Introducing 2021 Deb Ehsaneh Sadr! AND, her book is out next week…

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Last but not least, we present the fifth of our 2021 Debs, Ehsaneh Sadr. She’s having a busy week: She starts here AND her book, A DOOR BETWEEN US, is out on Tuesday. No biggie. Welcome, Ehsaneh!   Ehsaneh is a novelist and activist with a PhD in International Relations. She has worked, in various capacities, on campaigns related to biking advocacy, Palestinian human rights, lifting sanctions on Iran, access…

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Interview and Giveaway with Amy Poeppel, Author of Musical Chairs

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Okay, wow. This post (my last!) marks a full-circle moment for me. I first learned about today’s guest, Amy Poeppel, right here on this very site. A member of the Deb Class of 2017, Amy’s wry and real posts led me to her novel, SMALL ADMISSIONS. That laugh-out-loud story spurred me along in my writing journey and made me feel like there might be a place for my own humorous…

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Introducing Author and Social Media Maven Denny S. Bryce!

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

It’s my great pleasure to present the woman behind next year’s tweets, our new Social Media Maven, Denny S. Bryce. To be honest with you, I felt like I already knew Denny when I read her Deb Ball application. She’s very active and well-respected in the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, of which I’m a member (and you should be, too, if you write women’s fiction or crossover romance or suspense)….

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Farewell (and some unsolicited parting advice) from Kathleen

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Wow — it occurred to me as I sat down to write this that it’s my last “real” post for The Debutante Ball. Next week, I’ll be introducing my successor, the great Denny Bryce, and then I’ll be back writing regularly at my own website. I’ve missed documenting the sillier aspects of my life there, but at the same time, I’m happy to have a weekly repository of thoughts, stories,…

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Guest Post: Barbara Conrey on Highs and Lows of the Debut Year

Friday, August 14, 2020

It’s my pleasure to introduce guest blogger Barbara Conrey today. Barbara is a top-notch writer and an A+ literary citizen. She goes out of her way to serve the greater good and has become a friend to many debuting authors during this unpredictable year. I’m thrilled that you’ll get to hear her voice, too. Read on to learn more about Barbara’s debut (at age 70!) and how she’s navigated the…

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Kathleen’s Debut Year Roses, Thorns, and Buds

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Many years ago, our family stole a page from the Obama playbook and added roses, thorns, and buds to our family dinners. It’s the high, the low, and the something we’re looking forward to. Here are a few from my debut year: Roses: So many times, I shook my head in disbelief that I was actually launching a real live novel I wrote myself. Like, what?! How did this even…

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It’s Your Book; It’s Your Party

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Well, our official topic this week is lauch parties and swag. I think I’m the only member of our 2020 class who got a launch party. Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes released on Feburary 2nd. Covid was front-page news at that point, but it still seemed awfully far away. No one here in Minneapolis fully grasped the threat. At my launch, 150 people jammed into my local indie. Gretchen Anthony…

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Marching Along….to March 2021

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

I can’t believe we’re writing about what’s next for us this week! You know what that means, right?! It means we’re almost ready to hand over the reins here on The Debutante Ball to the class of 2021. It’ll happen at the end of August, and I’m so excited! Here’s why: Next year’s writers are undoubtedly going to be awesome and fascinating. The applications are incredibly strong. My debut year…

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Embracing the Lightness

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Our topic this week is the books that inspired us to be writers. I think I’ve covered this in previous posts: I’ve been a voracious reader since elementary school. I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I finally decided to give noveling a try when I read Celeste Ng’s absolutely genius Everything I Never Told You, at which point I discovered two very important things: I’m not Celeste Ng AND…

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Interview (and Giveaway!) with Lainey Cameron, Author of The Exit Strategy

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Ok seriously: Lainey Cameron is among the kindest and most generous writers I’ve met in the last five years since decided to become a novelist. She is active in the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, where I first met her, and she collects friends and fans everywhere she goes (which is a lot of places, as you’ll see). The arrival of her scintillating debut, THE EXIT STRATEGY, is a tribute to…

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