Deb Caletti

Deb Caletti
Deb Caletti
  • Born: June 16, 1963
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Writer









Deb Caletti is an American writer of young adult and adult fiction. Caletti is a National Book Award finalist, as well as the recipient of other numerous awards including the PEN USA finalist award, the Washington State Book Award, and SLJ Best Book award. Caletti's books feature the Pacific Northwest, and her young adult work is popular for tackling difficult issues typically reserved for adult fiction. Her first adult fiction novel, He's Gone, was published by Random House in 2013 and was followed by her second book for adults, The Secrets She Keeps in 2015.

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All of my books come from something that I happen to be working out at a given point in my life. It's kind of self-therapy. Life
All of us create our own versions of an event, of our lives, even, not because we're liars, necessarily, but because we can only see and understand the truth from our own viewpoint, and a shifting viewpoint at that. Truth
Although I love snow, it messes things up terribly around Seattle, with all of our hills. I worry about my loved ones driving. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Becoming a YA author was actually a very lucky accident. When I wrote the 'Queen of Everything,' I thought it was a book for adults.
Bliss is the ocean, a towel on the sand, the sun out, the chance to swim in waves or walk dragging a stick behind you, a good book, a cold drink.
I always say that, for me, writing a book is like a wacky Greyhound bus trip - I know where I'm starting and where I'll end up, but I have no idea what will happen along the way.
I became a writer because I love books, and I believe in their power. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Power
I long for books; I am utterly greedy about them.
I think a setting is hugely important. I look at setting as a character with its own look, sound, history, quirks, goofy temperaments and moods. History
I understood right from the start that every set of library doors were the sort of magic portals that lead to other lands. My God, right within reach there were dinosaurs and planets and presidents and girl detectives! Religion & God
I was a book lover from the beginning. I loved, love, words and images and ideas, the ways a book can make you feel things deeply or help you understand something you never even knew there were words for. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I would eat fruitcake if there'd been a nuclear war and I'd run out of canned goods. War & Peace
I wrote one book, signed with a good agent, and sat back and waited for the phone to ring. I was sure that the great news would come at any moment. Four books later, I finally got that call.
If you think about becoming a writer, that's just really one of the big dreams I had. It's really important to have those dreams and pursue your passions.
In a lifetime, the recipe always needs amending - more of this, a little less of that, what to do now that the cake has fallen.
It's human nature to want to help and soothe and save with your love, but it's also arrogant. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Nature
I've never met a popcorn ball I didn't like.
Like all kids with divorced parents, I have an abundance of holidays.
My dream was, and always had been, to write a book. To be a writer.
My most memorable teacher was Rich Campe, my third-grade teacher at Fairlands Elementary in Pleasanton, California. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Often, marriage was solitude, with company. Families, Children & Parenting
One of the most constant and sustaining truths of my life has been this: I love the library. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Sometimes good choices are really bad ones, wrapped up in so much fear you can't even see straight.
'The Nature of Jade' is about a girl who works with the elephants at the zoo near her home, and who, through her involvement with them, becomes involved with a boy and his baby. Nature
To be a writer is to connect and to play and to attempt to see clearly and understand. It astounds me regularly that feeling things deeply and writing them down is basically my job description.
When I was a young mother at home with a two year old and a five year old, living on the Eastside in one of those neighborhoods where all the houses look the same, where all the cars look the same and the lawns look the same, I was writing in secret.
When you go looking for rescue, you end up trapped in your own weakness.
When your arms are out wide, you'll capture love and joy and golden moments but other things, too. Mistrust will sneak in on a wave of that joy, and complications will ride the backs of the golden moments, and there will be both love and the risks of love. That's the way it is. That's the design. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Writers are troubled about finding time to write and writer's block and publicizing books that aren't books yet. They agonize over how to write and what to write and what not to write. Time
You never know how - or when - the idea for a book will appear.

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