Deborah Bernard is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, 12×12 Picture Books, and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Durham (BA, English literature). Her short fiction has appeared in Deep South Magazine, and the editors there nominated “Penny Ante Girl” for the Pushcart Prize. A California middle-school teacher of writing and reading for 20 years, she and her husband and two dogs now call Charleston, South Carolina, home. 


She took a college course on diagramming sentences. She loved it.

What she loves most about stories is the power they have to show us possibilities that might not occur to us without them.

She is not afraid of expletives.

When she grows up, she wants to be an old woman.

She knows the difference between y’all and all y’all.

There is no time limit.

She is immensely grateful for happy little accidents.

We must save the earth. It’s the only planet with books.

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