Real Questions About Real Life by Deb Tiffany

First of all, congratulations, Kris! Welcome to the shelf! Real Life and Liars is timely summer reading. For me, the character of Katya really resonates. She’s armored and perfect on the outside, but she keeps everything inside of her. Her house, her car, even her engagement ring are “right,” but nothing with her is really okay, and in the course of the book she goes through a reckoning. I think…

Thursday, June 18, 2009

School’s Out by Deb Tiffany

School’s out, and my schedule is out the window. Everyone’s at different camps at different times. Sports are over for now. And then there are the loooong, terrifying stretches of down time, which is code for three, bickering children. Also, it’s San Francisco, so, naturally, the fog is here, and it’s freezing cold. Still, I know we’ll have a few “real” summer days, when the temperature heats up, and we…

Thursday, June 11, 2009

I Am My Muse by Deb Tiffany

I don’t have a muse. Instead, I have a deadline, stress, three kids, ambition, a mid-life crisis, and an inferiority complex to spur me on. The trick for me isn’t tapping into all that–it’s shutting it out. A writer I really like said at a talk recently that she writes best from a place of great anger or great love, and that really resonated with me. For me, I think,…

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Close to Home by Deb Tiffany

With three, little kids, I’ve sort of hung up my traveling shoes for a while (and, besides, I’m totally bowing down in the traveling department to Deb Eve), but I have this theory about traveling. You don’t necessarily have to go anywhere to do it. Maybe I have this attitude because I traveled so much when I was growing up. My mom used to take me on these wild trips…

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Graduation Dip by Deb Tiffany

Graduations, for me, are like falling into a pond with all your clothes on. One moment, you’re standing there on the dock all confident and accomplished, totally self-satisfied, and the next, whoops, you’re swimming around, completely confused, wondering what the hell just happened. When I was pregnant with my second daughter, my first daughter was barely just a toddler, and I was admittedly a little lost at sea (to continue…

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Mother’s Day Bathtub Quiz by Deb Tiffany

Motherhood is possibly one of the world’s most frustrating endeavors. There’s no instruction manual. There’s conflicting advice and theories about everything from discipline to diet, and while you’re never sure you’re doing the right thing, the dread of screwing up your kids looms like the monsters they’re terrified of. Well, fret not. Take the Motherhood Bathtub Quiz. Pour a glass of large red, wine, throw the kids at your significant…

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are by Deb Tiffany

Right now, we have a little deer situation in our neighborhood. Last week, my family and I watched as four, adolescent bucks strolled up to our neighbor’s front door, trampled the lawn, had a good look in their windows, then set about ravaging their bushes. It was the deer equivalent of toilet papering the place. The raccoons are a little more Girls Gone Wild. Last week, they broke into my…

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Food for Life by Deb Tiffany

I am rabidly passionate about this week’s subject. Food. It should be so simple, so basic, but it’s not. People, readers, everybody–we are seriously f***ed when it comes to our food. As I’m writing this (on Monday night) it’s just emerging that fecal lagoons for pig farms are a likely source for the current swine flu outbreak. My first reaction is ew. My second is duh. What the hell did…

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ghosts of a Teenage Past by Deb Tiffany

First of all, congratulations, Katie! Welcome to the world of debut fiction. And readers, if you haven’t yet left a comment this week, why not stop in and say hi? You could win a signed copy of Bad Girls Don’t Die. Young adult fiction has taken off in a big way over the past few years. Everyone’s reading it–even adults. Just look at the Twilight phenomenon. One thing puzzles me,…

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Why First Comes Love is Perfect Recession Reading by Deb Tiffany

I guess I don’t have to tell you all that things are a little gloomy out there right now, what with the economy melting down and all. People are having a tough time. I know I’ve been awake a lot at four in the morning, staring at the ceiling, running numbers in my head. If you’re feeling a little like this, First Comes Love is a perfect read. For one…

Thursday, April 16, 2009