Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda… or Not.

Sometimes I like to sit down and think about all the parallel universes where other Kaitlyns are going about their daily lives having walked down paths wildly divergent from my own. Here’s a peek at a few of those other universes. Before I (TO THE ENDLESS DISAPPOINTMENT OF ADULT KAITLYN) Decided I Hated Science: Kaitlyn Sage Patterson is an equine veterinarian. She lives on a sprawling farm tucked up against…

Friday, November 10, 2017
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Julie’s Real Author Bio

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Writing an author bio is challenging for many debut authors, who often don’t have many/any publishing credits to list. It’s always a toss-up on what tone you want to strike—brief and professional? Or longer and folksy? You want to be real, but not too real. This week I decided to write the author bio that could never make the final cut.   Version 1: Julie Clark grew up in Santa…

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What Makes You Notable: Kimmery’s Fake Bio

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

I have a question for you: What constitutes a noteworthy life? Over the course of the ages some 100 billion people have walked the face of the earth. Only a tiny fraction of them will accomplish enough to be remembered by their fellow humans, but fame is a funny thing, of course. Sometimes it’s conferred upon you because you made a stunning discovery in quantum physics and sometimes it’s because…

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The Bio I Wish I Had…Or Do I?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Bios we wish we had are all about regrets and unfulfilled ambitions. Luckily, I have plenty of both.  It turns out, I do regret the things I didn’t do more than the things I did—mostly. Here are a few things I’d love to add to my bio:   Lara Lillibridge was brave enough to go with the stepsister she had never met on a burro-trip through the Grand Canyon when…

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About the Me I Wish I Were: A fake bio

Monday, November 6, 2017

Best-selling fantasy author Cass Morris splits most of her time between two homes, a ski chalet in Wintergreen, Virginia and a seaside villa on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. When she’s not traveling the world to appear at conventions, to research along the Mediterranean, or to allow herself to be courted by castle-owning members of the British aristocracy, she teaches creative writing at an esteemed university near her Virginia…

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[News Flash] November 5, 2017

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Thrity Umrigar! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Everybody’s Son. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to win a copy of EVERYBODY’S SON by @ThrityUmrigar https://t.co/f5tURCTkiz — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) November 4, 2017 News from the 2018 Debs:   Kimmery Martin just received word that she is keeping her original…

Sunday, November 5, 2017
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Interview + Giveaway with Thrity Umrigar, Author of EVERYBODY’S SON

Saturday, November 4, 2017

I was first introduced to Dr. Thrity Umrigar’s work last spring when she and I both had the honor of having pieces we wrote performed in Lit Cleveland’s staged reading, Crossing Borders: Immigrant Narratives, a part of Cleveland State University’s Cleveland Humanities Festival. Intrigued to discover that my local writing community included a writer of her caliber, I ordered her latest novel, EVERYBODY’S SON. Umrigar’s book is a complex and…

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On Fear

Friday, November 3, 2017

Publishing is rife with fear. Fear of bad reviews, fear of being dragged, fear of being forgotten or never published again or having our books canceled. And the thing is, some of these fears will, inevitably, be realized. We writers aren’t perfect, and the publishing industry certainly isn’t perfect. Something is bound to go wrong. I realize that, as I write this, I’m in the calm before the storm. I’m done…

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The Other Side of Fear

Thursday, November 2, 2017

In 2012 I lost one of my best friends to cancer. Sharon was only forty-two years old, and left behind an amazing husband and two young kids. It happened fast. In May she was healthy, driving up to Los Angeles to take me out for my birthday. By August it had metastasized to her liver and bones, and by the following March, we’d lost her. It changes you, to watch…

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Kimmery’s Top Five Writing Fears

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

1. Fear of Being Considered a Grey’s Anatomy Knockoff: I hear this a lot. My book contains some similarities to the TV show Grey’s Anatomy, apparently. That’s fine, especially because people love that show. For the record, though, I just wanna state: I have never, even once, watched it. I don’t like medical dramas, partly because I’ll fixate on some inaccurate detail and then ruin the show for everyone else…

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