About Author Debra Phillips
Debra Yvette Phillips always knew that she would be a published writer one day, and while other young girls her age played with their Barbie and Ken dolls, she could be found with pen and pad, courting her love for the written word. Her first attempt with the pen was the writing of songs that lead to the writing of short stories. In fact, her first sale was a short, confessional to the now defunct magazine known as JIVE.
Just like many aspiring authors, she received a collection of cookie-cutter rejection letters, but her determination to be a published writer wouldn't allow her to give up. Finally her dream to be published became reality when her first book: Kiss Or Keep, was accepted and published by Genesis Press, a small press that is no longer in business.
Refusing to be categorized as a "genre" writer, she writes romance, mainstream, chick-lit, short stories, magazine articles, stories for young children, and a couple of screenplays faithfully collecting dust on a closet shelf. As a form of "branding", she also writes Urban fiction under the alter ego of D.Y. Phillips.
Even with five traditionally published books to her credit, Debra considers herself a budding writer still struggling to get to the top. As as avid book reader herself, she's always looking for a story that can hold her attention.
If she could give advice to any aspiring writer it would be: "No matter how many rejection letters you get, no matter how many people tell you that you can't do it, or you'll never be a published author, don't give up. Keep reading and keep writing until you get it right. Never give up."
Debra Phillips resides in the high desert of Victor Valley in sunny California where she is currently busy working on her next book, and a slew of articles, short stories, screenplays, and children projects to become eBooks.