Interview with Emily Hauser + #DebBallGiveaway of FOR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Today on the Debutante Ball, I’m excited to welcome Emily Hauser, whose debut novel, FOR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, captivated me immediately. I met Emily in the most random way…through Twitter. We connected because both of our books are set in the ancient world and it’s yet another time that I have been grateful for the connective power of the Internet. Emily made a big mark on my own novel, FEAST…

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Preparing for the Best Book Launch Ever

Monday, June 26, 2017

This week the Debs are talking all about the Book Launch.  This post appeared previously in a modified form on the Grub Writers Blog. TEN TIPS FOR THE BEST BOOK LAUNCH EVER 1. The first thing to consider is why you are having the party. Is it to sell books? Is it to celebrate with your family and friends? If it’s the former, consider opening it to the public, inviting…

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The Soundtrack for My Writing Life

Monday, June 19, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about music and its impact on our writing and our life.  Music is something that I have always connected with, very deeply, even as a young child. For a time in my life I worked in radio as a DJ, a radio music manager and eventually as an alternative promoter for Virgin Records. I really wanted to be in music, in a terribly desperate…

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Interview with Kelly J. Ford + #DebBallGiveaway of COTTONMOUTHS

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Today on the Debutante Ball, I’m excited to welcome Kelly J. Ford, a fellow GrubStreet Writing Center instructor,  whose book COTTONMOUTHS completely blew me away. It also exposed me to a genre of literature that I wasn’t familiar with — Grit Lit, which is also sometimes called Rural, Country or Southern Noir, or Southern Gothic. The article I just linked explains a bit more: “It’s people using “weed and pills and sometimes meth….

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Someone is Going to Read This

Monday, June 12, 2017

This week’s topic is about the Debs’ fears when it comes to someone reading our novel and writing about uncomfortable topics–anything from sex to family conflicts, and/or events pulled from real life. How do the Debs handle it? When I first began researching my novel, FEAST OF SORROW, one of the interesting things that I learned about the world of ancient Rome is that there are a lot of die-hard fans of…

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No Woman is an Island

Monday, June 5, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about our support networks. Who helps keep us on track? Who cheers us on? Who gives it to us like it is? I’ve got a long list of people who help bolster me and keep me afloat: My husband, Joe, who is my best friend, my partner in crime, my chef, my biggest supporter and the love of my life. The Grub Street writing…

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I Love Boston!

Monday, May 29, 2017

This week the Debs are going local and sharing five things about the city they call home.  I moved to Boston twenty years ago from Seattle, a city that I truly loved. I thought I would live in Boston for a couple of years then go back, but well, life had other plans for me. It turned out that I love this city. A lot. Here are five things that…

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Gender Bias In the World of Writing

Monday, May 22, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about being a woman writer–how does gender play a role in the business of writing? The world of publishing, reading and writing is fraught with gender bias at every twist and turn. Case in point: The publishing industry is overwhelmingly white and female, US study finds – Keep in mind that these are the people choosing the books that get printed. Male authors accounted for…

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Interview with Melodie Winawer+ #DebBallGiveaway of THE SCRIBE OF SIENA

Saturday, May 20, 2017

I am delighted to welcome one of my Touchstone Books sisters, Melodie Winawer, to the Deb Ball. We both have books set in Italy and have a curiosity and love for cooking history. Her novel, THE SCRIBE OF SIENA, is her first, but what a fantastic first it is! I loved this time-travel, medieval Italian tale with its trifecta of love, science and art, combining together for some fantastic historical fiction….

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