Deb Rachel Nominates The Best Fathers in Literature

Well, someone had to create this list, and I’m glad it’s me. I love lists. I love Dads. So here they are. My favorite ficitional pops. 1. Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird. Duh. No literary father list is complete without the most loving, moral, empathetic, brave, determined, principled, just, and kind dad–maybe even character–in all of fiction. Great dad quote: “If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get…

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Deb Rachel Recommends…

If you liked MWF Seeking BFF,  you might like… Well, it depends.   If you liked MWF because you love project/year-of memoirs: You’ll absolutely love the hilarious AJ Jacobs. The Know-It-All, about his quest to read the entire Encyclopedia Brittanica, is a book that made me think, “Wait, I should be doing this kind of writing, too.” I loved The Year of Living Biblically, too, and I can’t wait to read his latest, Drop Dead…

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Deb Rachel Has Proof That Reading Fiction Makes You A Better Person

I’ve decided to repost an entry from my personal blog today, since it seems especially fitting for this forum. Enjoy! “Over the past decade, academic researchers…from York University have gathered data indicating that fiction-reading activates neuronal pathways in the brain that measurably help the reader better understand real human emotion — improving his or her overall social skillfulness.” (“The Business Case for Reading Novels“; Harvard Business Review Blog Network, 1/12/2012)…

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Deb Rachel Makes the Case for the Newbie Agent

Confession: When I first started looking for agents, I didn’t know what I was doing. Everything I knew I learned from the Interwebs. I followed the advice of author and agent blogs and put together a query letter, gathered agent names from friends or the acknowledgement sections of similar books, and sent out a query letter. After a bit of flailing as I figured out the system, I signed with…

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Deb Rachel Doesn’t Know From Cleaning

I’m the last person who has any right to write a post about spring cleaning. Or any type of cleaning. Just ask my husband. We were recently talking about my next book—which is about celebrity obsession and perfectionism, and how I’m going to try and incorporate the aspects of celebrities’ lives that I most admire into my own (Jennifer Aniston’s fitness, Gwyneth Paltrow’s cooking, Jennifer Garner’s marriage, etc.)—and Matt’s response…

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Deb Rachel Wonders Where All The Mothers Have Gone

My plan for this post, all week, has been to list my rankings of the most memorable mothers in literature. It was easy at first. Molly Weasley, Marmee, and Matilda’s Mrs. Wormwood. It got a bit tougher as I moved to adult memoir, but of course there’s Deirdre Burroughs from Running with Scissors, Rose Mary Walls of The Glass Castle, and, on the side of good moms, Alice Trillan and…

Thursday, May 17, 2012

THE PRINCESSES OF IOWA Launch Week: Deb Rachel’s Q&A With Molly

I’m so excited that launch week for The Princesses of Iowa is finally here. I hope you’ll all pick up a copy of Deb Molly’s wonderful novel. For anyone (like, uh, ME) who has enjoyed her thoughtful posts and her wise insights into the writing life, the book is like that — times a milllion! And now… the question! Q: There are a lot of characters in this book, and…

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Deb Rachel is Tempted To Write You Next

My fellow Debs have spoken a lot this week about getting tempted away from writing when it’s just the thing you should be doing. But what happens when you are tempted to write something you absolutely know you shouldn’t? Writers have a lot of power. We have the ability to immortalize our loved ones on paper, or bash those we don’t particularly like (in fictionalized accounts, of course). We can,…

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Deb Rachel Wants To Know Her Next Plot

The problem with writing memoirs is that you’re confined to the truth. I hear writers talk all the time about how they have the plots for their next five novels filed away in their brains, be it a vision of a single scene from which the whole book will blossom, or a big thematical question that will drive the story. For me, it doesn’t work that way. Since MWF Seeking BFF…

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Deb Rachel Breaks Down a Book Proposal

Thanks to everyone who entered our Query Critique Contest! The contest is now over, but stay tuned each day this week to see who our winners are (remember-we said we were giving away 5 critiques!). Today’s winner is Evonne Lack! Congratulations, Evonne! We’ll get in touch with you soon, but in the interim, get polishing that query! Despite what my dear, sweet Deb Molly has to say, I am not…

Thursday, April 19, 2012