Deb Molly Has Forgotten How to Be Alone

I worry about us. More specifically, I worry about me, but I’m certain I’m not alone in this. I don’t think it’s just me, you guys. I think it’s our generation — our culture — and it’s only getting worse. We’ve forgotten how to be quiet. We’ve forgotten how to be alone. Ten years ago — even five years ago — if I was meeting a friend for coffee and…

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Top Five Ways Deb Molly’s Dad Helped Her to Become a Writer

For Mother’s Day, I posted an essay I wrote about how to raise a writer, and gave my mother most of the credit for raising me, which is how it usually happens in my head. My mother and I have so many complicated, overlapping, knotted strings of love and need and expectation and time between us that, like a baby, I’m still not sure where she ends and where I…

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Books That Inspired The Princesses of Iowa

I didn’t read young adult novels until I was out of my teens. This was partially due to the fact that the genre didn’t exactly exist when I was in my teens, and partially due to harassment from my parents and teachers, who nagged me to stop reading “easy” books (aka books written for kids my own age) and start reading more “challenging” literature. Apparently they didn’t actually care WHAT…

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Partial List of the Things Deb Molly’s Agent Has Done

At a writing conference a few years ago, I found myself in a panel with a group of writers who seemed to collectively decide that literary agents are a total scam, and that everyone should just avoid the agent thing altogether and go at the publishing business themselves. And while the road less agented is a fine way to travel for some (particularly folks writing picture books), in my experience,…

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Things Deb Molly Carries

“When you love something, you dwell on it.  You pay attention to it.  You take it into yourself,  and it becomes a part of you.”  James Alan McPherson We’ve been doing some literal spring cleaning around the house, and I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the things we carry and the things we keep. I am, by nature, a keeper. I keep everything. I always joke that I was…

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

How to Raise a Writer, by Deb Molly

Congratulations to Susan Swiderski, winner of a copy of The Princesses of Iowa! In honor of Mother’s Day, I thought I’d repost this essay I wrote last summer after a student’s mother asked me what she should be doing to help her child become a writer. (Spoiler alert: Basically I wrote down all the things my mom did for me. And after last weekend? When my mom helped to organize…

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

THE PRINCESSES OF IOWA Launch Week: Deb Linda’s Q & A with Molly!

This has been an exciting week here at the Ball—our own Deb Molly’s debut novel, THE PRINCESSES OF IOWA, was officially released on Tuesday. Congratulations, Molly!!!! But, of course, one day of celebration isn’t enough for such a momentous event. We think a book launch deserves at least a whole week of hooplah! I’ve been telling all my non-pixelated (you know the kind–those strangely “solid” people who are a part…

Friday, May 11, 2012

How Deb Molly Spent Her Launch Day

Oddly enough, I didn’t put a lot of advance thought into how I would spend my launch day. At first, I thought I’d do the usual: go to a few bookstores, look for my book, take some pictures, maybe scream a little, get overwhelmed, and then maybe take my book out for a beer (as I did when I first got my ARCs). But because I was lucky enough to…

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

THE PRINCESSES OF IOWA Launch Week: Deb Erika’s Q & A with Molly!

Oh wow! Not only do I get to host Day Two of our Week-Long Deb Launch for Deb Molly’s THE PRINCESSES OF IOWA, but it just happens to be the official release day for the book–how honored am I??!! Yesterday you got to read Deb Joanne’s question, so here’s the one I posed to Molly: Molly, every character in THE PRINCESSES OF IOWA is richly-drawn and diverse and comes across…

Tuesday, May 8, 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