Debbie Macomber Biography & Facts
Debbie Macomber (born October 22, 1948) is an American author of romance novels and contemporary women's fiction. Six of her novels have become made-for-TV movies and her Cedar Cove series of novels was adapted into a television series of the same name. Macomber was the inaugural winner of the fan-voted Quill Award for romance in 2005 and has been awarded both a RITA Award and a lifetime achievement award by the Romance Writers of America.
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.Macomber attended a romance writer's conference, where one of her manuscripts was selected to be publicly critiqued by an editor from Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. The editor tore apart her novel and recommended that she throw it away. Undaunted, Macomber spent $10 to mail the same novel, Heartsong, to Harlequin's rival, Silhouette Books. Silhouette bought the book, which became the first romance novel to be reviewed by Publishers Weekly.
Starlight was the first of her novels to be published, as part of the Silhouette Special Edition romance line, now owned by Harlequin. Macomber continued to write romances for Silhouette, and later Harlequin. In 1988, Harlequin asked Macomber to write a series of interconnected stories, which became known as the Navy series. Before long, she was releasing two or three titles per year. By 1994, Macomber began releasing single-title novels. Her first hardcover was released in 2001.In 2002, Macomber realized that she wanted to write books focusing more on women and their friendships. Thursdays at Eight was her first departure from the traditional romance novel into contemporary women's fiction.In most years since 1986, Macomber has released a Christmas-themed book or novella.Macomber's novels focus on delivering the message of the story and do not include detailed descriptive passages. Her heroines tend to be optimists, and the "stories are resolved in a manner that leaves the reader with a feeling of hope and happy expectation." Many novels take place in small, rural towns, with her Cedar Cove series loosely based on her own hometown, Port Orchard, Washington. Because of her Christian beliefs, Macomber does not include explicit sexual details in her books, although they do contain sensuality.Over 170 million copies of her books are in print throughout the world. This Matter of Marriage became a made-for-TV-movie in 1998. Five of Macomber's novels have been made into Hallmark television movies: Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle, Call Me Mrs. Miracle, Trading Christmas (based on Macomber's novel When Christmas Comes), Mr. Miracle and Dashing Through the Snow.
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. The yarn store, A Good Yarn Shop, closed its doors on November 4, 2016. The shop had been open for 8 years prior to Macomber deciding to focus on other business ventures.In July 2013, the Hallmark Channel began airing its first-ever original, scripted series based on her Cedar Cove book series. Macomber is the series developer and executive producer. The Cedar Cove television series ran for 3 seasons and ended in 2015. The show received 2 nominations for LEO awards, Best Costume Design in a Dramatic Series and Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series (2014), and 1 nomination for a Prism award, Drama Episode - Mental Health (2015).
Macomber is a three-time winner of the B. Dalton Award, and the inaugural winner of the fan-voted Quill Award for romance (2005, for 44 Cranberry Point). She has been awarded the Romantic Times Magazine Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award and has won a Romance Writers of America RITA Award, for The Christmas Basket.
She threw out the first pitch in a Seattle Mariners game at Safeco Field in 2007.
Macomber is a volunteer mentor for young people, and is active in fundraising for battered women's shelters and for literacy and medical research. She is a national board member for Warm-Up America, and was appointed an ambassador for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America national office in 1997.Macomber and her husband, Wayne, raised four children and have grandchildren. They live in Port Orchard, Washington.
Legendary Lovers Series
Cindy and the Prince, Silhouette Books 1988
Some Kind of Wonderful, Silhouette Books 1988
Almost Paradise, Silhouette Books 1988Legendary Lovers, Silhouette Books 1995 (Reissue of Cindy and the Prince, Some Kind of Wonderful & Almost Paradise)Navy Series
Navy Wife, Silhouette Books 1988/2003
Navy Blues, Silhouette Books 1989/2003
Navy Brat, Silhouette Books 1991/2004
Navy Woman, Silhouette Books 1991/2004
Navy Baby, HQN Books 1991/2005
Navy Husband, Silhouette Special Edition 2005Navy Brides (2005) (Omnibus: Navy Wife / Navy Blues / Navy Brat)
Navy Grooms (2005) (Omnibus: Navy Woman / Navy Baby / Navy Husband)
Navy Wife / Navy Blues (omnibus) (2006)The Manning Sisters Series
The Cowboy’s Lady, Silhouette Special Edition 1990
The Sheriff Takes A Wife, Silhouette Special Edition 1990The Wyoming Series
Denim and Diamonds, (1989)
The Wyoming Kid, (2006)Those Manning Men Series
Marriage of Inconvenience, Silhouette Special Edition 1992
Stand-In Wife, Silhouette Special Edition 1992
Bride on the Loose, Silhouette Special Edition 1992
Same Time, Next Year, (1995)
Silver Bells, (2009)Orchard Valley Trilogy
Valerie, Harlequin 1992
Stephanie, Harlequin 1992
Norah, Harlequin 1993
Lone Star Lovin', Harlequin 1993Orchard Valley, MIRA Books 1999 (Reissue of Valerie, Stephanie, & Norah)From This Day Forward
Groom Wanted, Silhouette Special Edition 1993
Bride Wanted, Silhouette Special Edition 1993
Marriage Wanted, Silhouette Special Edition 1993Angel Series
A Season of Angels , Harper/Avon 1993
The Trouble With Angels, Harper/Avon 1994
Touched By Angels, Harper/Avon 1995
Shirley, Goodness and Mercy, MIRA Books 1999
Those Christmas Angels, Harlequin SuperRomance 2003
Where Angels Go, Mira Books, 2007
Angels at the Table, Ballantine, 2012Christmas Angels, Harper/Avon 1996/1998 (Reissue of Touched by Angels, The Trouble With Angels & A Season of Angels)
A Gift to Last, MIRA Books 2002 (Reissue of Can This Be Christmas? & Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy)
Angels Everywhere, Harper/Avon 2002 (Reissue of A Season of Angels & Touched By Angels)
Angels At Christmas, MIRA Books 2009 (Reissue of Those Christmas Angels & Where Angels Go)Mrs. Miracle and Mr. Miracle Series
Mrs. Miracle (2009)
Call Me Mrs. Miracle (2010)
Mr. Miracle (2014)
A Mrs. Miracle Christmas (2019)That Special Woman Series Multi-Author
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