D.G. Kaye AuthorDebby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self medicate with a daily dose of humor.

From an emotionally neglected childhood, growing up with a narcissistic mother, D.G. harbored a severely deflated self-esteem, and began seeking a path to rise above her issues.

Meet The Author

When I was a young child, I was very observant about my surroundings. Growing up in a tumultuous family life – otherwise known as a broken home, this kept me on guard about the on-and-off-going status of my parents’ relationship. I often wrote notes, and journaled about the dysfunction that I grew up in. By age seven I was certain I was going to grow up to be a reporter.

Well life has a funny way of taking detours. Instead, I moved away from home at eighteen with a few meager belongings and a curiosity for life. I finished university and changed careers a few times, as I worked my way up to managerial positions. My drive to succeed at anything I put my mind to, led me to having a very colorful and eventful life.

Ever the optimist, that’s me. I’ve conquered quite a few battles in life; health and otherwise, and my refusal to accept the word ‘No, or to use the words ‘I can’t’, kept me on a positive path in life.


Why I Write

I love to tell stories that have lessons in them, and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences.



At a young age, I began keeping journals to keep notes about my turbulent childhood while growing up as an emotionally neglected child. Tormented and conflicted with guilt, as I grew older, I struggled with whether or not I was to remain obligated to being a faithful daughter, feeling in debt to my narcissistic mother for giving birth to me. My first book, Conflicted Hearts is a memoir, written about my journey to seek solace from living with the guilt.


In keeping up with sharing my experiences in life, I thought about my turbulent voyage through menopause. No, it wasn’t fun. But in retrospect, I had to laugh when comparing symptoms with friends over some of the craziness of the side effects, so I decided to write Meno-What? A Memoir. The book is a short, humorous accounting of my passage through the hormonal injustice. In that book, I share some of the many symptoms I encountered, hoping to shed some light and humor on what women may expect or experience at that unpredictable time. I also offer up some of my helpful hints I found useful for relief.


Words We Carry  focuses around women’s self-esteem issues. I talk about how and why we develop a low sense of self by using my own life experiences as examples. I share stories about how I recognized my own shortcomings, and how I overcame my insecurities, hoping to empower others.


My newest book Have Bags, Will Travel is written in short memoirs of tales and reminiscings from some of my more memorable trips, which all factor in the same ongoing issues for me – too much luggage!


I am currently working on getting first draft ready for revisions of the sequel to Conflicted Hearts. This was a book I knew I’d be writing after my mother’s death. I wanted to delve deeper into my mother’s issues by examining her behavior in deeper context in a search to finding an understanding of what made her become the narcissistic person she was.


I write raw and honest about my own experiences, hoping through my writing, that others can relate and find that there is always a choice to move from a negative space, and look for the positive.



                 “Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”


                 “For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”


When I’m not writing, I’m reading or quite possibly looking after some mundane thing in life. It’s also possible I may be on a secret getaway trip, as that is my passion—traveling.


My favorite genres to read are: biographies, memoirs, books about writing, spirituality, and natural health. I love to read stories about people who overcome adversity, victories, and redemption. I believe we have to keep learning—there is always room for improvement!


I love to cook and concoct new recipes (and I don’t believe in measuring cups), travel, and play poker (although I seldom get the chance), oh, and did I mention travel?


Please feel free to connect with me on social media and any of my author and blog pages at:




www.twitter.com/@pokercubster (Of course there’s a story to this name!)









  Conflicted Hearts: A Daughter's Quest for Solace from Emotional Guilt


Conflicted Hearts



 Meno-What? A Memoir: Memorable Moments of Menopause

MenoWhat? A Memoir


 Words We Carry: Essays of Obsession and Self-Esteem

Words We Carry


Have Bags, Will Travel: Trips and Tales  -  Memoirs of an Over-packer


Have Bags, Will Travel






About The Owl Lady

Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing. She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints." She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions. Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.


  1. Hi Viv,
    Debby is my friend. Thank you for having her. I look forwarding to reading her book this summer.


  2. Thanks, Viv, for having Debby as a guest. Great piece, Debby. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  3. Debby’s book, Have Bags, Will Travel, is filled with a lot of chuckles and laugh out loud moments.

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  4. What a wonderful interview and a chance to get to know Debby a little better! Debby, you are an inspiration. I have Conflicted Hearts and Have Bags…on my Kindle, and they’re on the short list of books TBR. I can’t wait to start them!

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  5. Debby, good luck with your sequel to Conflicted Hearts! Great interview, Viv! 🙂

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  6. Thanks again Viv for having me here. I was overwhelmed by the beautiful comments and inspiration. ❤

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  7. Our childhoods seem like they have some elements in common. I do hope to write a memoir someday, but it will take years to get the distance necessary to truly do it justice. In the mean time, I am aiming to work on shorter nonfiction pieces.

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  8. Nice post, Debbie and thanks, Viv for giving her the forum.

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  9. Wonderful interview.I am looking forward to reading Conflicted Hearts 🙂

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  10. Lovely post and great to learn more about Debby. I’m enjoying reading Have Bags, Will Travel and have also downloaded Conflicted Hearts.

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  11. Thank you Viv for this cozy interview with Debby. She’s marvelous!

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  12. Lovely interview, ladies. Great photo, I always think. And the lipstick!! Remember reading about your lipstick, Debby. And brilliant motto: “Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

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  13. Thanks, Viv. Love Debby and I hope to get to read one of her books at the very least soon enough.

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  14. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Fantastic treat today as Debby Gies, author D.G.Kaye visits the blog of The Owl Lady, Viv Drewa – head over and feast your eyes.

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  15. Reblogged this on writerchristophfischer and commented:
    Two of my favourite authors / bloggers in one page. A great introduction to DG Kaye’s work – if you haven’t noticed her on my blog. Thanks Viv!

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  16. Great feature. Love Debbie’s books!

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  17. Hi Viv! Great to see Debby featured on your blog. I can’t wait to read her books, all lined up on my Kindle. Her honesty, warmth, sense of humour, strength, and yes, kindness (why is kindness something too many find hard to show?) touches everything she writes and shares. She is truly inspirational 🙂 ❤ xo

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  18. Hi Viv. I hope this finds you feeling happy and sassy! It was lovely to read some of Debby’s thoughts here. Mega hugs and huge sales to you both. 😀

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  19. Lovely feature. I’ve read one of Debby’s books and have another in the queue. She’s a talent and a sweetheart 🙂

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  20. Thank you so much Viv for having me over today as featured author on your blog. ❤

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