Who am I?
I’m Deb, married to the best man in the world and mom to three distinct personalities, aged 9, 7, and 5. You know how some people have these peaceful children who play quietly and sit still while the grownups talk? Yeah, mine are nothing like that. Mine are the ones turning cartwheels in your living room and quizzing you on baseball stats while showing off their ninja skills. Don’t get me wrong, they’re great kids, the best really, but they just might have inherited my boredom gene, so we’re always looking for creative entertainment around here.
I used to have the super full life as a mom to three, missionary to the slums of Argentina, writer, and general crazy person. We recently gave up the missionary part, and moved “home” to Indiana, where for the first time my husband works all day while I’m with the kids. Let me tell you, this whole “normal” thing is really weird. My new life is a good one, and the longer I’m in it the more I like it, though I’m still trying to figure out how it all works.
In April of 2013, I published my first two novels, The Book of Sight and The Broken Circle. They’re books 1 and 2 of a series (also called The Book of Sight) for young adults. Set in modern day Colorado, they tell the story of five teenagers who have a mysterious book delivered to them. The book seems to be nonsense, but eventually they are able to read the amazing stories in it and find that it opens their eyes to things that have always been around them but they were never able to see before. The books are mostly adventure novels, though there is a fantasy element thrown in.
Eventually, there will be five books in the series. I’m hard at work on Book 3 right now, so if you see a weirdo pulled over on the side of the road with a laptop propped up next to the steering wheel, that’s me trying to pound out my daily word count before it’s time to pick up the kids from school. Pull over and say Hi! (Or just tell me I can’t park there, like most people do.)
What’s on my bookshelf?
I’m an insatiable reader, and I’ll read almost anything that’s fiction, though I have to confess I’m not a fan of crime novels. You can check out the ever-growing Book Recommendation section for more of my fascinating opinions, but here’s a sample of what’s on my shelf:
The Sevenwaters trilogy by Juliet Marillier
The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Every book ever written by Jane Austen
The Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Dune (and all its sequels) by Frank Herbert
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
The Anne of Green Gables series by L.M Montgomery
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Ender’s Game (and all its sequels) by Orson Scott Card
Outlander (and all its sequels) by Diana Gabaldon
The Foundation, Robot, and Empire series by Isaac Asimov
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Okay, so I have a whole room of bookshelves. I’ll stop for now. But seriously, I’m always on the prowl, so if you have books to recommend, especially if they’re anything like the ones above, bring them on.