Debbie is from Opp, Alabama, a unique town that was the setting for her childhood dreams of traveling. Aboard the front porch swing, she imagined she was traveling on a train to the Wild West and she thought she was ready to ride horses on the wide-open prairie. Her first travel adventures were underway on “The Opp Express Train”.
Later a young man, Jim, asked her to marry him as they swayed on the front porch swing, and he took her away on a 1957 Chevy, not the romantic train.
Debbie’s home has been Florida for most of her life, along with Jim who she claims is “directionally” challenged; but he still finds the important things in life plus most of the places on the map, given enough time. They have three children a lovely granddaughter and an active grandson.
Debbie began her studies at Enterprise Junior College aspiring to become a schoolteacher. She received honors and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Detours sent her in another direction. For several years she has worked for a major Florida Construction/Development Company in various capacities.
Debbie thoroughly enjoys travel, and France is at the top of her destination list. Photography and gardening are special interests along with baking — especially when blackberries, peaches and blueberries are in season!
She says: “Writing has always been either a joy or a pain, depending upon which day you ask about it. I knew I wanted to write from the moment my high school English teacher praised me and posted on the bulletin board an essay I had written and titled Simplicity. I’m fond of travel storytelling, sprinkled with humor, a few tears and lined with my southern speaking habit that is stuck in my brain with super glue mixed with Brer Rabbit Molasses.”
Debbie is the author of “A French Opportunity” a travel memoir available at Amazon.com.