The Smart Cookie Philes is written and run by Chelsea DeVries. She considers herself a bibliophile (lover of books), melophile (lover of music), cynophile (lover of dogs), and a cinephile (lover of movies). The ultimate mission of The Smart Cookie Philes is to allow people to come together to celebrate different forms of expression and allow people to express themselves however they choose without fear of judgement. It is a brand that promotes literacy and music appreciation.
She holds a degree in marketing with a minor in International Hospitality and Tourism. In July of 2015, following graduating from college, she struggled to find a job in her field of public relations due to a lack of experience so she ventured out on the one talent she knows she has experience in: writing. She took jobs writing freelance articles for Outloud Multimedia and GMM Creative, Inc. Chelsea DeVries has dreamed of being a published author since age seven, when in second grade her teacher Ms. Demarco told her she had a gift.
Yet, as she grew up, she didn’t automatically realize how much joy she could find pursuing a career as a writer until the age of fourteen when she randomly submitted her first poem, Love Me For Me, to a student anthology and was chosen to be published. Her poem can be found in the 2007 edition of the Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans. During a creative writing class her freshman year of high school, she began writing a short story that would later become her debut published YA romance novel, Dream Girl, which she published at 15 in 2006. She published the sequel Jessica’s Choice at age 16 in 2008. Though she has yet to become a best-selling author, she still writes fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.
This site is an effort to prove that not only does she love books, movies, music, and dogs but she can write about just about anything with a voice all her own. Currently, she is looking for representation for her memoir, and working on a re-write of her first two novels, Dream Girl and Jessica’s Choice. For more information about Chelsea DeVries and her life, subscribe to her personal blog at justlikefire26.blogspot.com. She can also be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.