Debbie Macomber Author Biography Essay

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Thirteen of these novels hit the number one spot.

In 2017, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publications include If Not for You (March), Any Dream Will Do (August), and Merry and Bright (October). In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks, an adult coloring book, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.

Celebrated as “the official storyteller of Christmas”, Macomber’s annual Christmas books are beloved and five have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber is also the author of the bestselling Cedar Cove Series which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Debuting in 2013, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was a ratings favorite for three seasons.

Macomber owns The Grey House Café, which also features a gift shop and a Hallmark Gold Crown store inside. It is located in the Village Square campus, which also serves as Debbie’s corporate headquarters.

She serves on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, is a YFC National Ambassador, and is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove series.


With more than 140 million copies of her books in print, Debbie Macomber is one of today’s most popular authors. 


The #1 New York Times bestselling author is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Drawing on her own experiences and observations, Debbie writes heartwarming tales about small-town life, home and family, enduring friendships and women who knit. Every book features the delightful sense of humor for which readers around the world clamor. Not bad for a woman who is dyslexic and didn’t learn to read until she was in the fifth grade.


Being dyslexic did not deter the young mother of four from pursuing her lifelong dream of becoming published. She celebrated her first sale in 1982 when Silhouette Books acquired her manuscript, Heartsong. The book became the first category romance ever to be reviewed by Publishers Weekly. She was soon featured in Newsweek—and demand for her books quickly exceeded her wildest dreams. Now Debbie maintains a more than 140,000-name list of readers, with whom she regularly corresponds.

Debbie is a regular resident on the bestseller lists. Three of her novels have scored the #1 slot on the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly lists the first week on sale. She is the first-ever recipient of the “readers’ choice” Quill Award for Romance Fiction, for 44 Cranberry Point, the fourth book in her highly popular Cedar Cove series. Debbie has also been honored with a RITA® for her 2005 holiday hardcover, The Christmas Basket; an RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award and is a multiple winner of both the Holt Medallion and the B. Dalton Award. In July 2010, the Romance Writers of America presented Debbie with their prestigious Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award.


In 2009 Debbie saw her first cookbook, first children’s book and second non-fiction inspirational book published. Her earlier novel, Mrs. Miracle,was broadcast in 2009 as a made-for-TV movie by the Hallmark Channel. Starring Doris Roberts, Mrs. Miracle was Hallmark Channel’s top-watched movie of the year. Hallmark’s Debbie Macomber’s Call Me Mrs. Miracle scored the same success in 2010. Debbie’s hometown celebrated their first-ever five-day Cedar Cove Days festival in August of 2009, welcoming readers from 42 states and seven foreign countries to the town that inspired the series.


Debbie’s 2011 new releases for MIRA Books include her latest Blossom Street novel, A Turn in the Road, the story of three women who take a cross-country road trip together as they each face important personal issues; the 11th and 12th books in her Cedar Cove series, 1105 Yakima Street and 1225 Christmas Tree Lane, and Debbie Macomber’s Christmas Cookbook.




In addition to her bestselling novels, “Debbie’s world” includes knitting pattern booklets and from Leisure Arts and her own yarn store in Port Orchard, Washington. That store, A Good Yarn, was named after Debbie’s first “knitting book” in her popular Blossom Street Series. Universal Yarn launched Debbie’s own yarn line in August 2010 designed to complement her Blossom Street series. She her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet.


In July 2007 Debbie threw out the first pitch in a Seattle Mariners game at Safeco Field. The prolific author lives in Washington State and winters in Florida with her husband, Wayne. When not writing, she enjoys knitting, traveling with Wayne and putting on Grandma Camps for her grandchildren, for whom she has built a four-star tree house behind her home in Port Orchard.


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