Debbie Rigaud

New York Times Best Selling Author

Welcome! Thanks for visiting my corner of the interwebs. Learn more about me, my writing style and my influences.

More about me & my magical books (okay, I'm editorializing...)

I'm a total Jersey girl at heart, but I live with my husband, our two kiddos and rescue dog in Columbus, Ohio. We have yet to encounter a highway toll booth, and every time we drive below an overpass our kids shout, Whoa, a tunnel!  :-)

My YA book, the Meghan-Markle-inspired romantic comedy TRULY MADLY ROYALLY (Scholastic/Point) is a Junior Library Guild Selection!


HOPE: PROJECT MIDDLE SCHOOL (Scholastic), my Middle Grade debut co-written with actor/activist Alyssa Milano, became an instant New York Times Bestseller.

SIMONE BREAKS ALL THE RULES, my much-anticipated YA rom-com will release summer 2021.

Not bad for a bridge and tunnel kid from around-the-way.


I come from a strong oral storytelling tradition. My grandmother Lamercie Joseph especially, was known for constructing vivid, hilarious tales. Her saucy stories were peppered with wit, and humorous observations of the motivations behind everyday human behavior. This influence is reflected throughout my writing.