Deb Rachel Doesn’t Know From Cleaning

I’m the last person who has any right to write a post about spring cleaning. Or any type of cleaning. Just ask my husband. We were recently talking about my next book—which is about celebrity obsession and perfectionism, and how I’m going to try and incorporate the aspects of celebrities’ lives that I most admire into my own (Jennifer Aniston’s fitness, Gwyneth Paltrow’s cooking, Jennifer Garner’s marriage, etc.)—and Matt’s response…

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Deb Rachel Wonders Where All The Mothers Have Gone

My plan for this post, all week, has been to list my rankings of the most memorable mothers in literature. It was easy at first. Molly Weasley, Marmee, and Matilda’s Mrs. Wormwood. It got a bit tougher as I moved to adult memoir, but of course there’s Deirdre Burroughs from Running with Scissors, Rose Mary Walls of The Glass Castle, and, on the side of good moms, Alice Trillan and…

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Deb Rachel Has Been There and Back Again

I’m coming to the ball from both sides this week. Sure, I am a published author who can spew some learnings about being on submission. But I’m also an aspiring author, one who is prepping to submit a proposal to her agent and is thus steeling herself for the emotional roller coaster ahead. Being on submission is a bit different the second time around. The burden to prove yourself might…

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Deb Rachel Takes Comfort in Nostalgia

I could probably write this entire post in one word. Potatoes. If the definition of comfort food is a fairly traditional treat that has sentimental or nostalgic appeal (thanks Wikipedia!) then children’s books are my literary Mr. Potato Head. The Giving Tree.  A Light in the Attic. Sideways Stories from Wayside School.  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.  The Babysitters Club. Little Women.  The Face on the Milk Carton. The…

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Deb Rachel Has A Quitting Problem

Forget writing books. I don’t even know when to stop reading them. It’s true. I don’t quit books. Even if I can’t stand the story, the characters, the sentences, the dialogue. Doesn’t matter. I plow through. I’ve been told over and over that this is a mistake. “Life’s too short,” they say. “So many great books out there, don’t waste time on bad ones.” Yeah, yeah. I know. But I…

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Deb Rachel Cares The Most

Of all the best advice I’ve ever received, most of it can be filed under “Duh.” If someone invites you somewhere “just to be nice”…that’s a really good reason.  After years of sunburns, you are not suddenly going to tan.  If he says he doesn’t like you, believe him.  Curly girls cannot have bangs. When it comes to writing and publishing advice, the same holds true. The best advice I’ve…

Thursday, January 19, 2012

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 Rachel Is Loving Launch Week

Before my book launch, I’d been warned that the actual publication day might feel anti-climactic. First of all, my book was originally planned for January 2012, so when it got moved up, the press and events were still planned for a month later. And then there was the fact that MWF Seeking BFF was coming out right around the holidays, when people are out of town and distracted. And, finally,…

Thursday, December 22, 2011

MWF Seeking BFF Launch Week: Deb Molly’s Friend Date with Deb Rachel

Since Deb Rachel’s book is all about her year of friend dates, I thought I’d share the story of MY first friend date with her! (Jealous? You will be once you read her book!) Deb Date #1: Rachel In October, Rachel emails me about getting together. We’ve been emailing ever since the announcement of the 2012 Class of Debs, but we’ve never met in person. She lives in a neighborhood…

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

MWF Seeking BFF Launch week continues with Deb Erika’s Q & A with Deb Rachel!

My good friend in college and I loved Carly Simon—we STILL do—and whenever we’d hear a Carly song on the radio, any one of her many spot-on tributes to the emotional landslides that invariably befall us all, my friend and I would turn to one another and say with unabashed reverence: “Carly knows.” Well, after reading MWF SEEKING BFF, I can now say the same for Deb Rachel in the…

Tuesday, December 20, 2011