Debbie Richard is a native of West Virginia. Born in Parkersburg, she spent her early childhood in the rural community of Munday in Wirt County, and lived near Walton in Roane County during her high school years. Debbie studied Secretarial Science at West Virginia Career College in Charleston where she completed her courses in 1987 with honors. She moved to the South as an adult, following her love of the ocean. After twelve years as a Report Analyst for a healthcare organization, she resigned in March 2009 to become full-time caregiver for her mother, Naomi Karen (Maze) Richard, who grew up near Big Bend in Calhoun County, West Virginia. Debbie’s mother passed away in March 2011. Debbie volunteered as an Office Assistant with Mercy Care hospice in Myrtle Beach beginning in July 2011 and later worked as a Finance Assistant with them until December 2012. She tested a new computer system for McLeod Loris Seacoast while working as a Secretary in Administration in 2013.
Debbie is a member of South Carolina Writers’ Workshop and West Virginia Writers, Inc. She is the recipient of an Honorable Mention in the 2010 Joyful! Poetry Contest, and her poems have appeared in Grab-a-Nickel (Alderson-Broaddus College), Holler (Princeton Poetry Project), Two-Lane Livin’ Magazine, The Shine Journal, WestWard Quarterly, and The Storyteller.
Debbie’s first book, a chapbook of poetry entitled “Resiliency,” was published in November 2012 by Finishing Line Press of Georgetown, Kentucky.
Debbie’s memoir, “Hills of Home,” about growing up in Appalachia, in the hills of West Virginia, was released May 2014 by eLectio Publishing of Little Elm, TX.