[News Flash] November 22, 2020

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Jody A. Forrester joined us this week to talk about her memoir, GUNS UNDER THE BED. Read the full interview here. Thank you to Eliza Nellums who took over our Instagram on Monday and shared a little about her debut novel, ALL THAT’S BRIGHT AND GONE. And Tor.com shared an excerpt (as well as the map) from Greta Kelly’s fantasy novel, THE FROZEN CROWN on their website.   Read Denny…

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Finding Your People: A guide for new writers

Thursday, November 19, 2020

A funny consequence of having a book coming out is that friends and family (and the occasional stranger on the internet) now come to me for advice on writing and publishing. It’s weird to give advice because I feel like I’m still learning these things myself. I don’t have an MFA – I literally just learned about the concept of negative capability this summer!     But when I’m asked…

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[News Flash] November 15, 2020

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Thank you to Vanessa Riley for joining us this week to talk about her new novel, AN EARL, THE GIRL, AND A TODDLER. Her latest book is part of the Rogues and Remarkable Women series from Kensington. The blurbs are coming in for Elizabeth Gonzalez James’ novel, MONA AT SEA, available for preorder now!   Denny S. Bryce’s novel WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES reached the top 100 on the…

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[News Flash] November 8, 2020

Sunday, November 8, 2020

We had a lot of great events this week at the Debutante Ball! Elizabeth Everett, author of A LADY’S FORMULA FOR LOVE, took over our Instagram account on Monday, where she interviewed Catherine Wallace Hope, author of ONCE AGAIN. If you missed the interview it’s up on our Instagram page. On Wednesday we had a great interview with Rachel Mans McKenny, author of THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT. You can read our…

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[News Flash] November 1, 2020

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Kelly Duran joined us for a fantastic interview this week. Her book, CAN’T TAKE IT BACK was just added to the Audible Plus catalog, which means most subscribers don’t have to use a credit to listen to it. Get yours today! Denny S. Bryce’s debut novel, WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES was named a most anticipated book by WOC Read. Way to go Denny!   Ehsaneh Sadr was interviewed by…

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The Jackhammer in the Basement: On writing (or not writing) through distractions

Thursday, October 29, 2020

“It’s a black fly in your chardonnay. It’s a death row pardon two minutes too late.” Alanis Morissette was kind enough to give us many definitions of irony in 1995, and to those I would like to add, “It’s a jackhammer in your basement when you’re trying to write a blog post about writing through distractions.” We’re getting our house earthquake-retrofitted — a project that was initially supposed to take…

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[News Flash] October 25, 2020

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Thank you to Lois Ruskai Melina for joining us for an interview this week about her essay collection, THE GRAMMAR OF UNTOLD STORIES. Lois will also be participating in a livestream reading and conversation with Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita Paulann Petersen on Friday, Oct. 30 with Annie Bloom’s Books. Click here to register. Lyn Liao Butler also sat down with Mindy McGinnis this week to talk about the anxiety of…

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[News Flash] October 18, 2020

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Thank you to Simone st. James for talking to us about her new novel, THE SUN DOWN MOTEL. If you missed Denny’s interview with Stacie Murphy about her forthcoming novel, A DEADLY FORTUNE, you can still watch it now at our Instagram page. Tune in to @thedebball tomorrow, 10/19, when J.S. Dewes, author of THE LAST WATCH, takes over our Instagram account for the day, finishing with an interview with…

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[News Flash] October 11, 2020

Sunday, October 11, 2020

It’s finally here! Lyn Liao Butler’s cover for THE TIGER MOM’S TALE was released this week and it’s gorgeous! And make sure you sign up for Lyn’s newsletter so you don’t miss any updates.   Elizabeth Gonzalez James’ cover for MONA AT SEA was also revealed this week at Vol.1 Brooklyn. Way to go Lyn and Elizabeth!   Denny S. Bryce is interviewing Stacie Murphy, author of A DEADLY FORTUNE…

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World Building in the Real World

Thursday, October 8, 2020

When writers talk about “world building” they mean more than just setting. Setting is where a story takes place. But a fictional world is setting, history, the special rules of that particular place, the people who inhabit that world, as well as the general tone or atmosphere that sort of floats over every page. The setting of the Harry Potter books is England, but in order to build her fictional…

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