Debby Mayne

Debby Mayne
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Debby Mayne has over 25 years of professional writing experience focusing on professional, social, children's, wedding, and funeral etiquette. She's written for The Spruce for almost 10 years, and her work has appeared in a number of a number of parenting publications. Growing up in the world of Southern hospitality, Mayne is accustomed to the skillful craft of behavior in tough situations, writing the expertly worded thank you card, and planning a dinner party. When she was old enough to register, she went to a series of etiquette and charm classes, where she learned to cross the room with at least one book on her head, pour tea without splashing the other squirmy kids, and give a firm handshake.


  • Over 25 years of professional writing experience
  • Work has appeared in South Florida Parent, Seattle’s Child, Tampa Bay Parent Magazine, Atlanta Parent, and other regional publications
  • Written for The Spruce since 2011


Debby received much of her knowledge from etiquette and charm classes she began taking as a child. Her entire life was filled with learning proper etiquette, whether it was from her Air Force family or college sorority.

She has an extensive amount of writing experience. Debby has written about etiquette and good manners for DexKnows Weddings, Livestrong, the Tyra Banks Magazine, and other popular e-zines. She worked as a creative writing instructor for the Longridge Writers Group adult program and as a fashion product writer for HSN. Debby has written promotional and informational copy for Target, Uber, The Home Depot, Wayfair, and more. She was managing editor of a nationally distributed health magazine. She has also judged several of the Writer’s Digest contests, including the Annual contest, the Short-Short competition, and the Self-Published Book competition.


Debby has a degree in health, physical education, and recreation, with a minor in English from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Expertise: Etiquette
Education: University of Southern Mississippi
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

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