So this is my first post, and the first post of the 2012 Debs, as we receive the baton passed from the awesome, shiny, talented and just absolutely lovely class of 2011 Debs. Wow, these are some big shoes to fill and I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’m nervous about trying to live up to the legacy that Kim, Sarah, Eleanor, Elise and Tawna and all the past groups have created.
Well, I’d better just jump in.
I’m Joanne and I’m going to be your Monday Deb for this year, so I’m definitely going to try to be funny and witty so your Monday Blahs turn into Monday HA HAs. Okay, that was lame. Sorry about that. Yes, sometimes I do get corny, but people tell me that’s part of my charm. Well, my mom does, anyway.
But back to me and who I am. I’m the Canadian (eh!) representative of this year’s Debs, so I will talk a lot about pop (not soda) and the escalating cost of hydro (not electricity) and most importantly, Tim Horton’s, which incidentally originated in my home town.
My middle grade book, SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE, will be published by Bloomsbury Kids in June 2012. It’s not the first novel I’ve written, nor the second or even, um, the tenth. Let’s just say Joanne got a LOT of practice writing novels before she finally got it right. But I’m super happy to be here and I’ve wanted to be a Deb for a very long time. A while back, the class of 2008 took pity on me invited me to write a guest post about publishing perceptions versus publishing realities. Boy, do I know about the realities! And for anyone following along, my Snoopy pajamas wore out long before I got my book deal. True story.
As for the personal stuff about me, I’m a married DINK with a menagerie of pets that I have a feeling you’re going to get to know over the next year. Zoe is our most recent adoptee; at 8 months, this sweet little black Lab is definitely keeping us on our toes.
But isn’t she beautiful? Chester is our younger cat who adores Zoe and wants to lay and snuggle with her at every opportunity. Simon is our quiet, low-key cat, who came to us almost thirteen years ago, just days after my husband and I got married.
And then there’s Gabby, the evil bird who is definitely a cousin to Jenny Gardiner’s Graycie, if not in blood, then definitely in attitude (speaking of blood…). Don’t be fooled when you hear Gabby say HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Or ask you sweetly what a dog says (and then follow up with a bark); she’s buttering you up and would gladly throw you over if you come between her and her man (my husband – she does have good taste, I’ll give her that). If you see ghastly bites on my hand, you’ll know I’ve recently made that mistake.
My weekdays are spent in an office, huddled over a computer, planning meetings, managing calendars and ordering coffee as the Executive Assistant to a bank VP. My weekends are spent huddled over a computer creating books for kids that I think I would have liked to read back in the days before mortgages and taxes were on my radar. Basically, I spend a lot of time huddled over computers; massage gift certificates always welcome.
But back to the important stuff. I’m just so excited to be here, and in the short time that I’ve had so far with Molly, Rachel, Linda and Erika, I have come to know that we’re going to have a GREAT year. I’ve got my gloves and tiara on already and am so looking forward to dancing with all of you!
69 Replies to “Deb Joanne Says Hello!”
Tim Horton’s and coffee every Monday sounds good to me! You look lovely in your gloves and tiara and I can not wait to share your book with friends, family and random strangers who don’t appear to be the sort to call the police on me when I thrust your book into their children s’ hands. My agent represents Chris Grabenstein, whose middle grade ghost stories are the greatest. I re-read my middle grade books from my own childhood all the time. They become lifelong friends – just like the Debs.
Welcome! I’ll be backstage if you need me.
Thanks, Kim. Wow, between you and my mom, my book will be a bestseller in no time!
Ha! LOVE the outfit, dahling! I KNEW I was going to adore being a part of this group. 😀
Zoe looks adorable, and Gabby looks totally badass. I can see why anyone with half a brain wouldn’t dare come between her and her man.
Thanks for kicking us off in such a grand fashion! This is going to be a fun year.
I’m glad you liked the outfit, Linda – I took great pains to find just the right tiara and boa (you know, from the rack at the dollar store). And yeah, this is just the tip of the iceberg – we’re going to have a LOT of fun this year!
Hooray, Joanne! You look mah-velous, darling.
