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Debra Ghigna

Debra Ghigna grew up in Tennessee and Alabama. When she wasn't engrossed in reading a book, Debra spent her days tap dancing and dreaming of becoming a Rockette on Broadway. Her childhood heroes were Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Ann Miller, and Gregory Hines. Although she dreamed of dancing like Ann Miller, she was built more like Gregory Hines.

Her feet just wouldn't keep still. When Debra couldn't tap her toes, she drummed her hands, sometimes on school desks. This didn't go over very well in the classroom. One day an observant teacher showed her how to use her natural rhythmical sense in a new and different way: with pen, paper, and words. Words that rhymed, in perfect time! And so began a lifelong love affair with the joy and rhythm of language.

Now she taps on a computer each day, dancing across the keyboard and writing poems. Once in a while she's lucky enough to be able to share her poetry with others. She always encourages young writers to listen to their own internal metronome.

Debra's poems appear in many children's magazines including Ladybug, Jack and Jill, Children's Playmate, Turtle, Lollipops, and Spider. Christmas is Coming! is her first picture book for children.

She graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a degree in history. Besides writing, she enjoys music, reading, folk art, and baseball.

Debra lives in Homewood, Alabama, with her husband, author Charles Ghigna, and their son, Chip.