The Bookstores of My Life

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

I’m fortunate to live in a city with a plethora of independent bookstores (and I’m looking forward to visiting as many of them as possible on Independent Bookstore Day this Saturday!). I could write a whole post just listing Chicago’s amazing indies, but I thought I’d feature some favorite bookstores from other places I’ve lived too. Women & Children First (Chicago, Illinois) First up, though: my very favorite independent bookstore…

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[News Flash] April 21, 2019

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Kirstin Chen! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Bury What We Cannot Take. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): https://t.co/kJ861hEBpo we are so excited to host @kirstin_chen this week on @DebutanteBall! RT & follow for a chance to win a copy…

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Be Your Own Patron

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Being a writer is a great way to make money! …if you don’t need that money at any particular time. For example: I sold my second book on proposal in January. It’s April going on May and still haven’t gotten my first advance payment yet (though it should be arriving this week). There are the contract negotiations, the back and forth to get the thing signed, waiting for the money…

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[News Flash] April 14, 2019

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Maria Kuznetsova! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Oksana, Behave! 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, we spoke with Maria Kuznetsova, author of the delightful debut Oksana, Behave! RT and follow us at @DebutanteBall for a chance to win…

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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…

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[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…

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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,…

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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,…

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[News Flash] March 31, 2019

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Claire Bartlett! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of We Rule the Night. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): Today @KA_Doore interviews amazing YA debut @bartlebett + giveaway of WE RULE THE NIGHT! https://t.co/12q0TafFKq pic.twitter.com/7UmcgnbGJW — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) March 30,…

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Almost Perfect

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

I’m obsessed with productivity and optimizing my time, so when I think of a “perfect” day, I think of a day where I get a lot of work done (with a little bit of relaxation built in too, of course). I’m definitely a morning person. If can get up and get to work without procrastinating (big if), 7:00-11:00 a.m. is by far my most productive time of day. Unfortunately I…

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