A New Perspective on Culture in Lori Rader-Day’s The Black Hour

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A huge congrats from all of us Debs to Lori on the launch of THE BLACK HOUR! I feel so lucky to have seen (just a small part of) the hard work and dedication Lori’s put into not just this book, but her writing career, and I know that huge things are ahead for her. Congratulations, Lori! Being a Peruvian-born writer who grew up in the U.S., I get asked…


4 Reasons You Should Rebel Against Your Life, Starting Today

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Every time you do something slightly unexpected, it’s an act of rebellion. Tuesday seems like a good day for rebellion, don’t you think? It doesn’t have to be anything huge (but it can be). Go out of character, step out of your comfort zone, have a conversation with someone new. Or start doing that one thing you’ve always said you wanted to do when you get a chance… 4 Reasons You…


Wanted: Debut Authors for The Debutante Ball Class of 2015! Apply Within

Sunday, June 29, 2014

It seems not too long ago we were applying to be a part of The Debutante Ball, and now here we are, putting out a call for the 2015 class of soon-to-be authors. To be honest, we’re all still in a bit of shock from how fast this year has flown. The Deb Ball will forever hold a very special place in our journey to publication, and we want to leave…


The Delicate Science of Recommending Books You’ll Love

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I have a love/hate relationship with recommending books to people. I LOVE sharing my love of books. But I hate having to do it on the spot. Recommending books is a lot like ordering for someone at a restaurant. Sure, you can do it blindly. But shouldn’t you first make sure they’re not allergic to cilantro? Or find out if they’re vegetarian? Or keep in mind that they have a serious…


My First Memory, Rediscovered

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Think back to the very first thing, the very first moment of consciousness, you can remember. For me, that memory has always been easy to access. Before my family and I moved from Peru to the US, we lived for several months in Costa Rica. All my life I’ve said I don’t remember the Peru of my birth—my first memory takes place in San Jose, on a night when the power…


Guest Author Mary Vensel White on Looking Inward, Opening Outward + Giveaway of THE QUALITIES OF WOOD

Saturday, June 14, 2014

We are thrilled to welcome Mary Vensel White, whose debut novel launches in just a few days on June 17! Called “a haunting and provocative debut” by Christina Baker Cline, author of Orphan Train, The Qualities of Wood is a novel about secrets. Family secrets. Community secrets. And secrets between lovers, past and present. And all of these secrets have their price. When Betty Gardiner dies, leaving behind an unkempt country…


5 Sure-Fire Ways to Kill Creativity or Your Money Back, Guaranteed

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The question, “How do you stay creative?” reminds me of the question, “Where do you get your ideas from?” There isn’t a set way, a step-by-step guide, to creative inspiration. But I know from experience that there are sure-fire ways to kill creativity. I’ve caught myself doing quite a few and I would only recommend them if you hate creativity and you want it gone, finished, kersplatted. 1. Stop letting…


Researching Ransoms, Publishing Lessons Learned + CHASING THE SUN book giveaway! Natalia Sylvester Gets Cozy in the Guest Author Chair

Saturday, June 7, 2014

I will forever remember this week as one of the happiest, craziest, intensely gratifying and exciting weeks of my life. To every single one of you reading and commenting and sharing your positive energy with me—I’m eternally grateful. As a thank you, I’m sending a signed copy to one commenter—details at the end of this post! So…before I get too mushy (too late? I can’t seem to help it  this…


You Are Here: On the Now-ness of Launches & Life

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

When I chose to be the Tuesday blogger here at The Ball, it didn’t occur to me that this would mean I’d get to blog on THE Tuesdays. On the launch days themselves. On the launch day of CHASING THE SUN. There’s so much…now-ness. And I’m trying very hard to savor this moment, so I thought I’d share with you where I am right now, in all the many ways we can…


How Being Bilingual Taught Me to Be a Writer

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

As I’m writing this, it’s still Memorial Day, and I’ve been thinking a lot about words and their true meaning. About memory, and loss, and the act of remembering. I’m reminded of one of my favorite epigraphs: From The Book of Embraces by Eduardo Galeano: Recordar: To remember, from the Latin re-cordis, to pass back through the heart. To me, there’s beauty in this definition, not just because of what it says…