A post for the Research Challenged

Before we get into this week’s topic, I just want to say I actually received my finished book in the mail this week, and I am so overjoyed I can barely breathe!  Its finally here, and everyone’s been so supportive.  Just wanted to say a heartfelt thanks to the special people who made this possible. My mini-book party was a blast!  Ok, onto the post.   xo  ~M Research requires patience…

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Chainsaws, smoke alarms, & “over-researching”

I tell aspiring novelists, “If you need inspiration, interview somebody who’s willing and, ideally, a little offbeat.” Along those lines, writing for a newspaper is a great source of inspiration, and research is built in as part of your job. A few years ago I wrote a small feature on a performance artist named Michael Higgins, who fit the above criteria: he was willing, and he is charmingly, fascinatingly offbeat….

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Deb Sarah’s blend of imagination and research

The first thing most people ask me when hear the premise of my book (it’s about twin sisters who couldn’t be more different – or so they think) is whether I’m a twin. Nope. I don’t even have a sister. Most people – myself included – often assume first novels are autobiographical, but mine is pure fiction. I’ve always been intrigued by the rich, complex relationships my friends have with…

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A closed restaurant, a missing bed, and book research…by Deb Emily

I’ve lived in some adorable places (Maplewood NJ, Andover MA and Portsmouth NH) and some interesting places (Silicon Valley in the late nineties), but never had any success describing them. I was so close to all of them that I couldn’t get perspective. Moving to Cambridge, England in 2006 changed all that. It’s one of the most physically exquisite places I’ve ever been, and rich with honest, passionate, unsnobbish intellectual…

Monday, December 7, 2009

Newsflash, December 6

Deb Joelle is thrilled to announce the sale of her next book to Putnam! CHILDREN’S: YOUNG ADULT Joelle Anthony’s THE RIGHT AND THE REAL, following a seventeen-year-old whose father throws her out of the house when she refuses to join the cult he’s gotten involved with, forcing her to survive on her own; but when Dad finds himself in danger, she comes to the rescue armed with her newly acquired…

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Ru Freeman on Life as Writer, Wife, & Mother

Kirkus called Ru Freeman‘s novel, A DISOBEDIENT GIRL, “an earnest, worthy, well-crafted debut,” and Publisher’s Weekly wrote, “Freeman illustrates contemporary Sri Lankan life through the battles waged between lovers, friends and strangers alike in this study in dignity, strength of character, tolerance and perseverance.” Ru was born into a family of writers and many boys in Colombo, Sri Lanka. After a year of informal study at Murdoch University in Perth,…

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Self-sufficiency is the New Day Job by Deb Joelle

As we established with my very first Deb post where I told y’all that I make my own butter, my husband and I are working toward self-sufficiency. There are multiple reasons for this: the environment, our health, it’s fun, there aren’t many restaurants or places to buy things on the island, and it’s a comparatively cheap way to live. I have never actually had a full time job, but when…

Friday, December 4, 2009

Glazed, Powdered, or Jelly?

“Yeah, don’t quit your day job.” For years I had no idea what that meant.  Then I realized your “day job” is the activity that helps you pay for all the trouble you get into when you’re not at work.  It’s also the place where you spend the majority of your daylight hours.. hopelessly gazing out the window (if you’re lucky enough to have one) wishing you could run away…

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Quirkiness & Kevlar!

My first job out of college, I was the publications assistant (or, as a coworker joked, the “pub ass”) at Chemical Heritage Foundation, a non-profit for preserving and promoting the history of chemistry. If it involved E.I. Du Pont or Antoine Lavoisier, Marie Curie or Stephanie Kwolek, CHF’s historians, curators, and science education experts were all over it. I most looked forward to Wednesdays, Brown Bag Lecture days, when various…

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Deb Sarah’s dayjobs…

I live just steps away from Washington, D.C. – a city where people are as likely to ask, “What do you do?” as they are to say, “Hi! What’s your name?” So … what do I do? It took me a while to figure that one out. I left my job as a features writer for the Baltimore Sun to stay home with my new baby ten years ago. As…

Tuesday, December 1, 2009