On Aging by Deb Mia

Could this week’s post be more apropos? Because I just realized that my post from last week was technically the post we were supposed to write on a month ago. HELLOOOO!! Sheesh! There are so many things I could blame it on, but really, I have noticed a definite drop in my mental capacity the moment I turned 35. I actually think I heard the click. And yes there are…

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Secret Indulgences by Deb Mia

My secret indulgence would put Deidre to shame. I give you Exhibit A: the powdered donut. And not just any powdered donut. It’s got to be a mini, it’s got to be completely processed and devoid of any nutritional value, and it’s got to come in a windowed box of 12 or 24, clumps of powdered sugar everywhere. I don’t really like to share them, which is fine by my…

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Cooking and Writing by Deb Mia

I don’t do this often, but I am going off-topic this week to talk about food and writing. I’ve already blogged about this (Writing and Recipes – The Perfect Pairing) but I can’t help it – I have food on the brain. At the back of my novel, GOOD THINGS, there is a selection of recipes from the book. They’re all taken from the story line, which revolves around my…

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Click Clack Moo – The Reality Show by Deb Mia

I had a hard time debating the title for this post (side note: yes, this is how I spend my days, coming up with good titles for my posts rather than finishing my option material for Berkley). It was a dead heat between “Room with a Moo” and “Click, Clack, Moo” (the title of a darling children’s book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin), and the latter was obviously the…

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Dolores, Dolores, Dolores by Deb Mia

I have a lot of favorite literary characters, but for some reason Dolores Price is coming to mind. Remember Dolores from Wally Lamb’s She’s Come Undone? For the record, I loved her before she was discovered by Oprah. Okay, just so we’re clear. I think what did it for me was her humor and her innocence, but then when her innocence is lost, as a reader I can’t abandon her…

Thursday, March 22, 2007

What a Difference a Year Makes: Guest Blogger Patricia Wood

I am honored and pleased to introduce today’s guest blogger and fellow Hawaii resident, Patricia Wood. She also has a wonderful blog that’s attracting readers and writers from around the world. Her debut novel, LOTTERY (Putnam, August 2007), is a poignant and wise novel about a very rich underdog who shows everyone just how little his IQ says about his smarts. Read on and learn more about the book, Patricia…

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

It’s Not You, It’s Me and Other Publication Rejection Strategies by Deb Mia

Do I really need to write about what it’s like to get rejected? I don’t think so. If you’ve ever heard (or said), “It’s not you, it’s me,” then you already have some idea of what the world of agent and publication rejection is like. So here’s my advice for dealing with rejection: You come up with a plan. I’m going to tell you (again) what I did to get…

Thursday, March 8, 2007

A Life of Crime by Deb Mia

Hmmm, crimes I’ve committed … I’m afraid those records have been permanently sealed. But never fear — crimes are committed daily in our household, with me as the primary culprit. Here’s an example: Husband: “You said you would be on the computer for an hour. You’ve been blogging or grogging or whatever it is you do, for five!” Me: “I’m trying to build my literary career! Is that a crime?”…

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Wait No More by Deb Mia

Like my fellow Debs, I read a lot. A ton. And very quickly, mostly because quick is all I have these days. Caveat: I may be quick, but I’m not always timely (also like my fellow Debs – Debs of a feather flock together, and all that), meaning that books released in 2006 may not cross my desk until, oh, 2008 or so. So the title I am about to…

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Things That Make You Go Hmmm … or Mmmm …. by Deb Mia

I love writing posts, but there are times when a picture says a thousand words … Really, the hair gods spared no one … and yes, I did notice that my seventh grade hair barely fits into the frame of the picture … thank you for noticing! Of course I have conveniently excluded about, oh 26 years of bad haircuts as well, but there’s a limit to the amount of…

Thursday, February 15, 2007