On being a Method Author

Friday, December 16, 2016

I am what they call a Method Author (or did I just make that term up? If so, I am a genius!) It’s similar to that of a method actor, when they immerse themselves in extreme surroundings or situations in order to prepare for a role. I love learning what actors go through to make characters more believable. One of the most famous examples, for “The Last of the Mohicans” Daniel…

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Focusing in Paradise

Friday, December 9, 2016

As a writer with A.D.D, I know ALL about writing through distractions and attempting to keep focus. This past week has been particularly tough due to these amazing Cape Town views. Like, how does anyone expect me to write when the weather is gorgeous and there’s not a cloud in the sky? Same thing happens during the summer in New York. All I want to do is be outside in…

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Interview with Mindy McGinnis + Giveaway of THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Look who we got in the guest chair today! None other than authoress Mindy McGinnis. As her bio state: “McGinnis delivers a dark and riveting contemporary YA novel that blends the unflinching honesty of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak with the relentless pacing and alternating perspectives of Gone Girl.” Whew! Impressive!     If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of the stunning, unforgettable page-turner THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES!! Or retweet on Twitter,…

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Interview with Camille Perri + A Giveaway of THE ASSISTANTS

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Debutante Ball is thrilled to welcome author Camille Perri to the guest chair! Her debut novel THE ASSISTANTS, released in May 2016, is a fast-paced, fabulous book that J. Courtney Sullivan calls “addictive, hilarious, and smart. It’s “9 to 5 for the student loan generation,” and Publishers Weekly describes it as “if the characters from HBO’s Girls were capable of larceny and blackmail.” I loved meeting Camille at the Point Street Reading Series…

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I’m Not Just A Girl…

Friday, September 9, 2016

Four years ago this October, a hurricane named Sandy arrived to NY with a dream. Of course, we had seen hurricanes before but were cocky in our assumptions that nothing Mother Nature birthed could truly touch us. Until the waters swallowed up our streets and the winds knocked off our crowns. Sandy succeeded where her predecessors failed. After Sandy made her debut, my office on Wall Street was closed for…

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I’m Like a Rash

Thursday, September 1, 2016

I’ve met people whose knowledge and everything else will die with them, as Shel Silverstein conceived in this poem: I’m grateful to report that Jennifer S. Brown is no such hoarder. She selflessly forked over all she learned and endured as first at bat. Aya explained the “conceptual cover” and convinced me there’s no harm asking contacts for support (after all, the boys all do it). Louise laid the emotional reality…

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Being an Author, Not a Writer

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Something horrible happened to me the day I became an author: I stopped being a writer. I spent six years working on THE LOST GIRLS. It was the great pleasure of my life, second only to raising my children. Each morning I woke up and immediately started figuring out how I could avoid as many of my obligations as possible so I could spend more time writing. Days when I…

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Where Are They Now? Deb Susan Gloss Talks Foreign Editions & a Fashion Shoot

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Editor’s Note: This week we’re catching up with last year’s Debs and seeing what they’ve been writing, publishing and working on since they were last on the Ball. Today, we welcome back Susan Gloss, author of VINTAGE. Hello Debs and readers! Thanks for having me back. A lot has happened since I last logged in to the Deb Ball dashboard to write my farewell post. One highlight was getting to be…

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Guest Saturday with YA Author Liz Czukas + GIVEAWAY

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Sometimes you want an adorable, funny, all-around delightful book about teenagers doing teenagery things– and our guest this week, Liz Czukas is a master. Her latest book, TOP TEN CLUES YOU’RE CLUELESS, arrives in stores Tuesday, December 9. According to Liz, TOP TEN CLUES YOU’RE CLUELESS is what happens when you spend too much time watching the high school students who work at your regular grocery store (not in a creepy…

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Guest Saturday: Perseverance and Snake Wrangling with Hillary Monahan

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Stopping by The Ball this week is the frightfully talented Hillary Monahan, debut author of the scary YA novel MARY: THE SUMMONING. The book explores the urban myth of Bloody Mary, making her less myth and more vengeful specter. As I’m a full blown coward when it comes to horror of any kind (I was particularly scarred by the Bloody Mary story in fourth grade and removed all mirrors from my bedroom…

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