Building a Series Around a Specific Place

Interview with Debbie Burns

In this Interview Debbie and Gabriela discuss:

  • How to weave a fictional setting into a real place.
  • Crafting scenes from an animal’s point of view the right way.
  • How to create a web of character connections throughout a series.
  • The series bible, what it is and how to make one.
  • How to craft authentic and realistic human and animal characters.

About Debbie Burns

Debbie Burns is the award-winning author of the heartwarming Rescue Me romance series featuring love connections of the two and four-legged kind. Her writing commendations include a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and a TOP PICK from Romantic Times Book Reviews for A New Leash on Love, and an Amazon Best Book of the Month for My Forever Home, the third book in her Rescue Me series. Books one through three of the series, are available now with book four Love at First Bark releasing in July 2019.

Debbie lives in Saint Louis with her family, two phenomenal rescue dogs, and a somewhat tetchy Maine Coon cat who everyone loves anyway. Her hobbies include hiking, gardening and daydreaming, which of course always leads to new story ideas.

To connect with Debbie check out her website at



Rescue Me

Book 1: A New Leash on Love

You can’t buy love…but you can rescue it.

With her no-kill animal shelter at risk of losing funding, Megan Anderson is working doggedly to save the animals in her care. She’ll do anything for them―even go toe-to-toe with a handsome man who’s in way over his head.

Craig Williams has had his share of heartache recently, and he’s not in the mood to get the guilt trip from a spirited (and beautiful) animal shelter owner. But the more time they spend together, the more he realizes it’s not just animals Megan is adept at saving―she could be the one to rescue his heart.

Soon, Craig and Megan find that the magic of unconditional love can do anything…even lead to their forever home.

Book 2: Sit, Stay, Love

These dogs aren’t the only ones in need of rescue.

For devoted no-kill shelter worker Kelsey Sutton, rehabbing a group of rescue dogs is a welcome challenge. Working with a sexy ex-military dog handler who needs some TLC himself? That’s a different story.

Kurt Crawford keeps his heart locked away from everyone. Well, everyone except the dogs who need his help…and always have his back. But as Kurt gets to know the compassionate, beautiful woman he’s been assigned to work with, he can’t help but feel a little puppy love…

Book 3: My Forever Home

Love comes to the rescue.

Vet school dropout Tess Grasso dreams of having her own pet therapy business, but she meets one disastrous obstacle after another. There’s no denying she has a way with animals, so in the meantime she puts her skills to use at a local no-kill shelter. Between helping her furry companions and a budding relationship with fellow dog lover Mason Redding, Tess begins to find fresh confidence…

What Tess doesn’t know is that Mason is recovering from an accident, hoping to get back to his pro-baseball career. He’s afraid the truth will ruin everything—and he’s right. But in the midst of hurt and betrayal, a free-spirited stray Husky enters their lives, and teaches them a few things about faith, love and forgiveness.

Book 4: Love at First Bark

Animal portrait painter Mia Chambers and architect Ben Thomas have volunteered at the High Grove Animal Shelter for years, and they share a complicated history. Ben has secretly loved Mia all this time, but she was married to his best friend. Now she’s newly widowed, with a young son, and Ben doesn’t know how to tell her what’s in his heart. All he can do is stay close, help her as much as she’ll let him, and watch for the right moment to bare his soul.

When a dozen adorable border collies get dumped in St. Louis’ biggest park, everyone at the shelter mobilizes for a large-scale rescue. Rushing to the park to round up the frisky collies, Ben and Mia unexpectedly plunge into a new phase of their entangled lives. Who knew that opening their hearts and homes―to animals in need and to each other―would lead to so many upheavals…and new beginnings…?