Deborah Williams Smith was born in Urbana, Illinois, in 1950 and grew up in Davenport, Iowa. There, in high school, she began writing and was appointed to write articles for the Davenport city newspaper. Her research article on the gun control debate was printed in the school newspaper and then picked up by the Wall Street Journal and printed in their newsletter to colleges.
After studying education at the University of Northern Iowa, Deborah pursued a career in kitchen design that eventually took her to Chicago. She was a showroom owner for many years in the Chicago Merchandise Mart, designing and producing many high-end kitchens with her daughter. The stories of Settling were always on her mind, along with a desire to honor the WWII generation. After a talk with her adult son, who has a special interest in WWII, Deborah began penning the stories while visiting his home in Wisconsin.
Deborah still runs her worldwide kitchen design consultancy from her beach-cottage home in Biloxi, Mississippi, where she lives with her husband, Stephen, and their two dogs, Chester Barnes and Poppit La Fleur. She is never far from New Orleans, the city of her heart.
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