Deck Deckert

During the turbulent 60s and 70s, Deck Deckert worked as an editor at several metropolitan newspapers, including the Miami Herald and the late Miami News, before turning to freelancing. His articles and stories on everything from alligator farming to UFOs have appeared in numerous national publications.

He has published two young adult novels under a pen name. In 1999, he was living in Florida and corresponding with Alma A. Hromic, then living in New Zealand, when the US and NATO attacked Yugoslavia. Together they wrote a novel based on e-mail exchanges between a Serb woman living under the bombs and an American supporter of the war. The book itself, Letter from the Fire, was written in e-mail and went from concept to publication in five months. Alma moved to the U.S. the next year to marry him.

Deck spent several years teaching classes on Creative Writing and Writing Your Life Story. His book, A Question of Character (available through the author), contains several hundred questions designed to help memoir writers focus their narratives and uncover long forgotten memories.

In recent years, he has critiqued and edited manuscripts ranging from nonfiction to autobiographies, to mysther and fantasy novels. He is his novelist wife's first editor and publicist. He and his wife collaborate on ghost writing novels and memoirs.

He has spent more than forty years in an area that many consider a paradise but yearned for hills, trees, and cold weather rather than the heat and humidity of Florida. Shortly after he and Alma were married, they moved to the Pacific northwest.

Specialties: nonfiction, general fiction, young adult, fantasy, international novels, memoirs, mystery, and suspense.