DEBORAH SMITH is a national-bestselling, award-winning
author of thirty-one romance, women's fiction, and general
list fiction novels. Her 1996 novel, A Place to Call Home,
made the New York Times bestseller list. There are
currently more than 2 million copies of her books in print.
Smith has described these novels as "big, romantic,
southern family stories."
Smith fell in love with reading and writing at a tender
age, and pursued her early dream of being a journalist by
attending the University of Georgia and majoring in radio,
TV, and film. Uninspired by writing for newspapers and
technical journals following her graduation from UGA in
1979, Deborah set out to become a romance novelist—a genre
in which she could write the "wild stories" that her heart
kept calling her to tell.
Following two long years of writing and rejection,
Deborah's first novel, Second Chance at Love, was published
by Berkley Books in 1986. Twenty-one romance novels later,
Deborah wrote her first "mainstream women's fiction" novel-
the latest offering from Smith in this genre being Sweet
In addition to being an accomplished writer, Deborah is a
partner in and the editorial director for BelleBooks, a
small southern press whose first book, Sweet Tea and Jesus
Shoes, was published in May 2000. In January 2002,
BelleBooks launched Deborah's southern contemporary fantasy
series, WaterLilies, with Alice at Heart, a book described
as "stunningly beautiful" by the Romantic Times.
Deborah, a sixth-generation native Georgian, currently
resides high in the north Georgia mountains with her
husband, Hank, a Georgia Tech engineer. Their family
includes four cats, three dogs, and more giant goldfish
than she cares to count.