Deborah has taught writing workshops to thousands of children and teachers all over the country (check out this interview with the Frederick News Post). Here's another interview from Harcourt Trade Publishers, where she talks about creating her characters. Deborah says she learned to write by reading, and also holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. Visit Deborah's blog, and website to find more about her! Her website has a very interesting Life Notice, which gives some insight into Deborah's life, and work. A fun fact about Deborah is that she lives in Atlanta, where she grows the world's most beautiful zinnias.