Deborah Hawkins

Deborah grew up in the South, wrote her first novel at the of age thirteen, and has been writing ever since. In graduate school, she studied Irish Literature and came to believe all Irishmen and Southerners are born storytellers. In addition to writing, she loves music and plays the clarinet. Now that her children are grown, she devotes her time to law, music, writing, and her two Golden Retrievers, Melody and Rhythm.

Deborah taught college English and worked as a technical editor before going to law school. She worked for several large East Cost firms before coming to California in the mid-1980’s where she developed a solo practice as an appellate attorney while raising her three children as a single parent. She is admitted to the bar in two states and the District of Columbia, is a certified appellate specialist, and has a Master of Laws in addition to a Masters in English. She believes that even a legal case always begins with a story. Her first novel, Dance for A Dead Princess was a Finalist for Foreword Reviews Book of the Year; a Finalist for the, Beverly Hills Book Award; and received Honorable Mention in the Paris Book Awards. Her second novel, Ride Your Heart ‘Til It Breaks, won the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Award for Women’s Fiction. Her third novel, Dark Moon, A Legal Thriller, has consistently been in the top five best selling thrillers on Amazon.