Old Photos, Dark Chocolate, Running Shoes and Chew Toys by Deb Gail

What’s in my personal time capsule? Three photos held up by French magnetic poetry on our magnetic board (we have a magnetic board because our refrigerator is stainless). One is of my two daughters (7 and 9) and me on their first day of elementary school in Wisconsin in front of the house we lived in after we moved out of the six-week rental but before we moved into the…

Monday, July 7, 2008

Fourth of July Traditions by Deb Gail

I’m not a huge fan of the Fourth of July. I don’t like fireworks or char-grilled meat or planned activities and having grown up with leftist parents and having attended an even more leftist liberal arts college, the whole forced patriotic thing still brings out the rebel in me. This is not to say that I don’t participate in the ENORMOUS celebration my neighborhood has every year. A celebration so…

Monday, June 30, 2008

Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without by Deb Gail

Lots of water Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables Salmon and avocado Dark chocolate Limited caffeine, alcohol, salt, white sugar and well, most anything white Limited sun exposure Working up a full body sweat every day (either running or yoga or often both) Standing on my head every day Sex At least 7 hours of sleep All organic lotions and cleansers made by Eminence (I used to not worry about…

Monday, June 23, 2008

Welcome Guest Meg Waite Clayton

Meg Waite Clayton is the author of The Wednesday Sisters, a novel based in part on her experiences with her own writers’ group, and just released this week by Ballantine Books. Her first novel, The Language of Light, was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize. Meg lives with her family in Palo Alto, California, where The Wednesday Sisters is set. Please join us in welcoming Meg to The Debutante Ball….

Monday, June 16, 2008

20 Hottest Authors by Deb Gail

I’ve been thinking about this topic a lot since it was first proposed and thinking how much I like it but that makes me wonder if that means I’m superficial since I immediately interpreted “hot” as meaning sexy or attractive or does that mean that I’m just caught up in this whole list thing that seems to be a trend or that I’m over-thinking the whole thing or… … okay,…

Monday, June 9, 2008

What is this Business Really About? by Deb Gail

A few days ago the Da Capo catalog arrived with my two-page spread, my author photo, a description of my book and a short bio and staring at it, I felt… weird. Not bad weird. Just weird. Weird that the way I imagined seeing my name and my picture in print, the “reality” of what I’d dreamed and hoped for and wanted for so long that at times I was…

Monday, June 2, 2008

It’s Driving Sideways Week at The Debs! by Deb Gail

I don’t want to say too much about Jess Riley’s Driving Sideways because I’d rather you go directly to Amazon or your closest bookstore and order it immediately! Seriously, it’s THAT good. Driving Sideways is the story of Leigh, a recent kidney transplant recipient who decides to take a road trip to find her donor’s (Larry Resnick’s) family to discover whether she is channeling Larry Resnick and also make some…

Monday, May 19, 2008

A Mother’s Day Tribute to All Mothers (including those who don’t have children) by Deb Gail

I just spent half of last week with a good friend who never had children. She wanted to have children but she married later and spent years trying in vitro and time conspired. She isn’t my only childless friend. I have two other close friends who have no children. One isn’t married and is reaching the age when it’s likely she never will have children and another is married but…

Monday, May 12, 2008

Confessions of a Reluctant Debutante by Deb Gail

I have to be perfectly honest, I was a Reluctant Debutante. Not that I didn’t see the beauty and the brilliance of The Debutante Ball site that Kristy Kiernan master-minded, not that I didn’t read it that first year regularly and love the variety of voices and topics. It was that I was POSITIVE I was not debutante material. I had never even been to a prom (having gone to…

Monday, May 5, 2008

Publishing Emergencies and Reshifting and the Guy Doing Jennifer Aniston Arms by Deb Gail

Just before we’re leaving for spring break, I hear back from my editor that her response to my edits will be complete two days after we arrive in South Beach. And would I be available for a phone chat? This is nobody’s fault; just the way things keep turning out for me. I sort of keep believing the myth that writers have control over their work hours. But even though…

Monday, April 28, 2008