Debra Milligan


Debra Milligan is a novelist, essayist, poet, and short story writer. 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, fashion, and gardening.

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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Where to find Debra Milligan online


The Silent Heart
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 39,880. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
A Western Called The Silent Heart. Journey to the world of Montrose in 1895. There, a horseman named Riego Riley follows his silent heart to a woman who, initially, is forbidden him by her marriage to his curr half-brother. Felicia Riley must free herself to love Riego, and thereby learn the eternal lesson that freedom holds the key to true love.
Silver Dagger
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 37,200. Language: American English. Published: October 26, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Set in Truckee in 1889, Silver Dagger presents the tale of a woman named Rory; an Irish cowboy, Kell O’Connor; and the mysterious Josée whose life, and death, intertwine with the fates of those lovers. Themes include courage and faith prevailing over cowardice and fear; suffering through love to conquer evil; forgiveness after heartache; the healing power of love; and the miracle of birth.
The Last Waltz
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 45,030. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Saint-Hubert, France is the setting for this story of Sophia Charpentier & Captain Charles Granville. They meet in August 1944, fall in love, and wed. In September, Charles returns to duty in the British Army. Months of combat lead to The Battle of the Bulge. Sophia gives birth. She does not know if her beloved will return to her; she only knows that faith is vital to bringing life to the future.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,800. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Historical » General
Set in Denver, 1905, “Shadow” sheds light on the doctors of Denver General Hospital, martyrs and malcontents - and the mavericks, the rugged individualists who blazed a trail toward modern medicine. They were the heroes and the healers. Single-handedly, they created and carved a far-reaching profession out of the cadre of grave-diggers and grave-robbers and the surgeon-barbers of yesteryear.
Domestic Arts
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,540. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2021 . Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love, Poetry » American poetry » General
A celebration of the coming of spring - and spring cleaning - this volume of poems exalts the domestic arts. These 16 poems were inspired during the author’s homemaking tasks of laundering and ironing some table toppers she’d created. Themes include nostalgia, friendship, heart-to-heart-love, love in the spring, female beauty, love for sale, and remembering ... as part of the arts of domesticity.
Somewhere in Time
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,470. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2018 . Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
Written in memory and in honor of dearly departed friends and lovers, Somewhere in Time offers 20 poems as tributes to the enduring trust of amitié, true friendship. The author believes that to touch the heart of another is to know the essence of love. True friendship is that love at its highest level. These poems aspire to reach that height, that niveau, a nirvana of trust and solace.
The Widower and other Short Stories
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,940. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Debra Milligan presents a quintet of short stories about love and growth, the catalysts for life that translate well into fiction. Each story is set in a different era, with conflicts and resolutions that transcend time. The Widower, Sound of Goodbye, Rainy Dreams, The Highway, and The Christmas Lunch are tales of love reaching toward the future, not easily, but with the certainty of true love.
The Point of the Sword
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 35,780. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
The Point of the Sword is a powerful love story of a man of experience, and of the enraptured coming of age of a girl of independence. Set in 1925 in Ship Bottom, New Jersey, this novel presents Andrew Derwent, formerly of the Royal Navy, who has moved to America to start a new life; and Sabine Mercier, a painter. They meet, by chance, on the pure white sands. Their lives will never be the same.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,070. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2017 . Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
Gambit: a stratagem, scheme, or tactic. Life — and love — are full of risks. Sometimes we win; sometimes we lose. The important thing is to keep playing. The 26 poems in Gambit reveal the ways in which the gambit has paid off or has not, but the game of life — and love — must go on. The author offers these poems as chances to see life, and love, even destiny — in winning ways.
Je me souviens
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,300. Language: French. Published: February 10, 2017 . Categories: Poetry » French Poetry, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
Je me souviens, poésie des souvenirs d’amour. Il y a onze poèmes ; chacun rappelle une fleur qui fleurit mais ne s’effacera jamais. Debra Tanis Milligan, l’écrivaine, offre ce volume de poésie à ceux qui veulent se souvenir. . . des sentiments du passé qui vivent de nouveau dans le moment : amour, chagrin, crainte, extase, douleur, passion, la joie sublime, même le don d’un miracle.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,440. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2017 . Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
The sacred trust between two people: man and woman, woman and child, child and God, friend and lover — is the major theme of these 22 poems by Debra Milligan. How does anyone believe promises of the heart, promises in the dark, promises brought to light? Faith is the key that unlocks the door to every confession; doubt seals it forever with betrayal. The commitment to faith leads to true love.
The 4 Seasons
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,850. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2016 . Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Nature
Many years ago, Debra Milligan had a dream in vivid colors. She was gazing from the upstairs back porch of her childhood house, across the 4 back yards of the neighbors’ houses. Each yard was one of the 4 seasons. Inspired by this dream, The 4 Seasons presents 4 volumes of poetry: memories of innocence, harmony, forgiveness, girlhood, passion, true love, betrayal, renewal, serenity, beauty.
