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Butterflies Are Free by Debby Lee

Bio for Debby Lee

I was raised in the cozy town of Toledo Washington, the daughter of a logging truck driver and a homemaker. I was a quiet and sometimes quirky student, graduating from Toledo High School in 1984. I later went on to earn an AA degree from Centralia College in 2004.

I’ve always enjoyed writing poetry, short stories and in scribbling in my diary. After reading a Danielle Steele book in the seventh grade, I’ve been hooked on romance ever since. Some of my favorite books include Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird and Fireflies in December. I’m an avid reader of John Grisham, John Jakes, DiAnn Mills, Ann Rule and the late Frank McCourt. They are among a few of my favorite authors, but I’ve been known to peruse the dictionary, a thesaurus and even the phone book if I get desperate enough for something to read.

The writing organizations that I belong to include: Beyond Parallax at Centralia College, where I was proudly voted in as an honorary lifetime member; the Christian Writers Guild, where I studied with renowned author Jerry Jenkins; and I have recently joined the American Christian Fiction Writers.

There are three local chapters of Romance Writers of America that I belong to. In the Greater Seattle chapter, I’m a Chairperson to the Goody Bags Committee for the 2011 Emerald City Writers conference in Bellevue, WA in October. In the Olympia chapter, I just completed a term as Treasurer and Secretary. I’ve joined the Peninsula chapter where fellow chaptermate, Darlene Panzara introduced me to Books To Go Now editors, Jenni Conner and Carolyn Schuster.

The Special Interest chapters I belong to include Hearts Through History, where I’m taking a lot of online courses to sharpen my writing skills, and the Faith Hope and Love chapter, where I served as a contest coordinator for the 2011 Inspirational Readers Choice Awards.

In May of 2009, I placed 5th in a nationwide contest sponsored by the Alaska chapter of RWA. More locally 2010 was a big year for me! I won the 2010 Cherry Challenge Award for writing a book in a year. I was also awarded a NaNoWriMo certificate for completing the rough draft to a 50 thousand word novel in less than a month. Then, at the Olympia chapter Christmas party, I won the prestigious Lucy Award. This is a grueling ten month long contest of meeting monthly writing goals. It was really tough so I’m proud to have won.

Fun and exciting places I visited in 2010 include Portland, OR for a Readers Luncheon sponsored by the Rose City RWA chapter. I also flew to Orlando, FL where I had the pleasure of attending my first RWA National conference and pitching one of my manuscripts to a NY agent. I was then off to Bellevue, WA for the Emerald City Writers conference. This is the largest writers conference on the west coast and I was in charge of putting the Goody Bags together. December found me dodging flooded roads to make it to the Peninsula chapter Christmas party in Bremerton, WA. That was lots of fun.

All this must be paying off, my writing has been published in numerous newsletters, magazines, college journals, and in a book of devotions. I’ve completed several inspirational novels and working on submitting them to agents and editors. In June, I completed a proposal with three other authors for an anthology we hope gets picked up by my dream publishing house.

Most recently, Books To Go Now editors contracted me for the publication of my short story, Butterflies Are Free. And November will be the release of the 2012 edition of the Penned From the Heart devotional.  I’ll have two devotions appearing in this book. To God be the glory.

On a personal note, I’m happily married, have five children and live in Centralia, WA with my family. Besides writing, my other interests include traveling, caring for my family, being active in my local church, and cheering for the Seattle Seahawks. GO HAWKS!

Butterflies Are Free

It’s 1969 and Lena Thumble is torn between traditional stability and her dream of becoming a folk singer. While pursuing what she believes is her purpose under heaven, will she discover a time of peace . . . or her time to love?

Take a fun-filled romantic trip back in time to the late 60’s and revisit through the eyes of Lena Thumble the adventure and excitement of that era.

Debby Lee’s Web Site: http://booksbydebbylee.com

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