I’m a bestselling author, podcaster, speaker, and writing coach living in Amsterdam, Netherlands (via NYC, Los Angeles, and Seattle). Most recently, I founded Tilt Parenting, a podcast and online community for parents raising differently-wired kids (a.k.a. neurologically atypical). My newest book, Differently Wired: Raising an Atypical Child in a Conventional World, was published by Workman Publishing in June 2018.
- Have written more than 18 published books
(visit my official author website here)
- Book Chill: Stress Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You was named a 2009 Quick Pick for the Reluctant Reader by the ALA
- Book In Their Shoes: Extraordinary Women Describe Their Amazing Careers was included in the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age, as well as the Amelia Bloomer Project’s List of Recommended Feminist Books for Young Readers in 2008
- Created and edited the teen memoir series Louder Than Words
- Became a Martha Beck Certified Life Coach (2011)
- Named a Champion for Dove’s Movement for Self-Esteem (2010-2012)
- Featured as a source of inspiration in Fast Company’s article “Six Degrees of Inspiration“ (2011)
- Named as a Top 25 Amazing Women of the Year by Stiletto Woman Magazine (2010)
- Keynote speaker for organizations including Girls Inc., the Girl Scouts, the Jenna Druck Foundation, Expanding Your Horizons and more
- Founding editor-in-chief of online destination Like a Boss Girls
- Consult for media companies, including: Razorfish, Kaplan, Disney, Workman Publishing, Girl Scouts of America, and McGraw Hill
- Author of two books on the New York Times Bestseller’s List for Children’s Books
The Long, “Official” Bio:
A bestselling author and coach, Debbie Reber loves supporting writers and would-be authors in getting their stories out into the world.
Debbie spent the first years of her career as a TV and video producer with CARE, UNICEF, and Nickelodeon, where she created PSAs, documentaries, and programming that educated children and young people around the world. Her last corporate gig was as a development executive for Cartoon Network Studios. While working in the nonprofit and corporate world, she volunteered with teens in NYC and Los Angeles through one-on-one mentoring and offering free workshops on everything from creative writing to filmmaking, and advocated for underserved youth.
Since turning in the key to her corporate office in 2003, Deborah has authored a number of nonfiction and fiction books for young adults and women, including Doable: The Girl’s Guide to Accomplishing Just About Anything, Language of Love, Chill: Stress Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You, In Their Shoes: Extraordinary Women Describe Their Amazing Careers, the teen self-help series Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: The Real Deal, and Run for Your Life: A Book for Beginning Women Runners. She also created and edited the first-ever series of teen-authored memoirs with HCI Books, Louder Than Words. Her newest book, Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World, was published in June 2018.
As a writing coach, she teaches classes and works one-on-one with writers to give them strategies, structure, motivation, and accountability so they can achieve their writing goals.
Debbie was the founding editor-in-chief for Heart of Gold (now Like a Boss Girls), an online destination for teen girls passionate about entrepreneurship, social activism, and volunteerism. Most recently, she launched TiLT Parenting, featuring an online community supporting differently-wired kids, as well as the TiLT Parenting Podcast, which she hosts and produces. Debbie has an MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research and a BA in Communications from Pennsylvania State University.
In her “spare” time, Debbie serves on the Advisory Board for Seattle Girls’ School, is a member of the Honorary Board for WriteGirl, a one-on-one mentoring program matching teen girls with women writers, and an occasional volunteer running coach with the national nonprofit, Girls on the Run.
In 2013, she moved from Seattle to Amsterdam, where she currently lives with her husband Derin, thirteen-year-old son Asher (whom she homeschools), and a mischievous cat (Alex). She is an avid runner, hiker, and traveler, claims reality shows a la The Bachelor and Project Runway as her guiltiest of pleasures (don’t judge!), and will happily sing karaoke whenever the opportunity arises.