A rose by any other name by Deb Meredith

As I craft new characters for my books, I spend a lot of time thinking about names. We infer a lot about people because of their names, and our own names shape our sense of self and our identity. To find the perfect name for a character, I go through baby books and phone books, and try out a variety of names for my characters before one sticks. It has…

Wednesday, October 8, 2008
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News Flash, October 5

We at the Ball were thrilled with the response to Joanne Rendell‘s guest post last week which quoted a frustrated Nathaniel Hawthorne, thus: “America is now given over to a damned mob of scribbling women.” We set up a CafePress store featuring T-shirts and other items that declare our pride in being Damned Scribbling Women (or, for the guys, Equal Opportunity Readers). Thanks Joanne for the inspiration, and the store…

Sunday, October 5, 2008
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News Flash, September 28

Posed for Murder is now available for pre-order at Barnes and Noble, Deb Meredith is very pleased to report. Last weekend, Meredith met lots of booksellers at the New England Independent Booksellers Association conference. She had a great time, and her feet are just starting to recover! Deb Kristina just heard the release date for Real Life and Liars will be June 16, 2009, which is almost exactly nine months…

Sunday, September 28, 2008
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“Ah, to be Russian and to die for one’s poetry!” by Deb Meredith

I can’t remember who said this, but the quote has always stuck with me. There’s something in me that loves to hear how we writers are so powerful and dangerous. None of us, of course, wishes to die or be persecuted like a Russian poet, but at a time when poets and writers have a hard time getting published and read, the idea that a writer was so popular and…

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
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Winning big or getting “the call,” by Deb Meredith

My call actually was a real phone call. I saw that I had a message and called my voice mail. “Hello, this is Ruth Cavin from St. Martin’s Press,” a voice said and I froze. She told me her number and asked me to call her. My mind went blank. She wouldn’t be calling if she didn’t have good news, right? I tried to call my husband but he didn’t…

Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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News Flash, September 14

Deb Kristina reports that her title has changed back to an earlier version, Real Life and Liars, which comes from a line of dialogue during a critical scene in the novel. She is keeping her epigraph quoting Tolstoy however, because whatever the title, it suits the book so very well. (“All happy families are alike, every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Leo Tolstoy in Anna Karenina.) Deb…

Sunday, September 14, 2008
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White Gloves and Waltzing, by Deb Meredith

My name is Meredith Cole and I’m delighted to be a debutante at last. I begged my mother when I was twelve to let me go to Cotillion and learn how to waltz. I thought it would be like going to a ball in a Jane Austen novel, complete with a fabulous dress and white gloves. But my mother, a college professor, had no interest in paying for me to…

Wednesday, September 3, 2008
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News Flash, August 31st

We have said it in many ways an with many words over the past few days, but the 2008 Debutantes (Gail Konop Baker, Jenny Gardiner, Lisa Daily, Danielle Younge-Ullman, Jess Riley and Eileen Cook!) would like to thank you, our readers and community here, for a wonderful year. We have experienced untold support and generosity from so many of you and had a wonderful time sharing our debut year(s) with…

Sunday, August 31, 2008
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Newsflash, July 13 2008

Announcing the Debutante Ball Class of 2009 We are most excited to announce the 2009 Debs, who will take over the Debutante Ball on September 1, 2008. We had so many extremely talented authors from which to choose, all with exciting books debuting next year, and narrowing it down to five was no easy task. Without further ado, our 2009 Debutantes are: Eve Brown-Waite, author of the memoir First Comes…

Sunday, July 13, 2008
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