Where Are They Now? Deb Susan Gloss Talks Foreign Editions & a Fashion Shoot

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Editor’s Note: This week we’re catching up with last year’s Debs and seeing what they’ve been writing, publishing and working on since they were last on the Ball. Today, we welcome back Susan Gloss, author of VINTAGE. Hello Debs and readers! Thanks for having me back. A lot has happened since I last logged in to the Deb Ball dashboard to write my farewell post. One highlight was getting to be…


Until Later: Cocktails and Cheez-Its

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sesame Street Spanish teaches that the word for goodbye is adios. But, in my experience traveling and living in the Spanish-speaking world, adios isn’t used all that often. It’s too final. Too weighty. A much more common way to say good-bye is hasta luego or “until later.” I like this version much better. It’s more hopeful. It assumes that, someway, somehow, we will meet again. And I know that’s the case for my…


When a Project Needs Some Air

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

This week we’re blogging about second novels. I don’t have a whole lot to say because, well, my second novel is on hold at the moment. I completed a draft of it earlier this year, and have been rewriting and revising ever since. But even with the input of my agent, editor, and beta readers, I’m still not sure if this is the novel I want to go out with…


No Looking Back

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It’s hard to look back and say what I’d do differently for my next book when I feel like I’m still in the process of launching the first. VINTAGE comes out in trade paperback on Sept. 2 (look for it in your local Target store and wherever else books are sold!) I’m in the middle of talking with my agent and publisher about the plan for the paperback release. And…


“After the Final No…” Some thoughts on rejection

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I have a line from a Wallace Stevens poem framed in my office. Here’s why I love Stevens (1879-1955): the guy was a lawyer, toiling away most of his life in the executive offices of the Hartford insurance company. And yet on his way to and from work each day, and maybe on his coffee breaks, he wrote what he called “the supreme fiction”– poetry. And not just sentimental little…


When on the Verge of a Writer Freak-out, Try the 3 B’s

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Writers freak out. It’s just a fact. Find an author in any stage of the publication game–the agent search, submission, revision, book launch–and I’ll bet you that, if she’s not in the middle of a freak-out, there’s one just around the corner. When Overwhelmed Author Syndrome rears it’s ugly head, I recommend the 3 B’s. Breathe. Booze. Books. And, by books, I mean put down your own book and read…


Guilty Pleasures: a Story in GIFs

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I have a lot of guilty pleasures. Here’s one. Wine is one of my biggest guilty pleasures. And, since we’re talking about GUILTY pleasures, I’ll take the cigarette, too. I’ve never been much of a smoker, but I’m not blind to the effect of a nice nicotine buzz. And, speaking of buzzes…. No, I’m not talking weed. I’m talking sugary coffee drinks from Starbucks. Nom nom nom. Does it cost $5…


Let’s Talk About (Writing) Sex, Baby

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

People often get women’s fiction, the genre in which I write, confused with romance. I could go on and on about the difference between a romance novel and women’s fiction. For example, in the former, the focus is on the love relationship, whereas in the latter, the focus is on a woman’s inner journey. But, when it comes down to it, the difference is in the sex scenes. In romance, sex…


No Ping Pong Here: Dual Points of View in The Black Hour

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tackling more than one point of view is a difficult thing to do well, for any author. It’s especially difficult for a debut author. And when the points of view are of opposite genders… well, let’s just say that a first-time novelist might be biting off more than she can chew, getting in over her head, or [insert other cliche here]. You get the point. Deb Lori Rader-Day took on…


How Julia Child Taught Me About Rule-Breaking

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

I’ve never been a very good rebel. I like safety nets, following the rules, and knowing what’s coming next. Yeah, I’m a bit of a control freak. I’m inspired, then, by women who are able to throw caution to the wind and embrace the unknown. Julia Child was one of those women. I recently read a biography about her called Julia Child Rules by Karen Karbo. What’s beautfiully ironic about the title is that…