Debby Emel is the illustrator for The Little Woodhauler and the story “Gopher Garden,” which is

part of The Little Larry Storybook. She painted the covers of The Little Woodhauler and I Kissed the Fish.

She is also Ruth’s editor for all the books, except the first edition of The Perfect Gift and The Perfect



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Debby lives with her husband Britain Emel and two boys in an RV out on the grasslands of New Mexico. She home-schools her boys, and assists her mom Ruth Bradford. Her husband works as a computer tech and part-time evangelist. His ministry is Voice of the Rockies, which travels to different Baptist churches in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Texas and many other states. They plan to go full-time in 2016. Debby has a son in the Army, and a son and daughter in Bible college.