Introducing Yodassa Williams to the Deb Class of 2020!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

We are thrilled to introduce Yodassa Williams to the 2020 Debutante Ball! Yodassa’s debut novel The Goddess Twins will be published in May 2020. Yodassa is a writer and award winning performing storyteller, who crafts from intense life experiences and a wild imagination. An alumnae of VONA/Voice’s workshop and the Fortify Writer’s Retreat, she completed a residency with Yefe Nof and has performed at Lit Quake, Burning Man, and Moth…


Why I’m Choosing to Celebrate They Could Have Named Her Anything

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Publishing They Could Have Named Her Anything has already been more satisfying than I could have ever expected. I worked with a phenomenal illustrator to design the cover, deepened my work and artistic vision with my fantastic editor at Little A, got invited to panels with my literary heroes, and have read GoodReads reviews of my book that are lovelier than I could have ever imagined. And this month, I’ve already…


Today, finally, my book has been published.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Today my book They Could Have Named Her Anything is finally out! When I first started writing this novel, I couldn’t really imagine anyone else reading it. I certainly didn’t think of myself as an “author” yet. I’m proud of how far my mindset has changed–I’m no longer afraid to put my ideas into the world. I’m especially proud of not giving up on sending out my book to agents…


TEMPER is a sizzling summer read!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

  Today, I want to talk about Layne Fargo’s TEMPER, a book that came out just a few days ago and has already set my summer on fire. I usually stick to literary fiction, and I’ve read some popular psychological thrillers years ago like GONE GIRL and GIRL ON THE TRAIN and LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE. I liked those books, but Layne’s book, which is filled with complex yet totally relatable…


Interview with Loan Le, Author of A PHO LOVE STORY: “One book doesn’t define our writing style.”

This week, I am very excited to welcome Loan Le to the Debutante Ball! Loan is a good friend, a fantastic writer, and a superb editor, and her upcoming book A PHO LOVE STORY is out in 2020. A PHO LOVE STORY is Loan’s debut novel, a YA romantic comedy about two Vietnamese-American teens who fall in love and must navigate their newfound relationship even as it causes an uproar…

Saturday, June 22, 2019

June book club: 3 books to read, no more, no less!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Today, we are talking about the authors we’re fangirling over in June! Below are the books that are currently on my bookshelf. These three authors are all fabulous, and I highly recommend you buy each of their books! You can do it! It’s only three! GINGERBREAD By Helen Oyeyemi Helen Oyeyemi’s work is weird and twisted and brilliant, and I’m thoroughly enjoying her latest novel filled with gingerbread, dolls, and…


Is your book coming out next year? Become a Deb!

The Debutante Ball is looking for a new cohort of authors to take the reins on this blog for next year! If you are a woman/non-binary author and you have a book coming out in 2020, you should definitely consider applying. Blogging about your experience publishing a book is not only a great practice in writing consistently, it’s also a wonderful chance to share what it’s like to put a…

Friday, June 7, 2019

Where should you study writing? Here’s where I’ve taken great workshops

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Looking to write a book? Here are some places I recommend you check out. While the offices for the following schools are based in New York City, I think they all offer online courses, so you can be based anywhere and still get a great writerly education! Sackett Street Writers Workshop – I took a novel generating course here and I am so glad I did! The course I took…


On slow days, I write the least

It’s been a long time since I’ve been here, sadly, and it seems very relevant that we’ll be talking about time this week, given that I’ve spent so little of it here. I just came back from a nice, eight-night-vacation far away from New York, and it was only after disconnecting from all the apps and emails and browsers (not entirely willingly–I had zero cell phone service in the woods…

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Interview with Danya Kukafka + giveaway of bestselling novel GIRL IN SNOW!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

This week, I am so excited to welcome Danya Kukafka, whose debut novel GIRL IN SNOW (Simon & Schuster, 2017) was not only a national bestseller, but a book I was blessed to read when it was still in the editing stage! Danya and I once worked together at a time when I knew nothing about what it was like to actually publish a book. As I watched Danya work…