First comes laughter, then comes the message.

Eve Brown-Waite’s memoir, FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES MALARIA, is one of those books that makes you a better person. But shh! Don’t tell. Because reading it doesn’t feel like reading a good-for-you, “we are the world” treatise. It feels more like reading a collection of Dave Barry columns. Eve’s voice is funny, self-deprecating, and honest, but the book itself is more than just those things–and that’s saying a lot….

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to cut off, by Deb Katie

I have had legitimate hair disasters. There was my boy cut in fifth grade–never trust an $8 pixie cut, is all I can say about that–and there were my perms in seventh grade. These perms were not only perms but layered perms, so when the curl fell out, I was left with a mop of choppy hair. (Knowing what I know now about using a razor to add texture to…

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Lessons gleaned from early failures, by Deb Katie

Whenever anyone asks me how I got my start writing, it comes out that I went to an arts high school. It wasn’t strictly a performing arts school, although all the rich old ladies who donated money seemed to want it to be. No, in addition to music, theatre, and dance, we had the counterculture Visual Arts department and the somewhat less glamorous Communication Arts. I loved my time in…

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I can take the heat, but I’ll leave anyway, by Deb Katie

Our topic this week is “in the kitchen,” but to be honest, my best relationship with the kitchen is one where I wander through to get the portable phone to place a delivery order for Chinese food. Or I dash in, pour myself a glass of wine, and dash out before the kitchen knows I’m there. For someone with such a healthy interest in eating, I have an underdeveloped interest…

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I must have sat on a leprechaun or something, by Deb Katie

So, married folks, you know how when some major household malfunction happens and you think, “Geez, some people are married to plumbers who can just FIX this and do it FREE and get it right the first time!” When I sold my book, I became aware of these things called “book trailers” that were available on YouTube. They were little videos designed to get you all hepped up on whatever…

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The most important creative lesson I’ve learned so far, by Deb Katie

When I give publishing advice, I often include at least one bulletpoint that emphasizes the importance of collaboration. This is due to a job I had about seven years ago that taught me more about collaboration than anything before or since. I was an assistant at a production company that developed programming for children. I was hired to assist the general manager of the office, but in a six-person company,…

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

In lieu of the secret handshake, by Deb Katie Alender

This post is a little tough for me to write, because I know I can’t write the magical post that most writers seeking representation are longing to read: “Ten Steps That Will 100% Result in Your Finding an Agent.” I know from my pre-publication days that it seems like there’s a secret code, an insidery method to getting an agent (and then selling your novel). Sadly, it’s not true. But…

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Nowhere else I’d rather be, by Deb Katie

(This post is best viewed using Firefox, Safari, or IE 7+.) (I hope Kristina doesn’t mind that I’m going to borrow her “photo tour” angle!) I used to have the office upstairs for my writing and the sewing room downstairs for my creative work (well, you know what I mean), but after about two years, the husb caught on and demanded that the space be divided 1-1 rather than 2-0….

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Why I showed up to dinner with one earring, by Deb Katie

It’s another LAUNCH WEEK! Yay! Click here to learn about our POSED FOR MURDER contest! So, my list of favorite books reads like a long innertube ride down a slow, muddy river. I go for the lighter fare, the gentler fare, occasionally the really-long-and-considered-by-some-to-be-insufferable fare. I hit a bit of a reading slump about a month and a half ago. I have plenty of stuff on my shelves that promises…

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Love, by Deb Katie

Our theme this week, in honor of Valentine’s Day, is “love hurts.” The thing is, (and shh!–don’t tell my fellow Debs)… I don’t think love hurts. Go ahead and call me Pollyanna if you must, but as I get older, I’ve learned to count my blessings and let the rest of it go. (Besides, if you must nickname me after a character in a Disney movie, just do what everybody…

Tuesday, February 10, 2009