Send Debbie an Email


Phone:  815-228-9485

Debbie Ceresa,

Certified Grief Recovery Specialist


When Debbie Ceresa was ten years old, she won a school contest but never told her family. The night of the book fair, her parents found out that she had designed the carousel and theme for the fair. Her mother loved to remind her of this story, she was so proud. She took her never-ending ideas for granted.


A love for books and education never left her. Years later, at the age of 36, Debbie went back to school and graduated with upper division hours from Northern Illinois University. She also worked as an admissions director at a private academy, where she revitalized the school’s image and implemented a wide range of educational programs. One of the most important personal accomplishments in her life was completing her memoir, A Beautiful View. The story turned into a two-year project that took Debbie on a learning experience with many accomplished writers throughout the country.


Following her heart and her hunches, Debbie Ceresa moved from Illinois to Arizona, where she has a beautiful mountain view and the occasional coyote sighting.Finding hope after despair  lls Debbie with a passion for helping others  nd a beautiful life.


Debbie has the ability to reach age groups ranging from young children to adults. She has shared her insights with groups ranging from intimate book clubs to packed assembly halls. Her favorite speaking topics include the following:

• Moving on to a beautiful life.

• The kids are the kids, but it’s your life.

• My love of swimming helped me write a book!

• Break out of your routine.

• Accepting support from friends and when to break away.

• Using experience from your past to propel you to a beautiful future.

• Recognize your situation and own it.

• Dating when you’re in your  fifties.

• Remember your faith.