Deb Kim Says “So Long, Farewell!”

Thank you to everyone for letting me taste my first champagne here at The Deb Ball!  Good luck to the 2012 Debs. Stay in touch! I know I will. Twitter Kim Stagliano Facebook All I Can Handle So Long, Farewell The Sound of Music —

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Deb Eleanor’s Debut Year in Numbers

In homage to the lovely Deb Sarah Pekkanen’s goodbye post, an homage in itself to the fabulous Bridget Jones , I give you my debut year in numbers. Debutante Ball posts written: 49 Debutante Ball guests wrangled: 56 Debutante Ball comments left: 757 Messages on the 2011 Deb mailing list: 976 Miles traveled to promote the book: Oh, thousands. Frequent flyer program elite status: 2 Times I woke up in…

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Deb Elise Sings Pomp and Circumstance

Is it just that I’m the YA author here, or does everyone else also think each Group Goodbye is high school graduation all over again? Group Goodbye.  You know what I mean, not like saying goodbye to far-flung relatives after a vacation.  Those people stay tethered to you, and you know you’ll all get together in the same way sometime in the future. I’m talking about saying goodbye to a…

Monday, August 22, 2011

News Flash: August 21, 2011

Congrats to Lisa Doucet and Amy Koss who won Sonya Sones’ The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus. From the 2011 Debs… Deb Eleanor‘s The Weird Sisters comes out in the Netherlands tomorrow, retitled as “On the Way Home” with a totally gorgeous cover! And thanks to Eason Book Club in Dublin, Ireland, for making The Weird Sisters their pick of the week! Deb Kim has posts on Huffington Post and The MSNBC Today…

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Debutante Ball Welcomes Daniel Polansky! (Giveaway!)

We’re happy to have Daniel Polansky joining us at the Ball today! Daniel Polansky was born near Baltimore, Maryland. Low Town is his first novel, and the first book in a new noir fantasy series. Daniel Polansky Takes the Deb Interview! Talk about one book that made an impact on you. Shelby Foote’s Civil War: A Narrative had a pretty profound impact on me. Up till then I’d read mostly…

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Deb Tawna wants you to love her man (just keep your hands off!)

One of the strangest things about having my book hit shelves is the way people discuss my characters. A lot of reviewers have named Cookie – the former NFL player turned cross-dressing gourmet chef – as their favorite character. A few have referred to him as gay, which is fascinating, since I never made reference to his sexual orientation. For the record, he wasn’t gay in my mind. However, neither…

Friday, August 19, 2011

Deb Sarah Steals Character Traits for Her Books From Friends & Family

Recently, an old friend of mine sent me a note on Facebook (come on over and find me on my author page—I’d love to see you!). Her message went something like this: “OMG, I read the part about XYZ on page XX of The Violets of March, and I know where you got that!” And yes, she was right! If you know me well, you will be able to pick…

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Deb Kim and Character Flaws

In the “real world,” character flaws are a no no. That’s why they’re called flaws, correct? But on paper, characters who are not flawed will bore you to tears faster than you can say, “Pollyanna.”  Yesterday, Deb Eleanor asked a terrific question, who are your favorite characters from books. I immediately commented with, “Professor Snape, Hannibal Lecter and Madame DeFarge.”  Then I looked at my list – quite a group…

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Characters We Love and Loathe, by Deb Eleanor

One of the highest compliments I get talking to readers of The Weird Sisters is when they say something like, “The characters were so real!” or “Character X is just like me!” (though usually they use the name of the character and don’t call them Character X). I love that, and I love “the shock of recognition” when I see a character that’s so very real, or so like me…

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Deb Elise Worships J.K. Rowling’s Characters

I was about to write a whole piece on how I create characters… until I realized I just did that post a few weeks ago. My mind is clearly not working well. Instead, I will briefly wax rhapsodic about some of my favorite all-time characters… the whole cast of Harry Potter.  The books, not the movies.  I’m not against the movies, but I just saw Order of the Phoenix right…

Monday, August 15, 2011