Meet the Deb Class of 2014

The 2014 Debutantes are:

  • MondayLori Rader Day, author of The Black Hour (Seventh Street Books, July 2014)
  • Tuesday: Natalia Sylvester, author of Chasing the Sun (Lake Union/New Harvest, June 2014)
  • Wednesday: Susan Gloss, author of Vintage (William Morrow/HarperCollins, March 2014)
  • Thursday: Heather Webb, author of Becoming Josephine (Plume/Penguin, December 2013)
  • Friday: Lisa Alber, author of Kilmoon (Muskrat Press, March 2014)

A little bit more about each of the 2014 debs, in order of publication dates:

13H HeatherDEB HEATHER WEBB: Author of Becoming Josephine (Plume/Penguin, December 2013)

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Heather grew up a military brat and naturally became obsessed with travel, culture, and languages. She put her degrees to good use teaching high school French for nearly a decade before turning to full time writing and editing.

As a freelance editor, Heather spends oodles of time helping writers find their voice and hone their skills–something she adores. She may often be found Twittering helpful links, sharing writing advice and author interviews on her blog Between the Sheets, or teaching novel writing in her community. Other favorite haunts are, where she contributes to the Editor’s Posts and Writer Unboxed where she poses as Twitter mistress. Her first women’s historical novel, BECOMING JOSEPHINE: A NOVEL, releases from Plume/Penguin December 31, 2013.


13H Lisa AlberDEB LISA ALBER, Author of Kilmoon (Muskrat Press, March 2014)

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Lisa Alber received an Elizabeth George Foundation writing grant based on Kilmoon, A County Clare Mystery (Muskrat Press, March 2014), in addition to a Walden Fellowship. Her short story “Paddy O’Grady’s Thigh” appeared in Two of the Deadliest (HarperCollins), an anthology edited by New York Times bestseller Elizabeth George. In addition, Lisa was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for the story “Eileen and the Rock.”

A Californian with a penchant for travel, animal advocacy, and photography, Lisa worked in international finance and book publishing before exchanging the corporate ladder (no more business suits!) for storytelling. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with a one-eyed rescue spaniel and an accident-prone cat. You can find Lisa online at


13H Susan GlossDEB SUSAN GLOSS, Author of Vintage (William Morrow/HarperCollins, March 2014)

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Susan Gloss is the author of the novel Vintage (William Morrow/HarperCollins, March 2014). She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in English and Spanish, and the University of Wisconsin Law School. She lives on Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband, young son, and a neurotic hound dog. She balances–or attempts to, anyway–writing and family time with working as an attorney, curating an online vintage shop at, and writing about food for Edible Madison magazine.



13H Natalia SylvesterDEB NATALIA SYLVESTER: Author of Chasing the Sun (Lake Union/New Harvest, June 2014)

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Born in Lima, Peru, Natalia Sylvester came to the U.S. at age four and grew up in South Florida, where she received a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Miami. A former magazine editor, she now works as a freelance journalist and copywriter. Her articles have appeared in Latina, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer magazines. Chasing the Sun, partially inspired by a family member’s kidnapping, will be published in June 2014 by Lake Union/New Harvest. She lives in Texas with her husband and two rescue dogs.


13H Lori Rader DayDEB LORI RADER DAY: Author of The Black Hour (Seventh Street Books, July 2014)

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Lori Rader Day is the author of The Black Hour, forthcoming in July 2014 from Seventh Street Books. She won Good Housekeeping’s first short story contest, chosen by bestselling author Jodi Picoult, and the Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction from The Madison Review. Lori blogs at and muses on Twitter at @LoriRaderDay.


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