Deb Eleanor Thinks It’s the Little Breaks

Due to a canceled flight, Deb Elise is still in Hawaii (I know, who’s not feeling sorry for her?), so I’m hopping in for the day. Tune in tomorrow to hear her thoughts on big breaks! We love to hear stories of big breaks. They’re the dramatic ones, the ones that move ahead multiple spaces in life’s big Parcheesi game. But big breaks come from little ones.  Talented violinists get…

Monday, April 11, 2011

Deb Eleanor’s Moral Dilemma

If you’ve read The Weird Sisters you know that one of the major themes is the ways in which books and reading influence our lives.  My parents always taught me to take something to read wherever I went, because you never know when you are going to be stuck somewhere and need a little diversion. Frankly, I find unexpected delays delightful, because I get to sneak in a few more…

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Deb Eleanor Predicts the Future

I’ve been involved in social networking in one way or another for years.  I was an early adopter of the web, of Usenet news, of AOL and Yahoo! chat rooms, and more. So I got to thinking about where we’ve come from in terms of social networking, and I found this little gem – a graph of social networking usage in September 2007, from Nielsen. AOL Hometown? MySpace? Remember those?…

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Deb Eleanor on Luck and Lindsay Lohan

You know, when I think of luck, I think of Lindsay Lohan. No, really. A few years ago, Lindsay was in a movie called Just My Luck.  You probably didn’t see it, and I can’t say I’d put it on your bucket list (though I am fairly fond of the cheerful, pop soundtrack, done entirely by a band called McFly), but the premise was really interesting. Lindsay Lohan played Ashley,…

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Deb Eleanor’s Book(store) Report

In traveling to support The Weird Sisters, I’ve been in a lot of bookstores over the past few months, not only for appearances, but for stock signings (where an author comes to the store to sign the copies they have on hand), interviews, and a few moments of respite in all the hubbub. There’s been a lot of doom and gloom about the fate of books and publishing and bookstores…

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Here’s Your Sign, Deb Eleanor

I have a print by one of my favorite artists, Brian Andreas, hanging in my office.  If you don’t know Brian Andreas, he’s the creator of Story People – wildly creative combinations of art and “stories” – which he manages to tell through only a few words, while I have to ramble on for the entire length of a novel. In any case, here’s the print: Here’s the story: I…

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Debs Online!

So, I know, you love spending the days here with us at the Debutante Ball, but did you know we all have other sites as well? Deb Elise’s site features pictures of her with multiple Muppets (say that five times fast), information on Elixir, the novel she co-wrote with Hilary Duff, and Populazzi, her solo debut (which I recently had the pleasure of reading and may I just say, WOW),…

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Deb Eleanor on Silent Love

As a longtime romance reader and lover of romantic comedies, for a long time I thought love, especially romantic love, was about big gestures.  About Richard Gere climbing up the fire escape to Julia Roberts at the end of Pretty Woman.  About Orlando papering the forest of Arden with love poems for Rosalind in As You Like It.  About dancing and acrobats and lederhosen in Central Park in Enchanted. But…

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Deb Eleanor’s Fickle Muse

I’m starting to feel like kind of a loser. Wait, starting? Okay, I always feel like a loser, as has been previously established.  But on these topics – muses and inspiration – I’ve felt particularly loser-ish.  I feel like I should have some kind of routine or plan for inspiration. I don’t. It just kind of happens.  If you come see me at a reading or a signing (more events…

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Meet Deb Eleanor’s Childhood Inspirations

My friend Erin Blakemore wrote a lovely book, The Heroine’s Bookshelf, that has had me thinking from the day I first read it.  The Heroine’s Bookshelf is a collection of literary heroines and their authors, talking about the traits that made them special and how we can learn from them. For the next few weeks, Erin’s having a celebration of Heroine Love over at her blog – guest bloggers talking…

Tuesday, February 1, 2011