To You, My Thanks: 5 people to whom FROM UNSEEN FIRE owes its existence

Monday, September 11, 2017

For this week’s theme, the Debs are sharing the love and discussing five people without whom our books wouldn’t exist. I use “five” a little loosely — but here goes: My family: I mean, this almost seems too easy, but I couldn’t start anywhere else. My parents have supported my dreams of writing for as long as I’ve had them. They knew I’d be good at it before I did. (My…

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I, Sejanus

Monday, February 20, 2017

This week, to celebrate the Oscar awards, the Debs are writing about our celebrity dream readers.  Every year I attend the GrubStreet Muse & the Marketplace writing conference the first weekend of May. They usually have a session called Literary Idol, which is a bit like American Idol, with a panel of editors and agents that listen to the first page of a story, give it a yea or nay…

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Envy Is Good

Friday, March 20, 2015

To paraphrase Gordon Gekko from the movie WALL STREET, envy is good. And I say that as a completely non-psycho, non-egomaniac (at least I think I’m not). I say that as a writer who may still have an unpublished novel if I didn’t let my envy drive me to do what I needed to do. Back in 2012, I read the Facebook update of a dear friend. She just signed with an…

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The Fabulousness That Is Deb Elise’s POPULAZZI! (Giveaway!)

Guess what? It’s time to celebrate Deb Elise Allen’s Populazzi! I met Deb Elise when I was in LA, but we only got to talk for about three minutes, and we were so excited we forgot to take a picture, but I loved her immediately, and reading this book only cemented that. Let me catch you up with a back-of-the-book summary first: Cara has never been one of those girls:…

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
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Deb Eleanor’s Big Spoon

When I give presentations, I talk about the act of writing a novel as analogous to dragging a magnet across a table full of paper clips. (Why you would want to do such a thing, I don’t know, but just go with it.) By the time you’re done, you’ve got a bunch of paper clips stuck to your magnet, and that’s your novel. For The Weird Sisters, one of the…

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
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Deb Eleanor on Silent Love

As a longtime romance reader and lover of romantic comedies, for a long time I thought love, especially romantic love, was about big gestures.  About Richard Gere climbing up the fire escape to Julia Roberts at the end of Pretty Woman.  About Orlando papering the forest of Arden with love poems for Rosalind in As You Like It.  About dancing and acrobats and lederhosen in Central Park in Enchanted. But…

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
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The Post Deb E Feels She Should Write in Verse

Yes, yes, I know “Deb E” could be Deb Eleanor as well as Deb Elise, but I wanted the title of the post to be in iambic pentameter, and that’s how I made it scan. Believe me, I totally want to geek out and write this whole post in iambic pentameter, and it’s only in the interest of time that I won’t. Deb Eleanor’s The Weird Sisters comes out this…

Monday, January 17, 2011
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My Massive, Sappy Time Capsule by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

Don’t say I didn’t warn you… I have a few dozen diaries and journals I would put in my time capsule. The first is a little fake-blue-leather thing with a lock where I wrote the hilariously precocious longings of my fourth grade soul. The journals become less legible as time goes on until, by the time I was twenty-six and actually writing real journal entries while on stage during my…

Thursday, July 10, 2008
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