About the Me I Wish I Were: A fake bio

Best-selling fantasy author Cass Morris splits most of her time between two homes, a ski chalet in Wintergreen, Virginia and a seaside villa on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. When she’s not traveling the world to appear at conventions, to research along the Mediterranean, or to allow herself to be courted by castle-owning members of the British aristocracy, she teaches creative writing at an esteemed university near her Virginia…


[News Flash] November 5, 2017

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Thrity Umrigar! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Everybody’s Son. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to win a copy of EVERYBODY'S SON by @ThrityUmrigar https://t.co/f5tURCTkiz — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) November 4, 2017 News from the 2018 Debs:   Kimmery Martin just received word that she is keeping her original…


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

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…


On Fear

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…


Kimmery’s Top Five Writing Fears

1. Fear of Being Considered a Grey’s Anatomy Knockoff: I hear this a lot. My book contains some similarities to the TV show Grey’s Anatomy, apparently. That’s fine, especially because people love that show. For the record, though, I just wanna state: I have never, even once, watched it. I don’t like medical dramas, partly because I’ll fixate on some inaccurate detail and then ruin the show for everyone else…


An Essay on Fear

I have always been afraid. Whispering thoughts circle my head at night—so many things I’ve done, words I’ve said that I can’t take back. How my choices might hurt my children—the things that I can’t undo as well as the things that I don’t want to undo. I wonder what people really think about me, and who they tell. Will my children overhear them? It’s not lies I am afraid…


The Conquest of It

I really don’t like talking about fear. Oh, little fears, sure. I detest rollercoasters because I’m sure they’re going to break and kill me, I’ve been known to dive under picnic tables to get away from wasps which are clearly dark minions sent forth from the bowels of hell, and my horror of open water has been reinforced for decades by nightmares and augmented by that time my baby sister almost…

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[News Flash] October 29, 2017

Congratulations to Lee Elliott, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of SEVEN DAYS OF US, by Francesca Hornak.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Kellye Garrett, author of the DETECTIVE BY DAY series! Thanks, @kellyekell, author of the DETECTIVE BY DAY series, for visiting with us this week! Take a look! https://t.co/EWBRnOHcGN pic.twitter.com/8miQIhzDm0 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) October 29, 2017 Former Debutantes in the News: Former Deb Sarah Pekkanen has some…

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