A Tribute to Debra

Re-reading the Mageworld series, I’ve been thinking about Debra Doyle a lot. Last night I did a search online to find a list of her other works and stumbled onto a listing for her obituary, October 31, 2020, from heart failure. She graduated from Denison High School in 1970, I graduated in 1972. She was born in November of 1952 and I was born in October of 1954. Our parents were good friends for many years.

Debra was probably the smartest person I’ve ever known and she loved literature as much I do. She majored in English, earning her undergraduate degree at the Univ of Arkansas, and her PhD from the Univ of Pennsylvania where she met her husband, James. They traveled during his time with the US Navy and settled in Connecticut. They had four children together and wrote approximately 30 novels and 30 short stories together over the years, young adult and adult fiction, the best known being the Mageworld series.

You can find a listing of her works with husband James D. Macdonald here.

Her obituary can be found here.

Rest in Peace, Debra. I’ll always remember the super smart girl from High School who wrote Star Trek screenplays and entertained us with recitals. God bless, dear.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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