With seven novels to their credit, Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant, best friends for nearly 30 years, have turned a friendship into one of the most successful and enduring writing collaborations in contemporary women's fiction. Their first mainstream novel, Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made, was a critical success, an Essence Bestseller and won the Merit Award for Fiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Far From the Tree became a New York Times Bestseller. Their subsequent books, Better Than I Know Myself, Gotta Keep on Tryin', a sequel to Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made and What Doesn't Kill You Awards, have all been national best sellers. Their latest novel, Uptown, was published March 2, 2010.
Donna attended Barnard College and is a graduate of New York University. A Brooklyn native, she currently lives in the borough with her husband. Before becoming a novelist, she spent more than a decade as a plus size model, represented by the 12 + division of Ford Models.
Virginia is a former high school English teacher from Buffalo, New York attended Fisk University and is a graduate of SUNY at Buffalo. After almost 10 years in the classroom, she moved to New York and started a successful career as a plus size model. Virginia now lives in New Jersey.
Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, MacMillan/St.Martin's Press
Nearly anything and everything: Latin ballroom dancing (watching not doing--so far), cooking, jazz (not the smooth kind), (DONNA-football, tennis, cello, acoustic guitar), eating wonderful food with great friends, travel, cocktails, (DONNA camping), modern dance, flea marketing, shopping for bargains, shoes, travel, great books, movies–esp. old ones and (VIRGINIA musicals), (VIRGINIA cooking), good conversation, solid debate, clothes/fashion, cars, wine (not to be confused with cocktails)
Heifer International, American Red Cross, Second Harvest, Gods Love We Deliver, Habitat for Humanity
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