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Vicky DeCoster first learned to laugh at herself in second grade when she donned her first pair of cat eyeglasses and hasn’t stopped since. Her 25 years of experience includes writing humorous essays and articles for Atlanta Singles, Metro Parents, Omaha Magazine, Her, Omaha World-Herald, www.absolutewrite.com, Single Life, and www.boomerwomenspeak.com. She is the author of The Wacky World of Womanhood: Essays on Girlhood, Dating, Motherhood, and the Loss of Matching Underwear (iUniverse, 2003) as well as Husbands, Hot Flashes, and All That Hullabaloo! (iUniverse, 2006). Her essay, “How to Just Say No to a Date” was featured on a morning radio show and won the award “Best Creative Story” from Omaha Magazine. She has written humor columns for Her magazine in Omaha, Nebraska, and Still Moments magazine based in Nova Scotia.
In 2005, DeCoster won the "Boomer Women Speak" July/August essay contest; second place in the national humor writing contest "Make Me Laugh"; and in 2005 and 2006, respectively, she won "Honorable Mention" and “Finalist” awards in the HumorPress.com national humor writing contests.
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Her inspirational essays have been published in the Don’t Sweat Stories with a foreword by Richard Carlson, Ph.D. (author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff), the book Real Stories of Spirit Communication by Angela Hoy (Booklocker-2004), the book FamilyFun - My Great Idea (Disney Editions), and Christian Single magazine. In August 2007, her essay “Best or Better” will appear in the new book Chicken Soup for the Soul in Menopause.
She is a featured writer in the book Burning the Midnight Oil: How We Survive as Writing Parents by Dawn Colclasure (2004) and in Book Marketing from A-Z and Talk Radio for Authors both by Francine Silverman (2005 and 2006, respectively). DeCoster is also listed as a humor writing expert on http://www.bookpromotionnewsletter.com/ where she fields questions from writers around the country.
Vicky DeCoster lives in Papillion, Nebraska with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she enjoys backpacking, hiking, running, and of course, laughing at herself.
Next Friday I will upload my interview with Irene Watson.