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About Debra

Photo by Marco Holloway Nov. 2018

“Every day we are alive is a beautiful day.” – Debra Parmley


Debra Parmley is a multi-genre author who has been traditionally published and has her own press, Belo Dia Publishing Incorporated. Belo Dia is a “Beautiful Day,” in Portuguese.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, and adopted at the age of one year, she was raised in Springfield, Ohio. She lived in Bartlett, TN just outside Memphis for the last 23 years. A new chapter of her life began November 23, 2020, as she and her husband sold their home to move into their motorhome full time and travel the U.S. She writes tales of travel and adventure.

Debra attended Marywood University in Scranton, PA, and was the first student to win first place in two categories of the Delta Epsilon Sigma Beta Epsilon Chapter writing competition, in creative prose and in informal expository. While attending college her poetry was published in literary journals and she has a BA in English Literature.

Fascinated by fairy tales and folktales ever since she was young, she has always ended her stories with a happy ever after. Drawn to romance, she first focused on writing romance in many sub-genres. Debra enjoys spreading love, one story at a time.

In December 2020, Debra purchased She will be writing non-romance under Debra Bishop, her maiden name. Her first book released in the new name will be The Sweetest Day, a fairy tale for all ages.

Debra loves travel and adventure in her life and action and adventure in her stories.

Her first novels were western historical romances, described as gritty, and included a damsel in distress and a gunfight. They are A Desperate Journey; Dangerous Ties; and Deadly Adversaries. A western box set Desperate, Dangerous and Deadly, contains all three westerns. Isabella, Bride of Ohio a Victorian-era mail order bride story, contains a sweet damsel and a villain determined to harm her. It wouldn’t be a Debra Parmley historical western romance without those elements.

In Debra’s historical Butterflies Fly Free romance series she writes about flappers in the 1920’s. Each book focuses on a different flapper and on her freedom or lack of freedom. Trapping the Butterfly is book one. Dancing Butterfly is book two. Book three, Exotic Butterfly, will be out in 2021

An Air Force veteran’s wife, Debra writes military romantic suspense and is a contributor to the Brotherhood Protectors World with Montana Marine; Defensive Instructor; Marine Protector; Blind Trust; and A Triple C Ranch Christmas Wedding. Montana Delta Rescue will release Feb. 2021. She is a contributor to the Special Forces Operation Alpha World with Protecting Pippa; Split Screen Scream, and Protecting Zarifah. Her contemporary romances with a military hero are Aboard the Wishing Star, and Check Out. Two-Step New Steps, her short story in the Wounded Heroes anthology is the follow up to Check Out and will be expanded into a novella.

Her futuristic dystopian trilogy, The Hunger Roads, features a SEAL hero. Book one, A Change of Scenery, is available but being rewritten.  Down a Back Road, book two will release in 2021. Into the Convergence Zone, the last book in the trilogy will release in 2021.

She has written short stories and poetry as well.

Debra loves to travel. She ran a travel agency and has set foot in over thirteen countries. She escorted a group through Scotland into the highlands, and has stayed in over the water huts in Tahiti and Moorea, and dined on the beach on Bora Bora while watching Tahitian fire dancers. She walked the plank of a pirate ship off the coast of Grand Cayman in the Caribbean and kayaked through the mangroves in the dark of night in Puerto Rico to see bioluminescence in the water. In Turkey, she convinced her husband to take the bus to Ephesus to visit the farmers market though no one they met the entire day spoke English and they did not speak Turkish. To Debra, life is an adventure meant to be lived.

Her stories and poems often include things she has seen and learned on her travels. Her six favorite things are dark chocolate, visiting the beach and ocean, shooting her Mongolian horse bow (primitive archery), shooting pool, shooting long guns, and hearing from readers. Cards, letters, and messages are treasured gifts, like finding that perfect shell upon the beach.

Debra believes every day we are alive is a beautiful day and you will often hear her say it.

Debra signing her first book at Burkes Book Store in Memphis, TN 2009                                             Photo by Monica Parks