Toni Depalma

Toni Depalma received her B.A. in Psychology from Douglass College. She then went on to receive her Masters in Social Work from the Rutgers School of Social Work. After years of working as a School Social Worker on a Child Study Team, Toni finally gave into her passion for storytelling, specifically for a young audience. Her love for children’s literature led her to the Vermont College of Fine Arts where she earned her Masters in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Her first novel, Under the Banyan Tree, was honored by the Voice for Youth Advocates as well as the Association for Children’s Books. Under the Banyan Tree was a Kirkus Review New Voices award recipient and was also selected as a Book for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library System. Toni’s first book was followed by two more middle grade novels: Jeremy Owl and Miracle Meggie, as well as the young adult books, The Devil’s Triangle and The Devil’s Temptation. Miracle Meggie was recently selected for the One Book One School selection for the Mill Pond School in Lacey Township, NJ. In 2008, Toni was a recipient of a New Jersey Arts Fellowship in the category of prose.

In addition to her writing, Toni volunteers for the annual Ocean County Young Authors Conference. She conducts school visits where her aim is to encourage the students to pursue their own writing and creative pursuits. She is also a family life merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts of America.

In 2013, Toni took an acting class at the Barrow Group in New York City. It was there that she discovered that, while she is a terrible actress, she adores working with actors and writing plays. Unlike her previous work, Toni’s plays focus on more adult themes. Toni is a member of the Dramatist Guild and her short plays have been read in New York City.

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