Lynn’s Confession: Books Are Like Boyfriends

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

  I’m going to shoot straight with you and tell you something I suspect a lot of authors are afraid to admit: every single book has its own unique set of limitations. There’s no such thing as the One Great American Novel (or memoir). The reality is as authors we make thousands of choices, and sometimes those choices create give-and-take sacrifices. It turns out a single book can’t be everything.** When…

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Craving All the Feels? These Five (+) Books Will Get You There

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

When it comes to novels’ subject matter, I don’t shy away from the brutal. Many of my favorite books are the ones which march unswervingly into dark and painful realms. I find these types of explorations are the ones which often make me feel the most, the ones which stay with me for years. I search for redemption in these tough books: in the beauty of language, in the depth…

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Let’s Pretend I Was Calm and Sane as I Queried Agents

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

I’d love to write a post for today about how easy it was to find an agent. It’d go like this: I whipped up a few query letters, shipped them off, continued to write another book without any angst at all, and then magically one day a phone call and offer of representation changed my life. Simple! No big deal! Alas, that’s not how life unfolded. In reality, it took 61…

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My Muses: Mountains and Memorabilia

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

We’ve only been writing for the Debutante Ball for three weeks now, but already I am ruing my decision to follow Amy Poeppel’s Tuesday posts. She is hysterical! What a tough act to follow. I hope you caught her post yesterday about where she likes to…do it. Yes, that’s right, this week we are discussing where we like to write. I may not be quite as funny as Amy, but I…

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MFA, Schm-MFA…and Other Reasons Why I’m the Unlikeliest of Authors

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

I’ve always been a reader. My first word was “book,” and some of my most treasured childhood memories are from the days I spent cozied up with Roald Dahl stories. By the time I was thirteen, I discovered Arthur C. Clarke and Ray Bradbury, gateway authors into the science fiction world. My geekiness soared tenfold. Perhaps those authors give the impression I was a sophisticated child reader; my big sister…

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A Memoir A Decade and a Half in the Making

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

By happenstance, today marks five months until my memoir, Caged Eyes: An Air Force Cadet’s Story of Rape and Resilience, hits shelves. As my publicist said, “It’s go time,” and I can’t think of a more amazing way of celebrating than beginning my year here on The Debutante Ball. To say this memoir has been a long time in the making is a comical understatement. The first time I thought…

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