Deb Dana Graduates

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

As I have said on more than one occasion, I do not like endings or goodbyes or anything that involves a particular experience coming to a close. And yet. There are certain events that naturally run their course, so that when the ending comes, it doesn’t really feel like an ending. It feels like a beginning, like the start of something new. I remember feeling that way as I approached…


Deb Dana Has Many Best Friends

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I went to elementary school in the era of the friendship bracelet and best friend heart necklace. You know the one I’m talking about: the heart-shaped charm imprinted with the words “Best Friend,” split down the middle so that one friend would get one half and one friend would get the other. Example: That was the necklace you’d give to your #1 Best Friend. Because there were #2 Best Friends…


Deb Dana Likes a Change in Scenery

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I spent last week at the beach with my family, in a rental home in Avalon, New Jersey. Whenever I stay in a stranger’s beach house, I wonder about the owners: where they live, how often they use the house themselves, why they would choose white carpet in a beach house… Of course then my mind wanders to the (entirely theoretical) question of whether I’d want a beach house of…


Deb Dana Thinks Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

When I saw this week’s topic was “something you might not know,” I thought, “Hmm… What might my readers not know about me?” Then it occurred to me: I’m a pretty open person, and chances are that if I haven’t shared something publicly, there’s a reason, and that reason may be as simple as “some things are meant to be private.” We live in an era where we can broadcast…


Deb Dana and Newborn Nostalgia

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Endings. Oh, endings. You have upset me for as long as I can remember, an issue I have discussed before. That post was written before I had a child, and now, I fear my “ending anxiety” will only get worse. Already, I look back at photos of my now four-and-a-half-month-old son in his first week and get misty. “He’s growing up so fast,” I think. “Before I know it, he won’t…


The Debutante Ball Welcomes Koethi Zan!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Today we welcome Koethi Zan to the Ball! Her debut thriller, THE NEVER LIST, was recently released by Pamela Dorman books and is already receiving great buzz as a “fast-paced, disturbing thriller.” Koethi was born and raised in rural Alabama, then moved to New York City after earning a J.D. from Yale Law School. She practiced entertainment law for more than fifteen years, working in film, television, and theater, and most…


Deb Dana’s New Normal

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Last week, I sent out the following tweet: “Writers with infants: how do you do it????? And by ‘it’ I mean write anything worth a damn. My brain feels scratchy and broken-like.” Unfortunately, I only got one response. He wrote, “Ha. It can be done simply b/c it has to be done. (This is the most significant thing I’ve written in two months.)” Fantastic. I don’t expect much sympathy from…


The Debutante Ball Welcomes TL Costa!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Today we are thrilled to welcome TL Costa to the Ball! Costa is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and has a Masters of Teaching from Quinnipiac University. She recently released her debut, PLAYING TYLER, a YA novel published by Strange Chemistry. She has worked as a publicist, assistant gallery director, high school teacher, and mother. When she is not busy teaching the next generation, she is most likely to be…


Deb Dana’s Summer Vacation to 16th-Century Japan

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Today, friends, I have the honor of introducing our VERY LAST DEB LAUNCH. Yes, that’s right: Deb Susan’s engrossing debut, CLAWS OF THE CAT, comes out today, and it is the perfect (or should I say purrrfect) summer read! For a lot of people, summer means travel and vacations, but if you’re me, and you have a four-month-old munchkin demanding your constant attention, exciting vacations aren’t exactly in the cards….


On Food and Shipwreck Lane

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Being the Tuesday Deb, I always get the honor and privilege of posting on my fellow Debs’ launch days because, for some reason, books come out on Tuesdays. I have no idea when or why this convention began, but since it gives me a platform to laud my friends’ wonderful books, I’ll take it. And on this Tuesday, I am thrilled — THRILLED!! — to broadcast far and wide the…