Bring on the Ski Flicks and Planet Earth

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Two things of which I’m sure: 1) drinking water helps cure many ailments, 2) distractions help me write. I have a docking station for my laptop which gives me the luxury of connecting to two computer monitors simultaneously. Unless I’m editing something which requires a bit more screen space, I typically use one for the Word doc and the other for entertainment. I’m presently watching YouTube music videos, though Pandora…


A Long Letter to a Friend, aka my Memoir

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I never used to be one of those people who dreams about showing up in public naked. That is, until I became a memoirist. Publishing a memoir IS showing up naked in public. My story is largely about how shame silenced me. How ironic to publish a memoir, right? I think it goes without saying that writing Caged Eyes with the intention of publication was an entirely terrifying prospect. The…


Friends Don’t Let Friends Write Alone

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Writing is a solitary activity, so I’m confused about this topic, “who we write with?” I mean, you sit at a computer, you stare at it, you pet your cat as she struts by, and eventually a novel just appears on the screen. That’s how it works right? Okay thanks for laughing at my terrible joke. (Let’s pretend you laughed.) Here’s the reality, though hopefully you know this by now:…


Colorado Rocks (Really, we have a lot of rocks)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Friends who know me in real life know that one of my annoying traits is that I can talk endlessly about my favorite Colorado outdoorsy things. (Oh, wait, I do that here on the Deb Ball too!) I have the ability to declare a certain mountain my favorite, only to say the exact same thing about a different mountain five minutes later. Look. No one comes to Colorado because of…


The Conundrum of a Unique Book Like Caged Eyes

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

This week we’re writing about publishing as women, and of course I’m here to put my usual memoirist’s spin on the topic: I’m not just publishing as a woman; I’m publishing a deeply personal woman’s story. Youch! I know, how dare I? In Crystal’s Monday post, she mentioned that she wonders how people would respond differently to her novel if she used initials as a pen name, that way readers…


I’m Going To Run Away

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I’m in a dark place. Leave it to me to be so direct, right? Post-publication depression, or at least angst, is a thing. I’ve been talking with a few authors lately who recently debuted, and it seems like all of us struggle with some kind of reaction in the pub day wake. I’m not just talking about sales figures and earning back advances though that can obviously be an enormous…


Bring on the Giggle Juice

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

I’m Bonnelyn Parker! I’ve taken Jenni’s fun character test a few times now, and I can’t help it, each time I come up most similar to Bonnelyn. We’re both determined, grit-filled ladies (Is it okay I say so myself?), though maybe we’re both naïve at times too. We’re both flawed, to be sure. I’ve mentioned this quote a few times when talking about Becoming Bonnie, but I love it so…


Six Excellent Cups of Coffee

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

  There’s only one difference between me and Anne, Amy’s fictional author in her hilarious post yesterday: unlike Anne, I know exactly where every cent of my advance went. My advance was split into three payments – the first third upon signature of the book contract, the second third upon delivery of the final manuscript, and the last third upon publication. Each time my agent sent me a check, I…


Interview With Crystal King + #DebBallGiveaway of FEAST OF SORROW

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Today it is our very own Crystal King’s turn to sit in the Deb Ball guest chair! By now you have heard the exciting news: Crystal’s debut novel, Feast of Sorrow, released this week from Touchstone. Set amongst the scandal, wealth, and upstairs-downstairs politics of a Roman family, Crystal King’s seminal debut features the man who inspired the world’s oldest cookbook and the ambition that led to his destruction. On…


Romans Had Refrigerators?? Feast of Sorrow Enlightens

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

It’s the morning after Feast of Sorrow’s book launch, and I bet Crystal is waking up thinking, “Holy Cr@p! My book is out!” Except, I don’t know, maybe she isn’t cursing to herself because she’s a slightly more polite person than I am! Don’t pinch yourself, Crystal! It’s real. Launch day arrived, and Feast of Sorrow is now out into the world. As a fellow writer who also spent the better part…