Deb Linda’s Milestones: Circuses and Time Travelers and Virgins, Oh My!

I think readers have milestone books–books that define different periods of their lives. These books aren’t necessarily the best books they ever read, and may not even be their favorites. (Though they certainly can be.) They are significant as much for their timing as for their content. Here are some of the books that stand out in my memory:   The Book that Made Me a Reader: The warmest spot…

Friday, February 17, 2012

Deb Linda Doesn’t Appreciate Papa

To the left is Ernest Hemingway. On the right, c’est little ol’ moi. To look at those pictures, you’d think I’d be a natural fan of Papa Hemingway, wouldn’t you? Alas, it isn’t so. Though one particular grad school professor of mine would no doubt be shocked to hear that. He *cough* may have been left with the impression that Hemingway was my favorite writer in the whole world. I…

Friday, February 10, 2012

Deb Linda’s Favorite Signings

Back on November 6, 2001, I met Diana Gabaldon in person for the first time. It was at a book signing for The Fiery Cross, and I couldn’t possibly have been more excited to finally come face to face with my writing hero. Me and about *cough* four hundred other people. Yikes!   Borders (*sobs quietly at the loss*) handled the traffic very well, handing out “Guidelines for a bonny…

Friday, February 3, 2012

Deb Linda Says a Rose by Any Other Name . . .

. . . might smell as sweet, but it still wouldn’t be a freaking rose, now would it? Yeah, you could say names are important to me. I can’t really get to know one of my characters until I know her (or his) name. Once I know it, the rest seems to flow into place. Names usually come to me first. My process tends to go something like this: Name…

Friday, January 27, 2012

Advice That Left Deb Linda Red-Faced

Worst Advice I Ever Got: Baby oil makes a great suntan lotion! Um, no. Not so much. At least not if you’re fish-belly white, and tend to burn if you walk between the house and mailbox without a hat on a sunny day. But, according to my best friend at the time (she of the gorgeous Coppertone-esque tan, even though she was blond too), baby oil with a few drops…

Friday, January 20, 2012

Deb Linda Finds PSAs Thrilling

What? You don’t think a public service announcement can be thrilling? Well, take a gander at this one and see if your mind is changed: Uh-huh. Makes you want to go feel yourself up, doesn’t it? *wicked grin* Which is, of course, the whole point. Because you need to feel yourself up to make sure you don’t have any unwanted lumps. Trust me, nothing in this world is more thrilling…

Friday, January 13, 2012

Deb Linda Lacks Resolve

First of all, Happy New Year! I hope 2012 is truly a spectacular year for all of you. So. Resolutions, huh? *sigh* Okay. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions I fall into the Yoda camp. To paraphrase my favorite little green Jedi: Do, or do not. There is no “resolve.” This isn’t for any lofty Jedi ideals, mind you. It’s mainly just because my subconscious hates being told what…

Friday, January 6, 2012

Deb Linda Turns to Dialogue to Avoid Talking to Herself

Since my lovely sister Debs have already covered the subject of dialogue in books so thoroughly this week, I thought I’d talk a bit about a different kind — the dialogue between author and reader. Now more than ever, writers can freely interact, via various forms of social media, with their readers and potential readers. Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, personal blogs, and, yes, group blogs like this very one, all provide…

Friday, December 30, 2011

Deb Linda Loves a Friend Date With a Good Book

Welcome to the world, MWF Seeking BFF! Not only are you pretty, but you’re smart and have a great personality. IOW, all the best book-ish attributes. You are going to rock bookshelves all over the world! (Er, sorry for blatantly anthropomorphizing, but books have always been my best friends, and it seemed especially appropriate in this case.) Reading MWF Seeking BFF made me wish I lived close enough to give…

Friday, December 23, 2011

Deb Linda Falls on Her…um, Bait

[DISCLAIMER: Part of this post — okay, most of it — is a shameless rehashing of a post I made on my own blog almost two years ago. But since not many hardly any people read that post (and probably not any of you reading here today), and it’s not plagiarism if you’re stealing from yourself, AND, most importantly, I can contort it to fit this week’s topic, I’m going…

Friday, December 16, 2011