Deborah Shepherd was born in Freshford, Somerset, grew up in Weston-super-Mare and trained to be a teacher at Homerton College, Cambridge. She has been writing books for children since she took early retirement from teaching. She was unhappy with the imposition of the national curriculum for all children of the same age irrespective of their ability, and the rise of the excerpt culture as opposed to reading whole, real books. She writes mainly for the 8+ age range, although she has also recently written and illustrated books for her grandchildren.
She feels strongly about social injustice and world poverty and is a member of several organisations that campaign on these issues. She is also committed to carbon reduction as the only way to prevent continued global warming and is secretary to a local group who share these aims.
She paints landscapes and flowers in watercolour, which are exhibited locally. Her hobbies are reading, music, theatre and gardening. She lives with her husband in a cottage in the New Forest, where they enjoy walking with their collie cross dog, Barney and keeping bees. She wears blue Wellington boots and does not drive a 4x4.