What My Writing Revealed About My Personality

Monday, February 24, 2020

I never realized that my personality influenced my writing until I had an agent take a look at an early version of The Talking Drum. The agent read it through several times and gave me an in-depth critique. One remark she made stands out from the others. She said that every time my characters came close to having a conflict I would have them retreat and resolve matters quietly. She…

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Interview with Leah Garriott, author of Promised

Saturday, February 22, 2020

I am so happy to welcome Leah Garriott to the Deb ball this week! Although she earned degrees in math and statistics, Leah Garriott lives for a good love story. She’s resided in Hawaii and Italy, walked the countryside of England, and owns every mainstream movie version of Pride and Prejudice. She’s currently living her own happily ever after in Utah with her husband and three kids. We’ll be giving…

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The House That Inspired the House in My Novel

Monday, February 17, 2020

When I was beginning to write The Talking Drum, I knew that I wanted the fictional bookstore, where much of the action takes place, to be located in a Victorian home. I love Victorian houses—Italianate and Queen Anne—their tall windows and wraparound porches, pitched rooves, the detailed ornamentation, multiple floors, the ones that are boldly painted with contrasting trim and the more subdued. I didn’t have to look far to…

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What Happens When Two Literary Debutantes Meet at a Bookstore?

Sunday, February 16, 2020

When I found out that fellow Debutante Kathleen West was making a stop in the Boston area during her book tour, I knew I had to make plans to attend. Kathleen and I have been in touch since we became Debs in late summer of last year, but we’d never met. We Debs are in different parts of the country and our interactions have pretty much been through video conferencing,…

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If The Talking Drum Was a Movie, Here’s Who Would Star

Monday, February 10, 2020

The glitz, glamor, and excitement of yesterday’s 92nd Oscars ceremony has me thinking about the movie version of The Talking Drum: who would produce, who I would cast, who would direct. For starters, there’s no question that I would have Ava DuVernay produce and direct the film. For her work on Selma, she became the first black woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Director, and…

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3…2…1…BOOK LAUNCH!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Fellow 2020 Deb Kathleen West in now midway through the week of the launch of her novel, Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes. The book hit store shelves on Tuesday. Kathleen is the first of this year’s Debs to step onto the ballroom floor! She’s got a whirlwind tour that begins in the Midwest and will take her to New England, the Southwest, and back to the Midwest. Tomorrow she’ll be…

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Drum roll please!! It’s launch week for Debutante Kathleen West!

Monday, February 3, 2020

It’s finally time! Kathleen West is the first of this year’s Debs to step out onto the ballroom floor!  Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes hits shelves Tuesday, February 4th. The book is a wry and cleverly observed debut novel about the privileged bubble that is Liston Heights High—the micro-managing parents, the overworked teachers, and the students caught in the middle—and the fallout for each of them when the bubble finally…

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Simple Ways to Self-Promote and Build Your Personal Brand

Monday, January 27, 2020

Promoting your book is a must, but it can be very time-consuming. It is important to have in your toolkit, easy methods to bring attention to yourself and your work, in addition to the more labor-intensive efforts. Here are some of the simple, quick to orchestrate ways that I have promoted The Talking Drum and helped build my personal brand. Signature line—On the signature of my email account, I include…

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Classic Interview with Bestseller Liane Moriarty

Saturday, January 25, 2020

We’re turning back the clock this week to a 2011 interview with the wildly popular Liane Moriarty. Liane Moriarty is the author of seven international best-selling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story and the number one bestsellers, The Husband’s Secret, Big Little Lies, Truly Madly Guilty and her latest novel, Nine Perfect Strangers. Big Little Lies has been adapted into a TV show…

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Comp titles: What I Used When Querying/Pitching My Novel and Why

Monday, January 20, 2020

In the publishing world, comp titles (comparative titles) are very important. The comps help editors make acquisition decisions to figure out who the audience will be for your book and how well your book will sell;. Editors also examine the sales records for those books. Comp titles can also put a literary agent or reader in the right mindset when trying to pitch a book. The overarching theme of my…

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