Deb Kelly wants to know who’s watching REVENGE.

Are you an Emily Thorne or are you a Victoria Grayson? Well, hopefully you’re neither. But if you’re hooked on Revenge, as I am now that Netflix is instant streaming the ABC nighttime soap’s first season, you know which of these diametrically opposed women you’ve found yourself aligning with. If you haven’t seen the show yet, here’s what you need to know: Two characters, both alike in dignity, in the…

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Deb Ball welcomes Kelly O’Connor McNees!

Returning guest Kelly O’Connor McNees is the author of two novels, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott and In Need of a Good Wife. She has worked as a teacher and editor, and lives with her husband and daughter in Chicago. A little about IN NEED OF A GOOD WIFE: For Clara Bixby, brokering mail-order marriages is a golden opportunity—a chance to start again. If she can help New…

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Deb Kelly goes ‘crinkle crinkle’

No, readers, that is not the sound of me unwrapping yet another Lindor raspberry truffle. I don’t know where you would get that idea. But you are welcome to mail me some Lindor raspberry truffles. They ship surprisingly well. Crinkle crinkle is the sound of me deliberately walking through the leaves that gather at the edge of the sidewalk all fall long. It’s something I’ve been doing for, like, ever,…

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Deb Kelly’s Big Little Surprise

Last year around springtime, I was going through what I like to think of as a fallow period. My work-in-progress was writing itself into one dead end after another (at one point I considered killing my main character just out of spite) and my day job was feeling slow and repetitive. I couldn’t concentrate on anything. I was inexplicably exhausted, and gaining weight fast—almost half a pound a week. Almost…

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Once upon a time Deb Kelly wore pants for a living.

I have never been to a writer’s conference as a writer. Not one. They look amazingly fun. The writers are always laughing at the bar or the coffee shop, and there seems to be a fair bit of hugging and shopping as well. What I have been to is writing conferences as an editor and agent. And fun is not exactly the word I would use for that experience. Work,…

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Debutante Ball welcomes Deb Alum Sarah Jio!

Deb Ball alum Sarah Jio‘s first novel, The Violets of March, was published by Penguin (Plume) on April 26, 2011 and was chosen as a Best Book of 2011 by Library Journal. Her second novel, The Bungalow, was published on December 27, 2011, also from Penguin (Plume). Her third novel, Blackberry Winter, was just published. Her fourth novel, The Last Camellia, will be published in May 2013. Sarah recently sold…

Saturday, September 29, 2012

There is nothing funny about Deb Kelly’s post today. Really. Get serious, guys.

Asking a funny person to talk about humor is the fastest way to make that person choke up, begin wheezing, tell an off-color joke that makes everyone uncomfortable and then slink away.* I think I’m a pretty funny person from time to time, but as soon as I saw I was supposed to blog about humor this week, I closed my computer, laid down on my bed, and took an…

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Deb Kelly wants a bigger closet in which to store her pajama pants

When I lived in NYC lo these not so many years ago, I had one of those rent-stabilized apartments that you normally only hear about in myth and Nora Ephron movies. It had a teeny tiny galley kitchen but a full-sized fridge, an honest-to-goodness bedroom with room for my entire bed–unfolded– and a living room with not one but two windows on the airshaft. And here’s the kicker: It had…

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

How Deb Kelly almost ended up like that lady in the snuggie commercials. The leopard print snuggie commercials.

I have a confession to make. I love TV. Oh yawn, right? Who doesn’t love TV? The Wire—that was a seriously good show. And Top Chef. Tote’s addictive. Amiright? No, I mean I LOVE TV. Like, love the local news where dogs cover the top animal stories (really). Love season 39 of ANTM. Love the infomercial where two weirdos clean floors, all sorts of floors, with a $200 steam vacuum,…

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Deb Kelly writes anywhere she can wear pajama pants

Hello loyal readers! My name is Kelly, and I’ll be your Wednesday Debutante. I recommend the soup. I am thrilled to be here with my fellow 2013 Debs, a crowd so wild, so wonderful, that I am willing to give you the KELLY WIMMER™ guarantee* that this is going to be a fabulously epic year for The Debutante Ball. It’s humbling to be coming into a tradition of debutante bloggers…

Wednesday, September 5, 2012