Interview with A. Natasha Joukovsky, author of THE PORTRAIT OF A MIRROR

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

This week’s interview is with A. Natasha Joukovsky whose debut novel, THE PORTRAIT OF A MIRROR, is getting comparisons to the work of Edith Wharton and Donna Tartt. Her novel is a modern reinterpretation of the Ovidian myth of Narcissus, following two couples in the summer of 2015. With razor wit that “both skewers and sympathizes” (Vulture), Joukovsky has crafted a modern novel of manners that is both deeply felt…


Platform, support, wine, laughs: What I got out of being a Debutante

Monday, July 19, 2021

It seems impossible, but our reign as Debs is coming to an end very soon. In a year of unprecedented turmoil politically, socially, economically, and domestically, being a part of the Debutante Ball has been an absolute bright spot for me. And as my sister Debs and I get ready to pass the torch to the new class, I’d like to share a few of my favorite things about being…


[News Flash] July 19, 2021

Monday, July 19, 2021

The reign of our 2020-2021 debs is drawing to a close and the application for next year’s deb class is available now. If you’re a female or non-binary writer with a debut novel coming out September 2021 – August 2022, please apply and spread the word! And a huge congratulations to Lyn Liao Butler whose debut, THE TIGER MOM’S TALE came out July 6th! THE TIGER MOM’S TALE is available…


[News Flash] July 4, 2021

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Elizabeth Gonzalez James had an absolutely fantastic launch week for MONA AT SEA! And if you missed the conversation between Elizabeth and Lyn Liao Butler, you can watch it on our Instagram account. And big congratulations to Lyn Liao Butler whose debut, THE TIGER MOM’S TALE comes out July 6th! MONA AT SEA by Elizabeth Gonzalez James is “sharply written Millennial malaise that dares to be hopeful,” says the San Francisco…


[News Flash] June 27, 2021

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Many thanks to our guest authors, Jennifer Nissley, Vera Kurian, and Lilly Dancygar! Jennifer Nissley spoke to us about her debut, THE MYTHIC KODA ROSE, an offbeat and romantic novel that follows a teen girl whose desire to find out more about her late rock star father rings her closer to the last person he expected. Read her interview here. Vera Kurian is the author of the forthcoming, NEVER SAW…


With eyes wide open

Thursday, June 17, 2021

We’re blogging this week about writing advice, and my favorite piece of wisdom is an oldie but a goodie, and is something I’ve applied both to my writing and my life: Be a person upon whom nothing is lost.  This is paraphrased from the venerable Henry James, seen here looking like a big old bag of fun: The longer quote, published in his essay, “The Art of Fiction” in 1884,…


Interview with Vera Kurian, author of NEVER SAW ME COMING

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

We are thrilled to welcome Vera Kurian to The Debutante Ball this week! NEVER SAW ME COMING is a debut thriller about Chloe Sevre, a young college student, and a psychopath, who has been recruited to take place in a secret university program to study psychopathic behavior. But when students at her university turn up dead, and when Chloe realizes she’s being targeted by the killer, Chloe and the other…


Interview with Lilly Dancyger, author of NEGATIVE SPACE

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

We are thrilled to welcome Lilly Dancyger to The Debutante Ball this week! NEGATIVE SPACE is a touching and deeply honest memoir about grief, art, a daughter’s love, and trying to build a story out of fragments and empty space. Keep reading to learn about her journey to publication, her proudest moment as a writer, and her incredible memoir, NEGATIVE SPACE. Share or comment below for a chance to win a…


[News Flash] June 7, 2021

Monday, June 7, 2021

Many thanks to our last two guest authors, Laura Brooke Robson and Brenda Peynado! Laura Brooke Robson spoke to us about her debut GIRLS AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, a fascinating story about snarky girls and climate peril. Read her interview here. And Brenda Peynado spoke to us about her debut short story collection, THE ROCK EATERS, a series of fabulist stories about love transcending barriers. Read her interview…


Interview with Brenda Peynado, author of THE ROCK EATERS

Thursday, June 3, 2021

We are thrilled to welcome Brenda Peynado to The Debutante Ball this week! THE ROCK EATERS is a haunting and genre-bending collection of short stories that reflect our flawed world, and the incredible, terrifying and marvelous nature of humanity. Keep reading to learn about her journey to publication, her experience working in an emergency veterinary clinic, and her debut collection, THE ROCK EATERS. Share or comment below for a chance…