Debra R. Borys

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I have been reading since before I knew the alphabet, thanks to my mother who would read to me and always had great books on my toy shelves. Once I learned my ABCs, there was no holding me back from writing as well.

Mystery and suspense are my favorite genres to both read and write, but I also enjoy sci-fi and historical fiction. Dorothy Dunnett is my favorite historical author, for instance.

In addition to my STREET STORIES series, I have had several short stories published, most of them mysteries. I'm currently working on a cozy mystery series, which I plan to publish under my maiden name, Deb Donahue. My freelance business which currently focuses on writing or editing fiction for hire, but also includes a wide range of commercial writing a
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[image error]Starza Thompson from Windy City Reviews gave Cry Baby Cry a mixed review, suggesting I give the characters more depth. I appreciate her insight, though, especially since she had so many other great things to say about it, like:


“Her ability to create characters that are LGBT without having that be their only characteristic is refreshing.”


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“I believe that some people are lost souls, with nothing left to save. But some aren't lost, and the problem is you can't tell which is which. All you can do is try to save them all, and hope none of the good ones slip away, and none of the lost ones hurt you."

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“I believe that some people are lost souls, with nothing left to save. But some aren't lost, and the problem is you can't tell which is which. All you can do is try to save them all, and hope none of the good ones slip away, and none of the lost ones hurt you."

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“I would give you my soul in a blackberry pie; and a knife to cut it with.”
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Debra Borys Painted Black got a 5 star review on The To Be Read Pile!

TBR Reviewer: Daniella

A funeral home developing a new way to freeze dry the dead. A man who loves his work and the beauties that he has preserved. A 15 year old prostitute that goes missing during a break in at the funeral home. A homeless boy looking for his friend gone missing. A young reporter who writes a column on the street life of Chicago. A man who has given up a successful practice to work as a counselor at a shelter. In order to expose the shady business and find the missing girl, the boy and reporter must put their preconceptions and trust each other.

This is a crime/suspense/mystery kind of book, but at the forefront are all the characters that Debra R Borys portrays so well. This was one of those books where you start reading and before you can even blink you are almost done with it. I was so caught up with the characters of this book. Chris, who has chosen to live on the streets so that his parents have one less mouth to feed, is jaded from the hard life he lives, but he still tries to help others and stand up for those more vulnerable than him. Jo, has estranged herself from her family because of her father’s crimes. She writes a column with stories from the streets, but she has never really seen the people that live on the street until she is involved in the lives of Chris and his now missing friend Lexie. Even Sidney, the man who works at the funeral home and who has a strange fascination with the dead is an interesting character.

This is a book that is very far from my own sheltered reality and it certainly makes you think. I can´t usually take too much harsh reality when reading fiction, but this was such a well told story, that in all the misery it still focused on the positive.

Painted Black was a great story and I am glad I got a chance to read it!

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