Dee Ernst was born Elizabeth Diane Ascoli in Newark, NJ. Her family moved to Morristown, NJ when she was still a toddler. She started writing stories on a battered Royal typewriter when she was about ten or twelve, and she graduated Morristown High School determined to pursue a career as a writer in some form or another (she considered advertising, but luckily came to her senses). Creative writing majors were hard to find in 1974, so she attended Marshall University as a journalism major. That wasn’t working, so she tried Education, but that didn’t quite work either. Several jobs and years later, staying home with a three-year-old and trying to figure out what to do when she grew up, Joan Hamburg on WOR radio in New York was interviewing someone who said if you wanted to know what to with your life, remember what you were playing when you were ten, and try to turn that into a career. Since Dee was writing stories at ten, she sat down and wrote her first novel. It went nowhere. Her second novel got her a terrific agent and upwards of fifteen rejection letters (She reread them all in preparation of this biography). Her third novel, Better Off Without Him, garnered even more rejection letters from a much higher caliber of editor. Undaunted, she self-published Better Off Without Him in October 2010. She is now waiting patiently for fame and fortune.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jeanine Potter
    Nov 27, 2016 @ 15:23:55

    Just finished Better Off without Him. Thank you for a funny, great, great, read! Recommended it to friends after the first chapter. Am selecting my next book by you. Wishing you all that you wish for…


  2. apoeticdisaster
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 12:48:21

    I just finished Better Off Without Him, and it is an amazing book. I wasn’t expecting much, and honestly I don’t even remember buying it… but it had me entertained from the first page. And it wasn’t even one of those “good plot, bad writing” books. Your writing style was AMAZING. I will definitely be looking forward to more of your books. Keep them coming!


  3. medija
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 03:26:15

    I just finished reading your book Better Off Without Him…Absolutely loved it you are very funny…Made me think I should be a writer too :))


  4. Miriam Zink
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 17:40:32

    I read both Better off Without Him and A Different Kinf of Forever this weekend and I must say, I instantly fell in love with your style and your characters!! I can’t wait for more work from you!


  5. Karen
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 02:08:24

    Smart and pithy and very funny! I am a fan!


  6. Kristine Hatch
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 16:28:57

    Just finished Better Off Without him. You have a new fan! Loved it. I am now going to get A Different Kind of Forever. Keep up the good work. From a fellow northern NJ gal….


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