I’m Debbie, most people call me Little Debbie for my energy and smile. I wear a lot of hats, all based on my many passions. My hats include mother, wife, author, book seller, community volunteer, and sometimes actress. I love helping others, and do a lot of community volunteering. Currently my project is helping to build a Children’s Museum in Sioux City, my hometown. We are getting ready to break ground! I’m also the Network Chair for SCBWI-IA representing the Sioux City area. So if you are interested in joining us, please get in touch.
I’ve loved to write ever since I can remember! Telling stories was one of my favorite forms of entertainment. Reading was the other. Tetris was a close third.
Growing up, I always had my nose in a book. When I didn’t have a book, I was making up stories. Who needs TV and computers when you can escape into your imagination?
I started writing as soon as I could hold a pencil. As a child, I had notebooks full of stories and plays. I even made my friends come home with me after school to act in my plays. None of them ever made it to Broadway.
I studied Mass Communications in college so I could use my writing in a career. I’ve worked in TV, radio, newspaper, online and even advertising. But as soon as I had children, I wanted to be home. It didn’t take long for me to get “antsy.” I started a local Shakespeare Company when my son was 6 months old. Granted, he did nap alot, which gave me extra free time. I also continued to do some freelance writing.
After a few years, I began writing picture books for my children. I joined SCBWI to learn about the market and realized it would take me from my family, so I put it on hold. Now that my children are older, I have jumped back on the path of following my dream: to share my stories with anyone who wants to listen.
My book “It’s Almost Time” was published in 2011 by Kane Miller.
Let me know if I can answer any questions! And thank you for visiting my blog.