I began as a journalist, or at least that's what I got my degree in. After college, I worked for a newspaper, then as a magazine editor and feature writer. These days I earn my living as a freelance editor for a national nonprofit organization. I've written three award-winning books of history and biography. I'm a member of The Authors Guild. My newest work is a fantasy, WATERSPELL, an intricate, multi-layered trilogy about a girl and the wizard who suspects her of being so dangerous to his world, he believes he'll eventually have to kill her ... which poses a problem for him, since he's fallen in love with her. My married name, and a name I've sometimes been published under, is Deborah Lightfoot Sizemore.
Plague and pestilence have come to Ladrehdin. In this third book of Waterspell, Carin and Verek set out to put right everything that has gone so badly wrong. On the final leg of their quest, they retrace Carin's journey north from the plains--accompanied this time by the village wisewoman, Megella. This series begins with Waterspell Book 1: The Warlock, and continues with Book 2: The Wysard.
After blundering into the last stronghold of magic, Carin discovers that she is right to fear the wizard Verek. He is using her to seal the ruptures in the void, and she may be nothing more to him than an expendable weapon. But will Lord Verek find it in his heart to dispose of his fiery water-sylph? Book 2 of a series--the story begins with Waterspell Book 1: The Warlock
Drawn into the schemes of an angry wizard, teenager Carin must decipher the words of an alien book, follow the clues in a bewitched poem, conjure a dragon from a pool of magic--and tread carefully around a seductive but volatile, emotionally scarred sorcerer who can't seem to decide whether to love her or kill her. Book 1 of a series--the story continues in Waterspell Book 2: The Wysard.
"Simple Green," by a semi-lapsed environmentalist, is a rumination on keepsakes and mementos and how best to Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle them after somebody dies and leaves all their stuff behind -- a life's residue, inevitably destined for the landfill, unless a sentimental collector intervenes. A personal essay/memoir by Deborah J. Lightfoot, author of the "Waterspell" fantasy trilogy.
Self-Editing: Bringing Out Your Best (Two Half Brains Make a Whole Writer) -- practical professional advice from Deborah J. Lightfoot, published author and gainfully employed editor. Drawn from the author's 25 years of experience in newspaper, magazine, and book writing and editing, this book offers nuts-and-bolts advice on fixing common errors: eliminating wordiness, using the active voice, etc.