Deborah F
Writer #17471
Walnut Creek, CA
Joined 12/14/2016
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16 Projects
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Deborah began her writing career in high school, posting her own column on the school paper, and being chosen as the best all-around English student in her class of over 400 students. She is the author of two comedy romance novels; one was chosen as a Best Book by the American Bookseller's Association in 1987. In 2010 she wrote a self-help manual for psychiatric patients which has been called “The best book of its kind,” and a volume of poetry followed in 2014. She edited and ghostwrote a 2013 New Age manual for a client with very limited English skills. Deborah currently works at an online marketplace, where her job is to rewrite articles, blogs, letters, and other short pieces to order. This includes a great deal of work with persons for whom English is a second language. For several years she produced a blog on mental health topics, and now posts one about writing and the self publishing industry on a large readers’ site. She regularly speaks on psychiatric issues for NAMI (National Association of the Mentally Ill), and has carefully studied shamanism and New Age topics. Deborah writes regular articles for a metaphysical newsletter with thousands of followers. For the last 10 years, she has produced a poetry newsletter much valued by its 200 local subscribers. She also intends to continue writing novels. What kind of project does Deborah like? Anything with words in it!
Self Help
Other
Blog Post
Spirituality
eBook
Article

Specialties

Issues to do with mental illness, including psychology and abnormal psychology; metaphysical and New Age topics; rewriting pieces with which authors are not satisfied, especially due to English as a second language

Interests

Writing books and reading; yoga; family dynamics; world religions; psychology & abnormal psychology; shamanism; meditation and metaphysics; poetry; jazz and music in general; nature; cats, and walking

Education

San Francisco State University

Three evening classes of personal interest. Did not attend summer semester.

City College of San Francisco

A career exploration class

San Francisco State University

Exploring further topics of interest

Vista College

Attendance was for 2 semesters only. The goal was pursuing personal interests with no degree in mind

Vista College

Refresher courses

Diablo Valley College

Attendance was occasional. Gathering credits as time allowed towards a possible A.A. someday.

Spirituality

3 Projects Completed

Deborah edited a New Age book on color & self healing by a woman with very limited English skills; most of it had to be rewritten and some had to be ghost-written. Deborah is also a regular contributor to a monthly New Age newsletter with several thousand subscribers, and is invited to choose her own topics every month. In addition, her self-help novel for psychiatric patients has a distinctly spiritual side, invoking reliance on a higher power.

Self Help

1 Projects Completed

Deborah's third published book was a self-help manual for psychiatric patients. It has been called "the best book of its kind" and continues to sell copies every month since its release in 2010. Clarion Review gave it four out of five stars.

Other

1 Projects Completed

Industry: Psychology
Deborah published a book in 2010 on abnormal psychology, including strategies for coping with these conditions. It has been called "One of the best books of its kind" by the Founder of the PeaceLove Foundation, which assists mentally ill patrons. Clarion Review gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. She also maintained a blog on mental health issues for 5 years, from 2009 to 2014. It should also be noted that Deborah speaks on psychiatric topics an average of one of two times per month and is paid for doing so.

Article

5 Projects Completed

Primarily on psychology and New Age topics, in small-circulation newsletters and New Age journals.

eBook

4 Projects Completed

Deborah has published, edited or ghost written four ebooks: two romances, one self-help manual on psychiatric issues, and one New Age manual on color therapy. Most were published at major distributors ( New Age manual is sold privately). The psychiatric manual was written using her own knowledge, research and interviews, whereas the color therapy book was written using the information of the author, with major rewriting and correction due to the author's unfamiliarity with English.

Blog Post

2 Projects Completed

Deborah maintained a blog on mental health issues for the years 2009 to 2014. She now blogs on writing at a popular reader site.

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