An Essay on Fear

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

I have always been afraid. Whispering thoughts circle my head at night—so many things I’ve done, words I’ve said that I can’t take back. How my choices might hurt my children—the things that I can’t undo as well as the things that I don’t want to undo. I wonder what people really think about me, and who they tell. Will my children overhear them? It’s not lies I am afraid…

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The Conquest of It

Monday, October 30, 2017

I really don’t like talking about fear. Oh, little fears, sure. I detest rollercoasters because I’m sure they’re going to break and kill me, I’ve been known to dive under picnic tables to get away from wasps which are clearly dark minions sent forth from the bowels of hell, and my horror of open water has been reinforced for decades by nightmares and augmented by that time my baby sister almost…

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[News Flash] October 29, 2017

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Congratulations to Lee Elliott, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of SEVEN DAYS OF US, by Francesca Hornak.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Kellye Garrett, author of the DETECTIVE BY DAY series! Thanks, @kellyekell, author of the DETECTIVE BY DAY series, for visiting with us this week! Take a look! https://t.co/EWBRnOHcGN pic.twitter.com/8miQIhzDm0 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) October 29, 2017 Former Debutantes in the News: Former Deb Sarah Pekkanen has some…

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An interview with Kellye Garrett, author of the DETECTIVE BY DAY series

Saturday, October 28, 2017

This week’s guest at the Deb Ball is a force to be reckoned with. Kellye Garrett has, in addition to writing a highly acclaimed mystery novel, spearheaded the 17 Scribes group of 2017 debuts for over a year now. She has tirelessly devoted herself to organizing the group and celebrating each release, and I daresay it’s largely due to her that it’s so robust and active. Her own debut, Hollywood Homicide,…

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Into the Future

At the end of my MFA thesis defense, someone asked me what I wanted to do next. I’d been thinking about this question for a while, and I told the committee that I thought I might try my hand at writing for young people. After a few moments of resounding, deeply uncomfortable silence, someone told me that I should stick to poetry and literary fiction. The underlying implication, that books…

Friday, October 27, 2017
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Running Down a Dream

Thursday, October 26, 2017

When my first book is published, I will be forty-seven years old. This dream has been cyclical—one I’ve embraced and abandoned multiple times throughout my life. I wrote my first story in the sixth grade. It was depressing: An old, lonely widow (who loves celery) visits the grave of his wife. I gave it to my dad for his birthday, and was baffled by how hard he laughed after he…

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Kimmery Is Not Old

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

I just got around to checking this week’s topic and nearly fell off my chair when I realized what it is: Debuting As a Writer When You’re An Ancient, Shriveled Fossil. So many things wrong here. First, I am not old. I mean, I don’t feel old, but possibly that is because I am immature for my age.* Second, I was thinking of passing myself off as a twenty-something author—possibly…

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Writing Books and Chasing Dreams—But First, Survive the Diaper Years

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

I sat in my very first writer’s workshop the week after I left my soon-to-be-ex-husband.  I was going to chase my dreams, damn it, along with raising two boys in diapers and finding a job and a place to live.  The presenter said something along the lines of, “you can’t write a memoir before you are forty,” or maybe it was, “no one wants to publish a memoir by someone…

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Lying in Wait

Monday, October 23, 2017

When I decided I wanted to be a professional writer, I was eleven years old, and at that time, it seemed utterly impossible that I wouldn’t be famous by the time I finished high school. I mean, that seemed like plenty of time. Seven years? That was more than half my life so far! In many of the stories written during those pre-teen and early-teen years, the main characters died…

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[News Flash] October 22

Congratulations to Marilyn, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of BEYOND THE EMPIRE by K.B. Wagers.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Francesca Hornak! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Seven Days of Us. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet:   Take a peek at this wonderful interview and RT for a chance to win a copy of SEVEN DAYS OF US by @FrancescaHornak!…

Sunday, October 22, 2017
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