Deb Elise Sings Pomp and Circumstance

Is it just that I’m the YA author here, or does everyone else also think each Group Goodbye is high school graduation all over again? Group Goodbye.  You know what I mean, not like saying goodbye to far-flung relatives after a vacation.  Those people stay tethered to you, and you know you’ll all get together in the same way sometime in the future. I’m talking about saying goodbye to a…

Monday, August 22, 2011
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Deb Elise Worships J.K. Rowling’s Characters

I was about to write a whole piece on how I create characters… until I realized I just did that post a few weeks ago. My mind is clearly not working well. Instead, I will briefly wax rhapsodic about some of my favorite all-time characters… the whole cast of Harry Potter.  The books, not the movies.  I’m not against the movies, but I just saw Order of the Phoenix right…

Monday, August 15, 2011
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Deb Elise Loves It, But Doesn’t Do It Enough

What?  I’m talking about Traveling! In 2006, I worked with Fodor’s on a travel guide for marathoners, The Traveling Marathoner.  It didn’t step on my status as a 2011 Deb, because 75% of it was already written — reviews of sites, restaurants, and hotels already in the Fodor’s database.  My job was to visit each marathon city (the book featured 12 of them — one great U.S. marathon per month),…

Monday, August 8, 2011
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Deb Elise Would TOTALLY Stow Away With Deb Tawna’s Making Waves Crew!

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY, TAWNA!!!! I want to make a cake shaped like the cover of Making Waves, but with inappropriate toys instead of candles.  Or just with inappropriate candles, so you can… you know… blow them. I can’t help but think in sexually loaded double entendres when I think about Tawna’s book.  I warn you — this is a hazard when you read Making Waves. Another hazard?  You won’t want…

Monday, August 1, 2011
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Deb Elise on Populazzi, and her Least Favorite Aerosmith Song

True story.  I came back from an overnight at my daughter’s summer camp, sat down at the computer, wondered, “Hmmm… better write Monday’s Deb Ball post.  Wonder what the topic is?”  Then I clicked on the page and realized… I’m the topic!!! Originally, when we realized Tawna and I debuted on the same day, I volunteered to have Populazzi take the week before launch.  Launch week is a big deal,…

Monday, July 25, 2011
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Deb Elise Dreams Big… and Devastating

I read an interview once that I can’t find online, so I can’t quote it directly, and will probably mangle it beyond recognition, BUT it was with Tina Fey.  The interviewer asked if she ever dreamed she’d have this kind of success, and she said something to the effect of yes, of course she did, but she’s a creative person and has wild dreams that include every possible outcome, including…

Monday, July 18, 2011
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Deb Elise Hears Voices

Since this week is all about “Voice,” I thought I’d talk about my favorite voices… the ones I hear in my head. Don’t freak out; I’m sane… reasonably.  The voices I hear are my characters, and I know I’m not alone.  It’s practically a cliche for a writer to say he or she hears their characters speak to them, whispering their stories like ghosts to a medium. What’s interesting to…

Monday, July 11, 2011
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When Deb Elise Thinks About Freedom…

She thinks about George Michael, of course!!! Specifically, she thinks about the fact that dear George has not one but TWO songs called Freedom, one on Wham!’s Make It Big, and one on his solo Listen Without Prejudice Volume One. While the second Freedom (technically called Freedom ’90, to distinguish it from its ancestor) is a superior song, I love them both, and hereby present them as the perfect way…

Monday, July 4, 2011
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Deb Elise’s “I Wanna Do That” List

I loooooooove lists!!!!  I have a Franklin Planner — not an electronic organizer, but a pen-and-paper binder — and I’ve been using it for years.  When I keep up with my daily lists, I’m productive and sane.  When I don’t — and all too often I don’t — I’m frazzled and overwhelmed. For today’s post, however, I don’t want to write about to-do lists. I was out with friends the…

Monday, June 27, 2011
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Deb Elise’s Tips for a Well-Fueled Writer

{Insert 1950’s PSA music here — you know the type — it usually plays over black and white films of smiling families learning how to eat healthy meals, not talk to strangers… or duck and cover.  You’ll have to imagine the overly upbeat and very white-bread narrator as well.} Welcome!  So you’re interested in fueling a writer.  You’ve certainly come to the right place.  The well-fueled writer indeed requires very…

Monday, June 20, 2011
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