Television producer and writer Stefani Deoul is the author of the newly published, On A LARP, the first book in the Sid Rubin Silicon Alley Adventures and the award-winning novel, The Carousel. Stefani has written for numerous publications, including a semi-regular column for Letters from CAMP Rehoboth, penned both short stories and film and television treatments. When not writing, she produces television; Stefani's credits include the series Haven for the SyFy Network, The Dead Zone, MOW Brave New Girl along with being the executive in charge of production for the series Dresden Files and Missing.
The Carousel was a finalist for the Foreword Reviews Independent Publishing Award in Gay and Lesbian Fiction, won Book of the Year in fiction from the Delaware Press Association and was the Bronze Winner in Fiction from the National Federation of Press Women. The Carousel also won a regional IPPY award in fiction from the Independent Publishers Association.
Along with producing the five seasons of Haven, based on the Stephen King story The Colorado Kid, Stefani finally succumbed to the allure of acting, “starring” as the off camera, and uncredited, radio dispatcher, Laverne. When not filming, she calls Sarasota, Florida home.
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On A Larp
Question: Do any of you know the truly scary part about being seventeen?
Answer: Your brain doesn't actually know, understand or care what it can't do; and, while this sounds great in theory, in my particular case, my under-developed brain apparently didn't know I couldn't fly.
So I jumped . . .
And I plummeted . . .
And I promise you, if I somehow manage to survive this act of immature-brain-encased-in-unbelievable-stupidity, I will gladly tell you exactly how I got here.
Which, for the record, is chasing a dark-web killer through the middle of a live action role-playing game, better known as a LARP.
On a LARP introduces readers to self-described lesbionic brainiac geek and teen coder, Sid Rubin, a smartass—and super-smart—high school kid with a strong conscience and a knack for solving problems. This high concept, frenetic ride dives into the fascinating world of interactive role-playing when Sid recognizes the photo of a murder victim during an AP field trip to a police station. What starts out as an Aha! moment soon finds Sid and her unlikely posse of friends chasing a dark web killer through the middle of a live action role playing game. Sid and the gang work to unravel a deeply encrypted mystery while simultaneously enduring pop quizzes, endless Ted Talks, teenage heartbreak, suspicious parents, cosplay, and the irresistible lure of the NYC Public Library.
A bone-weary, emotionally drained woman shows up one morning at a diner and gas station in a small Northeast town. Intending to refuel on gas and coffee and just keep driving, she is drawn instead to a pile of discarded carousel horses at the junkyard next door. Her find begins a ripple of gossip, mystery, and a restorative journey for the horses, herself, and the curious collection of townspeople joining her on the tumultuous ride of hope, patience and a chance to grab the brass ring.