Welcome Our New Author-Debbie Spence!
After being closed to new submissions for three months (!), we at Little Lamb Books are excited to share the wonderful news that we have signed several new authors to our roster for 2019! Today, we are thrilled to introduce you to amazing author, Debbie Spence and tell you a little bit about her sweet picture book that is sure to encourage children as they read it.
We met Debbie at the North Carolina Christian Writers Conference last September. Unbeknownst to us, she decided to sign with an agency, where her agent is none other than our previous intern, Megan Burkhart! What a testament to the amazing gift a conference can be for writers as they travel their publishing journey.
Debbie, a writer and speaker from Indiana (but with roots in Texas!), has been married 35 years and is mom of five and grandma to two. We chatted a bit in January and we are blessed to share a Q&A so you can learn more about her.
Where do you call home? I was born in Nevada and live in Indiana, but I have a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education degree from Texas Tech University!
Describe your family. I live with my husband and twin 18-year-old daughters. I also have 3 grown sons, 2 daughters-in-law, and 2 grandchildren, Elliana (3) and Kristopher (1).
Do you have any pet(s)? Lilly is our sheltie dog. We have two cats, Buttercup and Francisco and a bunny, the lone survivor of a recent bunny barn attack.
What is your professional background? I’ve been a stay at home mom and homeschool teacher for the past 24 years. I love teaching; I taught a history co-op to 12 students that included a weekend of historical reenacting.
What prompted you to begin writing for kids? My heart yearns to delight children with a story that they will want to read again and again. I want to write for children so that in less than 1000 words, I can convey a truth that will change their lives and their future. My own children and now my grandchildren have been my inspiration.
What non-profit do you have passion for? We were sponsors with Compassion International for 11 years. We love our young man from Rwanda.
What are some of your favorite children’s books? The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, The Penderwick series by Jeanne Birdsall, Anything by Beatrix Potter, and On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman.
What inspired you to write Broken Crayons Color Too?I was inspired by the phrase, “broken crayons still color”. I’m a broken crayon; no matter what, you have value. God can take your brokenness and create beauty. God seeks those that are broken.
Who is your favorite fictional character? Samwise Gamgee: the faithful friend, the constant encourager, the one who never gives up and the only one who could truly resist the ring.
As a child, what did you want to be or do when you grew up? I thought I was born for the stage. I was sure I was going to be an actress, but it wasn’t long before I knew I wanted to write. It’s been a long time in the making.
Thank you Debbie for sharing more about yourself with our followers! I’m so thankful for conferences that allow me to meet with authors and hear their stories. Then, as I travel home or am back at work, the ones that really stand out follow me around. You are going to love Debbie’s story, as I did! We will keep you posted on the plans for Broken Crayons Color Too, set to release in 2020, so stay tuned for more news throughout the year! I invite you to start following Debbie on her encouraging website, The Breezy Porch, and to join her on Instagram and Facebook.