Meet Deborah Raney

Deborah Raney knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she was eleven years old and read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books. But motherhood was her first calling and she didn’t begin writing her first novel until 1994, after almost twenty years as a happy stay-at-home mom.

Her first novel, A Vow to Cherish was a winner of Excellence in Media’s Angel Award for excellence in fiction. It has been translated into the Swedish, Danish and Norwegian languages, and along with her second novel, In the Still of Night, is also available from Thorndike Press in a hardcover, large-print edition. A Vow to Cherish was the inspiration for the feature-length film of the same title produced by World Wide Pictures. The film aired on national television in September 1999 and is now available on video and DVD in seven languages. Deborah’s third novel, Kindred Bond was released in May 1998 as part of Bethany House’s Portraits series. Deborah's book Beneath a Southern Sky won a 2002 RITA Award from Romance Writers of America.

Deborah is not afraid to tackle difficult subjects and does so with grace. A Vow to Cherish is about Alzheimer's. Beneath a Southern Sky is about the choice Daria Camfield must make when she discovers her believed to be deceased husband Nateis alive and coming home after she has remarried. The sequel to Beneath a Southern Sky, After the Rains deals with the realities of drunk driving, rebellion, and the struggle for true identity through Daria and Nate's daughter, Natalie.

Deborah has two upcoming books, A Scarlet Cord, and the novella Playing by Heart.

In addition to writing articles for several publications, Deb co-authored a nonfiction book, Children's Sermons to Go, with her sister, Vicky Miller, published in 1998 by Abingdon Press. More Children's Sermons to Go is due out in October 2001.

Her short story, “Haiti’s Song” is part of The Storytellers' Collection--Tales of Faraway Places, a project of ChiLibris, an online author’s group. The collection was published by Multnomah in 2000, with all authors’ royalties going to The Jesus Film Project. Deborah also has a short story in the second ChiLibris collection, Tales from Home, coming out summer 2001. Royalties from that book will benefit Prison Fellowship Ministries. Since beginning her writing career, Deb has also done a great deal of public speaking and has presented workshops on writing, marriage and parenting.

Deb and her husband, illustrator/author Ken Raney, have been married for 27 years. They are the parents of two sons and two daughters and make their home in Kansas. They attend St. Luke Presbyterian Church, where they teach junior high Christian education classes and are active in other areas of ministry.

Information provided by the author. Updated 6/2003.

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