Meet Kaye

Native Coloradoan Kaye Spencer also known as Debra Hall Ownbey and DH Ownbey  writes historical, paranormal-lite, and contemporary romances from her basement utopia in a small, rural town located in the heart of the infamous Dust Bowl area of the 1930s.

Kaye grew up on a ranch in northeastern Colorado, where she spent hours reading Louis L’Amour’s westerns, listening to Marty Robbins’ gunfighter ballads, and watching the old (now classic) television westerns and western movies when she wasn’t off riding across the prairie. All of this inspired her love of the American Old West—truths and myths alike. While drawn to cowboys and the Old West, all genres are within Kaye’s story-crafting realm. 

Kaye’s favorite movie line is from Quigley Down Under. At the end of the movie, Quigley out draws Marston in a gunfight and, as Marston dies, Quigley looks down at him and says, “I said I never had much use for one. Never said I didn’t know how to use it.”

Kaye is retired from a career in education in which she worked as a teacher (regular education and special education), school psychologist, and administrator. Kaye also taught community college classes in psychology, sociology, creative writing, English composition, western civilization, and public speaking.

Kaye tends to break into spontaneous singing from Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. The music from La bohème is often playing in the background, and her Yale Shakespeare is near at hand for reference and reading. She speaks ‘movie lines’, especially from her favorite movie, The Princess Bride. Her favorite book is The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. And she always dresses up for Halloween (her favorite ‘holiday’.)

Kaye enjoys being a full-time writer, a spoiler of grandchildren, having her canine companions underfoot, and her feline boarders ignoring her until the refrigerator door opens. She is afflicted with ACD—accumulative cat disorder with no cure in sight.








Kaye is an armchair history researcher, and she tweets daily history trivia as @kayespencer.

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