About Deborah


A Little About Me

I am a native Californian, born in the desert of southern California.  My family moved to San Francisco when I was seven years old.  San Francisco is a quaint and fascinating city in many respects with its tiny neighborhoods tucked in among the hills, the little cable cars, and the twinkling reflection of the city lights on the bay when the sun slips down by the Golden Gate.  California is a beautiful state, from top to bottom.

In the summers my mom would take my siblings and me to my grandfather’s farm in Wisconsin.  Stepping off the airplane in Chicago was like stepping off onto a different planet.  But there is something indescribably wonderful about listening to the crickets and frogs at night while gazing at the multitude of stars in the sky, and something refreshingly simple about farm life.

I am a senior environmental litigation paralegal at a mid-sized law firm in downtown San Francisco and am always glad when I can get off of work in time to hike up a rather beautiful trail by my house.  When not inspired to do historical research or to write, I enjoy cooking, listening to good music, and caring for my church family.      My life’s verse is found in I Samuel 12:24:

“Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all of your heart:

for consider what great things He hath done for you.”

I have enjoyed reading stories for as long as I can remember, and writing them has been a wonderful outlet for my over active imagination.  As far back as junior high, when I began to study American history, the wheels in my mind started to turn as I tried to soak in the thoughts of what did it feel like, what would it have been like, and what if I had lived during that time?  I love studying history because the crossroads of Providence, choices and humanity seem to always unveil something more powerful and fascinating than fiction.  Yet, to me, a story is only enjoyable if it is related to reality in a way that moves the heart to believe that it could have happened.

Traveling does wonders for the imagination.  While serving on the BJU German Mission Team in 1995, I had the tremendous experience of learning about a culture that I had previously only experienced in a book. Germany has a special place in my heart.  Recently, I have done a lot of studying and research on World War II in the European Theatre.  Out of this incredible sense of respect for history, for those American Patriots who have gone before us, and out of the thought of “what if” came the Legacy of the Brave.

My current story began book production in September 2009.  It is the story of Leyna Künzel, a simple but brave, German country girl.  Her life changes beyond her wildest dreams one day when she discovers three American Army Air Corp men as she is driving her horse and wagon home on the road to Engen.

I hope that you will enjoy this story as much as I have enjoyed writing it.  I have dedicated it to the memory of my German teacher, Frau Edith Long.  Her testimony, along with my interest in how the war affected Americans and Germans alike, inspired this story.

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