Book Giveaway & Author Interview: The Doctor’s Mission by Debbie Kaufman

Welcome to Author Debbie Kaufman


Debbie Kaufman failed to heed her mother’s advice to get her nose out of a book.  Instead, she parlayed her reading addiction into writing award-winning fiction.  Originally a Kentucky girl, Debbie now lives in Georgia with her own romance hero, her husband of over thirty years.  Not surprisingly, Debbie’s nose can still be found in a book every free minute her writing allows her.
Her first novel, a Love Inspired Historical for Harlequin is The Doctor’s Mission, a November 2011 release.  For more about Debbie, visit her website at


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

The future, definitely.  Funny, because my eight-year-old granddaughter asked me the same question just last week while riding in the car, and we had a lively discussion.  I guess this might seem like a strange answer since I write historical novels.  After all, The Doctor’s Mission is set in 1918 Liberia, Africa.  But the past is there for me to research in books, see its remnants in museums, and hear about from those who lived it.  When I think about how different our lives are from just 100 years ago, my curious nature would instead love a glimpse into the future of humanity. 
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 

As a young child, I read a copious amount of fairy tales.  While I was well acquainted with Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White, my favorite tale was The Six Swans, the story of a young girl whose brothers were turned into swans by an evil witch.  For six long years the sister labors sewing shirts from starwort while remaining mute.  After much sacrifice, she succeeds in saving her brothers.  However the youngest brother’s shirt was missing a sleeve and, as a result, he is left with a swan’s wing.  Seems sad, but to me it reflected life as my childhood self knew it—not everything ends perfectly and sometimes requires great sacrifice.  In contrast, my book, The Doctor’s Mission has a happily-ever-after you can count on, but the hero and heroines don’t get an easy ride to the happy destination.
If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?

I wouldn’t change my time period.  Some periods might be fun to visit, but I firmly believe that God has a time and a place for each of us and there was no mistake about the time I was born.  I am quite content about that fact to be in the here and now.
If you were a superhero what would your name be?

Actually, I have a superhero name, one that my four children have used all their lives—Mom.  After homeschooling for twelve years, raising most of my children while renovating a Victorian farmhouse, and surviving the adolescence of four children, Clark Kent and Wonder Woman have nothing on me.  I have, however, recently discovered my kryptonite.  One word.  Grandchildren!
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

I tend to get in a rut at breakfast time, eating English muffins and sugar-free apricot jam while I check my email.  My favorite thing is actually a spinach and mushroom omelet with a hot cup of green tea.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?

Arggh!  You had to ask.  I have this strange fascination with Hoarders.  My family rolls their eyes when I watch it, so I’ve taken to taping it and watching when they aren’t around. 
Hidden talent?

Baking.  I haven’t done it much since I started writing, but I bake a chocolate chip cookie that is legendary among my friends.  Really.  Two women almost brawled in the church parking lot one day over who was going to get the extra batch I had. 
Favorite candy?

What do you do in your free time?

I read every spare chance I get.  I’m an obsessive reader and need my “fix” on a regular basis.  Right now I’m reading The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley, a hauntingly romantic story that has completely sucked me into its world. 
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 

Book two is another missionary romance set in Liberia, Africa.  After I finish that one, I’ll probably explore other historical mission fields.  I am a total missions geek, and I probably will have to keep writing about them in some form. 

The Doctor’s Mission is an inspirational romantic historical adventure set in 1918 Liberia, Africa.

A woman doctor! Missionary William Mayweather can’t hide his disappointment. The Nynabo mission in Liberia, Africa, desperately needs help, but he’s vowed not to put another female in jeopardy. Too bad flame-haired Dr. Mary O’Hara refuses to turn back—and he cannot allow her to go into the jungle alone.
Medicine or marriage? For Mary, the choice was clear. Far away from the patriarchal medical community, she resolves to be of real service. She’ll willingly go head-to-head with the handsome, opinionated missionary, even in the face of deadly danger. Yet the greatest tests lie in trusting God’s plan—for the mission, and her future happiness in this untamed, beautiful land….

Read an excerpt here:

Giveaway Details
2 winners will each receive a copy of The Doctor’s Mission
Open Internationally
Ends 11/30/11

Luisa R.