[News Flash] October 21, 2018

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Congratulations to Nidia, winner of last week’s book giveaway — LOVE WAR STORIES by Ivelisse Rodriguez! And thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Sam Hawke! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of City of Lies. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): Read an Interview with the fantastic fantasy author…

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Sam Hawke Interview + City of Lies Giveaway

Saturday, October 20, 2018

I’m so excited to welcome Sam Hawke to the Debutante Ball this week! Sam is a delightful human being who writes epic fantasy in Canberra, Australia, where she lives with her two dogs, two small ninjas, and her husband. Her debut novel CITY OF LIES, the first in the Poison Wars series from Tor, came out just this past July to critical acclaim and lots of excited hand wavings. It’s been…

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A Childhood Bookshelf

Friday, October 19, 2018

    Most writers are also avid readers. That’s usually how we got here. So when you ask us what authors we admire, who has influenced us, it can be a pretty long list. As in a “please stop talking now, I just wanted a few names” kind of a list. In my case, I think I made it pretty clear that when I was a child and a teen,…

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On the Poetry of Isaac Brock

Thursday, October 18, 2018

For this week’s post on literary influences, I’m republishing an essay I wrote about the intersection between song lyrics and poetry and how an unlikely rock band influenced a younger version of myself to think and read differently. The essay, On the Poetry of Isaac Brock, originally ran on Vol. 1 Brooklyn. When I was a freshman in high school, I had one of those rare things that stay with…

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My Bookshelf, Myself

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

I am on vacation this week, so I’m going to shamelessly take the easy way out and just give you a list of ten authors who’ve influenced my writing, in alphabetical order by last name: Margaret Atwood – Her writing is so exceptional it simultaneously inspires me and makes me want to pack it all in since there’s no way I’ll ever be as good as she is. Truly we…

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Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Under the Influence

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

This week the Debs are to discuss the books & authors that most influenced us. And this is especially difficult, since I love to read, and I am fond of both fiction and non-fiction, poetry and prose, forms both hybrid and pure journalism. So many authors, so many books. So little time. But I will try to thank them and tell you why. With regard to my forthcoming debut novel,…

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What’s in a Doore? A Study in 3 Authors

Monday, October 15, 2018

I was the quiet kid growing up. The one off in the corner with her own toys or, later, with a book. I can’t remember when I picked up the Book Worm Virus, only that I always had it. In the same way, it’s difficult to pick any specific author as my Official Influence, because every book I’ve read has made me the author I am, today. Yes, even Bunnicula….

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[News Flash] October 14, 2018

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Ivelisse Rodriguez! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Love War Stories. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): This week, @IvelisseWrites talks about Latinx literature & writing new models of love. Follow us + RT for a chance to win LOVE WAR STORIES –…

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Ivelisse Rodriguez on Latinx literature & writing new models of love + GIVEAWAY of LOVE WAR STORIES

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Please welcome Ivelisse Rodriguez to the Ball this week! Ivelisse’s debut short story collection, Love War Stories, came out this July to much acclaim, and was named one of the most anticipated books of 2018 by Cosmopolitan, The Root, and Bitch Media. Bustle called it an “exceptional debut” and as soon as I read the description of the book (and saw it was published by Feminist Press, one of my favorite small presses!),…

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Dorothy Parker and the Vicious First Draft

    It is one of the minor tragedies of my life, perhaps a major tragedy in my writing life, that no one ever told me first drafts are supposed to suck until I was thirty-eight years old. Yup. Thirty-eight. Now, this is most likely because I never really knew any writers, and I rarely took any actual writing classes. While most writers would probably agree that having an MFA,…

Friday, October 12, 2018
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