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A Behind The Scenes Look: Editing BECOMING BONNIE

This week, the Deb’s are chatting about the editing of our novels. As writers, we pick up tricks of the trade as we go along. We never stop learning and improving. I like that about our industry. While revising my novel, BECOMING BONNIE, I felt like I had ample opportunities to grow (i.e. it required…
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15 Questions for Bonnie Parker Pre-Clyde

This week the Debs gals take on the point-of-view of their characters.  Many hear the name Bonnie Parker and think: American outlaw, bank robber, or of her counterpart, Clyde Barrow. But, who was Bonnie Parker before becoming part of the infamous ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ duo? With little known about Bonnie’s life pre-Clyde, I’d like to…
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The Becoming of BECOMING BONNIE (Aka Deleted Scenes)

This week, we’re sharing deleted scenes from our novels. BECOMING BONNIE has a bit of an interesting history, besides being inspired by history. When my agent and I pitched editors, the novel was originally for young adult audiences. We ended up with two offers, one from a young adult publisher and another from an adult publisher….
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Dear Google, I’d Be Lost Without You

This week the Debs are writing about technology. What do we use to help our writing, what couldn’t we live without?  For my post this week, I’d like to write… An open letter to Google, How do I love thee? Let me count the ways/products, that help me as an author. Chrome: I’ll be honest,…
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A Complex Cover for a Complex Book + An Excerpt from BECOMING BONNIE

This week’s Deb Ball topic is book titles and covers! Like many authors, getting my cover for BECOMING BONNIE was a moment I eagerly awaited. But, unlike a lot of authors, I didn’t have a strong visual of what I wanted. This is weird for me; I’m a really visual person. But, nope, my imagination kept…
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Lettin’ The Scene Roll—With Bonnie Parker

This week we’re writing about protagonists, in terms of conflict and drama. Do we make choices for them? Or let our characters lead the way? As a writer, I’m a mixture of a plotter and a seat-of-my-pants drafter. Considering I write historical fiction (and I don’t want to piss people off who study history…) I try to…
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A Good Idea, A Game Plan, And Flexibility For The Win

My path to publication had a few detours, pit stops & unexpected turns. But here I am: months away from my book babe hitting shelves. And, I can enthusiastically say my agent, Stacey Glick, is the mastermind behind my dream coming to fruition. I’ll prove it with a quick look at my journey (my second journey, to…
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Bonnie Parker: Promised the American Dream but Given the Great Depression

I’m very excited for my inaugural post, and for the opportunity to introduce myself and my debut novel, BECOMING BONNIE. So, Hi, I’m Jenni, kid wrangler by day and author by night. And, as you may’ve guessed from the title, my novel is about Bonnie Parker, as in half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde…
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