Interview with Robyn Bennis

Saturday, May 18, 2019

I’m so excited to welcome Robyn Bennis to the Ball this week – not only does she write some Damn Good books, she’s also my editor-cousin, and is as quick and hilarious in real life as her prose. After going through the traditional publishing route with two books, she’s dipping her toes into indie with a release next week (!!). Talk about a wild ride. Author of the well-acclaimed, thoroughly…


Writing at Every Age

Monday, May 13, 2019

When I was in middle school, I wrote at night. I could crank out a 10 page chapter of fanfic in under a week and format the html and have it up for my small following of three by Saturday, every Saturday. Editing wasn’t really something I understood, let alone did. All drafts were final drafts, but it was so much fun. Nevermind that I could never finish anything. Nevermind…


When Easter Eggs Become Plot

Monday, May 6, 2019

Easter eggs! We all love them. Sugary and chocolately and occasionally not chocolately but almost always delicious – Oh wait, we’re not talking about candy this week? Oops, my bad. We’re talking about the other kind of Easter egg, the kind that is a personal slip of a joke anyone who doesn’t know you – and even most of those who do – would probably miss. I love learning about…


The Structure of a Tucson June

Monday, April 29, 2019

This week we’re talking about where we live (or have lived) and how that influenced our books. This topic’s an easy one for me because Ghadid wouldn’t exist if I’d never moved to Arizona. Every story I’ve written has reflected the place I was living at the time, from swampy, buggy, storm-brewing Florida to gray and damp and otherworldly Seattle to arid yet surprisingly vibrant Arizona. When I describe the…


There Ain’t No Such Thing as a Free Book

Monday, April 22, 2019

Every few months or so there’s a new conversation about independent bookstores (or “indies”) and a certain big, monopoly behemoth that also sells books. On the one hand, monopolies are inherently bad for everyone but the monopoly. On the other hand, there are arguments to be made about ease of access, affordability, and even safety. I, honestly, don’t care which you choose, as long as you make an informed choice….


The Financial Reality of Being an Author or Don’t Quit Your Dayjob

Monday, April 15, 2019

I just finished doing my taxes this past weekend, so this week’s topic about the financial reality of being an author is especially appropriate. Once you’ve stuck a proverbial toe into the publishing world, either as a new author or if you’ve just started querying, you quickly realize that the bestsellers and millionaires that get splashed across headlines and festivals are the exceptions that prove the rule. Nobody sane writes…


Like a Dream

Monday, April 8, 2019

“People always say that, don’t they? People think hope can be raised or lowered like a flag, and it’s not like that at all. It’s in your chest no matter what. I couldn’t have pushed it off if I tried. I’d been stabbed in the heart, but the hope… No, it was just like a rock.” It’s going to be tough describing a book like The Dream Peddler without descending…


An Introductory Guide to Researching Your Next Novel

Monday, April 1, 2019

I’ve already talked a little about my research into the world around Ghadid in the Perfect Assassin – books and books and days spent in the University library – but I’ve never really talked about the how of it. How did I do the research. How did I find those books. How did I take what I’d learned and weave it into a story. It’s all about the references, really. And the bibliographies. You’ve gotta start…


Interview with Claire Bartlett + Giveaway of WE RULE THE NIGHT!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

This week, we are so thrilled to welcome amazing human and debut YA author Claire Bartlett to the Debutante Ball! Claire is my agent-sibling and our publishing journey has been in (mostly) parallel for the last year or so. I am so, so excited for the world to finally read her brilliant debut novel, We Rule the Night, a complex and kind-hearted take on female relationships and self-determination with magic!!…


A Sunrise, A Coffee, A Long Walk

Monday, March 25, 2019

This week we’re sharing what our perfect day might look like, which I suppose might say a lot about ourselves. I’ve been lucky enough in my life to get real close to perfect more than once, so I’ve got a pretty good grasp on what would make up my perfect day – in case any benevolent god is listening in.   After living in Arizona for six years, I know…