Deb Linda Ponders Privacy

So I was talking with TG about this week’s topic. Me: “Ack! I need an original idea about social media! The other Debs have already hit the good stuff. Help!!” (Aside: This is the hazard of being Friday Deb — coming up with a take on the subject that hasn’t already been…well, taken. Some weeks are harder than others.) After handing me a Manhattan (pretty much his cure-all for all…

Friday, December 9, 2011

Deb Linda Sets a Bad Example (and then tries to make up for it)

Queries, queries, queries. Every new writer gets all worked up over them. You think if you can just compose the elusive Magic Query, all your writing troubles will be solved. Agents will come knocking at your door, clamoring to represent you. Your only dilemma will be choosing the right one, the one who will get you that seven-figure advance (and the yacht, and the cabana boy, the maid, the butler,…

Friday, December 2, 2011

Where Deb Linda Won’t Be on Black Friday

I know today is (in the States at least) traditionally Shopping Holiday Insanity Time. (Hmm. Now, there’s an acronym just waiting to be adopted…) But I’m afraid I won’t be participating in the madness. Not that I don’t love tradition — just not nearly as much as I hate shopping. Even on the non-insane days. So here’s where I won’t be:     So, to all you crazies out there…

Friday, November 25, 2011

Deb Linda Says “What?! You mean people are going to READ my book?”

  If I had my druthers, after my first book is published I’d hold it up in front of my family and friends, my name prominently displayed, and say, “See? I did it. Now, shoo. Go on about your business.” Then I’d tuck the book away, out of their sight, so they wouldn’t be tempted to actually read it. I mean, I want them all to know I haven’t just…

Friday, November 18, 2011

Deb Linda Mulls Colorful Traditions, Both Old and New

Most of the traditions in our household are holiday-centric. Thanksgiving is at my in-laws’ house. We bring the green bean casserole, slightly modified to accommodate food allergies. Christmas dinner is also with TG’s folks. (What can I say? I have great in-laws, and their house is the biggest. We have kind of a large extended family in the area, so more room at the table is always a plus.) But…

Friday, November 11, 2011

It’s the Little Fears that Gnaw on Deb Linda

I’m pretty good at handling big fears. I tend to face them head on, stare them down, and dare them to try and crush me. Marshall my inner forces, and defeat them with the mighty force of my indomitable will. But those little things…they get to me. The crazy things, the things no sensible person would waste precious worry-time on, nibble away at my psyche and tie my stomach in…

Friday, November 4, 2011

Deb Linda Tries to Resist Making the Obvious “Hard” Scene Joke

Not that those kind of scenes aren’t hard…er, difficult…to write. The first sex scene I wrote was nearly impossible for me to complete. Sure, it was because I was giggling so much tears were streaming down my face, but still. It’s tough to write when you can barely see the screen. (You can see why it’s best if I’m alone when I write.) The scenes where you kill a character…

Friday, October 28, 2011

Deb Linda Debunks the Cabana Boy Myth

My fellow Debs have done such a great job of covering the common publishing myths this week —  it’s hard to know what to add. So I’ll just tell you what the biggest surprise was. You know the rumor that every newly sold writer gets issued a personal cabana boy? Total myth. I know! I was crushed. I waited and waited for mine, and he never showed. It’s not like…

Friday, October 21, 2011

Deb Linda’s Tale of Two Calls

The Call . In preparation for this post I went back and reread an email exchange between my agent (the inimitable Michelle Wolfson) and me. It’s twenty seven messages long, and spans about week — the time between when she first requested the full manuscript of In A Fix and when I accepted her offer of representation. . Just reading those early emails again brought the exciting flutter of butterflies…

Friday, October 14, 2011

Deb Linda is All About that LITTLE GALE GUMBO Food

If you’ve been keeping up with the posts this week, you already know Little Gale Gumbo is a super-awesome book. Deb Erika has done the tiara proud! But don’t take my word for it. Look at this from Library Journal Express reviews: “Verdict: A debut like this doesn’t come along often—this is women’s fiction to be savored, just like a bowl of Camille’s delicious gumbo. And like gumbo, it’s the…

Friday, October 7, 2011