Deborah L. Fruchey

Author, Editor, Publisher

Our Story so Far

Deborah Fruchey attempted her first novel when she was 8 years old. She published her first novel, The Unwilling Heiress, (Walker & Co.) in 1987. This comedy romance was chosen by the American Booksellers’ Association as a Best Book. In that same year, however, she learned for the first time that she had Bipolar Disorder and alcoholism. She had to learn how to live all over again in a new way.

In 2005 Deb married musician Robert Hamaker. She is now the author of seven books, and runs a micro-press, Last Laugh Productions, which produces both books & music.

2023 has seen the following: the publication of a beautiful collection of 35 Sonnets and the 35 watercolors which inspired them, by Steve Arntson & Diane Lee Moomey; and Rudy Jon Tanner's first posthumous collection, For Whoever Thinks a Piano is Furniture, as well as a second edition of Vampyre Mike's The Worlds According to Loki, in publish-on-demand format, so it will once again be available to his fans. Thanks is due to Dr. David Kallinger and Jane Kassel Haver, respectively, for generously supporting these last two publications. Most recently, a new chapbook, Eye Masks, by Rudy Jon Tanner, Steve Arntson's mega-volume We'll Always Have Stockton, and Johanna Ely's latest poetry collection, What Still Matters.

Deborah edits a local poetry website, Strictly East (, and has been included in many anthologies (including  Poets from Hell, Trafford Press, 2005).

She has worked as a banker, file clerk, library aide, reader for the blind, and other unsuitable things. She no longer understands why she ever bothered with anything but writing & editing. Her goals in life include a small cult following and a flat stomach.