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Deborah Bedford
How it all began

JHCC
Jackson Hole Christian Center/River Crossing

Born in Texas and earned a degree in journalism from Texas A&M University, Deborah Bedford started her career as an editor of a Colorado weekly newspaper, Evergreen Today. She worked 70 hours each week there, writing about sports, checking police reports, editing stories written by other journalists, taking pictures, staking papers, and doing other work the editorial board could have.

In 1982, Deborah married her husband, Jack. It was also the year when she took a position of a copywriter and account executive at an advertising agency. Actually, it was the moment when she began thinking of her fist love and passion – fiction writing. In 1984, Deborah rented a typewriter and started to write at nights and early mornings, when she had some free time and could devote it to writing.

Today, Deborah laughs when she tells a story of her first publication as a fiction writer. In 1984, her husband brought her the 1984 Writers' Market as a birthday gift, and Deborah started sending her offer to every publisher she could find in the book, ignoring though keeping all rejection letters she got from them. Frankly speaking, she had a large folder of such letters on her table, including a letter from Harlequin Books where they asked her to submit a complete manuscript but keep in mind the fact their publishing house did not accept stories about Texans, cowboys, or airline pilots.

The irony was, that Deborah's manuscript was actually about a woman who married a pilot, but she ran away to Texas after he died in a plane crash, and she fell in love with a cowboy there. It must be said, Harlequin Books bought this manuscript five weeks after Deborah had submitted it. Its title was Touch The Sky; this story topped all records for a first-time author and earned a Romantic Times Choice award. Six more books had been published with Harlequin for the next seven years, and then Deborah signed the contract with HarperCollins Publishers. Her historical novel, Blessing, won numerous awards and appeared on the bestseller list of USA Today.

In 2001, Multnomah Publishers made her book, The Story Jar, live. Written along with Robin Lee Hatcher and Angela Elwell Hunt, and including pieces from the work of Lori Copeland, Jerry Jenkins, Debbie Macomber, and Francine Rivers (Left Behind), this story had become Deborah's debut for the inspirational market. This book had been on the CBA Bestseller List for three months.

She had the chance to attend the Jackson Hole Writers' Conference, reading excerpts from The Story Jar and sharing her thoughts about the call she had when decided to leave the market of mass-fiction and followed the Lord. It was the event where Deborah met Jamie Raab, a publisher of Warner Books; today she calls that meeting a real blessing, as she was shipping for a place to publish her new novel-length fiction. A Rose By The Door hit bookstores in 2001, and 2002 had become a year when Warner Books published Deborah's A Morning Like This. Plus, her story Connor Sapp's Baseball Summer can be found at The Storyteller's Collection of Multnomah Publisher, alongside the stories of such authors as Karen Kingsbury, Terri Blackstock, and Chuck Colson.

Deborah and her husband Jack have two children, Jeff and Avery. Besides writing, she has many interests, including shopping with her daughter, cheering baseball, singing praise songs, and fly-fishing.



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