News Flash: Invitations, Noir at the Bar, and NaNoWriFUN!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Congrats to Ellie, who won a copy of Lynn Cullen’s MRS. POE! From the 2014 Debs… At the very last minute, Natalia Sylvester decided to do NaNoWriMo after all. She has no notes, no outline…just an idea that she’s really, really excited about. And did she mention that she’s never done NaNo before? She’ll be checking in throughout the month on Twitter using hashtags #NaNoWriMo and #WordMarathon–hope you’ll join! Heather Webb was…


So Long And Farewell From Deb Amy

Friday, August 30, 2013

This week I said so long to my son as he headed off for his senior year of college and farewell to my daughter as she began her journey as a freshman. And now this? Saying good bye to The Debutante Ball comes with mixed emotions of moving forward to new things while losing the familiar. Isn’t that always the way? So where do I turn to in times of…


Deb Amy Likes The Rest Stops Along The Way

Friday, August 16, 2013

I’ve taken some long road trips in my life, the longest of which was a drive from a home in Cleveland to a new home in Tucson. What makes a long journey tolerable? It’s not always the thought of the destination, but the little stops along the way that allow us to rest, rejuvenate, and redirect for a while. That drive to Arizona was not unlike the publishing journey. I…


Deb Amy Goes All Cliché About Endings

Friday, August 2, 2013

For me, endings remind me of beginnings. Doors and windows close, others open. Opportunities come a-knocking. It’s cliché, but I’ve found it to be mostly true. As I’m wrapping up my year on The Debutante Ball, I’m thinking about the new class of Debs and what it’ll be like to read their posts, follow their journeys, share in their excitement. For me, I think about how I will be able…


Newsflash: July 28, 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013

From the 2013 Debs… Deb Kerry turned in line edits for WAKEWORLD and got a peek at the new cover!!!! Which is awesome. 🙂 Deb Susan had a fantastic signing at Barnes & Noble in Santa Monica and is looking forward to this Tuesday’s signing at Towne Center Books in Pleasanton, CA!   NEW Deb News!  You have TWO MORE DAYS to submit applications to become part of the Debutante Ball’s…


Deb Amy Bends When The Wind Blows. Or At Least She Tries.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Even though it has been seventy degrees around here, someone keeps telling me it’s the middle of summer. And since my son, who’s twenty-one, is away doing an internship, and my daughter is eighteen and getting ready for college and spending the summer watching TV and going out for ice cream, there’s no bedtime, no wake-up time and no schedule for anyone but me. But I remember the days when…


Launching A Book And A Friendship With Deb Kelly Harms

Friday, July 12, 2013

As Deb Kelly launches THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS OF SHIPWRECK LANE and as the 2013 Debs search for the 2014 Class for The Debutante Ball, I’m reminded of why we’re here. Books and friendship. When I first met Deb Kelly — the agent and editor turned author with a toddler — I wondered what we could have in common besides our impending book launches. Turns out, lots of things! First…


Deb Amy Improves Her Home (And Her Psyche) By Turning Her Son’s Bedroom Into A Writing Retreat

Friday, July 5, 2013

It’s home improvement week here at The Debutante Ball and it started me thinking all the things that need to be improved upon in my house. There are dated bathrooms (mauve toilet, anyone?) and drafty windows. There are some cracks in the paint, and cabinet hardware from the 70s. That’s not to mean my house isn’t wonderful, because it is. But, these improvements are not on my mental or wallet…


Deb Amy Reveals: The House My Mind Built

Friday, June 28, 2013

I’m a visual reader and writer. I see what I read, and I see what I write. I have no idea if this is odd (don’t tell me) but it’s fact. Sometimes when I write I close my eyes and the scene plays out in front of me. I’m merely the transcriptionist. It’s a little creepy. It’s very cool. When I read I see distinct, detailed images. Not so much faces…