Deb Joelle’s real talent is…

Hiya! I thought I might as well get the exclamation point out of the way right off the bat because I tend to be a bit excitable. Especially now that I’m a Deb! Okay…two per post, that’s my limit. My name is Joëlle Anthony, and I’m pretty sure I was chosen to be a Deb because I know how to make butter. It’s true. You see, when I applied, there…

Friday, September 4, 2009

In which Ms. Wednesday introduces herself, and her book!

I once heard an inspiring piece of writing advice: “Write the book only you can write.” That was my aim with my debut novel, All Come Home—to create a story that’s bighearted, accessible, and totally, authentically me. A week after Hurricane Katrina, I was hired at a regional newspaper, The Landmark, in my hometown of Holden, Massachusetts. For months my colleagues and I wrote about volunteers from our area helping…

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

So nice to meet you!

Hi, I’m Deb Sarah. I have to confess, I feel a bit naked and exposed standing up here on stage in front of you for the first time, knowing you’re looking me up and down and checking me out. Oh my God… you’re staring at my thighs, aren’t you? Quick, a distraction! Let me tell you about myself: I’m a former newspaper reporter and current mother of three young boys…

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

News Flash, August 30

Deb Kristina is thrilled to announce her second novel, THE LIFE YOU’VE IMAGINED, will be released in August 2010. It’s about three friends and a mother who learn to cope with life as it is (not as they planned) in Haven, Michigan. Deb Meredith will be at the Decatur Book Festival Labor Day weekend. If you’re in Atlanta, you can catch her on a mystery panel Sunday September 6 at…

Sunday, August 30, 2009

What I Did Last Year by Guest Author Camille Kimball

We’re very pleased to welcome Camille Kimball to the ball today. She is an Emmy winning investigative journalist, and a veteran of television, radio and print. She lived through the Year of the Serial Shooter and was astonished and grateful when it came to an end. A Sudden Shot: the Phoenix Serial Shooter is her first book. She is digging through more files, working on her second. Thanks to the…

Saturday, August 29, 2009

It Ain’t Over ‘Til the Jellyfish Stings by Deb Eve

What? My LAST post as a Debutante? It can’t possibly be. My book is not a bestseller yet, hasn’t been optioned for a movie, I’m not nearly where I should be on my next effort, I haven’t even figured out if I’m a writer (as in, this is my career) or just a person who wrote a book (as in, go out and get a job now, dear)! No! There’s…

Friday, August 28, 2009

Swan Song by Deb Tiffany

For me, being a debut novelist felt similar to being a new mother. First, there was curiosity, like when I was hugely pregnant, and my friends from childbirth class all had their babies. What went on in the delivery room, anyway? Was it really that bad? When would I go in there? And then, it’s your turn, and you’re handed this…baby. Putting your book out there feels a lot like…

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Until We Meet Again by Deb Meredith

Has it been a year? Are you sure? It seems just yesterday that we started our debutante year. I had no idea how funny and wonderful the debs are–or how much I would enjoy their writing. I still had ambitious plans for a west coast tour. I was busy trying to assimilate all the information I was getting from more experienced writers about the do’s and don’ts of book touring…

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

One last time across the floor, by Deb Katie

Oh my goodness, this is the last time I’ll type a blog post and add “by Deb Katie” to the title. I’ve been thinking a lot about “what it means to be a Deb” as we coach the new class and prepare them for their turn in the spotlight. I can remember very well when I didn’t know which Deb’s book matched up with which Deb, or what any of…

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

It’s the last dance… by Deb Kristina

It’s the last dance, each beat of the last dance… I have a Frank Sinatra CD and those words above begin one of my favorite songs on the album, and Ol’ Blue Eyes is crooning in my head as I write this. Is it really my last dance as a 2009 Debutante? It seems like only yesterday I was playing with my string of pearls, tugging my gloves tight and…

Monday, August 24, 2009