Deb Rachel is a Kristy (But She Wanted To Be a Stacey)

I took this picture on Monday afternoon. I arrived in Seattle earlier that morning (for some Pacific Northwest readings–Portland tonight!) and within two hours of landing I found myself rifling through the children’s section of a used bookstore at Pike’s Place Market. When I found these titles I pretty much had no choice but to buy them. An old-school Babysitters Club cover is not easy to come by. I know….

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Deb Rachel Is a Character

When writing memoir, the issue of creating characters is tricky. These are real people, after all, so you have a responsibility to represent your “characters” honestly. Framing my husband or best friends as characters in a book rather than living, breathing people, was weird. And yet, as much as one can try (perhaps successfully) to translate real-life contacts into three dimensional beings on a page, it’s virtually impossible not to…

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Deb Rachel Cares The Most

Of all the best advice I’ve ever received, most of it can be filed under “Duh.” If someone invites you somewhere “just to be nice”…that’s a really good reason.  After years of sunburns, you are not suddenly going to tan.  If he says he doesn’t like you, believe him.  Curly girls cannot have bangs. When it comes to writing and publishing advice, the same holds true. The best advice I’ve…

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Deb Rachel Was a Thriller Groupie

I was all set to write about how I’ve always been too scared to read thrillers. But then I remembered. Christopher Pike!!! I somehow mentally blocked this phase of my life until today (don’t know why I haven’t thought about it in years), but there was a time when all I read were Christopher Pike novels. They were the best. I collected them all and devoured them during the late-night…

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Deb Rachel Aims Low

We’re all friends here. This is a safe space. I’m going to admit something I’ve been too embarrassed to tell anyone. It’s not like you’re going to laugh at me… and if you do I won’t be able to hear you. God bless the Internets. I made a list of New Year’s Resolutions the other day. I do this all the time, though. I like to make Wednesday’s Resolutions or Second Saturday…

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Deb Rachel Debates Silence

The winner of last week’s MWF Seeking BFF giveaway (chosen by a random number generator) is Jonita! Thanks, everyone, for sharing your very best days with us. ******************** I haven’t seen The Artist yet, and, until yesterday, I didn’t really want to. The silent film, out now and on the short-list for basically every Oscar nod, is getting rave reviews, but what did I want with a film with no…

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Deb Rachel Is Loving Launch Week

Before my book launch, I’d been warned that the actual publication day might feel anti-climactic. First of all, my book was originally planned for January 2012, so when it got moved up, the press and events were still planned for a month later. And then there was the fact that MWF Seeking BFF was coming out right around the holidays, when people are out of town and distracted. And, finally,…

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Deb Rachel Wears a Bra

The information in this title probably doesn’t surprise you. And yet even though people know I wear a bra, I generally try not to show them I wear a bra. This particular incident involves the lovely gentleman pictured left. Armand Hammer. You might remember him from such things as The Social Network. Or from being named Armand Hammer. Back when The Social Network came out, I was assigned to go to…

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Deb Rachel Makes The Case for Blogs (And Other Social Media)

As a writer, I’ve embraced social media. A blog? Check. Facebook and Twitter? Done and done. A video book trailer? Why yes, thank you for asking. I’d love to share it with you. I’m of the opinion that every little bit helps. No matter how great your book publicist, or how enthusiastic your agent, there is no one in the world who cares more about your book than you do….

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Deb Rachel Pitched The Future

You probably know by now that everyone’s route to agented bliss is different. Mine was especially bizarre, for many reasons (stories for another day), including that the content of my book didn’t exist yet. Sure, I had a proposal. But I hadn’t embarked on the “year of friending” that the book I was pitching would cover. Considering the state of publishing these days, publishers aren’t eager to gamble on a…

Thursday, December 1, 2011