About the Debutante Ball

The Debutante Ball, established in 2007, is a group blog for authors making their debut in the literary world. We are now in our twelfth season of celebrating up-and-coming authors. Former Debs include bestsellers in the genres of women’s fiction, mystery, literary fiction, nonfiction, young adult, and more.   Click on any of the photos above to learn about The Debutante Ball Class of 2019 and their books. Read about the bestselling…

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Interview with Lois Ruskai Melina, author of THE GRAMMAR OF UNTOLD STORIES

This week’s interview is with Lois Ruskai Melina, whose book THE GRAMMAR OF UNTOLD STORIES is a collection of sixteen stories that connect the personal to the political by considering question such as How do we heal? and How do we know when we are home? Read below about Lois’s regular first reader, her close connection to the outdoors, and her favorite time of day.   ABOUT LOIS Educated as…

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Writing with Dogs, Virtual Learning and Day Drinking

How do I balance my writing with work, life and distractions? Before the pandemic, I would have said very well. Since the pandemic happened, not so much. With the advent of virtual learning and homeschooling an elementary school child, I have resorted to day drinking. I was hoping to get fired from my job as a homeschooling mom for drinking on the job. Alas, that didn’t happen, but my one…

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[News Flash] October 18, 2020

Thank you to Simone st. James for talking to us about her new novel, THE SUN DOWN MOTEL. If you missed Denny’s interview with Stacie Murphy about her forthcoming novel, A DEADLY FORTUNE, you can still watch it now at our Instagram page. Tune in to @thedebball tomorrow, 10/19, when J.S. Dewes, author of THE LAST WATCH, takes over our Instagram account for the day, finishing with an interview with…

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Interview with Simone St. James, author of The Sun Down Motel

This week’s interview is with New York Times bestselling author, Simone St. James whose book THE SUN DOWN MOTEL is out now! Congratulations Simone! Read below about her proudest writing moment, the talent she wished she had, her twisty road to publication, and the best money she ever spent as a writer.   ABOUT SIMONE Simone St. James is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls, Lost Among the Living, and The Haunting…

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GIVEAWAY ALERT

October 12, 2020 A winner has been chosen for Diane Zinna’s powerful debut novel, THE ALL-NIGHT SUN. If you haven’t checked out her interview, be sure to follow this link to catch up! If you missed out on the giveaway, but still want to know more about THE ALL-NIGHT SUN, what Publisher’s Weekly calls, “Inventive and luminous . . . ­­­­­Zinna’s intimate debut dazzles with original language, emotional sentience, and Swedish folklore as…

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[News Flash] October 11, 2020

It’s finally here! Lyn Liao Butler’s cover for THE TIGER MOM’S TALE was released this week and it’s gorgeous! And make sure you sign up for Lyn’s newsletter so you don’t miss any updates.   Elizabeth Gonzalez James’ cover for MONA AT SEA was also revealed this week at Vol.1 Brooklyn. Way to go Lyn and Elizabeth!   Denny S. Bryce is interviewing Stacie Murphy, author of A DEADLY FORTUNE…

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World Building in the Real World

When writers talk about “world building” they mean more than just setting. Setting is where a story takes place. But a fictional world is setting, history, the special rules of that particular place, the people who inhabit that world, as well as the general tone or atmosphere that sort of floats over every page. The setting of the Harry Potter books is England, but in order to build her fictional…

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Chicago That Toddlin’ Town – My Story World

Location. Location. Location. (Oh, the song in the title is NOT from the 1920s, but the 1950s, but it’s so iconic:)! (Also, note photos were snagged from DuSable to Obama WTTW article: From Riots to Renaissance, The Black Metropolis) The story world for WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES begins with a journey back in time. My debut novel is historical fiction, so as you might imagine, the past (and the…

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