Deborah Prum

Biography

Deborah M. Prum's humorous young adult novel, FATTY IN THE BACK SEAT, is about 15-year-old Cuss who is not a criminal. Well, maybe a slight criminal in the state of New York where he accidentally burns down his neighbor's barn. The judge tells Cuss to behave or he'll wide up behind bars. For Cuss, behaving is almost impossible.

FIRST KISS AND OTHER CAUTIONARY TALES is a collection of Prum's essays most of which originally aired on NPR-member stations. In these essays, you will: Learn about: spring-loaded toilet seats in the Pisa Airport (a creation of the Devil). Find out why Googling "How to Pick Up a Chick" is not the best strategy for determining the best way to scoop up live poultry. Discover the ancient secret of an Italian grandmother's deadly chicken soup recipe. (Hint: it's all in the feet.)

RATS, BULLS AND FLYING MACHINES is Prum's funny and anecdotal young adult novel about the Renaissance and Reformation.

Prum's award-winning fiction appeared twice in The Virginia Quarterly Review and in many other journals. Excerpts from her novel-in-progress The String Theory of Love have been included in several anthologies. She's written on the craft of writing for both The Writer magazine and The Writer's Handbook.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a tenement in New Britain, Connecticut, the hardware capital of the world. Most people in my neighborhood came from other countries: Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Armenia,Cuba, Puerto Rico. They chose New Britain, so they could work in the factories. I was the oldest of seventeen first cousins, many of whom either lived in that apartment building or close by. My novels and short stories draw from my growing up in a big family in the middle of a diverse community.
When did you first start writing?
I began my writing career at age seven. Perched atop a chrome kitchen chair, I pecked out children’s stories on my mother’s Royal typewriter. Every plot contained a similar theme. At the outset, some disaster (plane crash, rampant disease, ravaging insects) took the lives of parents and all other authority figures. The kids ate wild berries and skinned rabbits to make clothing. Without exception, by the end of each tale, the sturdy little survivors had created a utopia and lived blissfully ever after. Unfortunately, it did not occur to my parents to call a child psychologist.
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Books

First Kiss and Other Cautionary Tales
By Deborah Prum
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 12,340. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2013. Category: Essay
In First Kiss and Other Cautionary Tales, you will: ***Learn about: spring-loaded toilet seats in the Pisa Airport (a creation of the Devil). ***Find out why Googling “How to Pick Up a Chick” is not the best strategy for determining the best way to scoop up live poultry. ***Hear the lurid details about a poor soul who inadvertently became locked in the loo at the Louvre. *** Learn the ancient sec
Fatty in the Back Seat
By Deborah Prum
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 12,340. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2013. Category: Fiction
Fifteen-year-old Cuss Brewster is not a criminal. Well, maybe a slight criminal in the state of New York where he accidentally burns down his neighbor’s barn. It’s not his first fire-related mishap, so a judge tells Cuss, “Behave for the next six months, or you’ll go to jail.” But for Cuss, behaving is a lot harder than it seems.

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