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Deborah Fruchey's Biography

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Walnut Creek
Married in 1980 to a man of Iranian descent. Oops! Not a good fit. Quick and dramatic divorce in 1982. 2005 - more than 20 years later - married for the second time, to musician Robert Hamaker. Deliriously in love. No third marriage is anticipated.
Feb 2010

Deborah grew up in California, and still lives within reach of the Bay Area. She attempted to write her first book at age 8. Her first book, The Unwilling Heiress, was a comedy romance which was chosen as a Best Book in 1987. In the two decades that followed, she produced poetry and wrestled with Bipolar Disorder, while supporting herself with a combination of Disability and a procession of entirely unsuitable part time jobs. She married professional percussionist Robert Hamaker in 2005 and began writing full time. Her non-fiction book is a self-help manual for others coping with mental illness, and her blog deals specifically with these issues. She published another period comic romance, A Scandalous Creature,  in March of 2011. She also produces a poetry newsletter for her local area, and has won several awards for her poetry in the East Bay area of San Francisco.Her work was included in the infamous "Poets from Hell" anthology by Trafford Press.


Too many to list, as I learn from everyone I read, and read continually. Some favorites include Tolkien (of course), Anne Sexton, Barbara Hazard, Barbara Hambly, and Patricia McKillip, in no particular order.

Upcoming Works

I am currently recording an audo version of Is There Room for Me, Too?, and a posthumous collection for a friend. After that, I plan to begin my first Urban Fantasy novel.


Elizabeth Pomada & Michael Larsen


Recommended Links


Walker Publishing Company


Interests & Hobbies

Readiing above all, both literature and genre junk that gets my heart racing. Music of all kinds, especially jazz. Conversation is my favorite sport, but I also like walking and yoga. Two writing groups meet at my house, and I ferry around to different poetry readings several times a month. But writing and music are king. Addicted to iced lattes.