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

Saturday, December 16, 2017

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

Friday, December 15, 2017

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

Saturday, December 9, 2017

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

Friday, December 8, 2017

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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First Drafts: Messy, Fickle Beasts

Friday, December 1, 2017

As of this post, I’ve written four complete novels, six detailed synopses, and roughly one million poems and short stories. And I’m here to tell you that while first drafts do get easier, they never stop being messy, fickle beasts. In fact, I was just talking a friend about this very subject. My first (trunked) novel was an exercise in meandering. I had no deadlines, no critique partners, and I…

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A Poet No Longer

Friday, November 24, 2017

This week we’re talking about the roads not taken. I’ve already talked a bit about some of the career paths I might’ve walked down (You can read more of that here.), so I thought I might talk a little bit about the fork in the road that I faced with my writing. Long ago, in a faraway land, I looked at one of my most trusted writing professors (Michael Knight….

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Three Reasons Fast Drafting Is For Me

Friday, November 17, 2017

(And how long it took me to get here.) I love the IDEA of NaNo, y’all, but I’ve never even gotten close to NaNo-type word counts. I have huge admiration for those who have, and someday, I’m going to do it. But now, let’s talk about why it appeals to me: FAST DRAFTING. Fast drafting is glorious. It forces me to plan, to get my brain out of the way,…

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Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda… or Not.

Sometimes I like to sit down and think about all the parallel universes where other Kaitlyns are going about their daily lives having walked down paths wildly divergent from my own. Here’s a peek at a few of those other universes. Before I (TO THE ENDLESS DISAPPOINTMENT OF ADULT KAITLYN) Decided I Hated Science: Kaitlyn Sage Patterson is an equine veterinarian. She lives on a sprawling farm tucked up against…

Friday, November 10, 2017
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On Fear

Friday, November 3, 2017

Publishing is rife with fear. Fear of bad reviews, fear of being dragged, fear of being forgotten or never published again or having our books canceled. And the thing is, some of these fears will, inevitably, be realized. We writers aren’t perfect, and the publishing industry certainly isn’t perfect. Something is bound to go wrong. I realize that, as I write this, I’m in the calm before the storm. I’m done…

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Into the Future

At the end of my MFA thesis defense, someone asked me what I wanted to do next. I’d been thinking about this question for a while, and I told the committee that I thought I might try my hand at writing for young people. After a few moments of resounding, deeply uncomfortable silence, someone told me that I should stick to poetry and literary fiction. The underlying implication, that books…

Friday, October 27, 2017
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