Born and raised in Vancouver, Washington, Deb Cushman spent her early years reading and listening to good stories and writing her own. While she was growing up, she had lots of encouragement from her teachers. She wrote, produced, and directed a historical play in the third grade, and in the sixth grade, she amused her classmates with her imaginative spelling-word stories (which often included commercial breaks and songs.)
Deb married and raised three sons. She worked in libraries for sixteen years, eventually establishing a library for a public school for the arts. Yet, she could not escape the allure of storytelling and began studying to become a novelist.
She's had several short stories published in national children's magazines and wrote a humor column for a national health and fitness newsletter for three years.
Deb's current passion is writing picture books and middle grade novels.