Deb Amy Explains How Writing A Novel Is Like Wearing Linen

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Even though I had the heat on two weeks ago, it’s summer. And you know what that means! It’s time to wear the white shoes and linen shirts—and to buckle down and finish writing my next novel. Believe it or not, the two are related. Just days ago I was ironing a pale blue, linen, button down shirt, one of my favorites, as I was getting ready to meet friends…

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How To Hard Boil A Book — A Recipe For Cooking And Writing By Deb Amy

Friday, June 7, 2013

I’ve had a little trouble hard boiling eggs over the past few months.  That should be simple, right? Not that it’s a daily pastiime or anything, but once I just didn’t cook them long enough.  ‘Nuff said.  Once I probably cooked them too long because the shells were stuck on with some kind of eggy super glue. Last night, they were perfect. I boiled the water to a roll, gently…

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Deb Amy’s Motivations Change With The Seasons. Like Her Friend’s Curtains.

With a chill in the air conditioned house and a decorating song in her heart, an old friend would climb through the toys and old furniture in her unfinished basement and pull out a big box. “It’s time for the summer curtains,” she said. Frankly, I’d never heard of such a thing. She wasn’t wealthy, they weren’t designer curtains. Chances are she’d made them herself. But she removed what I…

Friday, May 31, 2013
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Deb Amy’s Special Recipe For A Book Launch Party

First, you’ll need two packages of the best napkins on the planet. Then, you’ll want to find a wonderful friend and host. Slowly add her homemade tea cup candles to the table-scape. Then, add one BFF who flew in from 800 miles away. Mix in one critique partner you met online, but now count on in real life. Stir in a huge stack of books to sign. Approximately thirty, or…

Friday, May 24, 2013
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Deb Amy Admits How A Misbegotten Memoir Became THE GLASS WIVES

Six years ago on a dark and stormy night, I started writing a dark and stormy memoir. Can you believe it?  What was I, meshuganah? Do you know when you write one of those you have to write about other people, not just yourself?  And when you write about yourself and those other people you can’t pick and choose what you share?  And you have to 100% honest? Well, it’s true…

Friday, May 17, 2013
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Deb Susan Loves What THE GLASS WIVES Says About Family

When I read THE GLASS WIVES, I found myself moved by Deb Amy’s writing, drawn to her protagonist (Evie) and emotionally involved in the story and its outcome. I read the book in a single day, which is testament to Deb Amy’s writing and  character-development skills. Deb Amy’s novel took me on an emotional roller-coaster in which I alternately pulled for Evie’s happiness and shared in her frustrations. But most…

Thursday, May 16, 2013
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Take Deb Amy’s Cover Quiz

This is the cover for THE GLASS WIVES:   And now, look at the original cover for THE GLASS WIVES: Do you see the difference? Most people say that the cups are turned differently. They’re not. It’s simply that now the cup on the right is blue, not pink. What happened? The powers that be, and are, decided that the cups were not representative of the different women in THE…

Friday, May 10, 2013
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Deb Amy’s Work-In-Progress Is Full Of Secrets

I’m working a new novel and it was inspired by a movie I watched about five years ago (but was made many years ago). But, because we’re all such impressionable creatures, I’ve decided not to tell anyone (else) what movie that was. Why? Because it creates expectations. Readers, friends, editors, even agents, connect the dots and reveal a picture that is not what I intend, but what they imagine. And…

Friday, May 3, 2013
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Deb Amy Looks For The Blessings In The Bull

Last week was not the first time, and it probably won’t be the last, where situations beyond my control (oh how I love control of situations) wreaked havoc with my writing. I’m not “write to cope” person.  I don’t pontificate the awful or ponder the horrid. I don’t write an essay or a story about agony or sadness. Those are not things I enjoy and I enjoy writing. During the…

Friday, April 26, 2013
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Best Writing Advice Deb Amy Ever Received

Today, due to all the flooding in Chicago, my best advice for anything would be: Buy galoshes. But, if we’re talking about writing, and we are, my best advice is short and sweet and stemmed from a conversation with author Therese Walsh, co-founder of Writer Unboxed and author of The Last Will of Moira Leahy and the forthcoming The Moon Sisters.  I’d told Therese that as I started writing my…

Friday, April 19, 2013
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