Deb Garland has been an author, freelance writer and editor for more than 25 years. She is writing several Christian Historical Romance novels for Timepieces of the San Juan Islands. She is an ACFW Genesis Semi-finalist in Historical Romance, an ACFW First Impressions winner in Historical Romance twice, a My Book Therapy Frasier finalist, and a Promising Beginnings Writers’ Contest finalist. Her blog, Scripture & Story, aims to reach readers who wish to examine God’s truth and explore the scenic Pacific Northwest, the setting for her stories.
Her short stories: Friends Forever and Shining on His Own and articles: Operation Save a Bird, Do Porcupines Live in the Sea, The Work of Christ on Our Behalf, Why is Darwin on Trial, and Welcome to a Pinniped Picnic have appeared in Good Reading for Everyone, Guide, High Adventure, Incorruptible Beauty, Jr. Trails, www.SpiritAndTruth.org, Stanwood-Camano News, and Young & Alive.
She has completed the Institute of Children’s Literature courses Writing for Children & Teenagers, Creating & Selling Short Stories and Articles, and Writing & Selling Children’s Books.
Her experience as a reading specialist and special education teacher for 14 years from kindergarten to adult and the knowledge she gained while earning her Doctor of Ministry degree at Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary have equipped her to share God’s Word through fiction and nonfiction with all ages.
Deb is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and My Book Therapy. She has been married to her co-pastor husband, Tony, for 35+ years. She serves her church as an administrator, librarian, Sunday school teacher, treasurer and plays the flute as a member of the worship team.
My Writing Journey
My interest in writing began in sixth grade after a story I wrote based on Gladys Malvern’s Behold Your Queen! received honorable mention at a school fair. Until I became a “born again” believer in Jesus Christ at a Lutheran Bible Institute youth rally in Issaquah, WA and began to read the Bible, I didn’t know my story involved Queen Esther in the Old Testament.
Growing up, one of my best friends dreamed of becoming an author. Not me! After I became a teacher and read a magazine ad for the Institute of Children’s Literature, I wanted to learn to write. Alvin Tresselt, the school’s dean, had written White Snow, Bright Snow, a book sitting on my classroom shelf. I learned my teaching assistant’s mother finished an ICL course. I enrolled, selling several short stories and articles to Christian magazines.
I wrote two unpublished books, fiction and nonfiction, before I stumbled upon my first craft book, Jack Bickham’s The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes, in Victoria, BC, Canada. Eager for more, I devoured Randy Ingermanson’s website. I followed his advice and joined American Christian Fiction Writers, taking several courses. Through ACFW, I was invited to join the Christian Young Adult Writers and Readers critique group. But I needed to stop playing it safe writing for the YA genre and follow my heart to write Christian historical romance novels. I discovered My Book Therapy and began to grasp story structure and character development, giving me the confidence to start entering contests. I’m an ACFW Genesis Semi-Finalist, First Impressions winner in Historical Romance twice, My Book Therapy Frasier finalist, Kathy Ide’s Promising Beginnings finalist, and received an Honorable Mention in Georgia Romance Writer’s Unpublished Maggie Award for Excellence in Inspirational Romance.
I enjoy writing inspirational stories that grip readers with the truth of God’s Word so they can experience the transforming love of Jesus Christ.