Guest Erika Robuck Talks Author Collaboration + Giveaway of Grand Central

Saturday, July 5, 2014

We’re thrilled to welcome Erika Robuck to The Debutante Ball this week! Erika is an avid reader and historical fiction writer. Her novels include RECEIVE ME FALLING, HEMINGWAY’S GIRL, CALL ME ZELDA, FALLEN BEAUTY, and the forthcoming THE HOUSE OF HAWTHORNE (May 2015). Her story “I’ll Walk Alone” is featured in GRAND CENTRAL: POSTWAR STORIES OF LOVE AND REUNION, out July 1st from Berkley/Penguin. She is a member of the Hemingway Society, Millay…


Sometimes Rebellion Really Pays Off

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Rebellion comes in many forms and even in itty bitty ways every day (as the other Debs said this week). Which got me to thinking. How have I rebelled in my life? As a kid it looked like this: Reading under the covers with a flashlight, well past bedtime Sneaking Harlequin books into my big stack every time I went to the library Watching Nightmare on Elm Street at a…


Sink Your Teeth Into These Amazing Books…or Maybe Just Read Them

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I could recommend books ALL DAY LONG, but I’ll spare you the drooling and droning and recommend a few I’ve enjoyed recently. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this wonderful craft workbook. There’s a hard cover to go with it, but I find the workbook to be the best of the two. Donald Maass is an incredible speaker. Actually, I would call his workshops guided meditation for writers…


The Most Challenging Aspect of Being a Published Author

Thursday, June 19, 2014

This week at The Debutante Ball, it’s “choose your own adventure”, so I thought I would take this opportunity to spotlight my fellow multi-published authors. What we do–create, destroy, inspire, and spark change–is no small feat. I’d say there’s some serious adventure to be had amid all of those sumptuous pages, and in the daily life of being a writer. So I asked them: What is the most challenging aspect…


How to Find Inspiration When It’s Lost

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Novel writing is really only a measly 10% inspiration, and a whopping 90% perspiration, yet without that 10%, the book is flat and will most likely be tossed into the flames of slush pile hell. So yeah, there’s pressure–lots of it–to be creative, to keep the flow of the amazing wonderfulness of ideas going. Problem is, we’re often overworked and exhausted. Between our “real jobs”, homes and children and pets, and…


Guest Author Christine Ieronimo on Her Twisty Publishing Journey + GIVEAWAY

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Today at The Debutante ball we welcome Christine Ieronimo, children’s book author. Her debut A THIRST FROM HOME recently released from Walker Books. CHRISTINE Says… I have always had a love affair with children’s books. It is the first place I go in a book store. I can smell a best seller from a mile away and within seconds of holding it. Reading with my children was and is my…


How Loss Made Me a Writer

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Loss is an interesting word. It can mean so little and so much. Lost hair? Lost keys? Lost dog? But losing for me has always been elastic in its meaning. Stretching and holding and snapping back into place again. They say moving as a child is like experiencing a death; you lose all that’s familiar in your daily routine, you lose what you know about the world to be true,…


Top Places to Find Critique Partners

Thursday, May 22, 2014

We’ve been talking about first readers this week at The Debutante Ball. I agree with the other Debs– with Lori that readers make life better, with Natalia that chemistry is important, and Susan that we all need to grow a pair (though my first few reads ever made me cry. I no longer cry, but I still get in a funk for a day or two while all of the…


The Don’ts of Book Events

Thursday, May 15, 2014

  Book events are one of the most terrifying and the most exciting parts of being an author. You’ve looked forward to these the whole time you waited for that book to release–the travel, reader fans, signing your little ol’ signature like you’re somebody. While some events may live up to your expectations, others may not. But ultimately, you want to make them as easy and as enjoyable as possible….