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Debra Gaskill is the former managing editor of the Washington Court House (Ohio) Record Herald.  She was an award-winning journalist for more than 20 years, writing for a number of Ohio newspapers covering the cops and courts beat, and the Associated Press, covering any stories thrown her way. During her tenure at the Record-Herald,  the paper earned two Associated Press General Excellence awards.

Gaskill brings her knowledge of newspapers to her Jubilant Falls series. The mysteries 'Barn Burner' (2009), 'The Major's Wife' (2010), 'Lethal Little Lies' (2013), 'Murder on the Lunatic Fringe' (2014) and 'Death of A High Maintenance Blonde' (2014) all center around crimes committed in the fictional small town Jubilant Falls, Ohio, and often center around the damage family secrets can do. 'The Major's Wife' received honorable mention in the 2011 Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards and 'Barn Burner' was a finalist for the Silver Falchion Award at Killer Nashville. 

Her latest novel, 'Counterfeit Life' (2020) returns, at least tangentially, to Jubilant Falls, and those familiar characters.

Her private detective novel 'Call Fitz' (2015), featuring the private investigator Niccolo Fitzhugh, was named 'Best Thriller' at the Queen of the West Book Bash in Cincinnati. The series brings her cops and courts experience together in a mystery that "creates complex characters and places them in real settings" according to customer reviews on 

By 2016, the series included two more books, 'Holy Fitz' and 'Love Fitz' and was named best thriller series at Queen of the West Book Bash.

In 2018, the fourth book in the Fracktown Gumshoe series, Kissing Fitz, was awarded the Silver Falchion Best Suspense award at Killer Nashville. The award was presented to her by internationally known author Anne Perry.

The fifth Fracktown Gumshoe mystery , Toxic Fitz, was released in late 2018 and also a Silver Falchion finalist.

The sixth book in the Fracktown Gumshoe  series, Finding Fitz, was released in late 2020.

Gaskill has an associates degree in liberal arts from Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Va., a bachelor's degree in English and journalism from Wittenberg University and a master of fine arts in creative writing from Antioch University, Yellow Springs.

She and her husband Greg, a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, have two children and three grandchildren. They raise llamas and alpacas on their farm in Enon, Ohio.

You can also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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