It Gets Funny…Really!

Friday, June 26, 2015

I’m a little high right now on books and good times. I’m in a hotel in San Francisco, about two hours north of where I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I just got to meet Deb Sona at one of the marvelous Books Inc stores in San Francisco where she and few other amazing writers had a fascinating discussion about diversity in books. Then my wonderful husband and I…


I Can Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Sex Scenes With One Word

Friday, June 19, 2015

People have sex for lots of different reasons: love, desire, revenge, boredom, habit, blackmail… The list can go on and on. But for now, let’s just talk about the fun reason: passion. And let’s talk about scenes of passion that aren’t in a romance or erotica novel. There are much better experts on those types of sex scenes than me. For now, let’s just talk about sex with your ordinary,…


Creativity: Focus Is the Key

Friday, June 12, 2015

Ever know one of those people with a million great ideas? Some of them are actually good! But how many of them ever see the light of day? Let’s be generous and say one or two but most likely it’s none. Creativity is wasted without focus. This may seem counterintuitive. When you think of creativity, you probably think of your minds bounding about without limits. And creativity can be like that and it…


The Art of No

Thursday, June 4, 2015

I’m so overwhelmed that I don’t even know how to write about being overwhelmed. Seriously, I don’t know where to start on this topic. When you’re a debut author, you feel like you have to say “yes” to everything. As Countess Olenska says in THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, “I must go where I am invited, or I should be too lonely.” When you’re a debut author, nobody knows your name….


Is This Ballet or Game of Thrones?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Is there anything better in all the universe than a book that surprises you? So here’s the confession part. I don’t get ballet. It’s lovely, but more than five minutes puts me to sleep. You want me to run screaming from the room? Start playing the music from THE NUTCRACKER. I didn’t dream of being a ballerina when I was little. I wanted to be the first woman to play…


Clean Living and a Good Outfield

Friday, May 22, 2015

I am tired. Bone tired. I’ve been on the road for a week doing book events and it is in no way as glamorous as it sounds. I got into the San Jose airport tonight only to find a major traffic jam waiting for me. So what did I do? Pull over at the nearest sports bar and watch the Warriors topple the Rockets. (Go, Warriors!) Now I’m finally home…


There are no signposts. Only zombies.

Friday, May 15, 2015

So we’re talking about finishing a draft this week. This is a great topic for me to think about considering how I’m not finished with a complete draft of novel #2. Nope. Nopety nope nope. Not finished at all. People ask me all the time how far along I am with it. I couldn’t tell you. I don’t write linearly. I write where I feel the heat. Unfortunately, that heat hasn’t…


Where Are They Now? Lisa Alber Becomes a Home Owner, Finishes a Novel, and Manages Stress (Kind Of)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Editor’s Note: This week is homecoming week on the Debutante Ball as we welcome back the class of 2014. Today we’re catching up with the awesome Lisa Alber (author of  wonderful mystery novel KILMOON) who gets extra credit points for managing to write this post in the middle of a crazy time in her life. What’s so crazy? Keep reading to find out.  Happy Friday! So fun to be the Friday Girl again for…


Shelly’s “It’s All About the Feelings” Playlists

Friday, May 1, 2015

It’s music week at the Ball! We’re all talking about the music that we listen to while we write and edit. I’ve been reading all the other Debs posts this week and thinking to myself, “I’m really out of it. I don’t think I’ve even heard of most of these songs. When did I get so uncool?” I have to admit that I don’t listen to songs while I write….


Meet the Fabulous Stéphanie Abou!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Editor’s Note: The winner of last week’s giveaway with author Heather Haven is Dianne Regnier  — Congrats, Dianne! Also, this week on The Ball is Agent Week, where each Deb is interviewing her own agent. Check back each day for insider publishing tips from some of the best agents in the business! I’m not sure what I love most about Stéphanie. She’s all the best of France and New York. Nearly…