Deb Sarah on the Writing Advice She Always Falls Back On

Have I shared my little affliction? I come up with far too many novel ideas. Really, I think of them all the time. The lovely author Carol Cassella calls it a disease, actually. (And she’d know—she’s also a doctor!) Just tonight, in fact, I was out at a restaurant with my family, and—bam—I had a whole cast of characters imagined, a plot (flimsy, but interesting) and a title sketched out…

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Deb Elise on Writing and Eating at the Same Time

Allow me to clarify. Despite the subject line of this post, I’m not talking about the bowl of mixed berries and Corn Chex I’m gobbling as I type (I know, carbs at 10pm — what am I thinking?!). I’m talking about making a living writing, which is very different than writing for the pure passion of it. If you want to write only those things that take your breath away,…

Monday, May 9, 2011

Deb Sarah Is Excited to Chat With Book Clubs!

I’ve only been a published author for a week, so what do I know? But I will say this: One of the great joys of writing a book is being able to share it with others. And, yesterday, I got my very first invitation to speak at a local book club. I felt very honored, and a little nervous. It’s easy to feel a little jittery about the prospect of…

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Deb Tawna thanks Deb Sarah for taking her on vacation

When our new class of Debs started getting to know each other last summer, one of the first things I learned about Sarah Jio is that she’s from the Pacific Northwest. I’m a third generation Oregonian, so I was delighted to have someone else who knows the secret Pacific Northwest handshake (though Sarah seemed taken aback by the butt-pat. Do they not do that part in Seattle?) I wondered at…

Friday, April 29, 2011

Deb Sarah Jio’s Violets Of March Debut Celebration!

It’s here! It’s here! Not many of us can have TWO babies in just four months – but our Deb Sarah had a beautiful boy named Colby this winter and now please join us as we welcome her debut novel The Violets of March. Congratulations, Sarah. And while Sarah’s baby keeps HER up at night, her book will keep YOU up, as you will not want to put it down, I promise…

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What You’ll Love About The Violets of March

What you’ll love about Deb Sarah’s The Violets of March! The Setting – Bainbridge Island, Washington. Even if you’ve never been to Bainbridge Island (confession – neither have I!) you’ll feel like you have after reading this book.  The ferries, the chilly coastline, the seafood restaurants, the houses…they all feel beautifully real in Sarah’s book! The Mystery – who are Esther and Elliott? When Emily finds the diary in her…

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

News Flash: April 17, 2011

From the 2011 Debs… Deb Sarah’s book, The Violets of March, was featured as May book pick by Redbook magazine! They call it “engrossing”–wohoo! Deb Kim read Deb Elise’s ARC of Populazzi on the flight from NY to LA. No fooling, no faking, no Deb to Deb pinky swear tell everyone you loved my book…. I LOVED THIS BOOK. It’s “yA, but baby oh baby it sure isn’t the YA…

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Deb Sarah on Becoming a Novelists By Way of Magazine-Writing

That’s the cover of Redbook‘s May issue that featured a terrific review of The Violets of March—yay! I decided to share that today because it has to do with this week’s topic: big breaks. And, I’d like to talk about how magazines have played a role in my career so far. It was always a dream of mine to be an author, but I didn’t know exactly how that would…

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Deb Sarah and the “Stinking Fresh Air”

Darlings, can I share a funny story? I’m not really much of an outdoorsy kind of girl. I adore nature, gardening, a good lounge chair on the beach, of course, but I will confess that I think I may be allergic to camping, hiking and all things woodsy. We have a funny saying in our family, plucked from the classic movie “The Parent Trap” (the original one with Hayley Mills),…

Thursday, April 7, 2011

News Flash: April 3, 2011

Congrats to Joan O’Toole who won Kristan Higgins’ book My One and Only. From the 2011 Debs… Deb Eleanor will be at the Arkansas Literary Festival with Kyran Pittman next Saturday, and then in St. Louis and Orlando. Check out the Events page and come visit!  You can also now buy The Weird Sisters at Target! Deb Sarah is freaking out. This is the month that The Violets of March debuts!…

Sunday, April 3, 2011