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Talking to the World’s First Gourmand

This week the Debs take on the point-of-view of their characters.  After a bumpy litter ride across the Palatine Hill in Rome, I arrive at the palatial home of the ancient gourmand, Marcus Gavius Apicius, to find out what makes him tick. We settle into plush couches in a corner of the villa’s expansive garden. Me: Tell…
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These Are A Few of My Favorite Things

This week the Debs are singing songs from the Sound of Music…wait, no, that’s just Deb Crystal. But we are talking about some of our favorite things–the things that make us happy, that make us smile, that make us laugh. The Roman orator and philosopher, Seneca, once said, “True happiness is… to enjoy the present…
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Interview with Margaret George + #DebBallGiveaway of CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO

Today on the Debutante Ball, I’m excited to welcome best-selling historical novelist, Margaret George, whose book, THE CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO, just arrived in bookstores this week. Here’s what it’s all about: THE CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO takes us from the earliest childhood memory of Nero, when his mad uncle Caligula tried to drown him, to the…
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What Makes a Literary Agent Tick?

This week the Debs are sharing stories about their agents, editors and or publishers. Note, this is a repost of a blog post I wrote on Sep. 26, but fit perfectly for this week’s Deb topic. A few months ago, I wrote a big long article on the Grub Street blog on how long it took me…
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Writing Historical Fiction – My Process

This week the Debs are writing about technology. What do we use to help our writing, what couldn’t we live without? What do we love and hate about technology? How do we use social media? Do we stress over it? I have written a zillion articles on social media since I work in community and…
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