Debra is a professed Luddite (she wrote her dissertation by hand), book lover, and sports fan. She earned her B.A. in English at Emory University where she stayed to work on a Ph.D. in comparative literature.
Living in Atlanta also afforded Debra the opportunity to gain valuable experience at CNN and Turner Sports while indulging in her love of sports. She worked as a freelance writer and editor on CNN International’s “World Sport” and Turner’s “Inside the NBA.” During her time there, she moonlighted in public relations and helped with the launch of CNNSI.
Divided between two worlds, sports and books, Debra left Atlanta to devote herself to her first love, writing and teaching. She left Emory with a M.A. in comparative literature (all but dissertated) to start over at the University of California, Irvine, where she earned a Ph.D. in English. Debra has published articles on Romantic writers like Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Madame de Staël and edited several academic books. Now an associate professor of English at San Diego Mesa College and Mira Costa College, Debra enjoys working with students to help them find their voices as critical thinkers and writers.
When she isn’t working, Debra is rarely seen without her Portuguese Waterdog sidekick “Chillon,” taking him for long walks and playing at the beach. She is currently writing a novel inspired by Chillon (Diver) and his late uncle,”Catch of the Day.”