Debra has worked in both Christian and children’s publishing for over twenty years. Her writing experience includes biographies, historical novels, study guides, devotionals, magazine articles, lesson plans, and news features. Many of these were published by Crossway Books, Pelican Publishing, and Lifeway Christian Resources. Work experience includes research for biographies (Pelican) and non-fiction 80+ articles for Adventure magazine (Lifeway). Debra has also presented writing workshops for adults and book presentations for young readers.
Her experience with proofreading and copyediting began at a printing company where attention to detail was imperative. Although some found the work tedious, Debra enjoyed the opportunities to edit newsletters and polish hastily written material provided by clients. These skills would later prove invaluable with proofreading and self-editing her own manuscripts. Since becoming a freelance editor, she has worked with the Andrews Bible Commentary (Old Testament), Bible studies, children’s books, and compiled a cookbook.
Debra is a Louisiana native who has always been intrigued by history. Study tours of Israel, Greece, and Turkey, including volunteer work at a dig, increased her appreciation for archaeology as a window into biblical understanding. Her studies include a Master of Arts in English (Writing and Linguistics) from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and a Bachelor of Science (Communication and History) from Middle Tennessee State University. She now lives in Tennessee with her husband of many years, enjoys time with grandchildren, and directs the ESL program at her church.