On Beta Readers, Critique Partners, and Cheerleaders

Friday, January 19, 2018

I’ve been really lucky in finding people who are willing to collaborate with me on my work, and my fellow debs have given some fantastic advice about how to find and work with the best kind of partners for you, so I thought I might use my time to tell y’all a bit about how I try to support my readers. Critique Partners: My first and best critique partner is my…


Speaking of Distractions…

Friday, January 12, 2018

I totally forgot to write my blog post yesterday. This isn’t a bit. I was distracted by life and day job and eight million other things and totally freaking spaced. So definitely listen to what I’m about to tell you. Writing has never been an act of perfection for me. I write messy first drafts and carve moments out of my life wherever I can find them to get words…


Resolving to Let Go

Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy New Year, y’all! Let’s hope it’s better than the shit-show of a year that was 2017, yeah?   As I thought about resolutions this year, a brilliant friend of mine said something that really stuck with me. Instead of resolving to do, she lets go. And that is a practice I very much want to adopt. Because, my friends,I have been dropping the ball lately. Dropping the ball on beta reads, dropping…


Interview with Jamie Questall, Author of BY A CHARM AND A CURSE

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Today’s wonderful guest is Jamie Questall, author, graphic designer, all around badass human. We are so delighted to feature her on the blog today, and CANNOT WAIT TO GET OUR HANDS ON HER BOOK! It sounds absolutely amazing. Jaime Questell is a writer and graphic designer from Houston, Texas. She has also been a bookseller, a professional knitter, a semi-professional baker, and an administrative assistant. None of these jobs involved wrangling…


Kaitlyn Loves Books

Friday, December 29, 2017

Thus far this year I have read 101 books. I haven’t reached my goal of 111, and I probably won’t if we’re being honest, but I have read some really great books. Best Dystopia: Good glory, this book is so good. Gritty, beautifully and fully imagined, I have absolutely no complaints about this book. And Erin Bow is a delight of a human, which is also wonderful. Here’s the set…


Winter Writing Zones

Friday, December 22, 2017

I’m writing this on day 3 of a fever, so please excuse me if it’s super loopy. I get stir crazy being quarantined for this long, but I’d hate to get anyone else sick. I love my office. It’s a tiny room at the top of the stairs that I painted navy blue just before we moved into this house. I have a bitsy green velvet sofa and a phrenology…


Interview with Melissa Bashardoust, author of GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Earlier this fall, I (Kaitlyn) had the great pleasure of reading GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS. It was one of my favorite books of the year, and I am so thrilled that Melissa agreed to hang out here on The Deb Ball today! Melissa Bashardoust received her degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where she rediscovered her love for creative writing, children’s literature, and fairy tales…


Some Inspiring and/or Relevant Words

Friday, December 15, 2017

I’m not much of a quote gal, but in light of all the lovely posts this week from my fellow debs, I thought I might share a few quotes from women whose work I admire. (Reading recommendation: Because surely you’re familiar with Angelou’s poetry, consider Hallelujah! The Welcome Table, a book of recipes and essays sure to make you laugh and cry.) “You wanna fly, you got to give up the…


Interview with Samira Ahmed, Author of LOVE, HATE AND OTHER FILTERS

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Today I have the very great pleasure of introducing a friend and INCREDIBLE author, Samira Ahmed.I just got my hands on an ARC of LOVE, HATE AND OTHER FILTERS, and y’all. It is incredible. This fabulous debut will be out on January 16, 2018, and I cannot say enough good things about it. Samira Ahmed was born in Bombay, India, and grew up in Batavia, Illinois, in a house that smelled…


It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint: Kaitlyn’s Path to Publication

Friday, December 8, 2017

I met my agent during a live tweet of 50 Shades of Grey. It was a different time back then. Twitter was a different kind of place. We did live tweets that dissected the fact that Ana’s never allowed to eat in that damn movie (BUT REALLY THOUGH) and made friends over silly jokes. There were fewer Nazis to worry about. The world was not yet on fire. But I digress……