I Owe You The Moon

  There are a great many people to whom I owe a hefty debt of gratitude for the fact that in just a few months I’ll be able to walk into my local indie and see a piece of my heart on the shelf. Each and every one of those people (Hopefully! Good glory, you would not believe the nightmares!) will be thanked in my acknowledgments. But there are a…

September 15, 2017
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5 people Without Whom My Book Wouldn’t Exist

September 14, 2017

  My siblings will not be surprised to discover that I’m going to cheat in my list of five by combining many people within one category. They will also not be surprised to learn that I don’t care that I’m cheating. But here it is. I’ve crammed as many of you as possible into each group. Sorry about the crowd.   # 1 – My parents. Since childhood, they’ve always…

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In Which Kimmery Thanks Five People* You Wouldn’t Expect

September 13, 2017

For this post about people without whom The Queen of Hearts would not exist, I decided to go rogue in order to list a few unexpected influencers: a cranky genius, a maligned but immensely successful author of erotica, a fictional six-year-old, a group of 70,000 over-sharers, and, uh, me. To the usual suspects in a thank-you list (my agent, my editor, my beta readers, my writing groups, and my long-suffering…

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No Woman is an Island

June 5, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about our support networks. Who helps keep us on track? Who cheers us on? Who gives it to us like it is? I’ve got a long list of people who help bolster me and keep me afloat: My husband, Joe, who is my best friend, my partner in crime, my chef, my biggest supporter and the love of my life. The Grub Street writing…

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The Best Kind of Editing

April 10, 2017

This week, instead of doing our taxes, the Debs are talking about auditing, err, editing.  In the fall of 2007, I took a novel-in-progress class at Grub Street with instructor and author, Lisa Borders. It was the first time I was showing anyone the novel I was working on, which turned out to be the early drafts of FEAST OF SORROW.  It was there that I met Anjali Mitter Duva,…

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January News Flash! Read All About It!

January 15, 2017

Congratulations to Sarah Fox, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE MARRIAGE LIE! We send our thanks to author Susan Rivers for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of THE SECOND MRS. HOCKADAY. Or you can enter to win a copy by retweeting on twitter: Enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win THE SECOND MRS. HOCKADAY by Susan Rivers! RT to Enter,… https://t.co/BNDrO2xDYO pic.twitter.com/BATTaQbqzz —…

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My Brief Stint as a Jet-Setter

January 10, 2017

I was an awkward 6th grader, living in Dallas, Texas, when I got what just may be the single most attractive, glamorous invitation of my whole life: I was asked to go on a private plane to Disneyland. It was unthinkable really, way too good to be true. Not only would this be the coolest trip ever, but I had been invited by the coolest girl in my class. When…

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The Anti-Role Model: Can You Be Creative and Happy?

Dorothy Parker in backyard of residence at 412 West 47th Street, New York City
April 19, 2016

At one point in my young adulthood, I realized that all the writers I looked up to were either drunks, depressives, or both. As I’ve mentioned before, I live my life in a Midnight in Paris state of mind: I glamorize the past. Though I know that the 1920s saw an emancipation of sorts for women exerting their freedom, it was still a time of restrictions and rules and, of…

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A Debut Author Gives Thanks

November 23, 2015

  The first thing I do when I open a new book is read the acknowledgements page. It’s so moving to see the writer expressing appreciation for everyone who has helped her along the way. Before I began writing a novel I used to marvel at how many people an author would thank. How could so many people be involved in the making of something that is such a solitary…

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