Debra Burroughs grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area during the tumultuous 1960’s, during the time that the Civil Rights Movement was gearing up and racial tensions were mounting. Her parents moved the family to a more peaceful town in the Central Valley of California, where she excelled at school, was the assistant editor of her high school newspaper, and even had a teen column in the city paper.
Starting college, she majored in broadcast journalism, but over time she changed her major to business. Even though she moved her focus to business, she never lost her love for writing. She always hoped one day to return to it.
Over the years, with a large Mexican family, she heard many stories about their history, particularly from her mother and grandmother. As she would relay these colorful and heart-wrenching family stories to her friends, many times she would hear them say, “You should really write a book about that.”
After continual encouragement and gentle prodding from her husband of over 30 years, she finally decided to do it. Now that their children are grown and married, Debra has found a quiet place to write in their home in Boise, Idaho.
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by Debra Burroughs
CARMEN, based on a true story, is a gripping account of survival, prejudice, heartbreak and love. Fleeing the deadly influenza pandemic of 1918 that ravaged their Mexican village, the remnant of Carmen’s family braved the perilous Mexico/US border crossing. Carmen’s family hoped to escape the killer epidemic to find a safer and better life. But what they found was far different than expected.
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