Debra Jayne East was born the oldest of six girls in Martinsville, Virginia. For as long as she could remember, she loved to keep journals, write poetry and short stories. She researched her family tree and suddenly she understood why. Her distant relative, Violet Florence Martin was an Irish author, born in 1862, who co-wrote a series of novels with cousin Edith Somerville under the pen name of Martin Ross in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Learning about her heritage encouraged her to follow her dreams. After she encountered a near-death experience during a routine surgery, she realized her time had come to follow her heart and pursue her calling to be a writer. Her first novel, Radiance:Love after Death was released by XOXO Publishing in June of last year.
Debra lives in North Carolina close to the Blue Ridge Parkway and enjoys photography, volunteering and spending time with her family. Currently, she's completing a second book in her Radiance series and also working on a science fiction novel.
Ms. East loves to set her stories in the rural areas surrounding her home. The idea came to her for her first book when after a long depression from the break up of her eighteen-year marriage. She found a crooked heart-shaped stone in the grass out of the blue one day. It reminded her that even though hearts get broken and scarred, that they are still capable of love.
Finding the stone renewed her will to go on, and she realized it had a message for anyone recovering from heartbreak. She passes that message on in Marena Jacobs, her gutsy endearing heroine in Radiance:Love after Death. Marena Jacobs was not your typical kind of heroine. She's divorced, in her forties and a workaholic.
"I always love to read about people and situations that are out of the norm. I believe many readers get tired of getting the same old cookie cutter description of a breathtakingly beautiful heroine and a devilishly handsome man. "Most women don't look like they stepped
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