Julie Clark is a Master of Craft

My fellow Debs have (QUITE RIGHTLY) extolled the many virtues of The Ones We Choose. They have talked about how relatable and well-drawn Julie’s protagonist, Paige, is as well as the brilliant and fascinating science in the book, and how easy it is to sink into this gorgeous novel. I want to talk about it on a craft level. Julie Clark has written one of the most brilliantly paced, beautifully written…

Friday, May 11, 2018

The Ones We Choose: Available NOW

Thursday, May 10, 2018

So, I don’t really know what to write this week, other than to say my release day was a perfect culmination of many years of hard work. I was able to interact with a lot of readers across many different platforms. The response to The Ones We Choose has been overwhelmingly positive, which, as a debut author, gives me confidence to push forward and keep writing. My editor sent me…


Science and Love: The Ones We Choose

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

It is with massive excitement that I finally have the chance to review fellow Deb Julie Clark’s debut novel, The Ones We Choose. Julie is the last of us to publish, and having her book on my shelf alongside the others feel like a family reunion … which is a great segue into what her story is about. The great love of Paige Robson’s life is her son, Miles, whom…


My Various Entry Points into THE ONES WE CHOOSE

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A good story allows the reader to enter it from multiple vantage points. THE ONES WE CHOOSE is not just a good story, but an amazing story that will linger long after you put it down. It is truly one of my favorite books of the year, maybe because I engaged with the book on multiple levels. I entered the story as a single mother. As a woman who instigated…


THE ONES WE CHOOSE: Smart Family Drama

Monday, May 7, 2018

I feel like Julie’s book and Lara’s both drove home a similar message for me: You do not owe toxic people a place in your life. It really pleases me to see more fiction preaching that, even as it acknowledges how hard making that choice can be. The Ones We Choose is such a smart family drama. Julie has brilliantly balanced her characters’ emotions with fascinating scientific details. Her main…


[News Flash] May 6, 2018

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Congratulations to Rachel Dacus, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Clarissa Goenawan’s RAINBIRDS.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Catherine McKenzie! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of THE GOOD LIAR. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with Catherine McKenzie + Giveaway of THE GOOD LIAR https://t.co/T32dvuwUgD pic.twitter.com/YuzQK6msHw — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) May 5, 2018 Former…


Interview with Catherine McKenzie + Giveaway of THE GOOD LIAR

Saturday, May 5, 2018

I am having all kinds of success with my author interviews lately. This week is another biggie: Catherine McKenzie, who I met at the Writer’s Digest Conference in NYC a few years ago when she was a presenter. Catherine’s previous books have been highly acclaimed bestsellers, and her latest, The Good Liar, is no exception: named by Goodreads as one of the hottest thrillers of 2018, it’s been busy racking…


Writing Books is Your Job. Selling Them is Not.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Caveat: I’m talking about the YA world here. I really don’t know very much about self-promo of books outside my genre. I recognize that I may be the odd one out on this particular topic, and I certainly didn’t practice what I preach with THE DIMINISHED, but I learned a lot. I was recently at a conference and had the great joy of spending a lot of time with a…


The Dreaded Self-Promotion

Thursday, May 3, 2018

  I don’t know any writer, anywhere, who wakes up in the morning thrilled with the prospect of a day filled with self-promotion. As a group, we tend to prefer dark rooms, pajamas, and oversized coffee mugs filled with wine.   And yet, part of our job is to put on a happy face (and pants) and promote our books. Publishers expect it. Editors and agents demand it. And yet…so…


Yes! Kimmery Says Self-Promote And Here Is Why

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Imagine an author. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably getting a vision of a scholarly genius, possibly in an elbow-patched smoking jacket, pounding in a fit of literary fervor at the clattering black keys of an antique typewriter. Which, of course, is located in an attic apartment with a skylight, the wide windows open to a rolling vista of Parisian rooftops, the air redolent of coffee and perhaps a…