“An enchanting young adult romance about star-crossed lovers from two different worlds. Honest and touching.” – Felicia Day, author of You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost),actress
Author Debby Dodds is coming home to celebrate the publication of her first young adult novel Amish Guys Don’t Call. She is reading and signing at Aaron’s Books on Saturday, August 19, 2-4pm.
Debby Dodds grew up in Lititz, attending Kissel Hill Elementary and Warwick Middle School before graduating from Lancaster Country Day School. She was a member of the Lititz Moravian Congregation, swam for Woodridge, and can still twist a mean pretzel after more than 20 tours of the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery. As an actress, she performed at The Fulton Opera House, Lancaster Performing Arts Center, and the PA Renaissance Faire. Her mother has worked at all levels of the Warwick Schools, including her current position as Warwick Middle School librarian, and her father was the General Manager of WGAL for many years.
Set primarily in Lancaster, Debby’s book clearly references Lititz, Ephrata, and other points of interest throughout the county. Amish Guys Don’t Call features teenager Samantha and the anxiety she faces at the start of her junior year, including her desire for acceptance from the popular girls and the unresolved issues of her parents’ divorce. Then she learns that her new boyfriend Zach was raised Amish, and he has chosen not to end his Rumspringa, instigating a potential shunning from his family. When Sam’s cool new friends find out, they start cyber-bullying her. Does Sam even want friends like these? And when Zach must decide whether to return to his Amish community, will their culture-crossed love find a way?
Debby has stories in numerous anthologies, including the NY Times-bestselling My Little Red Book and The Things You Would Have Said. “My Mom and The Dead,” a story about taking her mom to a Grateful Dead concert, appears in the anthology series Thin Threads. She was a regular contributor and the fiction editor for The Living Dead magazine. She’s also been published in The Sun, xoJane.com, Portland Family Magazine, Manifest-station.com, FlashesintheDark.com, Stumptown Underground, The Crimson Crane, and Hip Mama. She recently won Portland’s Wizard World 2017 Fiction Contest. She received a BFA from NYU in Drama/Acting and a MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University.
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