About

Deb Promo 2014 jpegHi!

I created Literate Lives as a place for readers, writers, parents, students, and teachers to come for inspiration  and practical strategies for nurturing a literate lifestyle both at school and in the home. As an avid reader and writer, I believe strongly in the power of literacy for building a better future.

Who am I and what qualifies me for this mission?

First, I am a reader. Books are where I turn for solace, entertainment, wisdom, and information. I read a range of genres from fantasy, to historical, to mystery, and non fiction, and enjoy adult, teen, and middle grade novels. Sharing books with my family and friends is one of my great pleasures.

Second, I am a writer who seeks to entertain and inspire readers to wonder, marvel, and pursue their dreams. I retell folktales, a number of which have been published in Cricket magazine. I have written an historical-fantasy novel for young adults and a middle grade fantasy-adventure. I am currently at work on anther young adult fantasy and a middle grade fantasy novel in verse, and engaged in that most challenging of endeavors–the Great Agent Hunt.

I am a  member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) and two critique groups. In addition I am a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and serve as the Pal Communicator for our Oregon region’s Ad-Com committee.

Third, I am an English/Language Arts and Creative Writing teacher and site librarian. I have  a bachelor’s degree in English from U.C. Berkeley, and earned a Master of the Art of Teaching from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. I am licensed to teach all grade levels from 3rd grade through high school with an endorsement for English/Language Arts. I’ve been teaching for over a decade and am still delighted when a student moves from being intimated by being asked to write, to feeling confident in his or her own skills.

I’ve raised and read nightly to my own three children, served as a volunteer librarian and kids library program coordinator, and even taught preschool.

Reading and writing are what I love to do, and through Literate Lives, I hope I can support you in nurturing your own reading/writing lifestyle, as well as that of your students and your kids.

For more reading and writing tips, elements of fiction boards, picture prompts, and historical references, check out my boards on Pinterest.

Happy reading and writing!

Debby Zigenis-Lowery