Deb Sarah on Being an Author in the Year 2011

I’m grateful for lots of things about modern living—epidurals, electricity, antibiotics, etc.—but as I think about the year 2011, I especially love how social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) has been such a plus for writers. Here’s the thing, when I think about what being an author must have been like in the last century, I kind of cringe. Writing with quill and ink by candlelight. Entrusting your manuscript to the…

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Deb Sarah on Feeling Lucky … When You Don’t

Hi all! I had a baby six weeks ago, and ever since, life has been one wild ride. Sweet and cuddle-filled, yes, but I’ll be honest: With three boys under the age of four, I’ve never been more exhausted, more sleep-deprived, more overwhelmed than at any other time in my life. I’m so overloaded, that I’ve found myself questioning everything—like how I’m going to keep up with my magazine projects,…

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Deb Sarah on the Early Days of Book Buying

When I was sitting down to write this post, I had all kinds of things I wanted to say—about my earliest bookstore memories, about the scent of bookstores (don’t you just love the way they smell!?), about the huge crush I had on the guy at the Barnes & Nobles cafe in Silverdale, Washington, when I was 16. But then the baby started screaming, I got sidetracked, and began thinking…

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Deb Sarah’s Most Embarrassing Writing Blooper…Ever

I write 5-7 blog posts per day, 5 days per week, for, where I’m the health and fitness blogger–a job I’ve loved for almost 3 years now! That totals up to a lot of words and, um, a lot of typos. Blogging is a bit more fast and furious than the article-writing I do for magazines, where you have the luxury of fact checkers, a zillion editors, copy editors,…

Thursday, March 3, 2011

5 Web Sites Deb Sarah Is (Shamelessly) Addicted To

And now’s the time we really get to know each other! I’m going to air my dirty laundry and tell you the sites I visit regularly, in addition to this lovely site, of course. Promise to still like me? OK, I’m kidding–my list isn’t that deplorable. In no particular order, and barring Twitter (follow me, please?), the zillions of book blogs I read (can’t even begin to pick a fave—so…

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Deb Sarah Shares a Love Letter From The Violets of March

My dears, happy Valentine’s Day week! I’m writing this post in advance because, as you know, I’m expecting a baby boy soon (and actually, by the time you read this, he may have made his arrival–please, let that be the case!). I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day, and I tend to get a little cheeseball about the “holiday”–making my husband a homemade card and whipping up chocolate desserts baked in red,…

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Deb Sarah on the 1940’s Print That (Partially) Inspired Her Novel

I can remember almost the exact moment when the idea for THE VIOLETS OF MARCH came to me. I was visiting my sister for Christmas in San Diego. My oldest son, Carson, 1 at the time, was crawling around the living room as my very-pregnant sister was pulling Christmas cookies out of the oven. I was sleepy—I hadn’t gotten much rest the night before with an excited baby in a…

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Deb Sarah on Literary Inspiration Through … Music!

We’re talking about mentors and inspiration this week, and while I have had plenty of fabulous and supportive people in my life, my foray into fiction has been very much a solo act, in that other than my husband and a few early readers, I’ve forged on this path without the advice or mentorship of really, anyone. After 10 years of magazine writing and a lifelong love of books, I…

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Deb Sarah on Snacking Her Way Through Writing THE VIOLETS OF MARCH

My dear readers, I will confess, there was a lot of snacking going on when I wrote THE VIOLETS OF MARCH. But can you blame me? I was pregnant (with boy #2–I’ve got boy #3 in the oven now!)! So as I sat at my desk typing away, I had an assortment of munchies to keep me going. My faves: almonds, vanilla kefir, chocolate (plenty of it), sliced granny smith…

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Three Cheers for Deb Eleanor and THE WEIRD SISTERS!

It’s party time this week as another Deb’s book makes its debut! This time we’re polishing up our tiaras and putting on our dancing shoes in honor of Deb Eleanor Brown and her stunning debut, The Weird Sisters, out on Thursday (January 20) from Amy Einhorn Books! If you haven’t heard all the buzz about this book, I think there’s a fairly good chance you’ve been snoozing for the last…

Tuesday, January 18, 2011