Debra was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She is a mother of two and grandmother of two. Before writing her first book, she worked as a nurse in a long-term care facility but after the tragic death of her only son in 2014, she retired from nursing. Writing was a way to escape her thoughts and help her cope with the loss of her son.
Mathew and his sister, Carly, had an uncertain future until John and Jennie Atkinson came into their lives. Their adoptive parents adored their children and did everything they possibly could to assure they grew up in a safe, happy environment.