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 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. I can’t imagine a life without its kudzu-choked highways, sweltering summer days, and complicated relationship to history.
I have also traveled to Tokyo, Japan, where I lived and got Lost in radiant neon and the concrete jungle for two years. I taught conversational English to businessmen, housewives, and children; I made some of my best friends in the world; I walked the streets of Kyoto and Hiroshima and Miyajima. I miss umeboshi, an amazing train system, the sakura hanami season, and the aforementioned 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 Georgia State University. I came to Atlanta with the intention of studying American literature and researching contemporary folklore. Instead, I find myself seduced by the Victorians (though I’m still absorbed by fairy tales and folklore). I hold a B.A. from Huntingdon College, where my education was a combination of Biology, Mythology, and English. I feel this leaves me uniquely suited to examine narrative in both macrocosm and microcosm.
At the Winter Solstice in 2008, I wed Andrew, who had been one of my dearest friends for eleven years. He’s still one of my best friends, and a brilliant historian and teacher. We share our apartment in Kennesaw, Georgia with our two cats: Tiger Jack! the Explorer, and Kaylee of the Maneki Neko Smile.
I am a writer. I have poetry available in Scheherezade’s Bequest and The Pedestal Magazine, in addition to here on my website. I likewise have short fiction available in EMG-Zine and here on my website, in addition to forthcoming in Human Tales from Dark Quest Books. Besides prose and poetry, I also write reviews for Cabinet des Fées, Green Man Review, and other sites: you can find a comprehensive listing of my reviews here.