Editing a World

Monday, February 26, 2018

This post about edit letters is really a post about worldbuilding, because that’s a lot of what my edit letters were about. Oh, there were things about character arcs and pacing and such, too, but much of that went into the manuscript comments. My edit letters, particularly the longest that I received from the first of my two editors, were a lot about world-building. In a successful fantasy novel, the…


Julie’s Three Easy Steps to Writing Through Distraction

Thursday, January 11, 2018

My entire life is a distraction. From the moment my children wake up in the morning to the moment they fall asleep, it seems their sole goal in life is to make sure I never complete a task from start-to-finish without being called away from it at least once. When it comes to (“There is a spider in the bathroom and no one can pee until you get it”) writing,…


How My Creativity Found Me

Thursday, October 12, 2017

I come from a right-brained family. As a child, I’d wander the neighborhood, lost in my imagination, while my brother would stay home and draw. I never thought of what I did as being creative though. That was my brother, who knew he was going to be a comic book artist from a very young age. I left the art to him, and spent all my time reading. But many years…


A Tribute to the 2017 Debs: My Highlight Reel

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

With gratitude, sadness, excitement, and pride, I say good-bye to The Debutante Ball. I have so much respect for the incoming 2018 Debs, Cass, Kimmery, Kaitlyn, Lara, and Julie, so it feels wonderful to hand the Deb Ball over to these accomplished, smart women writers. I wish them all the very best. And I send my thanks once again to the 2016 Debs for allowing me the honor of participating…


The Second Time Around

Monday, August 7, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about what’s ahead–second books.  A few days ago I wrote the last word on the first draft of a book called THE SECRET CHEF, about Bartolomeo Scappi, the cuoco segreto (literally secret chef but meaning private chef) to several Renaissance cardinals and a few Popes. It’s a different era than FEAST OF SORROW, which is set in ancient Rome, so it meant that I…


NewsFlash: Final Week To Apply For The Deb Class of 2018!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Calling All Debut Authors! Want to be part of a lovely, tight-knit group of writers? Want to go through your debut year as a member of The Debutante Ball? We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 class! Information on who is eligible and how to apply can be found right here! Congratulations to Diana Fahrenbruck, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of GIRL IN DISGUISE by Greer Mccallistar. We were so excited…


Newsflash: Debs at work!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Congratulations to Lee Elliott, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE WAGES OF SIN by Kaite Welsh. We were so pleased to welcome Kelly J. Ford as our guest yesterday. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of COTTONMOUTHS or enter to win a copy by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet:   RT to Enter! Interview with @Kelly_J_Ford + #DebBallGiveaway of #COTTONMOUTHS https://t.co/bK9EmwKrjM pic.twitter.com/ILGgQnz7K3 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall)…


NewsFlash! Readings, Reviews, and Rest!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Congratulations to Emmy Neal, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Jennifer Latham’s DREAMLAND BURNING. We send our thanks to former Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IS NOT RUINED or retweet the following tweet to enter to win a hardcover copy! RT to Enter! Win @DanielleYUllman‘s #EverythingBeautifulisnotRuined for this week’s… https://t.co/dDuMA9X08B pic.twitter.com/Tc00HsZrTT — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) February 25,…


NewsFlash: The Debs are at their desks and on the road!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Congratulations to Kathy Roberts, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Lynn Hall’s CAGED EYES: AN AIR FORCE CADET’S STORY OF RAPE AND RESILIENCE We send our thanks to Jennifer Latham for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of DREAMLAND BURNING or retweet the following tweet to enter to win a hardcover copy! Interview with Jennifer Latham + #DebBallGiveaway of #DreamlandBurning! RT to Enter! https://t.co/wzuUJjQhKu pic.twitter.com/FFQF0P6F7X — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) February 18, 2017 You can…


2017 is the Year of the Crystal

Monday, January 2, 2017

It’s also the Year of the Amy, the Tiffany, the Lynn and the Jenni, because it’s the year when our books will shake the world! This week the Debs are writing about our New Years dreams, resolutions, hopes, goals, and ambitions.  On April 25th, my dream will come true. I’ll truly be a published author. It’s the start of what I hope will be a long, lucrative career. But, unless…