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Plus-Model Plays Heroine in Debut Novel, Fat Chick

First time author, Lorraine Duffy Merkl, sends a plus-size model to set a yo-yo dieter on the road to finding balance -- both physically and emotionally.

New York, NY, June 16, 2010 --( Plus-size women have found their place in the world, and that place is on the fashion runways.

Suddenly, size 12 is the new black and those who wear it proudly in high profile magazines like Vogue and Elle are heroines of the average women. Plus size posers are the focus of newspaper and magazine stories; stars of reality, scripted and talent shows; and now featured in fiction.

Award-winning copywriter-turned-author Lorraine Duffy Merkl's debut novel, Fat Chick (244 pp., The Vineyard Press, $19.95), gives women a beautiful, poised, confident non-stick figure ("There isn't a skinny girl inside me waiting to get out") to look up to.

The book is set in New York City's glamorous worlds of advertising and fashion, but the story goes deeper into the relationships that drive yo-yo dieter, Trish, to drink Slimfast for breakfast, yet go to bed with Ben & Jerry.

It takes a while, but plus-model, Bessie, finally gets Trish to realize that finding her soul mate is worth the "weight."

Lorraine Duffy Merkl is a published author, freelance journalist and advertising creative director/copywriter for print, television, radio and interactive media in New York City.

Besides her debut novel, Fat Chick, she also writes a bi-monthly column -- “New York Gal” – for Manhattan Media’s Our Town and West Side Spirit newspapers. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, New York Post, Adweek, Big Apple Parent, MomSense,, The Writers’ Journal,, New York Press,, Bitch magazine, New York Family and the Huffington Post.

Among various awards, Ms. Duffy Merkl counts a Broadcast Design Award honoring work done for HBO, and the Erma Bombeck Humor Writer Award for her column.

In her freelance advertising career she specializes in entertainment marketing.

Fat Chick, A Novel ISBN 1-930067-70-4 is available on Amazon and

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