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Debra’s 2019 Speaking Schedule:

June 7, 8, 9th – Write Like a Pro Author Conference in Peoria, IL USA

Promoting Yourself and Your Book on Radio or TV with Debra Parmley

 Terrified of being interviewed on radio or TV? Bestselling author and former radio host Debra Parmley was, the first time she had a TV and a radio interview, but she conquered her fears, earned her Toastmasters CC and later become host of Book Lights Radio, part of Readers Entertainment and Circle of Seven where she interviewed authors every Tuesday night. Now she teaches authors how to overcome those fears. Debra will tell you ways to get a radio interview, how to prepare to be on radio or TV, going live and doing improv, how to enjoy your interview and how an interview can help your career.

Debra was first interviewed on WKNO radio and on Fox – 13 TV in 1999, after her first published short story, Vampire From Memphis, was a finalist in the Darrell Awards. The interviews terrified her. She started speaking on author panels and mentoring writers in 2009 after her first novel came out in print and in 2015 earned her CC with Toastmasters. She went on to host her own radio show from 2016 to 2017 and loved every minute of it. Book Lights Radio, part of Readers Entertainment and Circle of Seven was live on blog talk radio every Tuesday night and the tapes are still available online. She enjoys helping authors learn not to be terrified of interviews.


Class schedule on Zoom: coming soon

Follow Debra’s … Threading the Web blog:  https://threadingtheweb.wordpress.com/

Follow Debra’s … Beautiful Day YouTube Channel:


What is Zoom?

Zoom is an internet site which allows your instructor to use video, audio and screen sharing to teach, with better sound quality than Skype. Your account is free, simply sign up, 

1.) Sign up on zoom here:  https://www.zoom.us

2.) Select the class best suited to your needs and send payment through Pay Pal to debra@debraparmley.com  Be sure to say which class you are signing up for in the notes section when you make the payment.

Each 30 minute class is $30.00  Once paid you will receive the code to attend the class either live or taped. Debra is in Central time zone.

Photo Gallery of Past Speaking engagements and Testimonials:

Bestselling Author Debra Parmley has taught on panels at conferences since 2009, earned her Toastmasters CC in 2015 and has taught her own classes ranging from four hour workshops to one hour classes to private mentoring sessions via Skype or Zoom as well as speaking to groups.

“Debra’s writing classes are informative, productive, and fun. The techniques she teaches are accessible and helped me better understand and create dialogue, description, and movement. Her feedback on my work has been invaluable.  I highly recommend her classes!” – Dr. Valentina Taran


2013  Destiny Blaine’s East Tennessee Writer’s Workshop in Kingsport, TN. Debra teaching Bringing Your Senses Alive, one of her most requested classes.

“Debra Parmley is not only an interesting and vibrant speaker, but she also teaches from experience. She’s a true voice of authority in the writing industry. I’ve been in the business for over a decade and yet felt compelled to sit up and take notes. Not only is Debra wise beyond her years, but she delivers informative workshops guaranteed to capture and hold her audience’s attention.

I highly recommend Debra Parmley for your next writing workshop or conference. She’s a wonderful and prepared speaker who will convey her topics clearly and accurately, without reservations, and she’ll get it right every single time.” ~Destiny BlaineDestiny Blaine Workshops; Also Writing as Susan Smith Alvis

RT & Dad's visit 0302010 Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in Columbus, OH. Debra teaching Yoga at Your Desk

“I attended Debra Parmley’s “Yoga at Your Desk” and Marilyn Kelly’s “Eleven Senses – Who Knew?” – both amazing workshops.” – USA Today Bestselling author Lucy Monroe, from her May 4, 2010 blog

Private Consultations:

“In one short hour, Debra was able to help me break through several years’ worth of writer’s block. She has a knack for throwing your brain for a loop with techniques more involved and useful than the plain, surface-skimming concept maps and writing prompts you find with most writers’ sources. They are useful for breaking through every bit of congestion you may run into with your writing. She is fun, insightful, and encouraging. Please, give her a shot! She is well worth the time.”  – Amanda L. Trowbridge

“Debra Parmley is a great resource and author. I scheduled an appointment to meet with Debra to review my first book. She was incredibly helpful with her knowledge and creativity as an author and her expertise in this field. Her insight regarding marketing strategies and promotion were extremely favorable. I highly recommend Debra as a wonderful teacher and guide when writing, publishing, and marketing a book.”  – Susan Saucier

To book Debra for a speaking event, go to the contact page on this website or email debra@debrapamley.com.

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