For Deb Joanne, It’s Not (just) About The Kugel

This week’s theme is Mothers, and as I’m writing this, I should be cleaning my house and prepping food for my annual Mother’s Day BBQ—also known in these parts as The May Festival of Moms and Meat. Unless this is your first Monday here at The Debutante Ball since last summer, you’ve met my mom, Marcia, down in the comments. She’s here pretty much every week, cheering me on. And…

Monday, May 14, 2012

THE PRINCESSES OF IOWA Launch Week – Deb Joanne’s Q&A with Molly

Guess what? It’s time for our third 2012 Deb Launch Week Extravaganza to celebrate THE PRINCESSES OF IOWA! You’re excited, right? SO ARE WE! In case you weren’t around for Erika’s and Rachel’s launch weeks, we like to mix things up and ask our Deb sisters questions about their books. So here’s the question I posed to Deb Molly: As a writer, one of the things I loved most about…

Monday, May 7, 2012

Deb Joanne Fights Off Gorillas and other Temptations

I have very few vices. I quit smoking just over 12 years ago, and I rarely drink, so I’m pretty squeaky clean. Well, mostly. We already discussed comfort foods, and there are the times when the Gorilla Cheese truck gets so close that I am unable to resist a delicious grilled cheese sandwich. Oh and there’s Tally Ho—the roast beef on a bun place in my hometown that calls to…

Monday, April 30, 2012

Deb Joanne Plotzes about Plotting

I’m not much of a plotter. At all. Not even for these posts, which I’m sure comes as no surprise to those of you who read my posts regularly (and a big thank you to you for sticking it out with me). Yep: I’m a total pantser, as in, I completely fly by the seat of my pants when I write books. For those who know me in real life,…

Monday, April 23, 2012

Deb Joanne Finds Love in an Elevator

Thanks to everyone who entered our Query Critique Contest! The contest is now over, but stay tuned each day this week to see who our winners are (remember-we said we were giving away 5 critiques!). Today`s winner is Kerry Ann! Congratulations, Kerry Ann! We`ll get in touch with you soon, but in the interim, get polishing that query! ### Ever since I thought of the name for this post (which…

Monday, April 16, 2012

Deb Joanne’s Submission Survival Guide

Today marks the beginning of The Debutante Ball Query Critique Contest! The Debs are giving away query critiques to 5 of our beloved readers! To be eligible, just leave a comment any day during our Submissions week (Starting today and up to and including Saturday, April 14ths post—contributed by our FABULOUS guest agent Michelle Wolfson) and specify if you’d like to be entered in the contest and we will randomly…

Monday, April 9, 2012

Deb Joanne’s Embarrassing Moments (The Writing Edition)

This week’s theme is life’s embarrassing moments. Wow, what a goldmine of material I have for that! But in the interest of keeping this writing related (and not embarrassing myself too much in front of my mom) I’m going to talk about what it’s like to not yet be published, even though everyone knows you’re trying. What it’s like to have to answer the question, “When does your book come…

Monday, April 2, 2012

Deb Joanne Just Wants to NOT Scare any Kids

So it’s author photo week here at The Debutante Ball. Yikes. I’m going to put this out there right now: like a lot of folks, I don’t love having my picture taken. I am very rarely pleased with the results and thus try to either duck out of the lens crosshairs or be the one behind the camera. But something funny happens when you sell a book; you are suddenly…

Monday, March 26, 2012

There are no Pigs in Deb Joanne’s Pig Out

This week’s theme is Comfort Food, surely an important part of any writer’s survival toolkit. As you all know by now, I’m Jewish. Which, by definition means I have a Jewish mother, which by definition means I ate a lot as a kid (and it showed, as I wasn’t lucky enough to have the same speedy metabolism of my tall, lean brothers). So that means I’m qualified to teach you…

Monday, March 19, 2012

Silence is Golden for Deb Joanne

This week’s theme is music to write by. Uh…truth is, I need quiet to write because, quite frankly, the voices in my head are as much noise as I can handle.  Seems weird, since I do a LOT of other things while I write (e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, compile taxes), but that’s how I roll. End of blog post. No, no, don’t go-I should give you a little something more, since…

Monday, March 12, 2012