Deb Erika Always Wanted to be The Goodbye Girl (and a Golden Girl, too)

So, wait? It’s time to go? Really? Really really? Okay, deep breaths, Deb Erika. You can do this. And you know why I can? Because I know you readers are going to LOVE the new Debs of 2013, and I know we are leaving this gorgeous dance floor in their expert hands—(er, feet?). But I can’t lie. I’m going to miss this place. A whole lot. Those of you who’ve…

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Deb Erika Wants to Go Cold Turkey

Bad habits? Oh, I’ve got ‘em. Just ask my husband. (On second thought, don’t.) Since we’re tackling the subject of those bad habits this week at the Ball, I thought I’d delve into some bad writing habits that I am still trying to break. (I say trying in the event that these very same words and or/phrases should end up in one of my future novels.) There are certain words…

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Deb Erika Had To Wait a Long Time To Hear Voices

If there is a Holy Grail in writing, I would say it’s finding one’s Voice. So why is it so elusive? Well, for one thing, it’s not something you can really describe, yet it’s something you MUST have to establish yourself as a writer—Um, huh? Much like the often-tossed-around term “High Concept” (which I am STILL not entirely sure I get, by the way) “Voice” can overwhelm and intimidate, terrify…

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Deb Erika Knows that You Gotta Have Friends

This week on the Ball we’re talking Friends. Yesterday Deb Joanne rounded up some of her favorite imaginary friends so today I thought I’d share my thoughts on writing friends in our novels. (Hint: It’s not as easy as it seems.) But it should be! I mean, we all know how to be a friend, right? We all know why we have the friends we do and what we love…

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Deb Erika Knows No Shame (and neither should you!)

Recently, I was at a book signing and when it came time for the Q & A, a member of the audience asked me and the other two authors in attendance what we thought was the best way to promote a book. We three looked at one another and paused, considering our answers. Why did we hesitate? Because the fact is, there is no one right answer when it comes…

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Deb Erika Blames It All On This Guy

This week’s theme here at the Ball is guilty pleasures (Not to be confused with last week’s theme of heat, which did happen to involve some guilty pleasures from Deb Linda—can you imagine the eye candy she’ll spring for THIS week??) We all have guilty pleasures. Some of us love reality TV and won’t admit it. Some of us blast Motley Crue when it comes on the radio. Some of…

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Deb Erika Wonders Who Can Take the Heat?

In our house, “heat” can refer to many subjects. First, there’s the weather. (We live in North Carolina. Yep. Enough said.) Then there’s the food. (My husband is, as I’ve said many times before on this blog, a native New Orleanian who refuses to dilute his spices for anyone—so over the years I have felt the burn of a yummy hot dish like this:) or this: Then, of course, there’s…

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Deb Erika Finds the Shortest Trips Can Take the Longest

This week’s theme could not come at a better time, as it finds me having gotten away with my family to my home state of Maine! My debut novel LITTLE GALE GUMBO is set on a fictitious island off the coast of this beautiful state and now I’m nearing publication of my second novel, THE MERMAID COLLECTOR, which is also set in Maine—this time, in a coastal town called Cradle…

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Deb Erika’s Fathers Don’t Always Know Best

We’re talking about Fathers this week at the Ball, so since I took advantage of Mothers week to talk about the mothers in my novel, I thought it only fair that I take this opportunity to address the fathers. For those of you who have read LITTLE GALE GUMBO, you know that the story deals in extremes when it comes to fathers. On the one side of the coin, there…

Tuesday, June 19, 2012