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Interview with Elizabeth Brundage + #DebBallGiveaway of ALL THINGS CEASE TO APPEAR

I’m thrilled to introduce today’s guest to The Debutante Ball, author Elizabeth Brundage. Elizabeth has written four novels, and her most recent, ALL THINGS CEASE TO APPEAR, was described by Tom Nolan in The Wall Street Journal as, “Lyrically written, frequently shocking and immensely moving.” Time magazine called it, “Exquisitely gut-churning.” Speaking from personal experience, I…
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When It Comes to Distractions, Sometimes a Gal Needs to Rant

This week’s Deb posts are all about how we write through distractions. Or don’t. It’s funny, the Deb gals and I often chat throughout the day, and, the other day, I was venting to them about a distraction happening right then and there. Their response: that’s your post for this upcoming week. Unedited. So here we go,…
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Writing Through Trauma

This week we’re discussing writing through distraction, and I thought I’d put my memoirist’s spin on the topic: writing through trauma, which is, in a way, very similar. The heart of succumbing to distraction often comes down to avoidance, and it just so happens that avoidance is also a key component of post-traumatic stress disorder….
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Writing with Distractions (or Sure, Blame Me and my Tiny Bladder)

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about that lady, it’s that she tends to blame others for her inability to focus. The truth is she can’t concentrate for shit. I’m just being honest. Between the noise in her head and the noise out there in the world, distractions are a big problem for her. But…
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Newsflash: Debs at Work

We send our thanks to Carolyn Menke for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her book, RETURN TO ME. You can also enter a giveaway to win a copy! Simply RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook using the hashtag #DebBallGiveaway by noon (EST) December 9th for your chance to win…
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Interview with Carolyn Menke + #DebBallGiveaway of RETURN TO ME

I’m really excited to welcome Carolyn Menke to the Deb Ball today because she’s my person. My book bestie. My go-to in this crazy book world. I also happen to LOVE her book (and spent the last 20 or so pages sobbing and laughing interchangeably). But since I’m biased, here’s what someone else had to…
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To My Non-Publishing Friends: No, My Book Can’t Just Come Out Tomorrow :)

This week the Debs are writing about our experience of time: time writing books and the publishing timeline. After Thanksgiving and the inevitable book-related questions, it became even more clear to me that my non-publishing friends and family know very little about my journey to publication. That’s no fault to them. Why should they know the ins and…
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