Dream Big, Princess: The life I didn’t have

Monday, November 20, 2017

I missed my calling as a Disney princess. This week, the Debs are exploring roads not taken — the places we might have gone and the people we might be, had we made different choices in life. I can pinpoint one of those choices quite precisely, a decision that would have sent my life on a different path. In the fall of 2007, ten years ago precisely, when I was…


[News Flash] November 19, 2017

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Congratulations to L Simonton, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of CRAVE by Laurie Jean Cannady.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guests, Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Last Christmass in Paris. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet:   Interview + Giveaway with @msheatherwebb and @HazelGaynor https://t.co/3NUlPWDXY4 pic.twitter.com/pbLh848qPb — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) November 18, 2017  …


Interview with Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb+ Giveaway of LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS

Saturday, November 18, 2017

I’m so excited to introduce you to Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor! I have been a fan of both of these writers for several years now, and to have them collaborate on a book together is every historical fiction reader’s fantasy. Their book LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS has been getting rave reviews: Gaynor and Webb’s first collaboration is beautifully told […] the authors fully capture the characters’ voices as each…


Three Reasons Fast Drafting Is For Me

Friday, November 17, 2017

(And how long it took me to get here.) I love the IDEA of NaNo, y’all, but I’ve never even gotten close to NaNo-type word counts. I have huge admiration for those who have, and someday, I’m going to do it. But now, let’s talk about why it appeals to me: FAST DRAFTING. Fast drafting is glorious. It forces me to plan, to get my brain out of the way,…


And the Winner is…No one! And Everyone!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

I’ll admit, I’ve never done Nanowrimo. I think it’s a great idea—a community of writers, coming together to encourage each other to do the hardest thing a writer faces: putting the words on paper. The timing has never worked out for me, though. For some reason, I’m always in some stage of revision every November. And really, I’m so type-A about my writing schedule that every day of the year…


Kimmery’s Defense of Contest Losers

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

This week we are talking about writing contests, which is going to be an interesting discussion for me because I’m here to represent the losers. Contests, while presumably wonderful if you win them, or at least receive some attention from them, are not the path to publication for some of us. I’ve entered one writing contest: Pitch Wars. It describes itself this way: Pitch Wars is a contest where published/agented…


My Love of Writing Contests

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Entering writing contests may seem like a drag—they often have higher than normal reading fees and the chance at a monetary reward means competition is very steep—but in my experience they are absolutely worth doing. I wrote an essay that was weird and unexpected and everything I ever wanted in to say in an essay. It was unquestionably one of the best things I had ever written. I sent it…


Creative Fecundity: On the beauty of NaNoWriMo

Monday, November 13, 2017

I love NaNoWriMo. I’ve participated, in some fashion or another, nearly every year since 2002 — my senior year of high school, when I would print out each day’s composition and read it to friends during lunch. In case you’re not familiar with the concept, National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, or simply Nano, is a challenge where writers across the world, of all ages and experience levels, dedicate themselves…


[News Flash] November 12, 2017

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Congratulations to Leonora Morales, winner of EVERYBODY’S SON by Thrity Umrigar!   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Laurie Jean Cannady! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of CRAVE. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet:   Interview with Laurie Jean Cannady + Giveaway for CRAVE https://t.co/ixgkkVb3mR pic.twitter.com/JF4vuktcwn — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) November 11, 2017   News…


Interview with Laurie Jean Cannady + Giveaway for CRAVE

Saturday, November 11, 2017

I first met Dr. Laurie Jean Cannady at HippoCamp—Hippocampus Magazine’s 2016 writer’s conference. I have to admit that I was so awestruck to meet her in person that I didn’t talk to her for more than 96 seconds.  Writers are my rockstars, and I’m easily intimidated. It’s not that she was that terror-inducing as a person, it’s just that I loved her book, CRAVE: SOJOURN OF A HUNGRY SOUL so…