You Just Have to Believe by Deb Jess

There are many days when I still can’t believe I sold Driving Sideways. Which, when I sold it, was called Riding with Larry Resnick. But then, many things have changed since the day of the sale. I nearly gave up writing in 2002. In fact, I did for awhile. Rejections can be relentless as they chip away at you—you dispatch batch after batch of queries with such hope, sometimes snagging…

Friday, January 11, 2008

News Flash! January 6, 2008

Deb News: Deb Jenny’s and Deb Eileen’s release dates are coming fast and with each release we’re going to hold a contest. Stay tuned for the exciting details! Deb Lisa and Fifteen Minutes of Shame will be featured in the June issue of Writer’s Digest, on news stands in late April. What the Debs are reading: Deb Danielle is reading One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez Deb…

Sunday, January 6, 2008

News Flash! December 30, 2007

Deb News: Deb Gail will be speaking on a panel at the Backspace Writers Conference this summer! And the inimitable Ron Hogan was kind enough to post a picture of Gail and two of her kids and the puppies on GalleyCat (scroll down to Thursday). The Debs Favorite Books of 2007: Deb Lisa’sfavorite book was Finding Grace When You Can’t Even Find Clean Underwear by Lisa Earle McLeod Deb Jenny’s…

Sunday, December 30, 2007

A Christmas Pwning by Deb Jess

I’m thumbing through my mental filing cabinets, trying to remember the holiday traditions my family is supposed to have. But see, the problem is this: our traditions are kind of flickering, waffling a little, not quite sure if they want to stay or go. Get every family member a gift, or just pick names? Open gifts on Christmas Eve, or Christmas morning? Christmas brunch or Christmas dinner? Midnight mass or…

Friday, December 28, 2007

My Original Hero by Deb Jess

I thought we’d end this week on a sappy note. Hey, why not: it’s the holidays! If ever there is a time of year for a little schmaltz and heart-warming treacle, it is now. Haul out the holly and all that. So I’ve composed this letter to my mother, my original hero. When I was born, it was “you and me” against the world. A single, unexpected parent at 18,…

Friday, December 14, 2007

Have a nice trip, see you next fall! By Deb Jess

I can’t honestly say that I’ve had one single “worst vacation ever,” one that would put me off airplanes or camping in the wilderness or certain inexpensive motel chains forever, but there were bits and pieces of individual trips that, if cobbled together, could add up to one nightmarish trip. A trip birthed in the loins of Beelzebub himself. (Or Dane Cook. Either way.) Incident #1: Arriving at the 1996…

Friday, November 16, 2007

Who’s Bad? by Deb Jess

So. This week’s topic is “Being Bad.” After I got the Michael Jackson song out of my head, I wondered if I should write a little quiz about my own personal history of badness. If I did, it might go something like this: True or false … has Jess Riley ever: cheated on a test imbibed something illegal, something that might be popular at a Phish show been ticketed for…

Friday, October 19, 2007

A Weekend with T.C. Boyle and Deb Jess and Alan Weisman and Cute Waiter at the Orpheum and the Perks of Publishing by Deb Gail

This is Deb Gail, live from the Wisconsin Book Festival. (Not exactly live, since you’re reading this Monday and I’m writing this Sunday morning.) But I have spent the greater portion of the past 36 hours at the festival (not including sleeping and eating and the little martini side trip with Deb Jess Saturday night). Let me back up: For me, the festival kicked off with T.C. Boyle on Friday…

Monday, October 15, 2007

Secret Layers by Deb Jess

Secrets can have many layers. At the top, you have your fairly innocuous secrets…what you bought your mother for Christmas, the surprise birthday party you’re throwing for your husband, the tiny ankle tattoo you hide from your boss and grandmother. Another layer down, and shades of gray start to appear. Maybe this layer is reserved for instances when a friend is backstabbing another friend, tacking on a tacky, “But don’t…

Friday, October 5, 2007

On the Fifth Day of Posting, My Muse Did Say to Me…by Deb Jess

This week’s posting topic had me circling my desk. What has publishing taught me, I’d think. What has publishing taught me, I’d mumble aloud. Then I’d sink into my chair and tick my pen against my front teeth, staring out the window at the rabbits scampering about. Then I’d think, Gee, it must be nice to be a rabbit … well, except for that poor little guy that crawled under…

Friday, September 21, 2007