When Calvo was 12, she collected dozens of jokes, copied them onto pages, stapled them together and "published" her first book. Today, she's working on a memoir about her gay father, Gregory Thornton, who recorded his life on audio tapes from 1977 to when he passed in 2000. In the mid 1990s, the eccentric artist archived his tapes at the Kinsey Institute.
In 1994, Calvo co-authored her first book, How to Succeed in Advertising When All You Have is Talent (NTC Publishing), which presented industry leaders sharing their stories and providing advice for newcomers. Her co-author, Lawrence Minsky wrote a second edition Four years later, the writing team took the principles of advertising and applied them to personal ads in 25 Words or Less (Contemporary Books).
Since then, Calvo has been commissioned to write numerous books and articles—some humorous; others dead serious, but all with the ultimate respect for each reader’s need to be entertained, informed or inspired.