Deb Eleanor’s Dreams That Didn’t Come True

I’ve mentioned a few times here that one of my childhood dreams was to marry George Michael. I’ve also mentioned that it’s probably for the best that never worked out since he’s (a) gay and (b) clearly very troubled. There’s a Garth Brooks song called “Unanswered Prayers” that totally makes me cry every time I hear it, about a man running into his high school girlfriend, and how he had…

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Unique Voices With Deb Eleanor

If you’ve ever had the misfortune of meeting me in person, you know that I am LOUD and I talk quickly. I grew up singing and acting, and I do mean Russian and Minnesotan accents. Maybe because I was so involved in theater, or because I grew up in a musical family, or because my parents (who are both awesome readers) read aloud to me so much when I was…

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Deb Eleanor’s Freedom List

We wrote about lists last week, and I happen to have a very lengthy to-do list staring me down right now. Mine is two columns, going on two pages, and it doesn’t even include the laundry staring angrily at me from the hamper (yes, I have angry laundry) or the dozens of things I promise I will get to one day (like sorting through the receipts for five months of…

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summer Re-Reading With Deb Eleanor

I was recently on a panel at the South Carolina Book Festival where our topic was “Great Summer Reads.” At the outset, I mused that there is no corollary to the summer read. No one ever says, “Hey! This’ll make a great winter read!” I think this is all due to the way we set up our educational system. Because we grew up with summers off from school, those months…

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

No Thanks, Deb Eleanor’s Waiting for the Book

I’m so torn about the process of turning books into movies. As a former teacher, movies of books were both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because the films sometimes held interesting interpretations of the books, or really brought the characters to life in a way that resonated with how we had seen them as we read. They were a treasure trove of conversation points as we compared the…

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Deb Eleanor’s Big Spoon

When I give presentations, I talk about the act of writing a novel as analogous to dragging a magnet across a table full of paper clips. (Why you would want to do such a thing, I don’t know, but just go with it.) By the time you’re done, you’ve got a bunch of paper clips stuck to your magnet, and that’s your novel. For The Weird Sisters, one of the…

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Deb Eleanor Introduces the Goal Queen!

When I saw that the topic for this week’s post was goals, I had only one thing on my mind – I must get Skinny Emmie to do a guest post for us! Emily Sandford is the blogger behind Skinny Emmie, the weight-loss blog of a thirty-year old Biggest Loser reject who has lost over 112 pounds on the journey for a healthy and happy life. By day, she is…

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Deb Eleanor on Autobiographies

I’ve been to a lot of author readings, and without fail, someone will ask some form of this question: “Is your book autobiographical?” I’m not sure why people tend to assume that all fiction is autobiographical, but on the other hand, I think it often is, at least to some extent. Writers write about things that interest them, and many of us are inspired by what we see in our…

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Deb Eleanor Thinks It’s the Little Breaks

Due to a canceled flight, Deb Elise is still in Hawaii (I know, who’s not feeling sorry for her?), so I’m hopping in for the day. Tune in tomorrow to hear her thoughts on big breaks! We love to hear stories of big breaks. They’re the dramatic ones, the ones that move ahead multiple spaces in life’s big Parcheesi game. But big breaks come from little ones.  Talented violinists get…

Monday, April 11, 2011

Deb Eleanor’s Moral Dilemma

If you’ve read The Weird Sisters you know that one of the major themes is the ways in which books and reading influence our lives.  My parents always taught me to take something to read wherever I went, because you never know when you are going to be stuck somewhere and need a little diversion. Frankly, I find unexpected delays delightful, because I get to sneak in a few more…

Tuesday, March 29, 2011