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Deb Caletti

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Deb Caletti is an award winning author and National Book Award finalist. Her many books for young adults include “The Nature of Jade,” “Stay,” “Essential Maps for the Lost,” and "Honey, Baby Sweetheart," winner of the Washington State Book award, the PNBA Best Book Award, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award. Her first book for adults, “He’s Gone,” was released from Random House in 2012, followed by "The Secrets She Keeps," and "What's Become of Her," a psychological thriller for adults. Her upcoming YA novel, "A Heart in a Body in the World," releases Sept. 4, 2018. She lives with her family in Seattle.




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Tough - so many books! I think Wild Roses would be a great movie. My book for adults, The Secrets She Keeps, would also be a good one! :)
Deb Caletti These are actually ongoing issues, even for published writers. The business is hard, and coming up with ideas and executing them well enough to stay…moreThese are actually ongoing issues, even for published writers. The business is hard, and coming up with ideas and executing them well enough to stay competitive is a struggle. Every person has to find their own way to stay focused on what's most meaningful in the work itself (and, I'm convinced, this is your surest route to being/staying published anyway). I can only speak for myself, but before I was published, I WANTED THIS BAD. Making sense of the world through words was who I was. As a lifelong lover of books, I knew this was the life that I was most meant for. This need was larger than obstacles and rejection. And... I STILL want this bad, and making sense of the world through words is STILL who I am, and the need to do this crazy thing is STILL larger than obstacles and rejection. I don't know if this is a "tip" exactly, but I know it was this deep need and these self-truths that drove me to write five books (one after the other), before I was published, and that keeps me writing books now. Actual tip-tips? Focus on the page. Understand that this is part of the business you're hoping to be part of. Know that it can take years to develop your craft (same as ALL crafts). Read writing that inspires you. In regard to this dream: Be like a dog with a knotted sock - hold on with all your might and don't let go. (less)
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The Nature of Jade

3.84 avg rating — 11,119 ratings — published 2007 — 15 editions
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Stay

3.87 avg rating — 10,870 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
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Honey, Baby, Sweetheart

3.56 avg rating — 7,092 ratings — published 2004 — 18 editions
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The Story of Us

3.68 avg rating — 5,841 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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The Secret Life of Prince C...

3.72 avg rating — 4,703 ratings — published 2009 — 11 editions
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He's Gone

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The Six Rules of Maybe

3.67 avg rating — 4,058 ratings — published 2010 — 18 editions
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Wild Roses

3.56 avg rating — 3,986 ratings — published 2005 — 15 editions
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The Fortunes of Indigo Skye

3.54 avg rating — 2,879 ratings — published 2008 — 15 editions
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The Queen of Everything

3.49 avg rating — 2,444 ratings — published 2002 — 16 editions
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" General Questions SS: What were your previous occupations? DC: I've pretty much always been a writer, in one form or another. SS: What was/is your favorite job? DC: The one I have. SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college? DC: I went to Lak..." ...More

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"One of the most moving and beautiful works of nonfiction I've read in some time, Insomniac City is a highly unique mini memoir and portrait of two great loves of Bill Hayes' life: Oliver Sacks and New York City. And though so much will break your..." Read more of this review »
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“That's what people do who love you. They put their arms around you and love you when you're not so lovable.”
Deb Caletti

“It was one of those times you feel a sense of loss, even though you didn't have something in the first place. I guess that's what disappointment is- a sense of loss for something you never had.”
Deb Caletti, The Nature of Jade

“It starts so young, and I'm angry about that. The garbage we're taught. About love, about what's "romantic." Look at so many of the so-called romantic figures in books and movies. Do we ever stop and think how many of them would cause serious and drastic unhappiness after The End? Why are sick and dangerous personality types so often shown a passionate and tragic and something to be longed for when those are the very ones you should run for your life from? Think about it. Heathcliff. Romeo. Don Juan. Jay Gatsby. Rochester. Mr. Darcy. From the rigid control freak in The Sound of Music to all the bad boys some woman goes running to the airport to catch in the last minute of every romantic comedy. She should let him leave. Your time is so valuable, and look at these guys--depressive and moody and violent and immature and self-centered. And what about the big daddy of them all, Prince Charming? What was his secret life? We dont know anything about him, other then he looks good and comes to the rescue.”
Deb Caletti, The Secret Life of Prince Charming

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Deb Caletti Carrie wrote: "Hey Deb, I know that you accepted my friend request quite a while ago, but I haven't gotten around to thanking you for it yet. I am in love with your writing, my favorite probably having to be "The..."

Carrie - Thank YOU for your sweet note and kind words. I am so glad we made a longtime reader-writer connection. I am one lucky writer to have readers like you. Thanks for following along with my books all this time, and for holding on to that email. You know what? It means a lot to ME that it meant a lot to YOU. :)

Happy 2014, Carrie, and thanks again for your message.


cαяяιє Hey Deb, I know that you accepted my friend request quite a while ago, but I haven't gotten around to thanking you for it yet. I am in love with your writing, my favorite probably having to be "The Nature of Jade". I haven't had a chance to read "He's Gone" yet, but I'm sure it will be just as good as your others, if not better. I also want to thank you for being such an inspiration to myself and others. About four years ago I think, I found you on Facebook and messaged you asking if I could interview you for a school project. I wasn't really expecting a reply, you must have had more important things to do than answer some random students questions, but to my surprise you not only responded but also gave me an email where I could ask you the questions. I can't tell you the effect that had on me. In fact, I still have the email you sent in response to my questions saved on my computer. To know that there is a wonderful author out there that will spend her hard earned time answering silly questions for a young girls project (which I got an A on, by the way) is amazing. I didn't really expect this message to be this long, but I felt that I had to thank you for writing such great literature and being such a wonderful lady. So, thank you!


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Deb Caletti Aww!! Thank you! I'm glad we're friends here! :)


Shelley wrote: "Hi Deb! Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! My favorite book you wrote is "The Six Rules Of Maybe," and I'm soo happy that you accepted my request! Ahh! You're such a talented writer..."


Shelley Hi Deb! Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! My favorite book you wrote is "The Six Rules Of Maybe," and I'm soo happy that you accepted my request! Ahh! You're such a talented writer! :)


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Deb Caletti hi...im awkward wrote: "I can't believe you accepted my friend request! :O Thank you so much!! <3 I love your books and you're an amazing author :D"

hi...im awkward wrote: "I can't believe you accepted my friend request! :O Thank you so much!! <3 I love your books and you're an amazing author :D"

Aww! I'm glad we're Goodreads friends! Thanks so much for reading!


Ninglu I can't believe you accepted my friend request! :O Thank you so much!! <3 I love your books and you're an amazing author :D


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Deb Caletti Aneesa wrote: "Thanks for accepting! I love all your books! I can't wait for "He's Gone" to get a glimpse at Sebastian's life when he was small! :)"
Anessa, wow - you HAVE been reading my site. Thank you! But, it's actually TRUE COLORS (an unpublished adult book of mine) that has Sebastian as a child in it. HE'S GONE is a brand-new adult novel that I did. I hope you like it, even without Sebastian. :) Thanks so much for your note. xxxooo!


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Deb Caletti Natalie wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friend request. I love your books!"

xxxooo! Thanks for the kind words!


Natalie Williamson Thanks for accepting my friend request. I love your books!


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