Debbie grew up in Ocala, a small town in North Florida that’s home to mostly retired folks and horses. But she had big dreams and shook the dust of that little town off her feet and went to see the world. Well, maybe not the world, but more than Ocala. So, after graduating from college she moved to Los Angeles and began her career in advertising with J. Walter Thompson.
Her favorite part of the job was finding out what motivates and inspires people and even today she loves to travel and discover how people choose to live, work and play. In fact, she has been known to ask complete strangers about their life story.
Debbie draws on these experiences and likes to combine fact with fiction in her stories. She considers herself an easy audience and is happy to pay for a ticket as long as she doesn’t have to go anywhere near the stage.
When not writing, she can be found playing ball with her husband and two children and volunteering for parks and PTA’s. She finds volunteering in the front office of the middle school absolutely fascinating.
Debbie is a member of SCBWI and The Atlanta Writers Club and co-founded www.middlegrademafia.com, a blog to inform and inspire middle grade writers.