Deborah Prum

Deborah Prum began her writing career at age seven. Perched atop a chrome kitchen chair, she pecked out children’s stories on her 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 Deb’s parents to call a child psychologist. Deb’s humorous essays air on NPR-member stations and appear in newspapers and magazines. Her fiction is published in many journals and anthologies. She writes funny, anecdotal histories for young adults. Visit her at
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