Deb Erika Knows That Only Fools Rush In

Since this week’s theme is embarrassing stories (Wait–according to my posts, that’s every week’s theme), I thought I’d share one that I bet we can all relate to. In the late 90s, I had just started a new job as a marketing assistant. Since the company was split up over two buildings, inter-office email was crucial to keeping in contact with co-workers. But as this WAS the late 90s, most…

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Deb Erika Smiles for the Camera

Once upon a time, it was so easy. You put on your favorite Bionic Woman T-shirt, you stood in line, you picked out your plastic comb (you maybe even used it—or not), you sat in front of a baby-blue background, you smiled, and two months later, you got a sheet of little wallet sized photos that you cut out to send to family and friends. Oh, those were the days….

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Deb Erika likes hers warm, salty and sweet

I’ll admit it; I’m lucky. Not only did I get to write all about comfort foods in my novel LITTLE GALE GUMBO, but because there are recipes included in the reader’s guide, I also had to make each item (sometimes repeatedly) to make sure I got the measurements just right. (Wait–is that a violin I hear?) Comfort foods are curious things. But no matter where we come from, I think…

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Deb Erika Thinks Cabin Fever Isn’t Always a Bad Thing

It’s that time of year again. The calendar promises spring but many of us are still in winter’s grip. (Thanks for nothing, Punxsutawny Phil!) For a writer, being unable to get out of one’s house can be a good thing. (Except in the case of, you know, him.) Especially for a writer like me who hasn’t got cable and a marathon of Food Network and HGTV shows to distract her…

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Deb Erika Thinks All’s Fair in Love and WIPs

Ah, love. I’ve always said I think there are a frightening number of similarities between the road to true love and the road to publication. So since this week is all about keeping the flame lit for a WIP, I thought I’d take this opportunity to look at a few of the adages we’ve all heard about how to keep romance alive and well. But are they fact or fiction?…

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Deb Erika gets close, but no cigar (or book deal)

You know what they say: Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. Of course, when it comes to submissions, it rarely feels that way. When I sold LITTLE GALE GUMBO, it wasn’t the first time I’d had one of my manuscripts go out on submission. Two years before my agent sent the manuscript out, I was working with another agent on another women’s fiction project. Oh, it was a…

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Deb Erika’s first time was with a fish

First things first: HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY EVERYONE!!! Oh yes, it’s all about the love here at the Deb Ball this month, and this week we’re looking at the books that first started our writers’ hearts beating faster, our palms sweating, our toes curling. In my case, my first love was a fish.               No, not that fish.* This fish. My grade-school best friend’s father…

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Deb Erika thinks Geminis can’t fake it

Now anyone who knows me well knows I can petulant at times, and that no other phrase is bound to get an unfavorable response from me like: “Oh my God, Erika—you have GOT to see this film. You’ll LOVE it.” Maybe it’s the oppositional Gemini in me (okay, so I don’t know that Geminis are oppositional, but I’m going with it) but as soon as someone tells me I have…

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

When Clive Barker made Deb Erika swoon

I am not easily star struck. Having lived in both Los Angeles and New York, I’ve seen my share of celebrities (usually because I was sliding a plate of Eggs Benedict in front of them—Yes, card-carrying ex-waitress/actress here!). But whenever anyone asks what celebrity had me truly seeing stars, one experience always comes to mind. It was 1996 and Clive Barker was on tour for his novel Sacrament and scheduled…

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Deb Erika believes rewriting builds character (and characters).

My characters start small. Like bacteria small. But they really can’t help it. My novels tend to start the same way. Usually I’ll find the inspiration for a story in a single relationship that intrigues me. Maybe it’s two brothers who have spent their whole lives trying to one up the other. Maybe it’s a pair of recent divorcees who discover love at a mutual friend’s wedding. Maybe it’s a…

Tuesday, January 24, 2012