Guest Blogger

Deborah Bryan

Deborah Bryan

Deborah Bryan grew up in poverty, dreaming of great things but disbelieving that any of those things would actually happen.

Since then, she has accomplished a number of things. Some might seem smaller or larger to others, but they are all pretty grand to her in light of how little she expected for herself.

From researching killer whales in British Columbia as a teen to volunteering as a tutor in law school to running a couple of marathons and one barefoot half marathon, she carries some pretty remarkable memories close to heart. Her life day to day now doesn't include quite so many extracurriculars, but she is content within it.

She spends most her time these days negotiating and administering software contracts, commuting and chasing after her four-year-old son. The latter she does very slowly right now seeing as she is nearly six months into her second pregnancy.

Once in a while she sits down to write. Most of her words are funneled toward her blog, but she anticipates returning to other writing projects any month now. She has published one Young Adult novel, The Monster's Daughter, and written another novel in full, though she's currently much more interested in watching Castle and Modern Family than editing. Various other writing projects remain half completed and disconsolate on her hard drive, but she has every intention of revisiting those someday as well.

Her other published works include two collections of letters from her days living abroad, One Time, One Thing and A Season in Korea. Some of her most popular blogs are collected in the ebook Memos from Your Closet Monster.

The best place to find her is on her blog, The Monster in Your Closet. She doesn't recommend trying to find her offline without prior arrangement; her judo skills are rusty, but she's not afraid to try using them!

No matter where she is it what she appears to be doing, she is always giving thanks: for her body, for the gifts of motherhood and family, and for the chance to be here in this confusing and beautiful world, if only for a little while.

For more from Deborah Bryan:
Blog: The Monster in Your Closet
Twitter: @deb_bryan
Facebook: yourclosetmonster
Amazon: Deborah-Bryan


Blog Posts by Deborah Bryan

  • Mother Healer Champion

    Mother, Healer, Champion

    “Am I a bad mom?” I grew up witness to motherhood as simultaneously fierce and beautiful, gentle and brave. I also bore witness to how few people seemed to recognize the power and grace of the profession. People frequently attacked my mom for what they described as her poor mothering. They often did this in […]

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  • Motherhood Enduring

    Enduring Motherhood? Motherhood Enduring!

    Choose wisely for now and later Early in my career, I was blessed to have some amazing managers. One in particular left me with words that deeply impacted both my professional and personal lives. This manager was both a mother and on-the-job powerhouse. I looked up to her and took it seriously when she took […]

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  • Motherhood Translated

    Motherhood Translated

    Is mothering really work? A judge once asked my dad where my mom worked. My dad dismissively replied that she didn’t work. She just stayed home with the kids. Incredulous, the judge questioned his assessment that raising four kids wasn’t work, stating my dad truly spoke like one who’d never spent much time with kids. […]

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  • Mommy v Mother

    Mommy v. Mother

    The making of a “mommy blogger” I am “Mommy.” I love being called “Mommy” by my four-year-old son as much as I don’t love being called that by anyone else. Strangers only rarely refer to me this way offline, but do so frequently online. I first noticed this when my blogs started gravitating away from […]

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  • Nurturing-power

    Motherhood: Nurturing Power

    Dreaming about the future eased some of the pain of a rocky childhood. Instead of worrying if my family would have food, if we’d be able to keep warm, or if my dad would be in a good mood when we saw him, I thought of all the things I would someday become: astronaut, doctor, […]

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