From the Booking Desk:

I always delight when I see Deb Crombie at one of the various mystery fan conventions around the country. She’s wonderful to talk to and always has a smile on her face. She and Marcia Talley did an event here in Baltimore at the Enoch Pratt Library years ago, which I will always remember. Deborah doesn’t release a book every year, but her readers wait anxiously for the newest entry, while re-reading the older titles as a way of visiting with their fictional friends. If you haven’t tried one of the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James novels, you really should. They are some of the finest traditional police procedurals out there. The latest, A Killing of Innocents, is available now. Let’s see how Deborah approached our standard Composite Sketch questions.

Name: Deborah Crombie
Location: Richardson, Texas

This person from my personal life is such an inspiration:

My daughter Kayti is a daily inspiration. She is the most organized and motivated person I know. She has a very successful business and is a super mom to my granddaughter Wren. She’s the best travel companion (and planner), a fellow foodie, and best of all, she loves to read!

One of the people I admire most in the crime fiction community is:

My fellow Jungle Red blog sister Hank Phillippi Ryan. Hank is not only a brilliant and inventive writer, she’s an absolute dynamo. I don’t know anyone who works harder, or anyone who is more generous and supportive of other writers and the crime fiction community. If you’ve met Hank and think she can’t possibly be as nice as she seems, I have to tell you that she absolutely is.

STALKER ALERT! If this fictional character were real, they would likely need to get a restraining order against me:

Peter Grant in Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London novels. I am such a fan. I also have a huge crush on Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, who reads the audio books. There is something about his voice that I find completely addictive.

People are always surprised that I am a fan of this individual (singer, actor, or artist):

No one would be surprised that I love British singers, actors, writers, and artists. But they might not know that I’m a huge fan of the British ballroom dancing show, Strictly Come Dancing. British friends got me hooked on this a few years ago and I even try to plan trips to the UK during the show’s season so that I can watch while there. Americans don’t really get what a huge cultural thing Strictly is in the UK. Everybody watches it.

My personal catch phrase is (or should be):

“I’ll do it tomorrow.” I’m a terrible procrastinator. I’m pretty good at “It’ll be okay,” as well.

Find out more about Deborah at her website and Facebook
(photo credit: Steve Ullathorne)