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She talks to wolves...

...and other wicked creatures.

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I'm Deborah, from the Hebrew meaning "bee" or "kick-ass prophetess and judge."

"Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song ... O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength." -from The Song of Deborah, Judges 5: 12-21.

I am a child of the Wood: I am the path and the walker. I am the girl that stumbles lost and the fiery bird who flickers out of reach of the wanderer. I am a jack of all trades, a master of none, though ofttimes better than a master of one. And among those trades that I am on my way to being an amazing not-master of, I list: writing, teaching, photography, jewelry-crafting, and reviewing.

I was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, which means that I drawl (but only a little) and don't care to live without sweet tea. I am always falling in love with the South, land of deep flaws and deep mystery, and love to revel in its aspects of glory. I write Southern fairy tales and I explore Southern folklore.

I have sojourned to the East, to Tokyo, Japan, where I lived and got Lost in radiant neon and the concrete jungle for two years. I miss umeboshi, an amazing train system, the sakura hanami season, and friends (to limit myself to a very few items from a rather long list).

I have recently finished a tenure of teaching English in a private school: a crossroads school, where those who lingered on the fringes of various societal statuses came to scramble for purchase. This experience both tested and refined my love for and expectations of teaching, leaving me ready to move on to the next step in my career.

I am currently enrolled in a Masters program in English literature at GSU, where I have been seduced by Victorian literature and also continue on my path of studying fairy tales and folklore. My undergraduate education is a combination of Biology, Mythology, and English. I feel this leaves me uniquely suited to examine narrative both in macrocosm and microcosm.

I am also wife to one of the most amazing historians that I know and share my house with an enormous orange tabby cat who acts like a dog and a miniature grey mixed cat who is the quintessential feline. Our home life is ever provocatively interesting.

My written works have run the gamut from fantasy to creative nonfiction to poetry. You can read selections of my creative works in the following places:

"Ireland, A Sapphic Poem" in the February 2009 issue of The Pedestal Magazine.
"My Small Army of Souls" in the September 2008 issue of Scheherezade's Bequest.
"When Death Dances" in the March 2010 issue of EMG-Zine.
Tales from the Wishing Well, an experiment in cyber-funded creativity.
Original works featured on my website.

If you are interested in what I'm reading and what I've read, you can find me over on GoodReads at this link.

I have written reviews for Cabinet des Fées and Green Man Review. A complete list of all my reviews to date is available at my website.

Notes on my profile: The image above was commissioned from Paula Arwen Friedlander. Please don't abscond with it. The font used on the banner and elsewhere is Dirt2 SoulStalker from Da Font. The social media icons below are by Gopal Raju at Productive Dreams.

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