Deborah Atkinson


Fiber, photographic and digital art tickle my creative desires, itching to escape my soul. I love to quilt, crochet, knit, sew, embroider, design, digitally manipulate, garden, bake and write when I'm not on my bicycle, cross-country skis or any of the awesome trails anywhere in Colorado. I'm almost always found with camera in hand. And smile on face.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've submitted three novels to BIG publishers. Each time, the response was more positive, but I was never going to get anywhere that route because, according to the third rejection letter, I didn't have a name. This was long before the internet. Now I have a blog racking up about a million hits a year. I decided I have a name, and that name is mine, not some publisher's who wouldn't take a chance on me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Heart Strings" was conceived the day I took off work to try to find my runaway adopted son. I discovered his school knew where he was but couldn't tell me unless I filed a police report. I was so shocked and distraught, I went home and began typing. Last year I rewrote the ending, got the book copyrighted and designed the quilt featured on the cover, inspired by a particular fictitious passage in the book. I finished the quilt on January 4, 2016, and decided to release the book on Valentine's Day because it's not a romance.
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Where to find Deborah Atkinson online


Heart Strings
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 137,680. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary, Fiction » Adventure » General
Greg and Susan long for a child. Abused and abandoned five-year-old Gene needs a new family. The match of family to child seems perfect, but the past refuses to let go. Find out what it takes to rebuild a broken family and to heal damaged trust.
Heels Over Head
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,370. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2013 . Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
This is the author's true story of recovering from emotional wounds of a serious automobile accident.

Smashwords book reviews by Deborah Atkinson

  • The Shoe App on Feb. 16, 2016

    I bought this short story about three years ago but forgot about it until I saw it in my library just a few minutes ago. It's a quick read and really cute! Just the perfect way to start the Tuesday after Valentine's Day!
  • Are You My Sister? an adoption story on April 18, 2016

    Incredible story. Absolutely loved the first few chapters as the girls experienced exactly the curiosity, wonder and fear I would expect of teenagers. Well-crafted, well-written, realistic and believable characters, a plot that makes me wonder if the author has experience with adoptions, because the insight was too deep and too right-on-target to come from no where. Highly recommended!
  • Choose to Write on April 20, 2016

    Great collection of stories and very nice variety. “In Their Eyes” by Nikki Wilson was my favorite poem; captured so well what every parent dreams. The essay “A Blessing from God” by Robert O. Quackenbush Jr. is a memorable wake-up call perfect for a bad day. All the short stories are awesome, but “Unintended Consequences” by Tiffany Page and “Eternal Companions” by Jewell Leann Williams really cracked me up. My husband is reading "Eternal Companions" now, and I expect he's going to have the same reaction I did. I think he'll love it!
  • Construct 11 Part 1 The Construct 11 Series on Jan. 21, 2017

    Wow. I couldn't stop reading. I read the entire book in a day. This is not a world I'd want to live in at all, but I can't wait to get my hands on the next volume. The writing is descriptive and makes me feel as if I'm right inside the Construct, watching the events take place. The characters are well-developed and real enough that their actions seem like what real beings would do in the same circumstances. The plot is very disturbing and sometimes alarming. I am very hungry for resolution!
  • Mail Order Bride: Widowed, Jilted, & Pregnant On The Wagon Train West (A Sweet Romance Novel) on Jan. 24, 2017

    Ettie truly is a fiercely independent woman, and her journey along the wagon trail to Salt Lake is much what I'd expect after all the pioneer stories I've read over the years. The plot is in some ways predictable but also entertaining and interesting enough to keep the reader going. Her goals and feelings mature and change as a result of the trials and hardships along the trail and the generosity and respect all members of the company show for one another along the way, finally even including Cole's attitude toward Monsieur Cotter. A very enjoyable quick read that leaves a sense of satisfaction upon completion.
  • Tongue of Fire on Jan. 27, 2017

    One of the best LDS (Mormon) fiction books I've ever read. Couldn't put it down until I finished. Sometimes it struck a little too close to home because we've all had those times when we are unfairly judged and ostracized. I love the progression of the plot, and I didn't really see the ending coming. I would love to see this as a movie!
  • Construct 11 Part 2, Trust and Loyalty; The Construct 11 Series on Aug. 30, 2017

    This is the second volume of a series I've been purchasing on Smashwords. I couldn't put Part I down until I'd finished; Part II is even darker and more haunting. The tragedies occurring in the complex were difficult to swallow in Part II, which took three nights of reading. Hope is on the horizon, but so is fear. SPOILER ALERT: I could just see a group of 17-year-old boys getting excited about mice! Excellent plot and character development. Once again, I can't wait for the next book.