my tragic right hip

Busting out bad joints all over the place

June 18th, 2011


My first professional writing gig was for Television Without Pity, which lead to writing for the History Television, Showcase, HGTV, Food TV, and Life Network websites during my career as a content producer. I’ve also freelanced for,,, and a bunch of other sites that are no longer alive and kicking in the digital world. Publishing sites that I’ve either written for or managed include TheSavvyReader, HarperCollins Canada, and WhiskIt.

As I’ve said in other places, I’m an awesome hack.

I’ve also published a number of abridged classics for young readers, a job that I take great pride in, simply because it’s really hard, and the books themselves are truly great tools for young people just getting their start with the written word:

  • Little Women
  • Frankenstein
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • Around The World in 80 Days
  • The Last of the Mohicans
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
  • Little Men
  • Great Expectations
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Over the next two years, I have ten more titles coming from Sterling Publishing. These are short, classic tales for really small people – but that’s all I can say about that.

I’ve published short stories (when in university) and poetry (in Taddle Creek) and have been working on longer fiction for a number of years now. One day, one day it will amount to something.

My most favourite writing job ever? Creating marking copy for Harlequin romances, specifically, the SuperRomance line – I would do this again in a heartbeat, it was great fun.

about me

Girl with titanium hip will rock. Girl with titanium hip will write. Girl with titanium hip will read. Girl with titanium hip will battle crazy-ass disease called Wegener's Granulomatosis. Now stuff that in your spelling bee!

my virtual self

deanna [dot] mcfadden [at] gmail [dot] com

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