Published on February 25th, 20143
Debbie Shaftoe: Speech-Language Pathologist and Novelist
By Debbie Shaftoe, S-LP(C)
Though I was born in India to missionary parents, I have always been a Canadian citizen. I’ve spent most of my life in Ontario though I did complete my Master’s degree at the University of British Columbia. After two years out west, my husband and I returned to Ontario where I’ve spent the past 20 years working as a speech-language pathologist, primarily with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.
In 2010, I had the rarest of commodities a mother can find: a little bit of free time. From that time came the inspiration for my first novel, Forged in the Jungles of Burma, which I self-published through iUniverse in August 2010. Forged… was a finalist for the Canadian Christian Writer’s Award in the contemporary division.
Not long afterwards, in January 2012, I published Assassin’s Trap, which won the Novel-Contemporary category at the 2013 Word Awards. Assassin’s Trap was also awarded the Editor’s Choice designation from iUniverse.
I released Enemy by Association in December 2012. The novel follows the adventures of disgraced FBI agent Ethan Lange.
My newest release, Lethal Intentions: The Battle for Gideon, is my pride and joy. It tells the story of police inspector Zach Marek who crosses swords with a powerful Mafioso. Zach’s son, Gideon, has autism and part of the story is told from his unique point of view. A thrilling adventure is one thing, but how would it affect a young boy with autism? Read the book to find out!
Read a post from Western Alumni on Assassin’s Trap.
All of my books are available through Amazon or through my website www.dcshaftoe.com.
Photo: Cover of Assassin’s Trap
About the author:
Debbie Shaftoe has worked as a speech-language pathologist for 20 years. She now balances her time between working with children with autism spectrum disorders, writing and caring for her husband and two children. Shaftoe enjoys camping, hiking, biking, canoeing and reading. She lives in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada.