My first job was pretty awesome, actually

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Like some of the other debs who have blogged about their first jobs this week, I have held an assortment of occupations. Like deb Natalia, I’ve spent time in restaurants, both behind the hostess stand and waiting tables. I was a terrible waitress. My head was always in the clouds, which meant that I’d forget basic things like how to dress a salad before bringing it out to the floor….


How I Broke the Rules and Ended Up with Flashbacks

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

This post is not about dropping acid, though it may look that way from the title. It’s about another kind of “illegal” behavior–breaking a writing rule. There are a lot of “don’ts” when it comes to writing– certain newbie-writer mistakes that will automatically flag your work as that of a first-timer. These include starting a scene with your character waking up or, worse yet, in a dream sequence, using too many adverbs…


Agent Interview with Christina Hogrebe

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

In honor of Agents’ Week here at the Debutante Ball, I asked Christina Hogrebe, my agent extraordinaire, a few questions about her work as a literary agent and what she is looking for (and not looking for) in her inbox. Thank you, Christina, for joining us, and welcome to the Ball! Susan: You’ve been with the Jane Rotrosen Agency for over ten years, and the publishing industry has changed a…


Story of a Book Launch, in Pictures

I’m still coming off the wild ride of the launch for VINTAGE last week. It’s far too early for me to be able to sum it up into a pithy list of dos and don’ts. But I can provide you with a peek at my week in pictures!  

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Susan Gloss Sits in the Red Velvet Guest Chair + Signed Giveaway of VINTAGE

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Well, hello. *Settles into red velvet guest chair* Ahh. This is comfy. In the past few days since VINTAGE made its debut in the book world, a lot of people have asked me how they can help make the novel a success. I imagine that the other Debs get this question a lot, too. So I’ve decided to compile my suggestions into a short, simple list. The Care & Feeding…


Come On In & Wander the Aisles of Hourglass Vintage with Me

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

It’s hard to know what to write about in the middle of my launch week. I’ve been running on adrenaline for the last several days (or is that caffeine?). I’ve known for months upon months that VINTAGE would be released out into the world today. That, finally, readers would be able to follow the stories of April, Violet, and Amithi–three women I made up, but who are very real to me…


Legends and Lore in KILMOON

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Irish do a lot of things well. Whiskey and lace, storytelling and step-dancing. One thing I love about Irish culture is all the legend and superstition surrounding it. And in KILMOON, Lisa Alber’s debut mystery, she puts all that lore to good use. Tidbits of saints, ancient rites, and rumors lend atmosphere, intrigue and even humor to the novel. In Chapter 21, for instance, we get a flashback glimpse…


The REAL March Madness

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My husband says that waking up on the first day of the NCAA tournament is like Christmas morning for him. But I’m familiar with the real March madness, and basketball has nothing to do with it. The real March madness is the feeling you get when you watch the thermometer on your car dashboard drop from fourteen to eleven to five degrees Fahrenheit. It’s the first day of spring getting…


Guest Author ANN GARVIN Talks Survival and Stolen Time + GIVEAWAY of THE DOG YEAR

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Today we welcome novelist Ann Garvin, an Easterner who lives in the Midwest and a fiction writer who makes a living as a scientist and educator. While working as a nurse, she completed her PhD in exercise psychology. Decades of teaching health and studying what makes people tick proved a perfect backdrop for her novels, On Maggie’s Watch (Berkley/Penguin 2010) and The Dog Year (June 2014/Berkley Penguin). Her teaching position as an adjunct…


Learn from my mistakes: Three things not to do at a writers confererence

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The first time I went to a writers’ conference, I’m certain I reeked of hope and delusion–a mixture that smells, by the way, a lot like a third cup of coffee gone cold. I had “finished” (or so I thought) revising my first novel about 12 hours earlier. I marched into my three agent pitch sessions with high hopes. Hopes that were, almost immediately, crushed. Why? Because there are unspoken…