I am a reader first, a writer second. I write emotional stories that reflect my optimistic idealist nature: always seeking the silver-lining, especially in the darkest hour.
I was fortunate to be raised on a hobby farm where my passion for reading, and all things furred and feathered, was indulged. When I wasn’t adopting stray cats and dogs—and the occasional flock of geese—I was riding one of my horses, or locked in my room with the latest Nancy Drew, Black Stallion, or James Herriot adventure. I blame the authors of those books for the frequent trouble I got into at school (see the report card notation?), and for inspiring me to become a novelist.
As a child, I loved to visit my aunt and uncle, and grandparents, on the cattle ranch my grandparents carved from British Columbia’s Cariboo-Chilcotin. The rugged experience I gained there imbued me with a deep respect for early settlers, especially my female forebears. I enjoyed my time on the ranch so much, I was inspired to create the fictional Douglas Ranch, as partial setting of my first and second novels: My Dear One, and My Own.
I’ve worked in construction, and as a customer service representative in a busy, high-volume call center. I studied Criminal Justice, married twice, and divorced once. I was fortunate to be in a position to stay home to raise my four children, and pursue my childhood commitment of writing novels. I live in beautiful British Columbia with my husband, two of our four children, and a sibling pair of extremely spoiled cats.
Deb’s Reading Room is my library, where I invite you in to learn a little about some of the books I’ve read. Maybe you’ve read some of them? In the For Readers section, I share who and what inspired my first book, along with information and links related to themes, or events, in the stories, like adoption, and the Titanic.