Interview with Melissa Bashardoust, author of GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS

Earlier this fall, I (Kaitlyn) had the great pleasure of reading GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS. It was one of my favorite books of the year, and I am so thrilled that Melissa agreed to hang out here on The Deb Ball today! Melissa Bashardoust received her degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where she rediscovered her love for creative writing, children’s literature, and fairy tales…

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Some Inspiring and/or Relevant Words

I’m not much of a quote gal, but in light of all the lovely posts this week from my fellow debs, I thought I might share a few quotes from women whose work I admire. (Reading recommendation: Because surely you’re familiar with Angelou’s poetry, consider Hallelujah! The Welcome Table, a book of recipes and essays sure to make you laugh and cry.) “You wanna fly, you got to give up the…

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Kimmery’s Favorite Quotes About Writing

    We all know December is traditionally hellish, what with the looming holiday madness, the ten thousand “festive event” obligations, and the ubiquitous viral plague that bitchslaps everyone into total uselessness. Here at The Deb Ball, we decided to take it easy on ourselves this week. So instead of writing real columns, we’re listing a handful of favorite quotes on writing. (Or that’s what I’m doing, anyway. For fun,…

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[News Flash] December 10, 2017

  Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Samira Ahmed, author of Love, Hate & Other Filters! Check out our interview Interview with @sam_aye_ahm, author of LOVE, HATE AND OTHER FILTERS https://t.co/OdjfnCzLnJ pic.twitter.com/AM7GTcns41 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) December 9, 2017   News from the 2018 Debs:   Cass Morris is hip-deep in copy edits and trying not to let them lead her into questioning everything about the way she uses language. As…

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Interview with Samira Ahmed, Author of LOVE, HATE AND OTHER FILTERS

Today I have the very great pleasure of introducing a friend and INCREDIBLE author, Samira Ahmed.I just got my hands on an ARC of LOVE, HATE AND OTHER FILTERS, and y’all. It is incredible. This fabulous debut will be out on January 16, 2018, and I cannot say enough good things about it. Samira Ahmed was born in Bombay, India, and grew up in Batavia, Illinois, in a house that smelled…

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It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint: Kaitlyn’s Path to Publication

I met my agent during a live tweet of 50 Shades of Grey. It was a different time back then. Twitter was a different kind of place. We did live tweets that dissected the fact that Ana’s never allowed to eat in that damn movie (BUT REALLY THOUGH) and made friends over silly jokes. There were fewer Nazis to worry about. The world was not yet on fire. But I digress……

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I Made It! (Say What, Now?)

  You’re a writer who dreams of publishing a book. You write and write and write, until you think perhaps you have something that someone, somewhere, would like to read. You research agents and devour every blog post, Facebook post, and twitter announcement, trying to glean the secret, trying to figure out how you can move from form rejections to personal rejections to R & R’s to an email saying…

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