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Debbie Roppolo

San Marcos, United States


I was born in 1970 in the small town of Rosebud, Texas. One of the claims to fame that this tiny town had was that, at one time, there was a rosebush in every yard. My town was listed in the Ripley's Believe it or Not book because of this.

My father was an engineer for the highway department and a rancher. He was killed on the job two months before my sixteenth birthday. As I have said many times before, part of me died also. My dad was my hero, and my biggest supporter. He constantly drilled into me that I could do anything that I put my mind to. He was at every high school athletic event, every play, and every musical performance that I was in. After his death, I became very aloof. That was over 18 years ago. Just recently, I wrote "Some Snowballs Don't Melt" as a tribute to my dad and his gallant dog, Snowball. My mom was a homemaker, and a stay at home mom that doubled as a father figure after Daddy died. It's to her that I owe my undying gratitude. She has never let me give up on myself, and helped me hold on to the morals that she and my father worked so hard to instill in me.

I got into law enforcement in 1991, where I met my future hubby, John. We've been together fourteen years, and have two boys, one who is 11, and the other who is 2 1/2. After a few years of being shot at and stabbed, I left law enforcement and pursued a degree in Anthropology at St. Edward's University in Austin, TX.

In 1998, I was the victim of a road rage incident, and, as a result, received over 200 stitches in my face and head, massive head trauma, and inoperable nerve damage in my right arm. Fast forward to present. I have no scars on my face, and 80 % use of my arm back. The only real tell- tale sign is that my short-term memory is poor. Throughout all the trying times in my life, writing has been a comfort for me. Ever since I can remember I have loved to write. It has, in a sense, allowed me to "escape" from the stress that was on me.

I started my career in writing a couple of years ago by submitting articles to non-paying newsletters and websites. As my passion in writing is increasing, I have ventured out into different genres. My recent accomplishment is "Some Snowballs's Don't Melt," which will be appearing in the Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul, which will be released Oct. 2005

Interests: anything having to do with the outdoors, riding my horses

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • "The Hero"
  • "The 'To-Do' List"
  • "Honey, where's the instruction booklet on this kid?"
  • Children's Literature

  • "Things That Go Bump in the Night"
  • "Cinnamon Rolls
  • Other

  • "A Battle of Wills" in the collection of anthologies, Laughing and Learning: Adventures in Parenting
  • "Some Snowballs Don't Melt"