Our Story So Far...


Deborah Fruchey was born in Southern California. She attempted her first novel when she was 8 years old. Graduating from high school with good grades and bad attitudes, she received English honors and wrote her own column for the school newspaper. Deborah published her first novel, The Unwilling Heiress, (Walker & Co.) in 1987. This comedy romance was chosen by the American Booksellers’ Association as a Best Book.

In that same year, however, she learned for the first time that she had Bipolar Disorder and alcoholism as well. She eventually found that the psychiatric disorder had run in her family for at least three generations. Deborah was now forced to learn how to live all over again from the ground up. Since that time, she has learned how to build a successful life with mental illness.

In 2005 Deb married musician Robert Hamaker. In 2010 she published her book on coping with mental illness, Is There Room for Me, Too?, which was once called “the best book of its kind.” In 2011, Deborah produced her first comedy romance in 20 years, A Scandalous Creature. All of Deborah’s books are now available in paperback and as ebooks at Amazon.com. She has also started her own tiny publishing company, www.lastlaughproductions.net, where you can also see the meditation CDs that she & her husband have produced. Her most recent project is a collection of flash fiction stories called Priestess of Secrets.

Deborah publishes a free poetry newsletter, Strictly East (www.strictlyeast.org), and has been included in ten anthologies to date (including  Poets from Hell, Trafford Press, 2005). Her first formal collection of poetry, Armadillo, was released by Cyborg Press in April of 2014.

She has worked as a banker, file clerk, library aide, reader for the blind, and

other unsuitable things.

Deborah's current projects include editing a forthcoming anthology for deceased Berkeley poet Julia Vinograd, and she hopes to rough out a first draft of another novel this year. Someday she really will finish that posthumous Vampyre Mike collection too! Really!

Her goals in life include a

publishing contract and a flat stomach. A small

cult following would be nice, too.

She no longer understands why she ever

bothered with jobs other than writing.

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