Debra Ollivier has been instrumental in ghostwriting, book doctoring, and editing over twenty titles, working collaboratively with a wide range of authors on diverse subjects. She is a former acquisitions editor for Parallax Press, founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and the author of the national bestseller What French Women Know: About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind (Penguin) and Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl (St. Martin's Press). Her work has also been published in the bestselling anthologies Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood (Villard) and Because I Said So: 33 Mothers Write About Children, Sex, Men, Aging, Faith, Race & Themselves (Harper Perennial), as well as in Harper's Magazine, The New York Times, Parents Magazine, Salon, Les Inrockuptibles and HuffPost, where she was a staff editor.
Debra has also assisted in making several big ideas happen, including the launch of the first TED conference with Richard Wurman and the Social Venture Network.
Debra was raised in Los Angeles by New Yorkers who headed west to seek their bliss and stopped in California when there was no more west left. Both parents were big in the human potential movement and happily partook in the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. Debra longed for a vanilla family but grew up with a Ben & Jerry’s experiment.
An obsessive journaler and book nerd at a young age, Debra graduated from UCLA and the Sorbonne with a degree in French literature. She worked as a freelance writer in France, where she became a dual citizen, had two kids, and wrote about French culture and the glorious vexations of parenting for over a decade.
She currently lives in Los Angeles.