Interview with Olivia Blacke, author of KILLER CONTENT and NO MEMES OF ESCAPE

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

This week’s interview is with Olivia Blacke, a fellow Berkley author of Deb Lyn Liao Butler. We are so excited to have Olivia here, as she’s one of the first millennial cozy mystery writers! Her debut, KILLER CONTENT, is so much fun, and set in Brooklyn, NY. Olivia is also a great person and supporter of other authors, and her humor and grace is such a welcome breath of fresh air…

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Lyn’s Favorite Indie Bookstores

Friday, April 23, 2021

April 24, 2021 is National Independent Bookstore Day. To honor indie bookstores, I’m posting about my favorite ones. For me, there’s nothing like browsing in the aisles of a bookstore, surrounded by so many books and possibilities. I love books. So much. I’m so honored that the bookstore in the town where I grew up, is going to be selling signed copies of my book for my launch. The Village…

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My Author Brand is Bloopers

Monday, April 5, 2021

When I first signed with my agent, Rachel Brooks of Bookends, she made a comment about my “brand,” and how my Book 2 is right on brand. I was so surprised. I had a brand? That was news to me! But apparently, I do. For my adult books, my author brand was family drama, secrets and lies, and someone always dies. And that is certainly true for my debut novel,…

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Interview with Lyn’s Agent, Rachel Brooks

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Today, we have a very special treat. My wonderful, amazing, fabulous, super-smart and brilliant agent, Rachel Brooks of BookEnds Literary Agency (can you tell how highly I think of her?), has agreed to answer some questions. Ever wonder what an agent is thinking? How they go through their queries and decide who to offer representation to? Rachel is here to give you one agent’s impression of this exciting, yet sometimes…

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Learning From Other Writers

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

We’re supposed to be writing about our favorite craft writing books, blogs or podcasts. The truth is, I’ve never read a craft writing book (gasp!). I didn’t even know what a podcast was until last year. And while I love reading blogs, the only blog that I learned from was actually this one, The Debutante Ball (which is why I applied to be a Deb for this year, since I…

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It’s A Miracle!

Friday, January 15, 2021

I queried for three and a half years before I signed with an agent. And I queried three different books. And during those years, I felt as though signing with an agent was an impossible dream, something that would take a miracle to make happen. And then, almost exactly three and a half years after I started querying, the miracle happened. I was at the vet with my first baby,…

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Why I Like Killing People (On Paper Of Course)

Thursday, December 24, 2020

This week, we are writing about our favorite type of scenes to write and why. As I thought about this, I realized there is a common theme in all my books. Someone always dies. And sometimes not in a nice way. This is why I write fiction. I hear about something in the news, or something that happened to someone’s friend, and my imagination takes over. I try to put…

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Ode to Liane Moriarty

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

My family moved to the United States from Taiwan when I was seven. To help us learn English, my mom used to take my sister and I to the library and that’s where my love of reading started. I couldn’t get enough of books. I read any and everything, regardless of subject matter or genre. I plowed through books like the Cam Jansen series, Encyclopedia Brown, and then eventually the…

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Don’t Be Like Me (What Not to Do) – AKA Tips for New Writers

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

When I started writing my first book in 2015, I didn’t know a single person who wrote. I also didn’t tell anyone I was writing a book because I didn’t consider myself a writer. I’d never taken a single writing class (except what was needed for school) and I was clueless on the whole process of writing and publishing books. So I made the ultimate rookie mistake. I whipped out…

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Writing with Dogs, Virtual Learning and Day Drinking

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

How do I balance my writing with work, life and distractions? Before the pandemic, I would have said very well. Since the pandemic happened, not so much. With the advent of virtual learning and homeschooling an elementary school child, I have resorted to day drinking. I was hoping to get fired from my job as a homeschooling mom for drinking on the job. Alas, that didn’t happen, but my one…

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