Newark, NJ, US
Sussex, NJ, US
Deborah Guarino, is the author of the children’s classic, Is Your Mama a Llama? Born in 1954 in Newark, New Jersey, Deborah Guarino was known as the writer in her family, and growing up, she did not disappoint. As a child, she read, wrote, and drew constantly. Bravely striking up a correspondence with her favorite science fiction author, Guarino was pleased to get a response and to discover that there were, indeed, real people in the world who grew up to be writers. Guarino studied at the Academy of American Poets and the City Center of Literature in London, England.
Deborah later lived in New York and London, where two of her original works were produced and broadcast by the BBC’s Radio 4. In addition to writing for children, she’s an artist and actor who also works as a freelance advertising copywriter, editor, playwright, actor, director, and professional speaker who frequently visits schools, libraries and literacy events across the U.S., giving fun, interactive presentations on writing and the creative process for children and adults alike. These presentations include a reading of her book and the story behind its creation, a question and answer period, fun activities like a narrated, improvisational skit, interactive nonsense songs, and lively performances of works in progress.
Deborah Guarino can be reached via her website at www.deborahguarino.com.