Deb Susan Gets Crabby About the Green

The topic is green, so today we’re talking: EMERALD CRABS. I’ve always had a thing for crabs. Perhaps it’s my birthday (July, in the sign of ‘Cancer – the crab’), or possibly the fact that I share the crustacean’s crotchety temper and its tendency to eat everything in reach. More likely, it’s just that I find them awfully cute. Emerald crabs, in particular, are favorites of mine. They’re reef safe…

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Deb Susan Chooses Joy

IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a creative person in possession of a good story must be in want of a book. And a publisher. And readers to share it with. It is also a truth, universally known, that writers are balls of writhing insecurity held together by caffeine, lemon cupcakes, and unquenchable dreams. (Booze and chocolate may also be involved. Your mileage may vary.) Before publication, we worry…

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Deb Susan’s Fishy Habits

As usual, this week’s topic offered me many options. I’m a wriggling ball of bad habits, from procrastination to worrying to drinking far too much coffee and eating far too many french fries. But one habit in particular costs me more money – and more of my time – than any other. Yes, I’m dragging out my aquarium again. I visit the fish store once a week (at minimum). I…

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Deb Susan Revised This Blog Post … and Her Title

I love revisions, and couldn’t wait to write about the revision process – how many drafts I write, and how my novels change from start to finish. But when I looked at it seriously, I realized that topic called for a lot of explanation, and Emperor Maximus Angryfish disapproves of lengthy blog posts: Back to the drawing board. I thought I’d write about how I revise – first drafts on…

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Deb Susan Loves the Egg Rolls

I love food, so when I saw that this week’s topic was “cooking” and noticed that everyone else was sharing recipes, for once I had no doubt about my post. Because though I love to  cook, and do it often, there’s one dish in particular that brings people to my house from miles away. Oh yes. It’s true. MY EGG ROLLS BRING ALL THE BOYS TO THE YARD. But then…

Thursday, February 14, 2013


When I first heard about Deb Kerry’s novel, BETWEEN, the fantasy lover in me rejoiced. I’ve loved fantasy and sci-fi all my life, and BETWEEN sounded great. Then I heard about the penguin. In fairness, I have a *thing* for penguins. Always have. I can spend hours in the penguin exhibit at Sea World or the zoo. The Madagascar penguins are my Firefox theme. And all my life, I’ve found…

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Deb Susan’s Crazy Ninja Dream Come True

When I first started writing, I focused on historical fiction. I’ve always loved history, and Asia, and writing about those things seemed natural. It also seemed slightly crazy, considering that as a reader I gravitate toward mysteries, thrillers, and narrative nonfiction – but I didn’t think I had it in me to orchestrate a plot as complex as mysteries required. Writing a mystery? That was my dream, but it seemed…

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Deb Susan’s Obligatory Coffee Post

Technically, the topic is guilty pleasures, but when it comes to THINGS I WILL NOT SURRENDER no matter how good or bad they may be for me, Coffee heads the list (at least where inanimate objects are concerned). Calling me a “coffee drinker” seriously underestimates the situation. I drink, on average 12-14 8-oz cups per day. No, that’s not an exaggeration. I drink the coffee, in part, to control a…

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Deb Susan and the Query That Wasn’t

I’m sensing a pattern at the Ball this week and, as it turns out, I won’t be the one to break it. I, too, obtained my agent without a query – though I have several years (and four trunk manuscripts) worth of queries in my past, so I can speak to the topic from experience. Like Deb Kelly, I found the query an excellent vehicle for distilling my novel’s essence….

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Deb Susan Loves All the New Beginnings

I’ve always loved beginnings, and New Year’s Day in particular. New Year’s Day is the stuff of dreams, its potential limited only by imagination. This particular year holds more exciting potential than any other I can remember. It won’t be as emotional as the year I married my husband, or as life-changing as the year I knew I would first hold my son in my arms. But numerically speaking, 2013’s…

Thursday, January 3, 2013