Deborah Moffat was born and raised in Vermont. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Spanish and Communications, and gained a MSc in Communications from Boston University. She spent several years in Latin America, working as a journalist. She has lived in Scotland in 1982, mostly in North East Fife. She is a musician, and plays traditional Irish and Scottish music on flute and fiddle, working in dance bands and as a solo performer. She has also performed and taught Middle Eastern dance.
She writes poetry in both English and Gàidhlig, and has won prizes in both languages, including the Wigtown Poetry competition (Gaelic section) twice. She has had three collections of poetry published, two in English – Eating Thistles (Smokestack Books, 2019) and Far From Home (Lapwing, 2004), and one in Gaelic, Dàin nan Dùil (CLÀR, 2019). She has also had fiction published in anthologies from Bloomsbury, Faber, Harper Collins and Virago.