Deborah Barcus Turcol was born and raised in the mid-West and attended the University of Missouri-Columbia. She graduated from the University of Hawaii-Honolulu with a B.A. in Elementary Education/Special Education.
She has lived in Iowa, Missouri, Hawaii, California, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, and Georgia. Her careers have included being a teacher, an aerospace buyer, a director of retail sales, an interior designer, a real estate agent, and an author.