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Deborah Bedford
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Deborah Bedford was born in Texas and earned her degree in journalism and a minor in marketing from Texas A&M University. Immediately after graduation, she accepted editorship of Evergreen Today, a weekly newspaper based in the small mountain town of Evergreen, Colorado. While serving as editor there, Deborah worked 70 or 80 hours each week, writing stories and cut-lines, sports and features, chasing fire trucks and checking police reports, taking pictures, editing, laying out pages, opaquing the negatives, stacking papers into vending machines, and taking out the quarters.

When she married her husband, Jack, in 1982, Deborah took a position as account executive and copywriter for a Colorado advertising agency. It was during this stint at the ad agency that she began to dream of returning to her first love, fiction writing. This dream became reality in 1984 when she rented an IBM electric typewriter and set to work late at night and early in the mornings, whenever she could find the time to write.

For her birthday in the summer of 1984, Jack bought her a copy of the 1984 Writers Market, and she began to meticulously send letters to every publisher listed in the book. To this day, she and her husband laugh about it and call that time the media blitz Rejection letters flowed back by the handfuls. She has a large folder where, for posterity ís sake, she has kept these to this day. She has also kept the letter from Harlequin Books she received, which invited her to submit a complete manuscript but warned her that Harlequin did not want books about cowboys, airline pilots, guest ranches or Texans.

When Deborah's first book, Touch The Sky, was released by Harlequin Superromance, its sales topped every Harlequin record for a first-time author. It earned rave reviews and a Romantic Times Reviewer ís Choice award. At that time, Deborah's editor told her, This book isn't a romance, but we're going to publish it anyway.

During the next seven years, Deborah published six more books with Harlequin Superromances and a historical novel, Blessing, before signing a contract with HarperCollins Publishers. This paved the way for her to move on to write mass-market mainstream women's fiction, where her work garnered numerous awards and appeared on the USA Today bestseller list.

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