… lived the life of a cattle-rancher’s wife in the Great Sand Hills of Saskatchewan, Canada, before she began writing novel-length fiction. She cooked for branding crews of a hundred, earned her private pilot’s license, helped round up a thousand-head cattle herd, homeschooled three children through the ninth grade, and professionally sewed theatrical costumes (not unlike the heroine of The Third Grace.)
This was a surprising transition for a woman raised in cosmopolitan Winnipeg, Manitoba—someone who had earned a B.A. in communications from Bethel University (in St. Paul, Minnesota).
Today, her three kids grown, Deb lives with her husband, Gerrit, on the banks of a creek in the rolling hills of southern Alberta near the city of Medicine Hat, a stone’s throw from the Montana border. The Elkinks offer hospitality to a great assortment of wildlife and one, lone, eighteen-year-old Texas Longhorn steer.
Deb also holds an M.A. in historical theology from Briercrest Seminary (Saskatchewan). She loves to travel and, so far, has visited five continents. Deb says, “My smattering of foreign phrases delivered with gusto has offended the ears of Japanese, French, and Spanish alike.”
The Third Grace is her first novel.
Visit Deb’s website: www.debelkink.com