Deborah Elliott-Upton's publishing credits include Woman's World, Writer's Digest, Millennium Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine, Working Writer, Mystery Readers Journal, Beginnings, Crime and Suspense, trade magazines, and newspapers. Star-Blaze Entertainment has optioned five of her short stories for opening episodes of a proposed television series. She's a former book reviewer for the Amarillo Globe-News, a frequent conference speaker and online instructor for Writing & Marketing the Short Story. Deborah is one of seven writers chosen to write short stories concerning the Seven Deadly Sins, included in the anthology, SEVEN BY SEVEN (Wolfmont Publishing, April 2006.) Her short mysteries are included in CAROLS AND CRIMES GIFTS AND GRIFTERS, THE GIFT OF MURDER and A CRIMINAL BRIEF CHRISTMAS. She has a devotion in DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR WRITERS.
Deborah has collected story ideas, characters and plots throughout her lifetime. Once only a dream, she considered writing seriously long, long ago in the last century -- 1991 to be exact. Characters live with her for a while before she decides to write their story. She refers to this as "mulling." Like good mulled wine, it takes time to meld the spices together of the character, their needs, strengths and frailties before a simmering storyline takes shape.
Deborah is a coffee and chocolate addict and sees no hope of recovery. Every few years, she re-reads CATCHER IN THE RYE, just for the fun of it. She might not leave her husband for Johnny Depp, but she would have to at least think about it.
If she was never published again, Deborah would continue to write. "I can't stop. I don't know how," she says.