Virginia DeBerry

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Virginia DeBerry was a successful plus-size model, former Vice President of BB/LW modeling agency and served as editor-in-chief of Maxima magazine before becoming a novelist. DeBerry is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo. She currently resides in central New Jersey.

Photograph by Bob Gore

Books by this Author

What Doesn't Kill You
Gotta Keep on Tryin'


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Why not?

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Jail and crawly things. Crawly things in jail--I'd probably go stark raving mad.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Hmmm...Maybe Cleopatra--except for that suicide by snake thing. Glad there's no "why" part to this one.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. It's a tossup between Gargantua and Pantagruel & Garp--I like my heroes flawed and funny.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. I'm a language geek and it really gets to me when people (especially those who are supposed to know better-like newscasters) misuse "bring" and "take" and "less" and "fewer." Petty but I can't help it.

Author Voices

December 05, 2008

Kitchen Confession

Virginia DeBerry


It feels a little odd and may even seem a bit disingenuous to write an essay about how much I love to cook as I sit here munching on my dinner--the fourth turkey sandwich in as many days. So let me be clear—while I most often do not prepare real meals for myself, I love to cook—when I have an audience.


I haven’t actually thought of  preparing a meal as a live performance before this very moment but for me, that’s essentially what it is.  Not FoodTV performance—which is really a demonstration— for me it... see more

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