Debbie Macomber

In 1973 Debbie Macomber began a journal with the prophetic words "Since the greatest desire of my life is to somehow, some way, be a writer, I'll start with this journal." Today, with more than 60 million copies of her books in print, the New York Times bestselling author admits that "it was a long, hard pull, but I realized my dream!"

One of America's most beloved authors of women's fiction, Debbie always enjoyed telling stories - first to her baby-sitting clients and then to her own four children. As a full-time wife and mother and an avid reader, she hoped to share her stories with a wider audience.

This author personifies the American success story: she wrote furiously for five years before her first manuscript was accepted. HEARTSONG was purchased by Silhouette Books in 1982, the first category romance ever to be reviewed by the prestigious trade publication Publishers Weekly. She was soon featured in Newsweek- and demand for her books quickly exceeded her wildest dreams.

Debbie is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Drawing on her own experiences and those of her family and friends, she demonstrates an almost uncanny ability to see into the souls of women and to express their emotions, values and concerns. In every book, her delightful sense of humor spices her writing.

A typical day in the life of Debbie Macomber begins long before the sun comes up. Rising at 4:00 a.m., she uses those early hours as a time to reflect, write in her journal, read inspirational materials and organize her schedule. At 6:00 a.m. she swims three-quarters of a mile in a local Olympic-sized pool. By 7:30 she's already at work in her office, devoting her days to her true passion: writing novels. Readers around the world clamor for her heartwarming books about small-town life, home and family, enduring friendship and even stories of humorous angels with earthly missions.

When Debbie takes a break from her writing, she likes to throw herself into research for upcoming novels. She's willing to try anything and go anywhere. In fact, she overcame her natural sense of caution to take kayaking lessons so that one of her heroines could benefit from the experience.

Debbie has traveled extensively. She and her husband, Wayne, enjoy taking long car trips across the United States -most recently driving from Seattle to their winter home in Florida. Their foreign travels have included recent journeys to Ireland and the Cook Islands.

Debbie and Wayne, who are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren and two step-granddaughters, live in the state of Washington.