Deborah Durbin: freelance journalist focus

Deborah Durbin is a freelance journalist specialising in women’s lifestyle and health. Her work has appeared in Fate & Fortune, Prediction and Natural Health.

This week, FeaturesExec caught up with Deborah to discuss her work, getting ideas from the internet and what she’s reading at the moment.

About your journalism:

What do you write about?
I specialise mainly in women’s lifestyle/health features, mind, body and spirit and education features.

Where are we likely to see your work?
I write regularly for It’s Fate, Fate & Fortune, Prediction (a regular, monthly horoscope in Native American Astrology) and have recently written for High Spirit, Natural Health and an educational book for Hodder.

What’s the most memorable work you’ve done?
Writing a feature about Cellular Memory – when organ transplant patients adopt their donor’s traits and personalities.

About you and PRs:

Where do you source ideas for articles?
The internet.

How can PRs be useful to you?
I don’t tend to use PRs.

About you:

How would you pay the bills if you weren’t a journalist?
I would probably be doing something to do with forensics or criminal profiling.

If we gave you £1000, how would you spend it?
That’s very nice of you, thank you! I would probably buy a new laptop because my daughter has hijacked mine.

What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you?
My late dad use to always tell me, “If you don’t ask, you don’t get.”

What books are on your bedside table, magazines in your bag, or blogs on your screen?
Books: Nick Hornby’s, A Long Way Down and How to be Good.
Carole Matthews’, The Chocolate Lovers’ Diet.
Richard Wilson’s, Can’t be Arsed.

Magazines: It’s Fate, Red, Writing Magazine.

Blogs: My own:,,

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