Vice: A Catalog

Monday, May 15, 2017

This week the Debs are writing about our vices.  Aldous Huxley once said that “Most vices demand considerable self-sacrifices.” I think that is apt. All of my vices force me to sacrifice something else, be it health, time or money. But oh, how fun a vice can be! Of mine, these are my worst: Video Games If I think about how many hours I’ve whittled away at video games over…

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It’s DEB JENNI’S LAUNCH WEEK and Crystal King is ‘Bonnie Parker’ from BECOMING BONNIE

Monday, May 8, 2017

This week, for the launch of BECOMING BONNIE (YAY!), Jenni has asked each of the Debutantes to take a quiz that tells them which member of Bonnie and Clyde’s gang they are. Before I dig into the details, I need to throw a few HOORAYS! into the air about this wonderful book and the even more wonderful author behind it all. Jenni is my other historical fiction sister out of the Debs…

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Interview with Leah DeCesare + #DebBallGiveaway of FORKS, KNIVES AND SPOONS

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Today on the Debutante Ball, I’m excited to welcome Leah DeCesare to talk about her debut FORKS, KNIVES, AND SPOONS, which New York Times bestselling author Ann Hood said that, “Reading Forks, Knives, and Spoons is like having your best girlfriend take you by the hand and tell you a story. A story you want to sit and listen to until the very end.”There are three types of guys: forks, knives, and spoons….

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Making Money, the Author-ly Way

Monday, May 1, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about the business of writing and earning money through writing. My book, FEAST OF SORROW, launched this last Tuesday. I’m over the moon about it, as you can imagine. NPR Food interviewed me for their blog The Salt this last week and that sent books flying off the shelves and my Amazon ranking upward, breaking into the bestsellers for Italian historical fiction and biographical historical…

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How Did I Get Here? My God!…What Have I Done?!

Monday, April 24, 2017

This week the Debs are helping me celebrate my launch week! Tomorrow FEAST OF SORROW is out in the world! What have I done? I WROTE A BOOK!! And now you can read it! Writing this blog post is a little bit surreal for me. I’ve been working on this book for SO long, for nearly a decade. Long enough that until I got the deal, friends and family had…

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How Testing (and Tasting!) Recipes Shaped My Novel

Monday, April 17, 2017

This week the Debs are testing out the recipes of Apicius, ahead of Crystal’s launch week. I was SO excited when my fellow Debs all agreed to do a fun experiment for this week–to make a recipe inspired by the ancient gourmand, Apicius, who is the protagonist in my forthcoming (only 8 days away!!) novel, FEAST OF SORROW.  The world’s oldest known cookbook bears the name Apicius, and while it…

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The Best Kind of Editing

Monday, April 10, 2017

This week, instead of doing our taxes, the Debs are talking about auditing, err, editing.  In the fall of 2007, I took a novel-in-progress class at Grub Street with instructor and author, Lisa Borders. It was the first time I was showing anyone the novel I was working on, which turned out to be the early drafts of FEAST OF SORROW.  It was there that I met Anjali Mitter Duva,…

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Talking to the World’s First Gourmand

Monday, April 3, 2017

This week the Debs take on the point-of-view of their characters.  After a bumpy litter ride across the Palatine Hill in Rome, I arrive at the palatial home of the ancient gourmand, Marcus Gavius Apicius, to find out what makes him tick. We settle into plush couches in a corner of the villa’s expansive garden. Me: Tell us when and where you were born?  Apicius: I was born on the Ides of…

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An Old Knives Tale

Monday, March 27, 2017

This week the Debs are sharing deleted scenes, shifts in their books and all sorts of behind the curtain tidbits.  When I began writing FEAST OF SORROW, I was writing a very different book, about a celebrity chef with a special set of magical knives. I wanted an origin scene for those knives and this is what happened. I kept some of this in the book, but most of it…

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These Are A Few of My Favorite Things

Monday, March 20, 2017

This week the Debs are singing songs from the Sound of Music…wait, no, that’s just Deb Crystal. But we are talking about some of our favorite things–the things that make us happy, that make us smile, that make us laugh. The Roman orator and philosopher, Seneca, once said, “True happiness is… to enjoy the present without anxious dependence on the future.” I’m not always good about the anxious dependence part, but…

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