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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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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Interview with Jacinda Townsend, Author of SAINT MONKEY

Saturday, December 2, 2017

I’m excited to introduce our readers to Jacinda Townsend! I first heard of her at my MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she is a visiting facility member. I didn’t have the chance to work with her personally (she advises the fiction students, and I was in the creative nonfiction track) but I heard so many good things about her that I asked if she would participate in our…

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Interview with Christopher Meades + Giveaway of HANNA WHO FELL FROM THE SKY

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

  This summer, I was lucky enough to attend BookExpo, the big trade show in New York where the year’s brightest literary stars are introduced. In a sea of articulate, fascinating speakers at the conference, one stood out to me: Christopher Meades. His book, Hanna Who Fell from the Sky, sounded like one I’d want to read under any circumstances but after hearing his story, I was desperate to get…

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Interview with Laurie Jean Cannady + Giveaway for CRAVE

Saturday, November 11, 2017

I first met Dr. Laurie Jean Cannady at HippoCamp—Hippocampus Magazine’s 2016 writer’s conference. I have to admit that I was so awestruck to meet her in person that I didn’t talk to her for more than 96 seconds.  Writers are my rockstars, and I’m easily intimidated. It’s not that she was that terror-inducing as a person, it’s just that I loved her book, CRAVE: SOJOURN OF A HUNGRY SOUL so…

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Interview + Giveaway with Thrity Umrigar, Author of EVERYBODY’S SON

Saturday, November 4, 2017

I was first introduced to Dr. Thrity Umrigar’s work last spring when she and I both had the honor of having pieces we wrote performed in Lit Cleveland’s staged reading, Crossing Borders: Immigrant Narratives, a part of Cleveland State University’s Cleveland Humanities Festival. Intrigued to discover that my local writing community included a writer of her caliber, I ordered her latest novel, EVERYBODY’S SON. Umrigar’s book is a complex and…

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An interview with Kellye Garrett, author of the DETECTIVE BY DAY series

Saturday, October 28, 2017

This week’s guest at the Deb Ball is a force to be reckoned with. Kellye Garrett has, in addition to writing a highly acclaimed mystery novel, spearheaded the 17 Scribes group of 2017 debuts for over a year now. She has tirelessly devoted herself to organizing the group and celebrating each release, and I daresay it’s largely due to her that it’s so robust and active. Her own debut, Hollywood Homicide,…

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Interview with Francesca Hornak, Author of SEVEN DAYS OF US

Saturday, October 21, 2017

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advance copy of Francesca Hornak’s debut novel SEVEN DAYS OF US last spring at BookExpo. This is exactly the kind of book I like most: clever, snarky, touching, relatable. She’s a gifted writer, filling the pages with finely-wrought sentences so engaging in their own right, you could read them without a plot and still enjoy the book. Fortunately, however, there…

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Interview with K. B. Wagers, Author of BEYOND THE EMPIRE

Saturday, October 14, 2017

I am absolutely delighted to introduce the Deb Ball readers to one of my favorite author friends — hell, one of my favorite people. K.B. Wagers and I met at the Sirens Conference last year, and within 24 hours of knowing each other were singing Hamilton in her hotel room. Yes; all of it. So imagine my delight when I picked up her book and it was awesome. Behind the Throne and After the Crown are…

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Guest Post – Jennifer Caloyeras

Saturday, October 7, 2017

I’m so excited to introduce today’s guest on The Debutante Ball! Jennifer Caloyeras – author of two young adult novels (Urban Falcon, 2009 and Strays, 2015) and now her brand new book of short stories UNRULY CREATURES!   Jennifer and I have been friends since our older sons went to preschool together, and our younger sons were born just a month apart. I’ve watched Jennifer accomplish so many great things in…

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