Deborah Kemp was born in Massachusetts. She received a B.S. degree in psychology, and then worked as a travel agent for ten years. After traveling extensively, she returned to school, received a master’s degree in education, and became a teacher.
She and her family hosted several Japanese students, and she began what she calls a "lifelong love affair with Japan." She spent two summers visiting Kyoto where she made side trips to other areas of Japan. In writing Kyoto Connection, she combined her years of learning about Japan with her personal experiences in Japan.
She continues to teach her students about life in Japan, and has just completed her third book, Captive in Kyoto. This book features Page and Kenji from Kyoto Connection and Kiss of the Geisha, as they get involved in the disappearance of an American woman in Kyoto.