L'Amour à Paris
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,870. Language: French. Published: January 30, 2016 . Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
L’auteur a découvert l'impulsion pour ces poèmes pendant une semaine de décisions concernant sa vie quotidienne. Une épiphanie de son passé se réalisait au présent : les émotions qui avaient été sans voix pendant des années, elles trouvaient une voix française. Cette voix chantait soudainement: Amour à Paris, douze mois de la poésie du coeur. La poésie commence en décembre et se finit en novembre.
Coming Home
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,020. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2015 . Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
These 12 poems are imbued with the sense of “Coming Home,” be it a place, a time, or a state of mind. Each poem is a homecoming for the heart. Themes include carrying on to honor a beloved; atonement, bringing the heaven of love between two equals; protection of memories too close to yet be touched; the journey and arrival of the heart in various venues.
I Will Wait for You
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,890. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2015 . Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
This cycle of poetry is above love. The choice of any person to leave the herd - to mate with another - is a brave, bold act. He is alone, free, and vulnerable. Only then can he truly love. The themes of these eight poems run the gamut from love that frees the soul to love that imprisons the heart. The lone rider of this human emotion, love, makes the choice to love fully or not love at all.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,770. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2015 . Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
The 10 poems of Lighthouse speak truth: poetic truth, tragic truth, the truth of joy, the truth of loss, the truth of love, the truth of power, the power of truth. Each poem is a beacon of light to guide the soul through the dread-filled night and to brighten the spirit to a better day. May Lighthouse guide the way for anyone who reads these poems.
Moon Glow
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,850. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2015 . Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, Poetry » American poetry » General
Moon Glow is a summer cycle of sixteen poems by Debra Milligan. Written during the space of four days in August, these poems express the glow of love, as symbolized by the moon. Themes include true love, betrayal, the justice of the heart, heartbreak, the healing power of love, freedom, fate, and the majesty of the nightly stars as the spirit of unconditional love.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,990. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2015 . Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
During the course of writing letters to friends, business associates, and loved ones, Debra Milligan recognized far too many poetic phrases and images for her to ignore. She started her new year of 2015 by composing CORRESPONDENCES, the final volume of the quartet of spring poems. Each poem is a message of correspondence – among love, life, art, and friends.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,200. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2015 . Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
Flight is the third volume in the quartet of spring poetry by Debra Milligan. Each of these 16 poems is an invitation to a voyage in flight for anyone who dares to dream, for anyone who dares to let a reverie soar. Flight then is timeless for anyone who yields to the desires of the heart to fly, to take wing and to reach new heights, to aspire to a firmament of one’s own making.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,460. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2015 . Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
Peacock is a cycle of 12 poems about the dances of love. The author was inspired to write this poetry by a wish to once again possess two eye shadows of iridescent hues of blue-green and gold. She’d thrown them away, deeming them garish. And then she wanted them back. Each poem invites readers to embolden their colours, to enrich their dances of love, and to live life as if it has just begun.
Lilacs in Bloom
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,920. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2015 . Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
Lilacs in Bloom presents 16 poems by Debra Milligan. This second cycle of a trilogy of spring poetry celebrates this herald of spring: the heart-shaped lilac in bloom. Love is in the air for the fortnight during which lilacs bloom. Themes include the many sensations of love; the pain of heartache; the glorious renewal of life through yearning, through forgiveness, through any new beginning.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,210. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2014 . Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,190. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2014 . Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
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.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,310. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014 . Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
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.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,920. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014 . Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
Enthusiastically encouraged by a friend to publish her poetry, Debra Milligan presents Voyage, a cycle of sixteen of her poems. This writing was originally 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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 68,030. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 650,440. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 462,690. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
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.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,760. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
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 Caine.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 30,780. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Historical » Victorian
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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