Originally from upstate New York, debut novelist Debra Thomas has lived in Southern California for most of her adult life. She holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s in English from California State University, Northridge, and attended the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. She has taught literature and writing at a Los Angeles public high school and English as a Second Language to adults from all over the world. Her experience as an advocate for immigrant and refugee rights led her to write Luz. It was published by She Writes Press in June, 2020 and has won numerous awards for fiction, including The Indie Book Award; it was a finalist for the International Book Award, and was the Pulpwood Queens Book Club choice. Thomas is currently at work on her second novel. Join our conversation with Debra on Dropping In -- it's bound to be thought - provoking!