Celebrating POC Authors in Fantasy: Debra Renée Byrd

Debra Renée Byrd is an author from Dover, Delaware who has been writing stories since she was seven years old. She graduated from Temple University with a BA in English.

Interview with Debra Renée Byrd

What genre(s) do you write in?

YA/NA Fantasy and Speculative Fiction

When did you decide that you wanted to write in your Genre?

I had a very vivid dream that I wrote down to show my younger sister, and it turned into this huge project that made me realize I love writing fantasy.

What things in your life do you draw inspiration from?

My dreams tend to turn into my first pages. I also draw inspiration from different cultures and looking at others' family dynamics and relationships. I'm a very visual person, so movies and video games also help inspire my writing.

What is the purpose of your writing? Is there a specific message that you hope to convey?

I want to give readers an escape and hopefully show them stories that haven't yet been told, or at least in the way I tell them.

How much of yourself is reflected in your writing?

I think I put everything in my head onto paper when I'm writing. Each character will have one of my personality traits or quirks, not always on purpose.