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

Deb Sarah Wants to Go Back to Tahiti … to Read!

I’m going to tell you something personal. I have never read more voraciously than on my honeymoon. No, I did not neglect my husband, thankyouverymuch, but those 10 days we spent in 2001 in French Polynesia—on Tahiti and the nearby island, Moorea—turned out to be perfect for reading. We stayed in a beach bungalow for a week, then in a tres chic overwater bungalow, and I read so many books…

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Deb Sarah on Being an Author in the Year 2011

I’m grateful for lots of things about modern living—epidurals, electricity, antibiotics, etc.—but as I think about the year 2011, I especially love how social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) has been such a plus for writers. Here’s the thing, when I think about what being an author must have been like in the last century, I kind of cringe. Writing with quill and ink by candlelight. Entrusting your manuscript to the…

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Deb Sarah on Feeling Lucky … When You Don’t

Hi all! I had a baby six weeks ago, and ever since, life has been one wild ride. Sweet and cuddle-filled, yes, but I’ll be honest: With three boys under the age of four, I’ve never been more exhausted, more sleep-deprived, more overwhelmed than at any other time in my life. I’m so overloaded, that I’ve found myself questioning everything—like how I’m going to keep up with my magazine projects,…

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Deb Sarah on the Early Days of Book Buying

When I was sitting down to write this post, I had all kinds of things I wanted to say—about my earliest bookstore memories, about the scent of bookstores (don’t you just love the way they smell!?), about the huge crush I had on the guy at the Barnes & Nobles cafe in Silverdale, Washington, when I was 16. But then the baby started screaming, I got sidetracked, and began thinking…

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Deb Sarah’s Most Embarrassing Writing Blooper…Ever

I write 5-7 blog posts per day, 5 days per week, for, where I’m the health and fitness blogger–a job I’ve loved for almost 3 years now! That totals up to a lot of words and, um, a lot of typos. Blogging is a bit more fast and furious than the article-writing I do for magazines, where you have the luxury of fact checkers, a zillion editors, copy editors,…

Thursday, March 3, 2011

5 Web Sites Deb Sarah Is (Shamelessly) Addicted To

And now’s the time we really get to know each other! I’m going to air my dirty laundry and tell you the sites I visit regularly, in addition to this lovely site, of course. Promise to still like me? OK, I’m kidding–my list isn’t that deplorable. In no particular order, and barring Twitter (follow me, please?), the zillions of book blogs I read (can’t even begin to pick a fave—so…

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Deb Sarah Shares a Love Letter From The Violets of March

My dears, happy Valentine’s Day week! I’m writing this post in advance because, as you know, I’m expecting a baby boy soon (and actually, by the time you read this, he may have made his arrival–please, let that be the case!). I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day, and I tend to get a little cheeseball about the “holiday”–making my husband a homemade card and whipping up chocolate desserts baked in red,…

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Deb Sarah on the 1940’s Print That (Partially) Inspired Her Novel

I can remember almost the exact moment when the idea for THE VIOLETS OF MARCH came to me. I was visiting my sister for Christmas in San Diego. My oldest son, Carson, 1 at the time, was crawling around the living room as my very-pregnant sister was pulling Christmas cookies out of the oven. I was sleepy—I hadn’t gotten much rest the night before with an excited baby in a…

Thursday, February 10, 2011