Debbie is the celebrated author of nine contemporary romance and women’s fiction novels that feature both two- and four-legged stars. While her books have earned many awards and commendations, her favorite praise is from readers who’ve been inspired to adopt a pet in need from their local shelter.
Debbie lives in Saint Louis with her family, a thoroughly spoiled rescue dog, and two Maine Coon cats who ought to be named Pete and Repeat. When she isn’t writing (or reading), you can find her hiking in the Missouri woods, working in her garden, or savoring time with family and friends. You can follow her on BookBub or connect with her on Instagram or Facebook.
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Debbie's early career as a conservation biologist as well as volunteering at shelters afforded her plenty of fodder for the Rescue Me series, but most of her inspiration has come from her own animals.
Nala, a pit bull mix, was surrendered to a high-kill animal control shelter at just four weeks of age. Thankfully, she was taken in by a caring rescue agency. When adopted by Debbie's family at eight weeks of age, Nala was scrawny and timid, and getting her to eat wasn’t easy. Now, even in her senior years, her eternally playful nature is a constant reminder not to take life too seriously and to always make time for fun.
Not to be dismissed are the family's two Maine Coon mixes, Max (below left), a rescue who was abandoned at less than a week old, and Owen (below middle), an incorrigible feline whose first life was in a barn and who, even in his second decade, has never learned to take no for answer.
Forever in their hearts is Hazel (right), the border collie who entered their lives as a puppy with the energy of tsunami so many years ago and who is the inspiration for Seven, the dog star of Home is Where Your Bark Is. She is missed every day.
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