Debra Bowling grew up in Northeast Alabama with a love of books and writing. After graduating from The University of Alabama with degrees in social work and criminal justice, she worked in the community with issues such as domestic violence, runway teens, child abuse, and other areas while also writing articles and stories, taking photographs, and producing video documentaries. She was a Finalist in the 1989 Home Town USA Video Festival for Stories of Survival, which was also screened by Amnesty International and Image Film & Video the same year. Her documentary, Walking Without Music: Raymond Andrews and the Storyteller’s Tradition, was purchased by Emory University to include with Andrew's papers and books in a special collection. The Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs awarded Bowling a grant in 1991 to complete Three Southern Writers, video documentaries of authors Tina McElroy Ansa, Terry Kay, and Sara Flannigan. Bowling’s first novel, The Memory of Flight, was published in December 2014 and was awarded the 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Award for First Novel by the Georgia Writers Association in June, 2015. Story Circle Book Reviews awarded it five stars in a review in June 2016 and an editor's pick.

Debra Bowling holding a copy of The Memory of Flight