Dee DeTarsio isn’t afraid to poke fun at herself. “I didn’t teach myself to read at an early age. I didn’t write my first story in kindergarten – I was still busy wetting the bed and playing in the can cupboard,” she joked. Sure, she is easy-going and unassuming, but don’t be fooled. Dee is a serious novelist. She has written six novels, several of which have been the recipient of critics’ praise and accolades. Today, she is busy working on two more projects and, most recently, has been asked to participate in the Rancho Peñasquitos Book Club to discuss one of her books, which is set in 92129.

Dee and her family have lived in 92129 for over 20 years. “We started out in Park Village and then moved over near Westview High School. Our two kids (Tyler and Gianna) grew up here,” shared Dee. Aside from the great weather and schools, Dee loves the area for the people. “The best parts about PQ are the people. That may sound like I’m saying Rancho Peñasquitos has ‘a nice personality’– she does, but she’s really pretty, too!” she exclaimed. Dee’s husband, John – who works in the television industry and commutes to Los Angeles everyday – apparently feels the same. “[John] would have easier commutes living in LA, but we made a conscious decision to raise our family in San Diego, specifically in Rancho Peñasquitos,” Dee explained.

faces2Before Dee started her life as a novelist, she too worked in the television industry as a news producer for CBS and NBC affiliates. Later, she worked as a producer/writer for SeaWorld and spent time in the communications department for Rady Children’s Hospital before being hired as marketing director for a cosmetic dermatology group. “I got free Botox!” joked Dee. Her most recent projects consist of a holiday novel and a self-help relationship book, titled “Men are from Jupiter, That’s Why They’re Stupider”.

While admitting that she once longed to be traditionally published, Dee is now finding the “joy of indie,” as she puts it. “Indie authors do have to try harder and sometimes it’s a swing and a miss, but that’s okay.” To that end, Dee is a correspondent for the newsletter for Writer Unboxed and a member of Alliance for Independent Authors. “While I would never talk about ‘my craft’ unless it was followed by ‘macaroni and cheese,’” she laughed, “the opportunity to live a life filled with reading and writing is awesome!”


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Name: Dee DeTarsio
Age: Really? Can’t I tell you how much I weigh or how much money I make instead?
Community: Torrey Highlands, (East-East Del Mar)
Profession: Writer
Family: Husband, John DeTarsio (, Director and Director of Photography, currently working on MTVs Catfish. Son, Tyler, graduated from Westview High School in 2007, graduated from Cal State San Marcos last year and currently works in television production in LA. He is working on ABCs The Taste with Anthony Bourdain, and told the chef that I have a crush on him! Daughter, Gianna, graduated from Westview High School in 2009, will be graduating from Cal State San Marcos next Spring (yay!) and plans on working in television also.
Hobbies: When I’m not writing, I’d like to say I’m busy speaking (and cooking) fluent Italian, teaching yoga class and volunteering for the Peace Corps, but none of that would be true. I watch a lot of TV and read a ton of books.