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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[News Flash] February 16, 2020

We hope you have enjoyed yesterday’s interview with humorist @oureric R. Eric Thomas. RETWEET or SHARE for a chance to win HERE FOR IT: OR, HOW TO SAVE SOUL IN AMERICA. #giveaway #author #DebBallGiveaway   Interview with Humorist R. Eric Thomas @DebutanteBall #ClassOf2020 #guest #author    News from the Class of 2020 Debs: Lisa Braxton was thrilled to attend Deb Kathleen West’s author talk at Belmont Books in Belmont, Massachusetts…

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What Happens When Two Literary Debutantes Meet at a Bookstore?

When I found out that fellow Debutante Kathleen West was making a stop in the Boston area during her book tour, I knew I had to make plans to attend. Kathleen and I have been in touch since we became Debs in late summer of last year, but we’d never met. We Debs are in different parts of the country and our interactions have pretty much been through video conferencing,…

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If The Goddess Twins was made into a movie…

Oooh, I love this game! If they made The Goddess Twins into a film, here’s my dream for who would work well with casting, directing and rating: Director – Ava DuVernay – I loved what she did with A Wrinkle in Time, and I feel confident she could reflect the goddess dynasty vibes from behind the lens through to the big screens. Rating – PG13 (it is YA after all!)…

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Casting the Architects

Let’s be honest. Most of us who write novels want them to be made into films. It’s just really fun, and the option money isn’t bad, either. (Plus, we all secretly fear more people will probably experience our stuff if it shows up on Netflix someday.) I’ve worked in small-scale videomaking for over a decade — YouTube, music videos, weddings, and commercials, both shooting and editing. I’ve never worked on…

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Minor Dramas

Minor Dramas on the Small Screen, Or, “Hollywood, Can You Hear Me?”

Greetings from book tour! I had a wonderful launch week, and I continue to celebrate the release of Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes on the road. I’m typing this from my hotel room in Chicago where I’ve finished the first of three events. If you happen to be in the Chicago area, I’ll be at the Highland Park Public Library today, February 11th, at 1:00, and at Lake Forest Book…

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If The Talking Drum Was a Movie, Here’s Who Would Star

The glitz, glamor, and excitement of yesterday’s 92nd Oscars ceremony has me thinking about the movie version of The Talking Drum: who would produce, who I would cast, who would direct. For starters, there’s no question that I would have Ava DuVernay produce and direct the film. For her work on Selma, she became the first black woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Director, and…

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Interview with Tyler Hayes, author of THE IMAGINARY CORPSE

I’m so happy to welcome Tyler Hayes to the Deb Ball this week! Tyler is a friend of mine from an online writing workshop, and from the moment I heard about his hopeful, bright (and noir!) story about a toy dinosaur detective, The Imaginary Corpse, I was hooked. This book, you guys. This book. It’s unlike anything else on the shelves right now, and it’ll break your heart and build…

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Not-So-Minor-Dramas: Why I Love Kathleen’s Book

There’s something you should know: I have absolutely no chill when it comes to books I love. This is why I never tried to be a reviewer—because I enjoy nothing more than to get completely lost in a book. So I’m going to spend the Deb release weeks less reviewing my colleagues’ fabulous works than losing my chill over them, because—wow. These are seriously good books. So you can guess…

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Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophes

You never realize how important publication day is until you have one yourself. I can’t begin to think of how many book parties I’ve been to, how many friends’ books I’ve bought, how many invites I’ve received — and didn’t realize their import until I wrote a book of my own. No, until I published a book of my own. At that’s the important thing in this writing life —…

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