Deb Elise’s Twisted Road to Her Super-Fab Book Agent

I was e-chatting with Deb Sarah the other day, and we were saying we both believe things tend to happen for a reason.  I can point to a million seemingly random twists of fate in my life (I landed a role as a Witch in Macbeth with a teeny tiny theater company), that led to earth-shattering changes (the stage manager of that show fixed me up on a blind date……

Monday, January 10, 2011
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News Flash: January 9, 2011

From the 2011 Debs… Deb Tawna has never claimed to be good at math. For several weeks, she’s been telling people Making Waves will hit shelves in eight months. On Monday, her agent (who is clearly the brains in this partnership) patiently pointed out that the August 2 release date is actually less than seven months away. We’re less than two weeks away from the release of The Weird Sisters,…

Sunday, January 9, 2011
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Deb Elise’s Wild Terror of New Beginnings

Creatively, there’s not much that’s more daunting than a totally blank page waiting for you to spin it into either gold… or crap.  Those are of course the only options — each blank page will either catapult your career to that coveted next level, or reveal you for the fraud you truly are. Know what helps me?  Writing freelance, and having all kinds of deadlines. Since I still have all…

Monday, January 3, 2011
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Deb Elise Posts From the Happiest Place on Earth!

Happy Holidays from Disneyland! Yep, I’m here, in the middle of a mini-vacation with my husband and daughter.  We live only about forty minutes away (without traffic), and we’re Annual Passholders, so we come ALL the time — to the point of glorious ridiculousness. Can’t help it — I’ve been a Disney geek forever.  Long before I had a kid, long before I was married, I still had an Annual…

Monday, December 27, 2010
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Deb Elise’s Favorite Family Tradition

This has been a really hard post for me, for some reason.  I keep thinking about different traditions from different times in my life, and I start writing, then delete and start all over again. But of all the traditions I’ve almost written about, one continues to pop into my head.  I keep passing it over because it’s not the funniest or the most clever… it’s not even original to…

Monday, December 20, 2010
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Deb Elise Rejects This Topic Entirely

I don’t really reject the topic, I just liked that title. The truth is, I’m actually embracing the topic.  I even try to embrace rejection, though I handle that better with some things than with others. So in that spirit, I bring you my Ten Tales of Personal Rejection, in no particular order.  In most of them, I’m the rejected, but in a couple instances I’m the quite awful rejector….

Monday, December 13, 2010
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On Balance, a.k.a. The Blog Post Deb Elise Should Not Write

There are some topics on which I have no right to blog: Raising twins (don’t have ’em), Skydiving (won’t do it), Sword-Swallowing (ow)… Yet even considering all those, probably the topic on which I have the least right to blog is Balance, and I mean that in every sense of the word.  I will fall over if I try to do tree pose, I’m too impatient to find that perfect…

Monday, December 6, 2010
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Deb Elise: A Case Study In Near-Disaster

Even as I write this, I’m sitting with my grandmother and sister, watching the Eagles defeat (so far, keep your fingers crossed) the Giants, at the tail end of a weekend filled with fun, food, and family.  Work is great — Elixir was a bestseller, and Hilary and I are working on the sequel; Populazzi ARCs have arrived at Harcourt; I’m working on some really fun TV and DVD projects…

Monday, November 22, 2010
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If it’s Monday, it Must be Deb Elise

Okay, first piece out of the gate for the new 2011 Debs… no pressure… just following five of the most incredibly talented and all-around menschy women on the web, all of whom just signed off with beautifully bittersweet farewells… I might need a cut man for this one. Oh, Hi!  So I’m Elise, a.k.a. Monday Deb, and my debut Young Adult novel, Populazzi, comes out August 1, 2011 from Harcourt…

Monday, August 30, 2010
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