The Deb Class of 2018: Where Are They Now?

Saturday, July 20, 2019

As we prepare to announce the 2020 Deb class (soon!!) we thought it would be fun to check in on last year’s Deb Class and see what they’re up to these days. Cass Morris has a kick-ass Patreon account where she, among other things, performs in-depth rhetorical analysis of the musical Hamilton. Lin-Manuel Miranda himself is a fan, no big deal. Lara Lillibridge‘s second book Mama, Mama, Only Mama came…

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Mistakes Were Made

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

This week’s topic is taking me right back to one of my favorite parts of the writing process: copyedits. Copyedits are the most detail-oriented, downright nitpicky phase of editing. Other people might find them tedious or annoying, but I LOVE them. My petty perfectionist heart was filled with delight throughout the whole process. I actually think if I hadn’t become a writer, I could have had a very happy career…

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[News Flash] July 14, 2019

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Christine Hyung-Oak Lee! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember. 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/sBu4zxAO5h we are so excited to host @xtinehlee on @DebutanteBall this week! RT & Follow for a chance to win…

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Cut It Out

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

When I wrote and revised Temper, I didn’t only delete scenes, I deleted an entire character. The book used to include another supporting character named Sophie, who was a playwright and engaged to marry Malcolm (I know, what the hell was she thinking??). The whole first draft included her, and I even wrote about 30,000 words in her POV before jettisoning her in favor of Joanna. Having Sophie in the…

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[News Flash] July 7, 2019

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Kristen Lepionka! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of The Last Place You Look. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): We are delighted to host @KMLwrites from @UnlikeableFCPod on @DebutanteBall this week! RT & follow for a chance to win THE LAST…

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Interview with Kristen Lepionka and The Last Place You Look Giveaway

Saturday, July 6, 2019

This week I’m excited to welcome my other Unlikeable Female Characters podcast co-host Kristen Lepionka to the Ball! (We hosted Wendy Heard way back in December.) Kristen Lepionka is the author of the Roxane Weary mystery series. Her debut, The Last Place You Look, won the Shamus Award for Best First P.I. novel and was also nominated for Anthony and Macavity Awards. She grew up mostly in a public library and…

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My Temper

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Temper is out now! It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for this, and also like it happened in a flash. This is the book of my dark, twisted heart. I wrote it for myself, because it was a book I wanted to read—a book about the kind of woman I want to be, and the woman I am already. I wrote Temper for all the ambitious bitches who want…

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[News Flash] June 30, 2019

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Katherine Forbes Riley! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of The Bobcat. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): We are thrilled to have @kforbesriley as our guest author this week on @DebutanteBall!! RT & follow for a chance to win a copy…

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Jealous Bitch

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

I love jealousy. No, really. I think jealousy is great. Jealousy points you toward the things you want and clarifies your goals. It’s like a big neon sign saying THIS, this right here is what you want. So go get it! You can waste time hating the author with the six-figure advance and buzzy movie deal, or you can realize that the queasy twist in your stomach has nothing to…

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[News Flash] June 23, 2019

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Loan Le! You can follow Loan’s website and sign up for her newsletter for updates on when A PHO LOVE STORY, out in 2020! Today we’re talking to Loan Le, author of A PHO LOVE STORY, on the writing process & the inevitability of change: “One book doesn’t define our writing style.” https://t.co/eqcEvNlnto pic.twitter.com/zan4wyLgcU — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) June 22, 2019 News…

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