Getting the call doesn’t mean the work is done

Friday, October 10, 2014

You’d think that when I got my agent and my book contract, I’d be singing from the hilltops about my good fortune! And I did, if by hilltops you mean a 4×4 room with a desk and a telephone. At the time I got “the call”, I was still a cubicle farm dweller at a large (yep, you’ve heard of it) tech company in Silicon Valley. I’d been sending my…


The embarrassing story at the heart of The Moment of Everything

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A lot of people ask me what inspired the story of The Moment of Everything. The answer isn’t easy. It’s a lot of different things, but I think if I had to pinpoint one thing, it’d have to be my obsession with finding things in old books. And that’s kind of an embarrassing story. I was visiting some friends in Montana with my mom, and we went to a used bookstore….


My five favorite things about my book

Friday, October 3, 2014

I love how all the other Debs decided to write about their five favorite things in The Moment of Everything this week. It’s been fun to see who liked what the best in the book. I haven’t known the other Debs for long, but already I feel so close to them. I could read each of their posts anonymously and tell you who had written each one! And now it’s…


In your satin tights, fighting for your rights

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I don’t remember writing stories when I was a kid. I know I must have. All kids do, even if it’s just for a class assignment. But I don’t remember. And if I did, those pages are long, long gone. My family went through too many moves for anything like that to survive. It’s OK. I’m not sentimental about things like that. But looking back, there are some bits of…


Five people who made my book possible (the unintentional list)

Friday, September 19, 2014

There’s one thing that my wonderful mother (Mama to me, because when you’re southern, it’s always Mama) will tell you about me. The best way to get me to do something is to tell me not to do it. We’re not talking about your average contrariness. We’re talking downright oneriness. Yep, that’s me. Sona, Colleen, Amy, and Karma have all been so right this week when they’ve written about all the people who…


The words will come

Friday, September 12, 2014

I’m a nerd. Not just your average nerd. Big nerd. I have an app for everything, even one that rates public restrooms. You laugh, but it’s a lifesaver. But I’m astonishingly unnerdy when it comes to writing. I’ve tried many of the tools out there that are supposed to make my life as a writer a lot easier, but I always go back to just a couple of Word documents (one…


Some stories just need to be told

Friday, September 5, 2014

About ten years ago, I was in much the same predicament as Maggie, the narrator of my novel, The Moment of Everything. I’d just been laid off from yet another Silicon Valley tech start-up. I was a little lost and wondering what my next step was going to be. So I of course decided to write a novel. I say “of course” but there wasn’t anything “of course”-y about it….