Deborah C. Mortimer

Deborah is a lawyer, blogger, and former homeschool parent with a passion for writing. Inspired by her son and young nieces and nephews, Deborah decided to turn her passion for writing short stories and poems into crafting children's books. Understanding the importance of representation in children's literature, she wanted the children in her life to have stories that featured relatable and inspiring characters who looked like them.

This is how Zorah, a character named after Deborah's favorite author, Zora Neale Hurston, came to be. Zorah and her adventures are based on Deborah's own childhood, and Zorah shares her curiosity, thirst for knowledge and wonderful imagination.

An avid reader, Deborah's love of words extends to editing the works of others and reading any thriller, historical fiction, and non-fiction novel she can get her hands on. In her spare time, she loves to laugh and spend time with her family. She also hopes to help other writers overcome their creative obstacles and tell the stories they have trapped inside.

Deborah's first children's book, "Zorah and the Very Big Question" is the first book in a series intended to follow Zorah on her journey to understand the world around her. The second book, "Zorah, The Brave Ballerina" is slated to be released in early 2022.

Deborah is also the creator and owner of Leap Forward Publishing, LLC, a book publishing imprint dedicated to developing and promoting books that focus on diversity and representation.

Zorah and the Very Big Question Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781736677018
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Published: Leap Forward Publishing, LLC - May 31st, 2021

Zorah and the Very Big Question Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781736677001
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Published: Leap Forward Publishing, LLC - May 31st, 2021