Deborah Nicholson has always loved the arts. She studied dance for over ten years. She took drama in school, working as playwright, stage manager and director. She studied music for almost 20 years and taught music for ten years. She moved into medical administration but kept up her love of arts by working and volunteering at the Calgary Centre for Performing arts, with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, The Calgary International Children’s Festival, Alberta Theatre Projects and Theatre Calgary. Deborah worked as an usher, bartender, shift supervisor, secretary, receptionist, volunteer coordinator and craft designer for these various organizations.
The culmination of her career at the Centre was as House Manager for Theatre Calgary for several years. Leaving this position, and the longing to still go to the theatre every night, led to the creation of the Kate Carpenter Mystery Series (Severn House). There are currently five novels published in this series, available in eight countries around the world, and widely reviewed. Deborah has also completed a medical mystery/thriller, Mind Games.
To balance her career in the arts, she has continued to work in medical administration with various specialties, such as physiotherapy and rehabilitation, dermatology and cosmetic surgery, general practice and now chronic pain. This interesting field has led to her upcoming series of medical thrillers.
Since being published, Deborah has done several workshops and readings to encourage people who dream of writing to stop dreaming and start writing. She has joined several organizations, very interested in literacy and mentorship.
She has made numerous appearances on The Breakfast Show, Shaw Television and was a featured performed in “The Letters”. Deborah is a member of Mystery Writers Ink, The Alexandra Writers Society, Crime Writers of Canada, The Alberta Writers Guild, and Romance Writers of America. Deborah is a great supporter of charity and volunteerism and donates 10% of all profits of her novels to charity.
In 2009 Deborah wrote The Pain Diaries, a play based on her experience at the Chronic Pain Centre. She spent three years researching the topic, interviewing patients and experts in the field. The play won the CPS Pain Awareness Award in May 2009 and was then workshopped in December 2009. Two sold-out public readings happened in February 2010, followed by a one week run at the Grand Theatre in Calgary in May 2010. A movie adaptation of The Pain Diaries is currently in production.
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Flirting With Disaster
So you think you’ve had a bad day? Well, have you ever had a big fight with your boyfriend and then got kidnapped by a serial killer? Calgary’s Kate Carpenter thinks she’s just going to work on her tan during the Dandelion Festival. But an embittered former employee has a whole other plan in mind.
Sins of the Mother, a kate carpenter mystery
It’s strange how something as simple as a knock on the door can change your life completely – and not necessarily for the better. Kate Carpenter has had a busy year, what with moving in with her boyfriend, Cam, dealing with visits from ex-boyfriends – not to mention job stress, as she keeps finding dead bodies all over the theatre she manages. And then comes the knock on the door.
The Adventures of Charlie the Cello
Charlie the Cello is a baby cello, just created in Portland, Oregon, who has just found his musician, Phil Harmonic. Now, off to his new home in a new city, he must face his fears and play in his very first concert.
Charmingly illustrated by George Yacos. Suitable for ages 3 and up.
Stop Lying: The Truth About Weight Loss ... but you''re not going to like it.
Deborah Nicholson has spent several years losing over 140 pounds and journalling all the way down. Together with psychologist Dr. Arlene Cox and dietitian Kelly Sullivan she wrote Stop Lying as a way to reach out to others struggling with weight issues. Stop Lying is a humorous and poignant self help manual that will lead you through self discovery, with possibly a few tears along the way.
I wonder what happened … is what Sarah is desperate to find out, as strange visions are flooding her head, accompanied by devastating physiological symptoms causing her to fear for her life. As she searches for answers, she finds that friends have become enemies and she must rely on strangers to help her find out where the visions are coming from and how to stop them before they kill her.
Evening the Score
Having just returned from vacation, theatre manager Kate Carpenter expects life to return to normal. Instead she gets a flooded concert hall, an international piano competition, the arrival of her old college flame, along with his family, a visit from her mother and a dead body hanging from the second balcony of her theatre.
House Report, A Kate Carpenter Mystery
The first entry in the Kate Carpenter Mystery Series. Canadian theatre manager, Kate Carpenter, stumbles across a dead body in the theatre washroom after a performance.
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