I get by with a little help from my friends

Monday, June 4, 2018

I knew well in advance that I wanted to be a member of The Debutante Ball, and not only because it fulfilled some portion of my Southern soul that I failed to do justice to as a teenager. I’m a nerd who loves blogging, so the project excited me as soon as I learned about it. I followed the 2017 Debs, some of whom I also knew through 17 Scribes,…

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My Support System Has a Few Unexpected Characters…

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

My support system is made up of people from several different categories. Other Writers: As a memoirist, my writing process has involved a lot of painful revisiting of unhappy memories combined with absolute terror over people actually reading it. Luckily, there is a wonderful Facebook Binders group of women memoirists that is filled with other women on the same journey.  There is always someone around to vent to, or to…

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5 Resolutions for @Only_Mama’s Debut Year

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Finish the first draft of my novel. (OK, second draft, but that’s only because the real first draft was so terrible it demanded an entire rewrite.) I love writing fiction, however, it’s way harder for me. I’d like to be halfway decent at it, and the only way to do it is to read more great fiction and write more fiction. Which means I am allowed to read a lot…

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The Conquest of It

Monday, October 30, 2017

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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Running Down a Dream

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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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Didn’t See That Coming: My Debut Year’s “OMG” Moments

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

For about thirty years, I hoped that I would write and publish a book. And then it happened. Thirty years is a long time to anticipate something, and yet, the year has been full of surprises. There were a lot of things that I was anxious about from the outset, but there were many that I never expected. I’ve had loads of “OMG” moments — both good and bad. Here…

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Writing While Female Or: No Boys Allowed?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Who run the world? Girls (girls) Who run the world? Girls (girls) -Beyoncé Knowles To preface this post, let me tell you a little about my home life: My family is made up of four large men, my husband and my three sons (ages 17, 20, and 23). And I have a boy dog. My apartment is buzzing with male energy and male smells. Boxers fill the laundry baskets and oversized…

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Time for the Weekly Deb NewsFlash!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Congratulations to Stacie Tyson, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO by Margaret George. We send our thanks to former Deb Colleen Oakley for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH or enter to win a copy by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/ @OakleyColleen + #DebBallGiveaway of CLOSE ENOUGH…

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Deb Ball News Flash: Another Week in the Lives of Debut Writers

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Congratulations to Kathryn Balteff, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of WRITING HARD STORIES by Melanie Brooks. We send our thanks to Margaret George for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of THE CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO or enter to win a copy by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/ Margaret George + #DebBallGiveaway of CONFESSIONS…

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A Good Idea, A Game Plan, And Flexibility For The Win

Thursday, September 29, 2016

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 be honest, because I was previously agented for a different project), starting with my query…

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