Set in the rural South during the turbulent years of the late 60’s and early 70’s, Breaking TWIG is a coming-of-age novel about Becky (Twig) Cooper. Thirteen-year-old Twig depends upon her dark sense of humor, keen wit, and the unlikely friendship of a new stepfather to help her survive the physical and emotional abuse of her mother, Helen, who can—with a mere look—send the meanest cur in Sugardale, Georgia running for its life. Over the next eight years, her tumultuous struggle to prevail—becoming neither a “pick” (victim) nor a “picker” (abuser)—finds her bouncing back and forth between Helen’s abuse and Frank’s tenderness as she fights to win this desperate battle of souls.
Often raw and irreverent and sprinkled with all the Southern flavoring found in a good bowl of chicken and dumplings, Breaking TWIG is about finding love where we least expect it, destroying lives with easy lies, and realizing that each of us ultimately determine our own truth.
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Raised in the Deep South, Deborah Epperson grew up during the era of the Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam. She received a BS degree in biology and English in Texas, and later moved to Atlanta to work and pursue post graduate work. After working in the scientific field for twenty years, she turned her talents to writing fiction and nonfiction. Her nonfiction and poetry have been published in newspapers and magazines in Montana and nationally.
Deborah enjoys developing stories and characters steeped in the lyrical traditions and mystical surroundings of the Deep South. Through her storytelling, she tackles issues most people can identify with and, like her, may have struggled to understand.
Deborah’s dream of living in a log home came true when her family moved to a farm in the beautiful, rural mountains of Montana. In addition to a hubby and a couple of kids, her family includes two large dogs, one pushy black cat, and an ever changing menagerie of wild turkey, deer, elk, fox, and the occasion moose, bear, and mountain lion. In addition to writing, her passions include doing pet therapy work with her golden retriever, volunteering in animal rescue, and on rare occasions, spending a couple of hours in the hammock enjoying the view and a good book.