Who is Debbie Behan?
On the border of New South Wales and Victoria, you will find twin cities called Albury/Wodonga. Travel through both and out into the country for about 25 km and you will arrive at a quaint little town called Tallangatta. Nestled beside a mass of water that is supplied by fresh and clean water from the snowy mountains. Here I was born in as Debra Lynne Weber.
My father, King, started his working life making bikes and in his late teens, he took on the position of craftsmen, in the army during WWII. On leaving the army his talents were to be as a musician and in his mid-twenties becoming one of Australia’s top drummers. He was an interesting man. He was Kingy to his mates in Tallangatta, well known not only for his playing in the local band but for his craft in covering furniture and his clever use of canvas. He used to say he was a jack of all trades but a master of none. Well, not to the many that knew of his work. But the character he was, he’d be up there now saying; get on with it enough about me.
My mother, May, loved to dance. She met Dad playing in a band at one of the social events. Needless to say, she was lost to this handsome musician. They married in mum’s late teens and together had five daughters and one son. . Not all things are meant to last and divorced 24 years later. Mum remarried and moved to Perth with my step-father, John Myhill where she stayed besotted and happy for the next 40 years. Mum is still smiling brightly and lives in Perth surrounded by her children, grandkids and great grandkids.
The Kids Growing Up
As a kid, I woke to bush noises and played all day in the fresh country air while exploring the countryside and mountain ranges. This included organising mountain hikes, trips to the snowy mountains and hours at the local weir and swimming pool. The first time I went swimming in sea water I was disgusted people would do so and don’t get me started about that first mouthful I gulped of that salty water. The summer nights we lay outside with the neighbours armed with blankets and pillows, looking up at the stars and picking out the constellations. In my early teens, a separation of parents had us split up and it was years before we finally all met up again. Unfortunately, it was to nurse our eldest sister through cancer but the battle was lost. Rest in Peace Beverly May.
Home was Tallangatta. All these years later, there has been nowhere that has surpassed that feeling of security and abandonment of oneself, lost in day long laughter and fun. Since then the rough rugged lands of a mining town called Mt Newman, the city of lights called Perth and now, the liquid sunshine state, in popular Brisbane is where I call home.
In 1975 my daughter, Jody was born. Her light has kept me striving for a better me and love being Nanna to her two boys, Kai and Josh. Jody lives in Wodonga with her wonderful husband, Ross.
In 1993, I met and then married my husband, Shaun. We lived in WA with family for 5 years, but for the past 12 years we have live happily in Brisbane, Queensland
Food, I first became interest in the food industry in 1971. A local supermarket was hiring and it was there that I learned to display food; later this passion grew and it lasted for 32 years.
Books, I was in my early 20’s when I read my first romance, Mills and Boon. I was hooked and read love stories night after night until I met my now husband. Finally, have my own Mills and Boon romance so don’t need to read about this genre anymore. However, I am interested in Fantasy which has become my passion to not only read, but write.
Dancing shared this love with my husband. Dancing as partners in Latin and Ballroom led us into entering the Asdac Outback Crown competition in Canberra. No medals but just to do it, heavenly and off the bucket list.
Love of outdoors has me enjoy four wheel driving and, of course, like to toss in the occasional rod in the surf.
From a supermarket to a hobby shop and back to supermarkets, here was where many high distinctions and awards were earned. It lasted 40 years before a strong and happy career came to a time when something less taxing was sourced. “You’re going to write a book love.” Hubby kissed me goodbye as he went to work. His words still ring in my ears when thinking of that day. The first time my notebook was propped up on my lap and fingers went to work. Words that become my first written book
That first book written is still waiting to have its time in the light. But book one and two of another series have been published. In 2013 BUTTERFLY KISS BOOKS published and released two eBooks from the LORD OF THE PLANETS series. Book 1 HOME WORLDS & Book 2 FIRE DIVINE. In 2014, they were released as paperback. The title is making waves and there is much hope for the future.