I was born in Chicago and grew up in the suburbs. The year America landed a man on the moon, I started college at the University of Illinois, never suspecting I would spend most of my life living in Champaign-Urbana. Over a very protracted period, I received four degrees from the University of Illinois because I didn't have the gumption to go anywhere else.
Most of my career was at the university, where I eventually earned a PhD in the history of education, working in departmental administration, editorial offices, and libraries as well as teaching history. My specialties are 15th-16th century European history, cultural exchange between Venice and the court of Burgundy, women's book collecting, polar exploration, and food history.
The day before my first semester in library school, I met Peter Michalove. Do you believe in love at first sight? I do. I knew he was the one that first week. We married nine months later and were together until he died at the end of 2013. He remains a constant inspiration.
Having originally published nonfiction, I decided to adopt a pen name, Deborah Kahn and under that pseudonym I have a chapter, “Sylvie Green” in A Reason to Be Here, a collaborative novel. I also have another story “Hockey on the Moon” in the anthology Sci-Fi Stepdad.
By then I really wanted to write novels. I dropped the pen name--too much trouble with social media, etc. My manuscript, At First Sight, was selected as a semifinalist for the 2021 Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author manuscript competition sponsored by the Illinois Library Association. That gave me the courage to contemplate publishing the book.
I now have three books available: At First Sight and At the Crossroads in the Global Security Unlimited series, and Dead in the Alley in the Death in the North Country series.
My passions include music, theater, travel, and cats, trying out Chicago restaurants, and sampling gins and single malts. I moved back to Chicago in 2017 so I could go to more Blackhawks games and spend quality time at Eataly.
Unfortunately my lifetime goal, to be English, is likely to remain unfulfilled.