Deb Tawna isn’t well acquainted with the silver screen

I don’t watch a lot of movies. I know that sounds snobby, especially when I add that I strongly prefer reading books. It really isn’t some high-minded literary thing, I swear. It’s more an issue of attention span and the fact that I don’t have one. Books keep me engaged because I’m an active participant, but sit me down in front of a movie and I guarantee at least 50%…

Friday, June 10, 2011

Deb Tawna sucks when it comes to goals

When I was eight, my parents signed me up for a soccer team. I’m certain the coach explained the fundamentals of the game, but equally certain I was too busy picking dandelions to listen. I had a dim notion I was supposed to kick the ball toward the goal, but it wasn’t until my teammates began screaming at me during the first game that I learned it made a difference…

Friday, May 27, 2011

Deb Tawna says you shouldn’t listen to her writing advice

When I started my blog, Don’t Pet Me, I’m Writing 15 months ago, I realized quickly that readers were looking to me for two things. No, I’m not talking about my boobs. My regular blog readers show up expecting cheap laughs and writing advice. I can offer the latter for the same reason a stuntman who’s broken every bone in his body can offer tips on helmet safety. I had…

Friday, May 13, 2011

Deb Tawna’s topless book club made her an author

I’ve been part of the same book club for more than ten years. We’ve read good books and bad ones, classic literary works and racy erotica. We’ve supported each other through marriages and divorces, births and deaths. We’ve laughed together, cried together, and on one memorable occasion, watched our founding member strip off her shirt in the throes of a hot flash and continue the meeting in her bra. Good…

Friday, May 6, 2011

Deb Tawna’s parents are not scandalized by her books (so she must try harder)

This may come as a shock to you, but there’s sex in my books. Not on every page, but certainly on more than one. It comes with the territory when you write romance (though the fact that I write romantic comedy is what compels me to point out that I’ve already used the word come twice and haven’t even touched this week’s topic of family members reading our books). Where…

Friday, April 22, 2011

Deb Tawna’s big breaks include bad drugs, nudity, and obscene gestures

We’re talking about “big breaks” this week, and I must admit, I’ve had several. The biggest break was my right arm the summer I turned nine. The bone snapped in two places, courtesy of an ungraceful dismount off a piece of playground equipment. The doctor made the peculiar decision to set the bone without the benefit of pain medication, a process that taxed my youthful arsenal of curse words and…

Friday, April 15, 2011

Deb Tawna can’t get enough of the great outdoors

We’ve been talking about the great outdoors all week, and after following the other Debs’ posts on the subject, I can say I’m probably the outdoor junkie of the bunch. I’m obsessed with being outside. I love hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, snowshoeing, and about a dozen other pursuits I adore primarily because I get to be outdoors when I do them. In the warmer months, I eat outside every chance…

Friday, April 8, 2011

Title Deb Tawna’s book and win an advance copy!

We’ve been talking about social media all week at the Debutante Ball, and I’m thrilled to tell you that we’re going to put it to good use right here, right now. Excited? Don’t pee. It’s no secret in publishing that book titles can change for a variety of strategic reasons. Sourcebooks, Inc. is publishing my debut romantic comedy in August, and in an effort to make sure we have the…

Friday, March 25, 2011

Deb Tawna finds rejection laughable…er, mostly

There are ways to find humor in anything life hands you. Even rejection. That’s what we’re talking about this week at The Debutante Ball, and it’s a subject near and dear to my heart. If you’re not regular reader of my blog, Don’t Pet Me, I’m Writing, you might not know the story. For the sake of keeping it brief, here’s the short version: I took my first stab at…

Friday, December 17, 2010

Deb Tawna does dumb things so you don’t have to

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, Don’t Pet Me, I’m Writing, you already know I’m prone to doing dumb things. If you aren’t a regular reader, allow me to tell you now – I’m prone to doing dumb things. Fortunately, this allows me to offer useful advice based on my own missteps. Here are just a few nuggets of wisdom: When intentionally lighting your hands on fire, consider…

Friday, September 24, 2010