never once heard her complain.

    • July 4, 2016 at 10:07 am
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      Did not realize the first one posted. Doing this on my kindle and it is being weird.

      • July 4, 2016 at 4:32 pm
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        Hey Debra. Lupus is a tough disease. What a lady to be able to manage her lupus and be an advocate for children. I can see why she inspires you!

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