Deborah Fruchey (Debralee Pagan)

Fiction Writer, Poet

125 Conifer Lane
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
(925) 939-2492

Author's Bio

Deborah attempted her first novel at age 8. Her first novel (The Unwilling Heiress, Walker Co, 1987) was chosen as a Best Book by the American Bookseller's Association. She has also published a self-help book for the mentally ill (Is There Room For Me, Too?, CreateSpace, 2010) and a second comedy romance. She has been included in more than 10 poetry anthologies, and her first full length poetry collection, Armadillo, was released by Cyborg Productions in 2014.

Publications & Prizes


Every First Tuesday: Benicia Poets Anthology (Bookworm Press, 2006)
The Unwilling Heiress (Walker Company, 1987)


Windows & Skylights (Outskirts Press, 2010)
Benicia Historical Museum: 2007 Love Poems (Benicia Samisdat Press, 2007)
Yesterdays: 2nd Anthology of Benicia Poets (Bookworm Press (Rock and Feather Publications), 2007)
New American Underground Poetry, Vol 1 (Trafford Press, 2005)
Sins of Poetry: the CitiVoice Anthology (, 1993)
Round-Shouldered Moon (Mel Thompson Publishing, 2004)
Out of Context (Mel Thompson Publishing, 1994)
An Army of One (Mel Thompson Publishing, 1992)
Berkeley Poets Co-op
Poetry San Francisco
Tule Review
Writer Advice
Prizes won: 

--First Place, Benicia Annual Love Poem Contest, 2009 --Full scholarship to a year-long 'Memory to Memoir' class, Laura Davis, 2009-2010 --Third Prize, Journey Category, Ina Coolbrith Annual Poetry Contest, 2011 --Full scholarship to Word Garden East writing workshop (2007-2012) --Third Prize, People Category, Bay Area Annual Poet's Dinner 2012 --Second Prize, Spaces & Places Category, Bay Area Annual Poet's Dinner 2012 --Second Prize, Benicia Annual Love Poetry Contest, 2013 --Second Prize + Honorable Mention, Benicia Annual Love Poetry Contest, 2014

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Celtic American, Irish American
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Terra Linda, Marin County, CA
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Last update: Mar 12, 2019