DEBRA KNAPP RINALDI and STEPHANIE JONES are the real-life inspiration for the Delusional Divas Dena and Shelby. Raised in Poughkeepsie, New York, the ladies met on their first day of high school at Our Lady of Lourdes High School, and their friendship has endured and grown stronger throughout college, careers, marriages, children, divorces, writing a book, and whatever else good or not so good life has seen fit to throw their way.
As a wife and mother of three in upstate New York, Debra earned a degree in business management from Mercy College and has held positions as tax preparer, bookkeeper, and lecturer in accounting.
Stephanie immediately skedaddled out of sleepy upstate New York for college and law school, graduating from The American University and Georgetown University Law Center. She had a varied career as a legislative attorney and law librarian before returning to Hunter College for a Masters in teaching English after her marriage failed, in order to fulfill her long-held dream of traveling the world.
Looking on as her friend took off on her journeys, an eventually not-so-happily-married Debra soon caught the traveling bug, and then, she and her BFF headed off together for parts unknown. When they are not traveling, Debra still lives in the beautiful mountains of upstate New York, and Stephanie divides her time between New York and Hamburg, Germany.
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First time authors, The Delusional Divas, did what many only dream of. Shaking off the confines of their predictable lives, Baby Boomer best friends hopped a plane for Italy and a bit of romance and adventure. What happened changed their lives forever, and the authors invite everyone along for the uproariously funny, yet heartwarming ride.
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