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Deborah Shouse, Kansas City, Missouri, enjoys the flexibility, humility, excitement, connections, and joy inherent in the writing life.


She has been featured in many anthologies, including more than five-dozen Chicken Soup books. For years, she wrote a Love Story column for The Kansas City Star. Deborah and her life partner Ron Zoglin co-wrote Antiquing for Dummies and she co-authored several volumes in the Yes, You Can financial series.


For years, Deborah has worked with and written about people who are living with dementia and their care partners.

She has authored two books on this subject: Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver’s Journey and Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together. Working with medical professionals and care partners, Deborah and Ron have presented their stories and ideas in countries such as New Zealand, England, Chile, Costa Rica, India, Italy, and Turkey.


Now, hundreds of articles, essays, and short stories, dozens of books, plus a myriad of editing and ghost-writing projects later, Deborah is living out a long-time dream: writing a novel. An Old Woman Walks Into a Bar is a work of her heart and she is honored to share it with you. If the story resonates, she’d love to hear from you at

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