Debra Milligan

Biography

A technical writer/editor for engineers and former homeschooler, Debra Milligan now works at her lifelong dream of writing novels. She is fluent in French and has varied interests in the fine arts, architecture, history of all kinds, music, horses, hounds, the Golden Age of Hollywood, quilting, and the San Jose Sharks.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite writers?
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Victor Hugo, Blaise Pascal, and Louis L’Amour. It is difficult for me to cite favorite works because each work that I’ve read from each writer has taught me many things. For F. Scott, there is THE GREAT GATSBY and his unfinished THE LAST TYCOON; for Hugo, LES MISÉRABLES and poems from LES CONTEMPLATIONS; for Pascal, LES PENSÉES; and for Louis L’Amour, THE QUICK AND THE DEAD, HONDO, and RADIGAN.
How do these writers influence your work?
From F. Scott, his lyric imagery was the most influential. Also, the way in which he weaves the story with a very natural, direct but poetic voice.

From the great Victor Hugo, I learned the most, probably because he was the powerhouse of poetry and prose. Specifically, I learned how to move the point of view from the universal to the particular, and vice versa. There were also the architectural details through which Hugo could exhaust the reader but probably not himself.

Blaise taught me how to organize my thoughts in a concise, logical, linear order and how to express prose sparingly but powerfully. The artistry of the man has been overshadowed by the truth of his opinions. For Pascal, beauty and truth are synonymous.

Mr. L’Amour instructed me in the fine craft of narration. His narrative voice is pure, his prose condensed and moving.
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Books

Equinox
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,210. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Equinox occurs twice a year, on 20 March and 22 September. It is the autumnal equinox which colors and shades these 20 poems by Debra Milligan. She writes of time: the interludes in life and the transitions, marked by the equinox. These poems speak of the effects of the equinox upon grief, joy, forgiveness, love, parting, faith, solitude, hope, and betrayal, and other moments in our lives.
Solstice II
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,190. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
SOLSTICE II by Debra Milligan is the logical, creative counterpart for her cycle of poetry, SOLSTICE. SOLSTICE celebrates moments of being; SOLSTICE II celebrates moments of passage in each of these 21 poems. The winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere produces the longest night and the shortest day during the moment of solstice, but every moment can last forever if it is fully lived.
Solstice
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,310. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
A collection of poems to bookend the cycle of poetry entitled Voyage. The writing of these pieces began with a spark - the wish for a “Happy Solstice” from the daughter of Debra Milligan. Eight days of busy creativity brought about seventeen poems amidst a blaze of summer sunlight. The themes are interwoven with the start of summer, this celebration of one season for everyone to enjoy.
Voyage
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,920. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Enthusiastically encouraged by a friend to publish her poetry, Debra Milligan now presents Voyage, a cycle of sixteen of her poems. This writing is published under the name Debra Tanis Milligan since many of these pieces were written prior to her marriage. Themes include love and loss, time, and the wisdom of art.
The Ghost
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 68,040. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Julia Mac Vicker is a young widow working in Glasgow, just after the Great War. Grief-stricken, she takes the first steps of her new life. At first, she is scarcely aware of The Ghost - the spirit of her dead husband, Heath, who drowned in the Minch on New Year’s Eve of 1918. Julia experiences foul tertiary, anguished memories and eerie sensations that are, indeed, senses-beyond-the-senses.
The Dawn - Volume II
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 650,460. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » War
The year is 1942. The French Resistance continues covert operations to achieve their ultimate goal: liberation. THE DAWN reveals the story of a French aristocrat, a US Army colonel, and the woman they love. It chronicles the dramas of the dark years in France, 1940-1944. The fierce need of the human will for liberty is pitted against the tyrannies of evil. The battle for freedom is joined.
The Dawn - Volume I
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 462,700. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » War
The year is 1940. France falls. The battle for liberation begins. Set within the many landscapes of France and England. THE DAWN reveals the story of a French aristocrat, a US Army colonel, and the woman they love. It chronicles the dramas of the dark years in France, 1940-1944.The fierce need of the human will for liberty is pitted against the tyrannies of evil. The battle for freedom is joined.
Northstar
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,760. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Adventure » General
In NORTHSTAR, the fate of Northstar Dam is threatened by environmentalists; the fate of fiery Shannon Caine is threatened by corrupt politician Adam Van Tress. Engineer Thomas Martel gets embroiled in this mayhem while a crusty old geologist tries to stop his world from coming down around him. Set in Truckee in the Sierra Nevada, NORTHSTAR is a bumpy ride in the black '65 Mustang of Shannon Cain.
Nocturne
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,790. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
Nocturne reveals a girl’s coming of age during 1888-89 in Georgetown, D.C. The remembrances of Amelia Prescott are heightened by a sharp wit and telling details that chronicle this year in her life. Abandoned by her parents, Amelia is saved from despair by the loving hand of her aunt. When that hand dies before her eyes, she struggles to prevail over her pain through the art of music.

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