Waverly Fitzgerald wrote her first novel at 13 and sold her third novel at the age of 25. For many years she wrote historical fiction set in Victorian London. She is currently republishing those books under the imprint of Genesta Press.
For the past fifteen years, she’s been writing mysteries. She collaborates with her friend, Curt Colbert, on a series of humorous mystery novels about a talking Chihuahua. The first called Dial C for Chihuahua was published by Kensington in October 2012 under the name Waverly Curtis. Waverly and Curt are currently writing the fifth book in the series.
In 2007, Waverly published Slow Time: Reclaiming the Natural Rhythms of Life, which helps readers shift their relationship with time. Each of the twelve chapters focuses on a different intervals of time, from the moment to the lifetime. Her interest in time grew out of her obsession with seasonal holidays, a topic featured at her web site Living in Season. She has written on this topic for magazines like SageWoman and web sites like Beliefnet, participated in the first national Take Back Your Time Day conference in Chicago (presenting alongside Jay Griffiths) and blogged for Carl Honore, author of In Praise of Slowness. Her interest in time led to a fascination with learning more about how time blossoms in the place where she lives. She is currently writing on a book, My Year in Flowers, about the year she spent getting to know the plants in her urban neighborhood; she blogs as the Urban Naturalist for the Seattle PI.
Waverly has been teaching writing since the publication of her first novel. She teaches writing classes online for Creative Nonfiction and throughout the Seattle area for organizations like Richard Hugo House. Her students have successfully written and published novels and non-fiction books, essays and short stories. Her specialties are the novel, the non-fiction book proposal, memoir and family history. She has presented at national and regional conferences, including AWP, PNWA, Field’s End, Chuckanut Writers Conference, the Whidbey Island Writers Conference and Write on the Sound. In 2015, she will be on the faculty at the 2015 writing conference in San Miguel de Allende. She’s a member of several Seattle writing organizations including Seattle Free Lances, Sisters in Crime and the Seattle 7 Writers, as well as the founder of the Shipping Group.
Waverly has been publishing her own work in many formats for many years but in 2014 she made the leap into publishing, opening her own imprint, Rat City Publishing, dedicated to publishing mysteries set in Seattle. A marvelously atmospheric and tightly-plotted novel, Leap of Faith by Rachel Bukey, was released on August 21 with a highly successful launch at Elliott Bay Book Company. Next on the roster: a reprint of Curt Colbert’s Rat City.