Deb Joanne Had a Little Lamb

Happy almost Valentine’s day! This week we’re talking about books we loved and maybe even the ones that started it all for us. Well, I’ve already talked about my childhood obsession with Anne with an ‘e’, and just last week spoke about my love for THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, but honestly, I can’t remember if there was a book that started it all for me. I’ve always been a reader,…

Monday, February 13, 2012

Deb Joanne’s Not Proud, but maybe a little Prejudiced

This is going to be embarrassing. Let me start by saying I’m not one to pretend I enjoyed a book when I didn’t. It’s more my style to sit back and say nothing, or maybe divert attention away from my dislike (or, more likely: indifference), by saying I liked something else better. Like when people gush about Harry Potter, I say that I really enjoyed C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia…

Monday, February 6, 2012

Deb Joanne’s Name Dropapalooza!

This week’s topic is Fan Fare – about meeting an idolized author at a signing. Well, not a lot of authors come to these parts, so my experiences at signings are kind of few and far between. That said, a few years back, I went to a conference in New York hosted by Backspace. For anyone who doesn’t know, Backspace is a great resource for writers and I think the…

Monday, January 30, 2012

Deb Joanne’s Fun But Inefficient Method of Character Development

I’m a pantser*. I should get that out of the way right now, so you understand where I’m coming from when I say I build my characters in a very backwards way—sort of like building a brick wall from the top down. Which, of course, doesn’t make a lot of sense, nor is it the best way to do things. But it’s how I roll. Please bear with me. When…

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Single Time Deb Joanne Scored 100% on a Test.

I’m not sure when I first heard the expression, “Opinions are like…er…belly buttons–everyone has one” but it’s always stuck with me and really resonates when I’m thinking about writing advice. There are as many styles and ways of writing as there are writers, and I don’t think anyone falls into the exact same mold. Sometimes writing advice can seem overwhelming. To see the source article I used to create this…

Monday, January 16, 2012

Deb Joanne Needs Some Thrills

As a writer of books for kids, I obviously read a lot of historical romance (that was a joke—er, not the part about reading historical romance—that part’s true). For some reason, one that’s never really occurred to me before now, I don’t read thrillers. It’s not that I don’t think I’d like them, it’s just that I’ve never really been drawn to any.  So, I’m asking you, faithful readers, to…

Monday, January 9, 2012

Deb Joanne’s Really Revolutionary Reading Resolutions

I’ve never been the kind of person to make resolutions because, if there’s one thing I know about myself, it’s that I need to be really mentally ready to do something before I can commit to it and that kind of mental readiness is almost never determined by a date on a calendar. So I really struggled with this post, because I’ve already conquered the quit smoking thing (March of…

Monday, January 2, 2012

Deb Joanne talks about, like, you know, dialogue.

Let me start by saying I love writing dialogue. I’ve been told I’m good at it and have a good ear, so let’s just go with that and assume it’s true.  But when I stop to think about writing dialogue and what it takes, I’m kind of stumped.  I mean, it’s a great topic for us writers to talk about (ha ha – talk about!), because there aren’t many books…

Monday, December 26, 2011

Why Deb Joanne and dresses are not friends.

Wardrobe Malfunction.  We’ve all had them, right?  A popped button or a torn hem; usually it’s nothing major, but sometimes, just sometimes, they’re doozies like popping a nipple at the Super Bowl. I’m not sure if my mom even knows this story, but she’s going to have a good laugh about it, I’m sure.  She’ll even know what party I’m talking about (although she wasn’t there).  You’re welcome, Mom. In…

Monday, December 12, 2011

Social Media: Brave New World or Dystopian Wasteland?

The fact that I’m here writing this blog post tells you a lot about how I feel about social media. It’s a no brainer, right? I see a lot of benefits of getting myself out there in a way that I’m most comfortable: writing. Writers write. Writers interact with others through words, so using platforms that allow us, from the comfort of our homes—wearing pajamas, if so desired—to interact pretty…

Monday, December 5, 2011