When a library is under attack… by Deb Sarah

A suburban Chicago newspaper, The Daily Herald, recently reported a story I found appalling. Author Tess Gerritsen mentioned it on her blog, and I’m also sharing it here, because I know a lot of you will be equally outraged. Think back to when you were 11 years old: Was there a librarian who helped you with a school research project, or who took the time to guide you to the…

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Deb Sarah gives Giselle a run for her money (ha!)

My photo shoot? Sigh. I’ve been trying to forget about it. I wrote about it for my newsletter subscribers a few months ago (what? you’re not a newsletter subscriber? sign up quick – I give away books and Godivas every month!) Here is the tale of that memorable day: The photographer came over one afternoon during a narrow sliver of time when I’d organized a baby-sitter for my baby and…

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

An author’s best friends…by Deb Sarah

I spend a lot – my husband would jump in and yell, “Too much!” – time on my computer, visiting dozens of sites for writing advice, industry gossip, and tales of what I can expect as my book winds its way through the publishing process. But my favorite on-line resources? For me, it’s an easy question: book bloggers. A while back, I detailed why I’m so grateful to book bloggers…

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halloween is the most magical time, for Deb Sarah

Years ago, I was working as a feature writer for The Baltimore Sun newspaper when an editor told me to go find a Halloween story. I think my editor had a vague idea of me interviewing a father who was trying to convince his kids to not get a violent, bloody costume — or maybe a modern Mom who wanted her daughter to dress up like a brain surgeon instead…

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

How I almost lost my mind and got my book deal

My agent submitted The Opposite of Me to our dream list of editors on a Thursday, while I did my part by biting off my fingernails and pacing my living room like an expectant father from the 1950s. Friday came and went and our telephone remained passive-aggressively silent. I wasn’t fit to live with over the weekend, so my husband tried to placate me by feeding me lots and lots…

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Deb Sarah falls on her face…. again and again

I cheerfully admit to being the world’s biggest klutz. I often stumble over big, jagged patches of air in my path. In junior high school, I was gently asked to step away from cheerleading tryouts and never return (it’s probably for the best; I played field hockey instead and menaced opponents with my uncoordinated wielding of the stick). And if you saw me dancing, you’d run away screaming, “My eyes!…

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Newsflash, October 11

Deb Sarah’s The Opposite of Me gets a quote from author Susan Coll, whose latest book, Acceptance, was made into a Lifetime movie starring Joan Cusack: “With warmth and charm, Sarah Pekkanen brings us an endearing portrait of a young woman struggling to define herself in the looming shadow of a dazzling twin. Move over Anna Maxted and Sophie Kinsella: With this energetic debut, America now has its own bright,…

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Deb Sarah isn’t either

Morning or night person? Actually, I’m most active in the middle of the night. Here’s a diary of a typical night for me: 10 p.m. sharp:  Time to turn off the television and go straight to bed. Am so tired. Ooh, but an “American Idol” rerun is on! I’ll just watch for a minute. 11:00 p.m.  I’m so over Clay Aiken. Why did I ever think he could sing? Anyway,…

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Newsflash, October 4

Random House Spain buys World Spanish Rights for Deb Sarah‘s The Opposite of Me! Deb Joëlle is excited to announce a new feature on her writing website: Wild Card Wednesdays. Join her for author interviews, guest blogs, and book giveaways. Last week, Suzanne Selfors stopped by, this week it will be Sara Zarr. Former Deb Meredith will be at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, TN. She’ll be on…

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Deb Sarah Illustrates What NOT To Do When Seeking An Agent

When it came time for me to find an agent, I did all the right things. Except for one very wrong thing. I figured there had to be a secret way to break into publishing – some special handshake or code word or magic door like the one Harry Potter flung himself through to get to the secret train to Hogwarts – but no one would reveal it to me….

Tuesday, September 29, 2009