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 is your greatest achievement?

A. I hope I haven't accomplished it yet.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Voldemort

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Cooking or talking--separately or together.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Historical character is kind of an oxymoron. But I'm going to take the question as it is and respond with a real person(s) who was a character-- larger than life. I would like to meet Bessie Coleman and Josephine Baker, congratulate each on having the courage to be who they were, break rules, defy convention,define themselves--and say "thank you."

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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