About Celeste Deveney


My Story

Celeste Deveney smiles when she looks back at all the places she’s seen and friends she’s had in her life. She was born in Chicago and grew up Western Springs (Chicago burb.) In her teenage years, a fun day included venturing into the city to explore State Street, the Art Institute or the Mag Mile on her own or with girlfriends. Later, going to college at Baylor, in Waco, Texas gave her a taste of life outside the Midwest. She loved her friends who peppered everything with “y’all,” wearing cowboy boots and learning the two-step. Post college, she moved back to Chicago and met fascinating people and dabbled in catering, theatre and interior design. Yet something was missing.

After marrying having a son, the family moved to Seattle, where her husband gave her the best birthday gift ever – The Year of Celeste. He asked her to take one year to meet people, take classes, go places and try lots of new things to discover her passion in life.

So, she spent a year kayaking, cooking and learning new cuisines, sewing, crafting (NOT! – she was awful at it) and riding her bike for miles on the Burke Gilman trail. She volunteered at her church and social service organizations. Her heart broke over the myriad problems we face in our communities, country and world. At the same time, she became fascinated by the people who are actively doing something to make this world a better place. Along the way, she discovered that one place, all of her interests and heartbreaks could be combined into what fed her soul – writing.

She now writes all sorts of things, from emails and marketing copy, to song lyrics, prayers and poems. She writes paranormal romance novels for Melange Books under the name Celeste Joy, and with writing partner, Lynne Pearson, YA novels that deal with social justice issues in the fictional town of Keeney, Washington. She also loves to write about other people and their passions. How about you? What feeds your soul?

Tell Celeste, because she might want to write about it.


Every great dream begins with a dreamer.
Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars
to change the world.

Harriet Tubman

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