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The Revealing of Dee DeTarsio

December 07, 2010 By: larramiefg Category: Profiles, Q&A

After experiencing only tepid mainstream publishing success, Dee DeTarsio decided to publish two of her novels as ebooks on Amazon.com. And, since it first appeared for purchase online, The Scent of Jade [Kindle Edition] has enjoyed a fast-growing, international fan base.

The novel is described in this one sentence:

“Romancing The Stone” meets “Survivor” in this delightfully quirky novel from television producer and writer, Dee DeTarsio! 


And has earned no less than five star customer reviews, such as the following:

5.0 out of 5 stars London UK. WOW !!! I loved it
I downloaded this book onto my i-phone amazon kindle and found myself mesmerized and hooked to the book. I was walking into lamp-posts, jay walking etc….

5.0 out of 5 stars A reader from Paris, France
This is the kind of book that one can not stop reading once started.
A book read with intense pleasure, which will make you laugh out loud

5.0 out of 5 stars Facebook e-book of the year 2010
Please tell your friends and family to read this book! It is Guaranteed to boost your immune system for the long winter ahead!

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Excellent story. After reading Dee’s first book I was not surprised that this was just as great. Story line was very good and kept you on your toes not to mention very humorous…

5.0 out of 5 stars Love! Romance!! Adventure!!!
….an exotic escapade through the dense jungles of Costa Rica grounded by the affable adorable Julie who unwittingly manages to jolt the reader out of the comfort of suburbia…

Now what author wouldn’t love reader praise like that?

The Divining Wand has scheduled a presentation/review of The Scent of Jade for Monday, January 10, 2011 however, in the meantime, let’s meet the author through her “official” bio:

Dee DeTarsio is a television writer living in San Diego, California, with her husband, John, a Director of Photography. She is the indentured servant of their two children, Tyler and Gianna. She is writing a screenplay for The Scent of Jade, and is working on her next novel, Ros.

And now let’s get to know Dee much better, upclose and personal:

Q: How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A: Haiku would work so much better for me.

Q: What is your motto or maxim?
A: Why work when you can read?

Q: How would you describe perfect happiness?
A: Malted milk balls, cup of espresso (from Roma), 80 degrees outside, new book from Marian Keyes…

Q: What’s your greatest fear?
A: Tornadoes

Q: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: Roma, Hotel Smeraldo, being yelled at by front desk clerk, Walter, but that’s another story…

Q: With whom in history do you most identify?
A: Samantha Stevens

Q: Which living person do you most admire?
A: Melinda Gates

Q: What are your most overused words or phrases?
A: I wish I was more like Melinda Gates.

Q: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A: Speaking fluent Italian

Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: My kids sometimes text me when they don’t even need anything.

Q: What’s your greatest flaw?
A: I’m a Virgo, (so it’s really not my fault) which makes me hypercritical (for which I take no responsibility).

Q: What’s your best quality?
A: I never met a silence I couldn’t fill.

Q: What do you regret most?
A: My ability to try to fill silences.

Q: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: Hmm, I guess you’re not reading this closely: Melinda Gates.

Q: What trait is most noticeable about you?
A: I’m fly like a G6 and am often accused of misunderstanding current slang.

Q: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: Scarlett O’Hara

Q: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A: Scarlett O’Hara

Q: If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A: There’s no athlete I really want to meet; but I am dying to meet Tina Fey, and I would say “Of course, I would love to be your personal assistant.”

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Sarah Palin

Q: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A: Reading

Q: What’s your fantasy profession?
A: Yoga instructor (with accompanying flexibility)

Q: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A: Flexibility, kindness, humor

Q: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A: Popcorn

Q: What are your 5 favorite songs?
A: How about the 5 favorite artists I’m listening to right now on my iPod Shuffle:
Eminem
Pink
Fergie
Dean Martin
Katy Perry

Q: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A: (Cliche Alert:) Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell
Green Darkness, Anya Seton
Shining Through, Susan Isaacs
Captains and The Kings, Taylor Caldwell
The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory
The Botticelli Secret, Marina Fiorato
Anything by Marian Keyes
(Oops, I’m a writer not an accountant!)

Clever, quirky, and multi-talented, ebook novelist Dee DeTarsio is definitely a new author you want to friend on Facebook. And then you can say, you knew her when….

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Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand is giving away two copies of Alice Eve Cohen’s What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir in a random drawing of comments left only on this specific post, Alice Eve Cohen and What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir. Comments left on other posts during the week will not be eligible. The deadline is Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. EST with the winners to be announced here in Thursday’s post. If you enter, please return Thursday to see if you’re a winner.

4 Comments to “The Revealing of Dee DeTarsio”


  1. Thank you, Divining Wand! As a new author looking for readers I’m honored to be included and thrilled by your kind words!

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  2. “Why work when you can read?”

    Lol oh yeah, I know that motto.

    FLY LIKE A G6! Bwahahaha! Let’s get slizzard?

    Based on her answers, I thought we were the same person for a while. Then I got to the popcorn answer. Definitely NOT the same person…

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  3. How much fun!

    If her book reads anything like her answers, I can’t wait to check out DeeDee’s novel!

    I so enjoy Marian Keyes’ books, too.

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  4. I ‘met’ DeeDee when I decided to self-publish my own book and she was delightful.

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