Great outfit, Joanne! I don’t know that I could pull off the gloves. Looking forward to a year of getting to know each other better, and celebrating our big debuts. I love any excuse to read middle-grade fiction. Or middle-grade magazines, if that includes articles about Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. Just saying…
If I can pull off the gloves, you can definitely pull off the gloves! I’m so looking forward to our year together, Rachel!
Hi, Joanne! Looking forward to your book and your Monday posts – this one made me smile/laugh so you’re off to a good start already. Love your pets!
This is SUCH a relief, Madeline! Thank you for saying so!
I was grieving the departure of my other debs, but I feel fine now. A laugh on Monday (or any day) is a good thing. Each day I give an imaginary award to the first person who causes me to laugh out loud. Perhaps someday you’ll win; I’ll give you every advantage.
Aw, thank you, Gail. The 2011 Debs left big shoes to fill, I’m so glad my first post is at least in the ballpark! And I’m aiming for that award!
JOANNE IS AWESOME! Looking forward to your Monday posts. Looking even more forward to Small Medium at Large. You rock and look smashing in those gloves.
Amy, you’re pretty AWESOME yourself. You rock, sister! Thanks for coming out to say hi and not totally laughing AT me in those gloves. You’re not, right? 😉
That picture is too adorable – love it! I’m so glad you agreed to join the Debs, and I’m so looking forward to reading your book.
Here’s to cats named Chester, Tim Horton’s, and fabulous debut years!
Thanks, Eleanor. And yes, here’s to Chesters, Tims and awesome debut years!
This whole month has been bittersweet, losing my beloved 2011 Debs, but you’re starting the 2012 class off with a bang!
Thanks so much, Jen – I’m glad you stuck around!
Oh, it would take a lot to drive me away. I am a committed fan and friend of the Debs!
I think you’re pretty much an honorary Deb at this point. I’mma get you your own tiara!
See? Another reason for you to come back to Chicago…
Oh, Joanne–THAT is an awesome picture (my daughters give two thumbs up and well, they know from ball attire and poses!)–talk about raising the bar!
I am so excited for all of us to be here and you’ve kicked it off with a boa and a bang–it doesn’t get much better than that!
Thank you to you and your daughters, Erika! Woof back to Olive!
Oh, and I can’t believe in all my kudo-ing excitement, I neglected to say how awesome it is to meet your clan–love the pictures! Olive the wonder-pup sends out a big, sparkling, woof to them all!
LOVE the pic, and all your pets!!! My dad had a bird who looked very similar. Its name was “Mooka,” and it spoke in an exact imitation of my dad’s voice… so naturally my daughter started calling my dad “Pop-Pop Mooka.” The bird is long gone (not dead — he was a casualty of divorce), but the name stuck — my dad is now forever named after his ex-African Gray.
Okay, I love this story, Elise. My bird speaks mostly in my voice and it’s pretty hilarious when she and I get to laughing together.
I think that needs to be a video clip on Deb Dish one of these weeks — just sayin’
Ha! Maybe-Gabby is so uncooperative that you just never know if she’ll ‘perform’ when the camera is on, but I might just give it a try.
Oh my gah! The picture is absolutely darling. You are the queen of hilarity. Congrats on your awesome book and your awesome position as a Deb. Super excited for all of you Debs and wishing you a fabulous year.
Aw, shucks. A very special extra thank you for coming by today, Lisa, since I know you’re busy, being that it’s the day before your mega-super-cool book, THE UNWANTEDS launches!
Everyone: pick up a copy, it’s way awesome!
Mazal Tov Joanne from your first cousin to respond. We are all so proud of you and your accomplishments. Can’t wait to read your book and send one to my grand children. Keep up the great work.
Thank you, Cousin Sheryl! I suspect my mother is behind your visiting here today. Thanks, Mom!
Joanne!! 1) Awesome job kicking off the 2012 season! Does this count as your coming-out party? 2) Have I mentioned that I am SO EXCITED to read your book? and 3) I want to NOMNOMNOM your puppy (if I can figure out a way to do so without getting a mouthful of fur…)!
Thanks, Molly. Well, Zoe got furminated (http://www.furminator.com/) yesterday, so she should be fairly tidy today. She’s at home, sleeping in her crate, completely clueless about her new fame.
