Deborah Grabien can claim a long personal acquaintance with the fleshpots—and quiet little
towns—of Europe. She has lived and worked and hung out, from London to Geneva to Paris to
Florence, with a few stops in between.
But home is where the heart is. Since her first look at the Bay Area, as a teenager during
the peak of the City’s Haight-Ashbury years, she’s always come home to San Francisco, and
in 1981, after spending some years in Europe, she came back to Northern California to stay.
Deborah was deeply involved in the Bay Area music scene from the end of the Haight-Ashbury
heyday until the mid-1970s. Most of her friends have been trying to get her to write about
those years—fictionalised, of course!—and, now that she’s comfortable with it, she’s
doing just that, with the multi-book story of the JP Kinkaid mystery novels. After publishing
four novels between 1989 and 1993, she took a decade away from writing, to really learn how
to cook. That done, she picked up where she’d left off, with the five novels of her Haunted
Ballads series being brought out by St. Martins Minotaur between 2003 and 2007. Still Life
With Devils, a standalone thriller about a serial killer who may not be human, was released
by Drollerie Press in December 2007.
Deborah’s been married to Nicholas Grabien since 1983. A San Francisco native and another
member of the local music scene in its heyday, Nic is a bassist, while Deborah plays guitar.
They share a passion for rescuing cats and finding them homes, and are both active members of
several local feral cat rescue organisations. Deborah has a grown daughter, Joanna, who
lives in LA.
These days, in between cat rescues and cookery, Deborah can generally be found listening to
music, playing music on one of eleven guitars, hanging out with her musician friends, or writing
fiction that deals with music, insofar as multiple sclerosis—she was diagnosed
in 2002—will allow.
For more about Deborah, visit her website at
The JP Kinkaid Chronicles
Book #3 - London Calling
Book #4 - Graceland
Book #5 - Book of Days
Tales From the House Band - A Plus One Music Anthology