Upcoming Events

Scholarships for Writing

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Deborah will host The 1st Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Dinner Theater on Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 5-7 pm at The Dealership, 3558 Lee Road, Shaker Heights, Ohio.  Tickets are $40. 18 and over only please!


Writing & Editing Services


1000 words or less is $10

1001-2000 words is $20

2001 words or more is .01 per word

author of

the caren boogerton series

Deborah McDaniel lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her son, Calvin Kelly and grandson, Carter Kelly. She  was born, Deborah Marbury to parents, Clinton and Inez Marbury in Cleveland, Ohio just a couple of weeks before the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous, I Have A Dream speech in August, 1963 and two (2) months before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

These two (2) historic events and people have had an indelible mark on Deborah's life because she grew up knowing the importance of these two (2) people and events for the African American community. Her parents instilled in her that because of the sacrifices that these two (2) individuals made for the advancement of the Negro, the Black, the African American race, education was a most valuable commodity.

Deborah graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 1981. She obtained an associate degree in Office Administration from The University of Akron, a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Education in Adult Education from Cleveland State University.

She wrote for the Call and Post Newspaper in 1990, and spent fifteen (15) years of her life teaching high school English, starting in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and ending her career as a teacher in the Warrensville Heights City School District where she taught for twelve (12) years.

She now works for her publishing and production company, Light Up the Night, LLC, and she is developing its non-profit arm, Well-Watered Women, an organization designed to minister to single mothers, married women, divorced women and women in ministry.

Producing novels, stage plays as well as screenplays is her focus, and her works center around fictional character, Caren Boogerton, a back-slider and an amateur sleuth, who is on a ten-year journey back to God while solving murder mysteries. Her stories illustrate the consequences of sexual immorality and the power of prayer. She calls her stories Urban Inspirational Mysteries because they are a little 'street' with a faith message that takes you on a quest to find a killer!

She published her first novel, What You Do in the Dark in June 2002, her second novel, Am I My Brother's Keeper? in May 2005, which is the same month and year, she was licensed to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ by her father-in-law, Pastor Emeritus, Karious McDaniel, who was at that time, the pastor of United Missionary Baptist Church.

In November of 2015, she released her much anticipated  third novel of  the Caren Boogerton Series, Sins of the Father!

About Deborah . . .

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Resume Packages  $20

(Regular Price $100/80% OFF) 

  • Includes 30-minute preparatory consultation

  • Digital copy of a cover letter

  • Digital copy of your resume

  • Digital copy of your reference page

Deborah will host The Chapter 55 Birthday Book Release Party on Sunday, August 12, 2018 from 5-7​pm at The Dealership, 3558 Lee Road, Shaker Heights, Ohio. Dinner and entertainment will be provided. Tickets are $25. Includes copy of new novel, Love Thy Neighbor. 18 and over only please!



Use this service if you have started a project, but you don't know what you need to do to complete it. I will review your project and give you a detailed report as to what you need to do to get your project to a published book!

The fee is $20.

Word Count to Edit

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Don't Abort Your Destiny!!!

Donations are needed to finance the following projects:

  • The King Holiday Celebration Dinner (January)
  • The Black History Month Celebration Dinner (February)
  • The Mother's Day Prayer Breakfast (May)
  • The Birthday Book Release Party (August)
  • The Cleveland Black Readers & Writers Book Fair & Conference (September)
  • The Breast Cancer Awareness Dinner Theater (October)
  • The What You Do in the Dark Screenplay (TBA)

Your name or business name will be listed in the acknowledgments of the novel, in the program of the play or event, or in the credits for the  screenplay in exchange for your donation of at least $10. Corporate sponsorship packages are also available.

One on One Coaching

Deborah will sponsor essay contests for high school students throughout the year.

Donations are needed to award essay participants for students from Shaker Heights, Warrensville Heights and other area high schools, who wish to participate.


 $100 for a 120-minute session

     $75 for a 90-minute session

     $50 for a 60-minute session

      $25 for a 30-minute session 

Each with a  commitment of at least twelve (12) sessions and a minimum of one (1) session per month.

Timeline for Coaching:

Character Development  (2-3 sessions)

Plot  or Book Outlining (2-3 sessions)
Researching (3-6 sessions)

Scene/Chapter Outlining (12 sessions)
Drafting (12 sessions)
Revising (12 sessions)

Editing (12 sessions)

Proofing (12 sessions)
Publishing (4 sessions)

Above sessions are based on  60-minute sessions
Shorter sessions will increase the number of sessions needed

Longer sessions will decrease the number of sessions needed
Coaching is available in person, online and over the phone