Deb Sarah on Daydreaming About Walking the Red Carpet

OK, I confess: I’ve daydreamed about walking the red carpet for a movie premier of a film based on a novel of mine. And yes, I’d wear something fabulous and sparkly and get a babysitter for the kids! Will it happen? Probably not. But it’s still fun to think about. In the movie version of The Violets of March (remember, we’re daydreaming here), my vote for Emily? Rachel McAdams. For…

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Deb Sarah on the Ideas that Haunt Her

I share this dreamy picture of Paris with you because a BIG idea came to me recently for a new novel … set in Paris. I know, you’re saying “but wait, don’t you have book #2 coming out this spring, and book #3 is in progress and in need of finishing?” Yes, I know, I can hardly keep my own novels straight these days. But, while I may be sleep-deprived,…

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Deb Sarah on Writing Goals

Love all the talk about goals this week. It’s a hot topic for me right now as I’m moving past the halfway mark of book #3 (it does have a title (a really good one!), but I can’t share it just yet—but oh my goodness, I can tell you that I love these new characters and this story is absolutely making me cry as I write it—it’s an emotional story…

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Deb Sarah Writes at Night (and Has No Life–She’s OK With That)

My favorite time to write is around 8:00 p.m., after the kids are in bed. The house is quiet. Peaceful. Finally. I creep downstairs, pour myself a big glass of water or mug of tea, or, OK, sometimes wine, and I turn off the overhead light in my office, leaving just the soft light of the lamp on. I crack open the window so I can feel a little fresh…

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Deb Sarah on the Writing Advice She Always Falls Back On

Have I shared my little affliction? I come up with far too many novel ideas. Really, I think of them all the time. The lovely author Carol Cassella calls it a disease, actually. (And she’d know—she’s also a doctor!) Just tonight, in fact, I was out at a restaurant with my family, and—bam—I had a whole cast of characters imagined, a plot (flimsy, but interesting) and a title sketched out…

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Deb Sarah Is Excited to Chat With Book Clubs!

I’ve only been a published author for a week, so what do I know? But I will say this: One of the great joys of writing a book is being able to share it with others. And, yesterday, I got my very first invitation to speak at a local book club. I felt very honored, and a little nervous. It’s easy to feel a little jittery about the prospect of…

Thursday, May 5, 2011

VIOLETS is born!

Hello lovelies! I am reporting in from a very exciting debut week (and, a big thanks to all my fellow Debs for cheering me on this week). I’m spinning from all the excitement of being a published author for exactly three days now (I’m such an old pro at this author thing now, you know!). There have been so many things happening on the book front, I found myself a…

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Deb Sarah on Becoming a Novelists By Way of Magazine-Writing

That’s the cover of Redbook‘s May issue that featured a terrific review of The Violets of March—yay! I decided to share that today because it has to do with this week’s topic: big breaks. And, I’d like to talk about how magazines have played a role in my career so far. It was always a dream of mine to be an author, but I didn’t know exactly how that would…

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Deb Sarah and the “Stinking Fresh Air”

Darlings, can I share a funny story? I’m not really much of an outdoorsy kind of girl. I adore nature, gardening, a good lounge chair on the beach, of course, but I will confess that I think I may be allergic to camping, hiking and all things woodsy. We have a funny saying in our family, plucked from the classic movie “The Parent Trap” (the original one with Hayley Mills),…

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Deb Sarah Wants to Go Back to Tahiti … to Read!

I’m going to tell you something personal. I have never read more voraciously than on my honeymoon. No, I did not neglect my husband, thankyouverymuch, but those 10 days we spent in 2001 in French Polynesia—on Tahiti and the nearby island, Moorea—turned out to be perfect for reading. We stayed in a beach bungalow for a week, then in a tres chic overwater bungalow, and I read so many books…

Thursday, March 31, 2011