Meet the Author: Debra Hewitt

It seems like Debra reinvents herself every ten or twenty years. It's not that she's restless, but she did grow up in an Air Force family with frequent moves around the United States and overseas. Maybe those early experiences helped make her a little bit of a change junkie! 

In the education field she has worked as a librarian and professional book reviewer, directed two private preschools she helped start and taught lessons in her own piano studio. She's also helped coordinate the arts programming at a new church which relied heavily on music, drama and film each week to create a thematic message. Those were great experiences, but at the same time she longed to do more writing. More than the occasional script or poem. 

In 2016 Debra decided to really begin pursuing a writer's life and set that decision in motion by writing and designing her first guided journal, Chasing Your Dream. Like those that followed, it focused on providing tools and encouragement for helping readers like you achieve their goals. She has plans for more of these, but her primary focus these days is fiction.

Debra and her husband currently live in Virginia where she is working on some children's books and a novel.

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‚ÄčNovel in Progress by Debra Hewitt


Well, I finished the first draft of my novel-in-progress and rewarded myself with a research trip to Southport, North Carolina where the story is set. It's a small fishing village on the Cape Fear River that I'm somewhat familiar with, but visiting again with the scenes of my book in mind helped me to notice things I never have before. This small town has been used for filming Under the Dome, Safe Haven  and Crimes of the Heart so it's fun to wander around there for that reason, too.


I have a list of possible titles for this novel as long as my arm and still can't decide on one. It's funny because there are other things I've written where the title comes to me right off. Not this time! I'm hoping once the first or second draft is finished, I'll have such a clear idea of the story that it will become obvious.


I have to write in silence, but here is a playlist that I put on for inspiration when I'm driving.  Some of these songs represent characters or scenes I have in mind. Some just make me smile (or give me goosebumps) or fit the theme.

Dislocated Boy (Joe Bonamassa)

Make You Feel My Love (Adele)

Collide (Howie Day)

Lifelong Fling (Over the Rhine)

With or Without You (U2)

False Alarm (KT Tunstall)

When You Say Love (Over the Rhine)

Nothing More (The Alternate Routes)

Love Sneakin' Up on You (Bonnie Raitt)

Anthem-album version (Leonard Cohen)

Maybe Tomorrow (Stereophonics)

Little Did I Know (Over the Rhine)

Feel Again (One Republic)

The Way I Am-The Voice Performance (Caroline Pennell)

I Found You (Alabama Shakes)

Books by Debra Hewitt

Chasing Your Dream: a guided journal

This 30-day guided journal will help you discover what you really want from life. Maybe it's a new job. Maybe just time for something you loved as a child.

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The Celebration Journal

Whatever your circumstances, however far away your goal, there is always something in your life worth celebrating. This 90-day journal is designed to make sure it doesn't slip your notice. It offers daily reminders to record what you're grateful for and what you can celebrate. It's available in paperback or spiral binding.

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The Road to Success Day Planner

This 90-day planner has the same great content as The Celebration Journal in a more classic style. You will find ample space on these double-page spreads for habit-tracking, appointments, to-do lists and notes along with daily tips from the author. You can find it in paperback, hardback, or spiral binding.

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