Author, speaker, and storyteller of real-life adventures and everyday life-that’s what Debra Irene calls herself. She says, “There is nothing special about my stories except that I look for the story in everything. Every thing is a story if we have eyes to see.”
And so, she writes about those things that she encounters and remembers in life. She tells these stories with a down-home flavor as though speaking to a friend over a cup of coffee in her blog posts that she refers to as “Just My Thoughts.” Several of these blogs have been featured in Trusted Media Brands family of magazines.
Debra Irene’s third book published in 2019, Someday I Will Write, is a collection of stories written over time when there appeared to be no time for her to write. The stories illuminate both the blessings and the heart-wrenching elements of human relationships and everyday life. It’s a book to read for pleasure and inspiration. Each chapter is an independent story, so you can read as much or as little as you like in one sitting. Aspiring writers can follow her journey and be encouraged to find time to tell their own stories.
Previous titles include Reflections (2011), a series of original vignettes about family, friends, and faith. Next, Helen’s Heritage (2016) chronicles her mother’s journey, a depression-era child born the youngest of sixteen children who was separated from her mother before her second birthday. This remarkable book is a compilation of life stories that will resonate with everyone-hardships, strong family ties, failures, redemption, and faith. The older generation will remember along with her and ponder. The younger generation will marvel, laugh, and pause briefly during the solemn memories. It’s real life and loaded with pictures and family history from 1880 through the penning of the last chapter in 2016.
Debra carved out her writing passion while maintaining a corporate career as an Executive Assistant/Office Manager for an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and civic leader. She writes evenings, weekends, and whenever slivers of time allow. She loves speaking to groups of various sizes inspiring them to embrace the seasons of life, keep walking, and tell their stories.
Debra Irene raised three sons in the metropolitan Kansas City area and still calls this home.