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Deborah Lisson was born in Croydon, England, and came to Australia as a migrant in 1962. Her home is in Bunbury, Western Australia.
Her first novel, The Devil’s Own was published in 1990 and was shortlisted for the CBC Children's Book of the Year Award in 1991. In the same year it also won the West Australian Premier's Award. Since then two other books, A Place of Safety and Red Hugh have also won this award.
Nearly all of Deborah's books have had an historical theme. She says she enjoys the detective work involved in researching historical novels and the challenge of 'bringing the past to life' for young readers. Though she sees herself primarily as a 'storyteller', there is also an important theme running through Deborah's work. She believes in the saying that 'those who fail to learn from the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them', and invites her readers to draw parallels between the events portrayed in her books and those occurring in the world today.
Deborah and husband Richard have five children and eleven grand-children. Her hobbies include shopping, fishing, travelling and doing historical research. When asked about her pet hates she lists rejection slips, having to get up early, and people who haven't learnt from the mistakes of history as among them.
Find out more about Deborah at www.geo.net.au/~lissond
Deborah traveled to Port Hedland and Newman in 2012 to present at the Talented Young Writers' Programme (TYWP).