About the Debutante Ball

The Debutante Ball, established in 2007, is a group blog for authors making their debut in the literary world. We are now in our twelfth season of celebrating up-and-coming authors. Former Debs include bestsellers in the genres of women’s fiction, mystery, literary fiction, nonfiction, young adult, and more.   Click on any of the photos above to learn about The Debutante Ball Class of 2019 and their books. Read about the bestselling…

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My favorite bookstore: East Bay Booksellers

Independent Bookstore Day is on April 24th, and so we’re celebrating our favorite indie sellers here at the Deb Ball. I’ve loved many bookstores in my life, starting with Half Price Books in my hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas, to The Raven in Lawrence, Kansas where I attended graduate school, to Green Apple Books in San Francisco. But my favorite favorite of all my favorites has to be East Bay…

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Interview with Pamela Skjolsvik, author of FOREVER 51

I’m so excited for this week’s interview with Pamela Skjolsvik whose debut novel, FOREVER 51 is the delightful story of an eternally menopausal vampire on a quest to become mortal. Below, Pamela talks about the strangest job she’s ever had, the remaining items on her bucket list, and the story behind the title of her book. Enjoy!   ABOUT PAMELA Pamela Skjolsvik has been published in Creative Nonfiction, Witness, Ten…

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[News Flash] April 13, 2021

Many thanks to J.S. Dewes for joining us this week to talk about her novel, THE LAST WATCH. Read her interview here. And please join her Tuesday 4/20 at 7pm CT for a conversation with John Scalzi hosted by A Room of One’s Own. For more exciting events please visit her website. And join Greta Kelly and Genevieve Gornichec this Friday at 6:30 CT as they talk about THE FROZEN…

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Celebrating Indie Bookstore Day at Blue House Books

April 24th is Indie Bookstore Day and to celebrate, I wanted to shine a light on my favorite local indie, Blue House Books in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blue House Books is everything you want from a local bookstore: not only filled with amazing books from every genre you love to read, but owned and operated by a warm and welcoming bookseller. Samantha Jacquest is a one-woman small business maven who started…

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Interview with J.S. Dewes, author of THE LAST WATCH

This week’s interview is with J.S. Dewes whose debut novel, THE LAST WATCH (available 4/20!) is a fast-paced sci-fi adventure that has been described as The Expanse meets Game of Thrones. Below, Dewes talks about some of the strangest jobs she’s had, the books she read as a child, and what she’s most looking forward to with the release of her book (hint: get your painting sets ready!). Enjoy!   J.S. DEWES…

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[News Flash] April 5, 2021

A huge congratulations to Denny S. Bryce whose novel WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES is out in the world! And check out Denny’s interview with Elizabeth, up now on the Debutante Ball Instagram page.    Author, Marjan Kamali, included A DOOR BETWEEN US by Ehsaneh Sadr in her reading roundup this week at WGBH Boston. THE FROZEN CROWN by Greta Kelly is one of Buzzfeed’s picks for SFF books with…

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My Author Brand is Bloopers

When I first signed with my agent, Rachel Brooks of Bookends, she made a comment about my “brand,” and how my Book 2 is right on brand. I was so surprised. I had a brand? That was news to me! But apparently, I do. For my adult books, my author brand was family drama, secrets and lies, and someone always dies. And that is certainly true for my debut novel,…

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[News Flash] March 29, 2021

Thanks to Leila Rafei for chatting with us this week about her novel, SPRING. Join Laila on May 26 when she will be reading with the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series. More details here. And congratulations to Denny S. Bryce, whose novel WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES is coming out tomorrow March 30th!! Join her tomorrow night at 7pm EST for her launch party, including jazz-age decadence, prizes, and more!  …

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Hemingway, Proust, and the Authorial Brand

Sooner or later every aspiring author is going to be told that they need to work on building their brand, improving their platform, increasing their presence. I grate at these terms. I don’t like to think of myself as a brand. I’m a person. I have a personality. I have interests and quirks and an aesthetic and a manner of speaking, and these things transmit through my writing and my…

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Interview with Leila Rafei, author of SPRING

I’m so excited about this week’s interview with Leila Rafei because I simply loved the real, flawed, and beautiful characters and storylines in her debut, SPRING that came out in August 2020. Below, Leila talks about the research she did for the book, how she’s dealing with writer’s block, and her next big project. Enjoy!   LEILA Leila Rafei is an Iranian American author who was born and raised in…

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