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

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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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…

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Running Down a Dream

When my first book is published, I will be forty-seven years old. This dream has been cyclical—one I’ve embraced and abandoned multiple times throughout my life. I wrote my first story in the sixth grade. It was depressing: An old, lonely widow (who loves celery) visits the grave of his wife. I gave it to my dad for his birthday, and was baffled by how hard he laughed after he…

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Kimmery Is Not Old

I just got around to checking this week’s topic and nearly fell off my chair when I realized what it is: Debuting As a Writer When You’re An Ancient, Shriveled Fossil. So many things wrong here. First, I am not old. I mean, I don’t feel old, but possibly that is because I am immature for my age.* Second, I was thinking of passing myself off as a twenty-something author—possibly…

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Writing Books and Chasing Dreams—But First, Survive the Diaper Years

I sat in my very first writer’s workshop the week after I left my soon-to-be-ex-husband.  I was going to chase my dreams, damn it, along with raising two boys in diapers and finding a job and a place to live.  The presenter said something along the lines of, “you can’t write a memoir before you are forty,” or maybe it was, “no one wants to publish a memoir by someone…

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Lying in Wait

When I decided I wanted to be a professional writer, I was eleven years old, and at that time, it seemed utterly impossible that I wouldn’t be famous by the time I finished high school. I mean, that seemed like plenty of time. Seven years? That was more than half my life so far! In many of the stories written during those pre-teen and early-teen years, the main characters died…

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[News Flash] October 22

Congratulations to Marilyn, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of BEYOND THE EMPIRE by K.B. Wagers.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Francesca Hornak! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Seven Days of Us. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet:   Take a peek at this wonderful interview and RT for a chance to win a copy of SEVEN DAYS OF US by @FrancescaHornak!…

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Interview with Francesca Hornak, Author of SEVEN DAYS OF US

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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Julie’s Personality Type: I, I, I, I (with a little S, F and J)

This picture is just a joke. I don’t have a cat. I’ve never been hooked on personality types to explain why I am the way I am. I’m an introvert, and I usually put a period at the end of that sentence. Why go on? But this week we’re talking about how our personalities influence our writing, so I decided to take a few personality tests and see what else…

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