Deborah Hopkinson, author & speaker

"I don't usually read historical fiction but yours is like you're actually, physically there."

                                                                                   December 2015 Letter from 6th grader

When I was a girl, I loved to read. By the time I was in fourth grade, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts, the oldest of three girls. In the 1800s, the city was at the center of the Industrial Revolution. Maybe that’s how I got my interest in history.

I've lived in Honolulu, Walla Walla, Washington, and Corvallis, Oregon. Today we live in West Linn, Oregon, just outside of Portland. My husband, Andy, is a winemaker. We have two grown children, Rebekah and Dimitri and a grandson named Oliver! We love pets: We have an old cat Sophie, two dogs, finches, and a canary named Tyrion. In January 2018, we added a new kitten, named Beatrix, named for Beatrix Potter.

 For many years, I worked in educational fundraising by day and wrote books by night. These days, Brooklyn, Rue, and Beatrix are my office mates. We love to hike or work in the the garden.

I enjoy traveling and speaking to readers of all ages. Please contact me at