With The Perfect Assassin, K.A. Doore is Only Getting Started

Thursday, March 21, 2019

There are five of us here at the Debutante Ball, each with separate publication dates, which means we don’t get to just celebrate our publication just once. We get to celebrate it FIVE TIMES. And what’s better than one? Five, obviously. It’s like waking up the day after your birthday to find out it’s your birthday all over again! First there was Devi Laskar, who kicked us off last month…


Interview with Toni Kirkpatrick & Giveaway of The Bolero of Andi Rowe

This week, I’m so excited to welcome Toni Kirkpatrick to the Debutante Ball! I first conducted this interview in 2016 back when I was unagented and unpublished, and Toni graciously agreed to answer my eager questions. Then, last summer, I finally had the privilege of meeting Toni when she hosted a writing workshop near me. At the time, I was weeks away from starting the editing process with my publisher…

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Want to write a believable character? Give them a personality test

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Creating believable characters that jump off the page is probably one of the most difficult things for fiction writers to do. Consulting personality tests can help. A personality test can help you determine what guides your character’s inner most motives and thoughts. It can help you streamline your character’s tendencies, fears, and desires. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a Myers-Briggs test, an enneagram test, or a horoscope chart. All…


Hanging Onto Inspiration As You Write Your Book

Many writers will tell you not to wait for inspiration — what really makes a writer is discipline. You need to wake up at a certain time each day and commit that pen to paper. But even though a novel is a slow journey that you complete only by dedicating yourself to the task, there is definitely a little bit of magic involved. For me, inspiration comes in several forms. I’ve…

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Surprise, lovely readers! This week’s guest is YOU!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

This wonderful week, as we inch closer and closer to spring, we are welcoming you, our fantastic readers, to take the Deb Ball interview! Here’s how it will work: We’ve pasted some of the typical questions we usually ask our guests below. In the comments, we invite you to answer any–or all!–of them so that we can get to know you better! The Debutante Ball is all about community. Writers…


“Don’t compromise.” Bushra Rehman on the revolutionary power of writing + GIVEAWAY of Marianna’s Beauty Salon

This week, we are thrilled to welcome Bushra Rehman, author of novel Corona and poetry collection Marianna’s Beauty Salon (May 2018, Sibling Rivalry Press). Bushra’s work, which I first came across as a college student while I was living far from home, was like nothing I’d ever read before. Despite writing about the gritty realities of New York City with exquisite authenticity, her writing overflows with so much empathy and compassion that…

Saturday, February 16, 2019

What Do Writers Really Love?

I would like to be able to say that what I love most about writing is being able to share it with other people… but I don’t think that’s actually true. This week my short story “Ocean Jumper” was published on Joyland Magazine. The story, at only 4,000 words long, took many rounds of workshops and revisions to complete. In fact, its first iteration was written for a workshop hosted…

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Atlas of Reds and Blues is A Gorgeous Portrayal of Parenthood in Contemporary America

One of the best things about being a debut author is being able to partake in the giddy and frantic exchange of galleys with other debut authors who are publishing the same year. Months ago, I was treated to Devi Laskar’s The Atlas of Reds and Blues — a book that I read in two sittings and that hooked me so immediately, I wish I had written it myself. I…

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Interview with Andrés Cerpa & Giveaway of Bicycle in A Ransacked City: An Elegy

This week, we welcome guest author, Andrés Cerpa, whose debut poetry collection Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy was published on January 8th by Alice James Books. Praised by Publishers Weekly for its”stunning, dark observations and sparked chilling lines,” Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy is a stormy, transporting read, and perfect company for a long, winter night. Weeks after reading, these poems continue to haunt me, and I’m so pleased…

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Here’s what working in publicity taught me about successful self-promotion

Thursday, January 31, 2019

In my career, I’ve worked as a publicist, which means I’m accustomed to reaching out to people with cold pitches, telling them that I have something I think they’d find interesting. Sometimes, they do find whatever I’m pitching interesting and feature it on their website or talk show. Other times, I’m not so lucky. But when I put on my author hat, it suddenly feels weird to be reaching out…