Welcome Joanne! I look forward to your posts this year.
Thanks so much, Kathy!
It’s totally you, dahling! Great post. I will be checking in every Monday!
Ha! Thanks, Bev! Will I see you next week? You can tell me what you REALLY think. 😉
Great stuff! Enjoyed reading it. Loved the outfit too. How original.
The MAHJ GROUP is here! You have no idea what that means to me! Thanks so much for coming by and leaving a comment, Cele…er…Mrs. Steinberg.
Next week is looking completely crazy, so I’m afraid to commit to the tweetup at this point, but I do hope to make it at some point during the evening…
LOVE that photo of you, Joanne. 🙂
So excited for you and the rest of the Debs.
Thanks, Maureen! Just wait ’till you see what the rest of the Debs have in store!
Oh Yes the cousin’s the mahj group and anyone else who will hear me about my daughter who is an awesome writer.
Love the get-up.
Looking forward to reading all about the Debs for 2012 Good luck to all of you
FINALLY, the obligatory MOM post. Thank you, Mother, for navigating the interwebs and sending this post to everyone you know! I’ll let you take me out to dinner tomorrow night to celebrate. 😉
Welcome to the ball!!! So glad to see you’re off and twirling already. I, too, have a houseful of fur babies and adore every one of them. Can’t wait to hear more about your critters!
Thanks, Tawna! Wow, this extremely warm welcome is starting to feel a bit overwhelming!
woo-hoo! I’ve been looking forward to you being on this dance floor. Welcome!
YAY, thanks for stopping by, Eileen! I hope my posts are even 1/4 as funny as yours always were.
LOVE the pic, Joanne. I am going to imagine you wearing that and posing like that every day this year. Awesome.
And of course, I’m thrilled to see you here at The Ball, at very long last. You’re going to kick butt.
Danielle, I think you’re onto me – I was planning to don that outfit every Sunday night as I write my post. Thank you for the faith and warm welcome!
You’re a superstar! Glad to know ya.
Thanks, Caroline – you’re quite the superstar yourself! If you lived closer, we could hang out and listen to Duran Duran. 🙂
SO proud of you, cuz!
Of course the photo’s amazing. YOU TOOK IT! But you knew that. Thanks, Cuz.
Ack! I’m so late to the ball today but happy to be here! And thrilled that Graycie and I got a special Deb Mention!!! Yes, those evil parrots…And I’m beyond thrilled to see Deb Joanne here, looking downright Mahvelous in her Deb-wear–love the picture! You guys are going to LOVE her–she’s a riot! So welcome to the Deb sisterhood and welcome all the new Debs–it’s a great group you’re now a part of and if you ever need help just give a yell!
Thanks, Jenny. Yeesh, no pressure or anything! Heh, thanks for the warm welcome!
I hate being left out of anything!! So–Joanne, congratulations and best wishes from me too!! I am delighted to be the first and only person (other than your mother) who can bring congratulations on behalf of BOTH the cousins club and the Tuesday night Mah Jong group!!
Thanks, Terri! I love the cousins AND the Mahj group representation! Just think, now you ladies have one more thing to talk about on Tuesday nights. 😉
Yay, Joanne! Welcome to the sisterhood!
Thanks so much, Katie! I’m in such good company here.
The boa makes the outfit, daaahling … you are freakin’ gorgeous!! And I am in love with your puppy! And your book title! And now Mondays … definitely love Mondays now!
Oh Gina, you’re so sweet! I am definitely feeling the love!!!
Oh Joannie, I always knew you were a DIVA at heart. Thanks for the Monday giggle and congrats!
And I Love love love the photo. 🙂
Yes, a diva who goes to bed before 10 and misses a bunch of cool comments. So glad you like the photo, Tammy, and thanks for being here!
Congratulations. Looking forward to an autographed copy (even if I am a senior) I will
read it for sure. Great outfit, and great looking dog as well.
Keep up the good work.
Thanks so much, Gwen! I look forward to autographing a copy for you and every other member of the Mahj Group! Thanks for stopping by.
welcome to the ball! I’m soooo jealous! I guess that should motivate me to WRITE MORE!! Love the photo!
Missy Olive – thanks for dropping by. KEEP WRITING!
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