ABOUT DEBORAH FLETCHER BLUM
Hi! I’m Co-coordinator of the SCBWI Hollywood Schmooze, and writer of a middle grade fiction. The novel I’m working on is set in Kenya, where I lived and taught Elementary school to grades 1-4. I also taught middle school English and nursery school here in Los Angeles. I’ve worked with almost every age kid, accept high schoolers, ’cause they’re taller than me — actually, that’s not true. I did teach American Literature to 11th graders recently at a Jewish, all-girls school.
Before I became a teacher, I traveled as a free lance photographer and artist. I studied art, history and English in college — and grew up in a very literate family, where we read poetry to each other on our family vacations in France (no joke!)
I’ve always been nuts about animals and at various points have ridden horses, competed in hunter-jumper competitions, had big dogs, five or six cats (I lost count), a rat, a hamster, many fishes and guinea pigs.
I live with my husband, daughter and our guinea pig, Goldie, in Hollywood.
My mission as a writer is to entertain, educate, inspire and change the world for the better. And did I mention, I’m a bit idealistic? Stories need to be exciting and entertaining and funny and powerful, all at the same time. Or else how else will they make an impact? I love books that create new ways of looking at the same thing — maybe realistic fiction is best when it allows us to see the world around us in a new way.
When I studied art, and spent my time painting and exhibiting my paintings, always learning from looking at nature.
Books encompass the voices we hear, the attitudes around us. I listen to people. I observe keenly. Kids are fascinated by other cultures and want to learn about the world. Africa no longer needs to be a land of mystery, but a fresh face of the future.
Teaching kids about their roots is important too. I am also working on a non-fiction project about my ancestor, Carl Laemmle, movie mogul and founder of Universal Studios, who came over from Germany in the late 1800s.
Bob Marley would be proud!
PUBLICATIONS - View in Bookstore
- Magazine Articles
"T" Is for Acacia Tree
Ngoma, "The Drum," journal of the Rudolf Steiner School, Mbagathi, Nairobi
A Schmooze Is Born: The Hollywood Writers Schmooze
Teaching at a Waldorf School in Nairobi, Kenya
Rhythms, a newsletter by and for The Highland Hall Community
The Runaway, a YA excerpt
Black Ace, Book 7