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March 2019 Notable Maryland Author Toby Devens

Toby Devens

“I’m a chocoholic. Dark chocolate powers me through late-afternoon slumps.” Toby Devens

Toby Devens was born and raised in the heart of Brooklyn. By the time she was twelve, she knew her passion was tapping words out on a keyboard. She couldn't not write. She started with fairy tales, went on to spin detective stories a la Nancy Drew, and in high school wrote reams of poetry about young (sigh!) love.

She attended American University in Washington, D.C., majored in English, and became the first woman editor of AU's literary magazine. She got her masters in English from New York University and followed that by writing for a living, first as a restaurant and theater critic for Where magazine, then as its New York editor, and finally as a senior editor for Harcourt Brace publishers.

Later, Toby headed into the workforce as Sr. VP of Public Information for an international network of transplant banks. The job was fascinating and fulfilling, but writing fiction tugged at her with a gravity she couldn't resist. She had stories to tell about women's journeys, how they bonded, battled, survived and, usually, had the last laugh. She now lives in Columbia, MD and can be reached at: www.tobydevens.com.

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Women’s Fiction is described as writing where the plot is driven by the main character’s emotional journey. In this genre, the adult character’s struggle with world issues results in emotional growth. The stories may include elements of mystery, fantasy, romance or other subgenres, but the character’s emotional growth is what drives the story.

A partial reading list includes: Mercy, Lord, My Husband's in the Kitchen, My Favorite Midlife Crisis (Yet), Happy Any Day Now, Barefoot Beach

Writer's Prompt - Fun With Words

Maryland Writers’ Association (MWA) invites you to have fun writing Women’s Fiction using up to 100 words. Pick two female characters, place them in a vacation location, and have them bond, battle, or survive. Also include an unlit candle and yellow sticky note. Submit your Fun With Words submission by the 20th of the month and receive an MWA Fun With Words Submission Certificate.  Selected submissions may be published the following month.

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