Q: Tell us the first thing that pops into your head when I say: Tell us about yourself.
I am a wife, mother, writer, and librarian who's fortunate to have a wonderful family, great friends, and the opportunity to do what she loves.
Q: When did you know you wanted to be a writer? What was the biggest influence on this decision?
I can't remember not writing. This might sound weird, but I need to write. I'm driven.
Q: Tell us about the first thing you ever wrote.
The first thing I remember writing was when I was six and I wrote a story for my cousin. The first time I was published was when I was seven in the Boys and Girls Republic.
Q: Tell us about the genre in which you write and why?
I write romantic comedies (Talk about Love; It's in His Kiss; My Favorite Flavor; One Starry Night; Marriage 101) for the sheer joy of it. I write non-fiction books (Romance Today: An A-Z Guide to Contemporary American Romance Writers; The Suffragists in Literature for Youth: The Fight for the Vote: Crash Course in Library Supervision; The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List) to exercise my mind and share information. I write for What Do I Read Next? and Novelist and review for Booklist and Library Journal to help get the word out about great books. I write articles when I have time. And I write limericks (more than 600 so far) just because it's fun.
Q: Tell us about your latest book. Is it with Avalon or another publisher? What is your most recent or next Avalon Book?
My latest book, Marriage 101, is an Avalon book. I wrote it with my friend, Deborah Mazoyer--we write as Deborah Shelley. Here's a little bit about it:
Danny Riccuci thinks divorce is hereditary. After all, his family could be the poster child for failed marriages. The only exception is his sister, Maria. And she’s married to the church. Danny’s so sure he carries this divorce gene that he’s never bothered to challenge the family curse. Rachel Levin’s a teacher of human relationships. She knows all the scientific reasons for mutual attraction. She knows the basis of the human needs that drive people into relationships. She knows the statistics of almost every aspect of her field. In fact, Rachel knows everything about human relationships—except what it’s actually like to be in one. Together, Danny and Rachel learn there’s a lot more to love than what’s in a textbook, and that sometimes, genetics are highly over-rated.
Q: What do you like to do besides write?
I love to do things with my family--we took a road trip this summer that lasted almost a month and covered 5,000 miles. I enjoy hanging out with my friends. I like to read and go to the movies. Traveling to new places and trying new foods are high on my list of favorites. I like chilling with my cats, Ada and Chewie. I love to listen to music--all kinds--and sing along. What I don't like is doing anything domestic, including cooking and cleaning!
Q: What would you like us to know about you or your writing above anything else?
I worry about the poverty and hunger in America. There are foreclosures all over my neighborhood. I know so many people who have been laid off. We all need to do something to end this!
www.deborahshelley.com. I'm also on MySpace and Facebook.