Debbie Schrack has spent her professional life working with children and young adults. She has a B.S in Special Education from the University of Virginia, and an M.Ed. from George Mason University. Although the character Sophie in her debut YA novel SAVING SOPHIE is fictional, she is a composite of many of the struggling learners Debbie has taught over the years. Having been a shy child, she has a soft spot in her heart for the lonely kids who never quite fit in. In her writing, she likes to explore the darkest places people can go and still find the light at the other end. Love, loss and forgiveness are all major themes of her work.
Debbie finds personal fulfillment in creating new things, whether it be a novel, a painting, or a batch of croissants. She loves animals, and horses are her special passion. She owns two horses, trail rides in a national park, and vows to have horses somewhere in all her novels. When she’s not writing or horseback riding, Debbie is a sucker for musicals, enjoys visiting art galleries, and desperately wants to travel more. She also loves hanging out with her three children, who she will always consider her most amazing creations.
Debbie lives in Fairfax, Virginia with her husband of thirty-seven years. In July 2017, SAVING SOPHIE won second place in the Rosemary Contest for Excellence in YA Fiction. You can follow her on Twitter @debbieschrack or on Facebook.