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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Consolidated Characters: 5 People Without Whom My Book Wouldn’t Exist

September 12, 2017

In creative writing, we sometimes consolidate several people into one in the interest of not driving the reader crazy with an over-populated cast of characters. I’m doing so here to stretch my five people into many more because I have an inordinate love of finding loopholes. Here are five consolidated characters without whom Girlish wouldn’t exist. The Advisor: I was talking to a mentor about writing, and he said, “when are…

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4 Surprising (And Gratifying) Book Release Party Moments

June 29, 2017

This this the Debs are talking about book launches. I gotta say, the posts so far have been really informative. Crystal gave 10 tips for the best launch ever Amy hilariously listed out the dos and don’ts of a launch party Lynn talks about keeping it simple at a hometown reading And spoiler alert: Tiffany has 7 more tips for ya coming tomorrow. So, I thought I’d talk about some…

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A Memoirist’s Extra Layers of Gratitude

November 23, 2016

It didn’t matter how many times I took a crack at the acknowledgements for Caged Eyes, the note felt distressingly inadequate. There simply wasn’t enough space to convey the magnitude of my appreciation for the many, many people who played a part in my story becoming a memoir. Book publishing is a team sport. And memoir? It’s even more so. I’m immensely proud that Caged Eyes will be the first…

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Heaps of Gratitude for Life’s Awesome Shit

November 22, 2016

In the opening scene of SMALL ADMISSIONS, the reader is told that life has thrown “a huge piece of shit” in the main character Kate’s face. I often feel as though life is throwing terrible shit at me, and I know that’s bratty because while life isn’t always easy, there’s still much to be grateful for, politics aside. Thanksgiving, according to the Hallmark cards I saw today in CVS, is the…

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Celebrating Acceptance, Rejecting Rejection

September 6, 2016

When I sent in my application to The Debutante Ball to see if I could be one of the five lucky writers to participate this year, I knew I was putting myself in that familiar, yucky position we have all been in many times before: waiting nervously for either good news or bad. “How perfect,” I thought. My book, Small Admissions, is about exactly that — those absurd moments of waiting…

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Writers, Jealousy and Generosity

January 11, 2016

Okay, lets just get this out in the open. I am a jealous person. I don’t want to be a jealous person. I consider it one of my worst traits. I try to keep my envy in check, but occasionally it gets the best of me. A couple of years ago I was feeling a bit lost. My year-long novel workshop had ended, and I missed the structure and comfort…

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