Meet An Author: Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber was born on October 22, 1948 in Yakima, Washington.

Macomber is dyslexic and has only a high school education. Determined to be a writer, she sat in her kitchen in front of a rented typewriter to develop her first few manuscripts, while raising four children. After five years and many rejections from publishers, she turned to freelance magazine work.


She 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 942 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Ten of these novels hit the number one spot.

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 was the inaugural winner of the fan-voted Quill Award for romance in 2005 and has been awarded both a Romance Writers of America RITA and a lifetime achievement award by the Romance Writers of America.

Macomber does not include explicit sexual details in her books because of her Christian beliefs , although they do contain sensuality.

Debbie Macomber 2 Her book, This Matter of Marriage, became a made-for-TV-movie in 1998. Three of Macomber’s novels have been made into Hallmark television movies: “Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle”, “Call Me Mrs. Miracle”, and “Trading Christmas”, based on Macomber’s novel “When Christmas Comes”.

Macomber also now writes inspirational nonfiction, including cookbooks and children’s books. Macomber owns a yarn store in Port Orchard, Washington and there is a Debbie Macomber line of knitting pattern books.


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