Deborah was raised on a hobby farm where her passion for reading and all things furred and feathered was indulged. When she wasn’t adopting stray cats and dogs—and the occasional flock of geese—she was riding one of her horses, or locked in her room with the latest Nancy Drew or Black Stallion adventure. She often spent school breaks on the cattle ranch her grandparents carved from the Cariboo-Chilcotin, experience that imbued in her a deep respect for early settlers, especially her female forebears. Deborah studied Criminal Justice and then stayed home to raise her four children and pursue her lifelong dream of novel writing. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two youngest children, and two extremely spoiled cats.