My Debut Year: Standing in My Truth

August 23, 2017

Publishing Caged Eyes has changed the surface of my life as dramatically as the events of the actual memoir. When you stand in your authentic truth, powerful things happen – hard things, sad things – but ultimately all positive. I have no idea how many copies I have sold, and frankly, I try hard not to care. As an author, those numbers matter, but as an advocate, they are completely…

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Make New Friends But Keep The Old

August 16, 2017

My 2017 reading list has been a lot like that old song: “Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold. A circle is round, it has no end. That’s how long, I will be your friend.” But of course in this instance, I’m talking about book friends. I relish returning to the books which have moved me in the past. Two of my new…

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What Sophomore Book?

August 9, 2017

This week we’re blogging about our second book efforts. I’m here to weigh in as the Deb Ball Team slacker! Yes, I’m the only one of the five who does not have a second book in at least a completed draft form… …and I’m okay with that. I’ve already written a few times here about my struggle to write my follow-up memoir to Caged Eyes. I believe in this second…

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Summer Turns Me Into a Dirt-Bag Trail Runner

July 26, 2017

I wait all fall, winter, and spring for summer. I watch the snow melt on the peaks just west of my house, waiting for the days when I can go on high-country trail runs or climbs without bringing snow shoes and avalanche beacons. I recognize I’m extremely privileged to take off for weeks at a time in the summer to camp and run in the mountains. For me, summer means…

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Two Lies and a Truth

July 19, 2017

What would a Wednesday post be without my usual memoirist tilt on the Debs’ topic? This week we’re writing random fun facts about ourselves, but since, as a memoirist, I have so many opportunity to talk about the details of my life, I thought it would be fun to instead FABRICATE! Novelists get to make crap up all the time, but I am extremely shackled to telling the truth. Not…

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Find the Joy…Even at Mile 93

July 12, 2017

Calling Debut Authors! Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Debutante Ball! Read this post to learn more. Hurry! THE DEADLINE IS JULY 28! This week we are writing about what we’ve learned in our debut year and what advice we’d give to forthcoming authors. My advice is simple: find the joy in this journey. One of the most surprising things about being a debut author is that in some ways, the stress is…

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Non-Resolutions are the Easiest to Keep

July 5, 2017

Well, I’m feeling quite smart at the moment. At the beginning of the year, I made a resolution to NOT write my second book, my follow-up memoir (the recovery half of the the ordeal I wrote about in Caged Eyes, centered around my journey to climb Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks). It turns out it’s super easy to keep resolutions which are a commitment to NOT do something difficult. Actually what I…

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A Long Letter to a Friend, aka my Memoir

June 14, 2017

I never used to be one of those people who dreams about showing up in public naked. That is, until I became a memoirist. Publishing a memoir IS showing up naked in public. My story is largely about how shame silenced me. How ironic to publish a memoir, right? I think it goes without saying that writing Caged Eyes with the intention of publication was an entirely terrifying prospect. The…

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I’m Going To Run Away

May 17, 2017

I’m in a dark place. Leave it to me to be so direct, right? Post-publication depression, or at least angst, is a thing. I’ve been talking with a few authors lately who recently debuted, and it seems like all of us struggle with some kind of reaction in the pub day wake. I’m not just talking about sales figures and earning back advances though that can obviously be an enormous…

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News Flash: Springing into spring launches

April 23, 2017

Congratulations to Elizabeth Glenn, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN FLORENCE by Alyssa Palombo. We send our thanks to Jamie Brenner for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of THE FOREVER SUMMER or enter to win a copy by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/ @JamieLBrenner + #DebBallGiveaway of THE FOREVER SUMMER https://t.co/vkjh6SaJyC — The…

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