Author Guest Post With Deborah DeMoss Smith

Deborah DeMoss Smith has kindly agreed to guest post here and share her inspiration for becoming a writer in honor of her latest release, Light Fixtures.

 About The Author:
Author, TV documentary writer/producer, jazz radio host, and former high school English teacher, Deborah DeMoss Smith leaves a successful, nonfiction writing world behind to serve up her first YA novel.  Set in 1963 in NW Louisiana, Light Fixtures is the story of 14-year-old Aurora and her coming-of-awareness with bipolar moods.
Growing up in the Deep South, and now living in Portland, Oregon, DeMoss Smith says the idea for the teen book had lain on her mind’s back shelf for over a decade. Last fall, she pulled it out. “I thought: What better way to look at the real side of bipolar disorder than with fiction via the story of a teen, steeped in a very traditional Southern culture, who learns about herself through the guidance of two mystical friends?”
Other works by DeMoss Smith include Reflections of the Heart, What Our Animal Companions Tell Us published by Wiley Publishing, and numerous award-winning documentaries, such as the national Cable Ace (Emmy) winner A Different Kind of Mayor: Gussie McRobert.
Light Fixtures is the first of a series of YA books defining Aurora’s bipolar journey. For more, check out www.lightfixturesthebook.com (Source: Author).

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 Guest Post:
Here’s the truth of the matter: I don’t know when I was first inspired to write, for the joy and appreciation of the written word has always been with me. My parents were big readers. Mom liked novels that put the protagonist in entanglements; my daddy, having grown up in the Deep South with horses and a fierce sense of independence, loved westerns, notably Zane Grey.
By the second grade I was reading my own books, and keeping a diary of my younger brother’s life, writing about his quirky ways and words. Funny, I rediscovered the journal not long ago and actually enjoyed the petite stories.
A voracious reader in middle and high school, I decided to go to college and major in English. After graduation, I taught high school English/Literature. Several years later, I was hired in the news department at a TV station to research and write copy. That led to news production, including award-winning documentaries. The experience sharpened my composition and fact-finding dexterity (critical to any writing), as well as authentic story-telling skills.
Those skills came in handy 2004 when I wrote a nonfiction book, published by Wiley Publishing, on the spiritual connection we have with our animal companions.
Over a year ago, the novel idea of writing a fiction book, where the story is fueled by the imagination, began to blossom, and I wrote my first YA book. Set in the Southern culture of my grandparents – hence the dialect in the book – Light Fixtures has, as a teen novel does, many corners.
Why the title? Light fixtures are devices used to create illumination. I chose the title Light Fixtures as a metaphor as to who Aurora, and all of us, are: beings who, no matter what our limitations, have the ability to shine.
Light Fixtures is a coming-of-awareness novel set in the Deep South in 1963 and features 14-year-old Aurora, who’s all about moving fast. But her fast thoughts and actions often cause those around her to shake their heads in bafflement, especially when her spirits nosedive. But it’s no puzzle for the mystical Mr. Hematite and his tiny assistant, Mr. Dragonfly. Together, they guide her in understanding the onset of her bipolar moods and show her that as Light Fixtures, everyone has the potential to glow with balance and brilliance.
Though there are many nonfiction books on bipolar disorder, Light Fixtures is one of the very few novels broaching the subject.  It is the first of a YA series featuring Aurora’s journey, as she deals with her emerging bipolar moods through high school and beyond.
 Light Fixtures:
Title: Light Fixtures
Author: Deborah DeMoss Smith
Publisher: Self Published via Smashwords
Publication Date: June 27, 2011
 During the sweltering summer of 1963, everything is moving fast for 14-year-old Aurora, who’s spending the days with her grandparents in the northwest Louisiana countryside. Her fast thoughts and actions can cause those around her to shake their heads in bafflement, especially when her spirits nosedive. But it’s no puzzle for the mystical Mr. Hematite and his tiny assistant, Mr. Dragonfly. Together, they guide her in understanding her bipolar moods and show her that as Light Fixtures, everyone has the potential to shine with balance and brilliance (Source).
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Happy reading until next time!