A Seller of Dreams

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

One of the things I’m most grateful for about the whole Debutante Ball experience is that it’s exposing me to books I might not have picked up on my own. The Dream Peddler is filled with fundamentally good and decent characters and doesn’t include even one gruesome murder (though there is a central death, which sends profound shock waves through the small community where the book takes place) so it’s a bit…


Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: The Dream Peddler…is captivating

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

As a Deb this year, I’ve had the enormous privilege of working with four amazing, super-talented writers. And I’m so pleased to be able to finally sing the praises of Martine Fournier Watson’s debut novel, The Dream Peddler. I love this novel so much! It is dreamy, spooky, suspenseful. A sleepy town awakens when a young boy goes missing and the Dream Peddler arrives. The intertwining stories between the townspeople…


Like a Dream

Monday, April 8, 2019

“People always say that, don’t they? People think hope can be raised or lowered like a flag, and it’s not like that at all. It’s in your chest no matter what. I couldn’t have pushed it off if I tried. I’d been stabbed in the heart, but the hope… No, it was just like a rock.” It’s going to be tough describing a book like The Dream Peddler without descending…


[News Flash] April 7, 2019

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Kris Waldherr! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of The Lost History of Dreams. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): Interview with @kriswaldherr and The Lost History of Dreams Giveaway https://t.co/G4N62tO03l pic.twitter.com/SVYgA0E5tP — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) April 6, 2019 News from…


Interview with Kris Waldherr and The Lost History of Dreams Giveaway

Saturday, April 6, 2019

So excited to welcome this week’s guest, Kris Waldherr! Kris Waldherr is an award-winning author, illustrator, and designer. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, and her fiction has been awarded with fellowships by the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts and a reading grant by Poets & Writers. Kris Waldherr works and lives in Brooklyn in a Victorian-era house with her husband, the anthropologist-curator Thomas Ross Miller,…


Researching Dreams

Friday, April 5, 2019

  I have to admit, the research for The Dream Peddler wasn’t particularly intense, and that’s probably just because I chose not to do tons of research. Despite the historical setting, I had read enough books from the time and learned enough in school to at least sketch out what the world of my characters would be like. I stopped writing now and then to google things like images of…


How to do research for your novel in 10 steps

How to do the research required to write a novel: Make friends with a librarian. Some are friendlier than others. Use Google Maps to determine where your characters live. Write the address down. Travel to the place where your story is set. Don’t knock on the door. Read novels that include the themes in your novel. All of them. Read anything that might marginally be related to your novel. All…

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Malcolm Mercer & Other Monsters

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Temper was originally inspired by the real-life scandal at Profiles Theatre in Chicago, where the company’s Artistic Director Darrell Cox infamously subjected his actors to years of truly appalling psychological and physical abuse. But Cox, as awful as he was, is far from unique. In the process of writing Temper, I sought out all the stories of awful behavior in the arts I could find – there were so many,…


Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Search & Research

This is what it says at the outset of my novel: “Although The Atlas of Reds and Blues is inspired by actual events and people, it is a work of fiction. Many of the events portrayed here actually took place, but the author’s rendering of those events and their particulars are invented. The characters’ thoughts, conversations, and actions are a work of imagination.” The stories that make up are not…

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

An Introductory Guide to Researching Your Next Novel

Monday, April 1, 2019

I’ve already talked a little about my research into the world around Ghadid in the Perfect Assassin – books and books and days spent in the University library – but I’ve never really talked about the how of it. How did I do the research. How did I find those books. How did I take what I’d learned and weave it into a story. It’s all about the references, really. And the bibliographies. You’ve gotta start…