What’s in a (Character) Name? How I Choose ‘Em

Monday, May 18, 2015

This week on the Ball we’re talking about how we pick names for our characters. I’ll be honest: sometimes it’s even harder than choosing names for my own kids (and I’ve been known to dig into baby name books for both). For BEFORE I GO, the name of the main characters Daisy and Jack came pretty easily. Daisy, to me, connotes perkiness, sunshine and flowers — pretty much the antithesis…

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There are no signposts. Only zombies.

Friday, May 15, 2015

So we’re talking about finishing a draft this week. This is a great topic for me to think about considering how I’m not finished with a complete draft of novel #2. Nope. Nopety nope nope. Not finished at all. People ask me all the time how far along I am with it. I couldn’t tell you. I don’t write linearly. I write where I feel the heat. Unfortunately, that heat hasn’t…

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Where Are They Now? Lisa Alber Becomes a Home Owner, Finishes a Novel, and Manages Stress (Kind Of)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Editor’s Note: This week is homecoming week on the Debutante Ball as we welcome back the class of 2014. Today we’re catching up with the awesome Lisa Alber (author of  wonderful mystery novel KILMOON) who gets extra credit points for managing to write this post in the middle of a crazy time in her life. What’s so crazy? Keep reading to find out.  Happy Friday! So fun to be the Friday Girl again for…

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Where Are They Now? An Update from Deb Alum Heather Webb

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Editor’s Note: This week we’re catching up with last year’s Debs and seeing what they’ve been writing, publishing and working on since they were last on the Ball. Today, we welcome back HEATHER WEBB, author of BECOMING JOSEPHINE and the recent RODIN’S LOVER. Thank you, Debs, for the invitation to return! It’s great to be back, even if for just a quick visit. What’s happened since I said goodbye to The Ball? So…

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Where Are They Now? Deb Susan Gloss Talks Foreign Editions & a Fashion Shoot

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Editor’s Note: This week we’re catching up with last year’s Debs and seeing what they’ve been writing, publishing and working on since they were last on the Ball. Today, we welcome back Susan Gloss, author of VINTAGE. Hello Debs and readers! Thanks for having me back. A lot has happened since I last logged in to the Deb Ball dashboard to write my farewell post. One highlight was getting to be…

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Catching up with Natalia Sylvester

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Editor’s Note: This week we’re catching up with last year’s Debs and seeing what they’ve been writing, publishing and working on since they were last on the Ball. Today, we welcome back Natalia Sylvester, author of CHASING THE SUN. What a treat it is to be back at the Deb Ball! Thanks so much to Karma, Sona, Amy, Shelly, and Colleen for the invite. When Amy mentioned that this week…

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Where Are They Now? Deb Lori Rader-Day’s Little Pretty Year

Editor’s Note: This week we’re catching up with last year’s Debs and seeing what they’ve been writing, publishing and working on since they were last on the Ball. Today, we welcome back Lori Rader-Day, author of THE BLACK HOUR and the upcoming LITTLE PRETTY THINGS. My last post for the Debutante Ball was in August of last year. That is so strange to me because it seems like yesterday. That…

Monday, May 4, 2015
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Shelly’s “It’s All About the Feelings” Playlists

Friday, May 1, 2015

It’s music week at the Ball! We’re all talking about the music that we listen to while we write and edit. I’ve been reading all the other Debs posts this week and thinking to myself, “I’m really out of it. I don’t think I’ve even heard of most of these songs. When did I get so uncool?” I have to admit that I don’t listen to songs while I write….

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The BEFORE I GO Playlist

Monday, April 27, 2015

This week on the Ball we’re talking about the music we listen to while writing. Mostly, I listen to silence. Or, you know, the whining of my children asking for more snacks, or iPad time or keeping me updated on their constructive disagreements: “Mommy, she hit me!” “He hit me first!” “WAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!” Obviously, this is all very conducive to the creative process. However, there were a few times in the…

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Nicole Baart’s Secret Superpower + a GIVEAWAY of THE BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A few years ago, an editor sent me SLEEPING IN EDEN by Nicole Baart to review. I started it on a Friday night — and promptly forgot all weekend plans. I carried it around with me, ignoring my family and reading it at meals. “Must be some book,” my husband said. And it was. She’s an expert plotter and creates real, believable characters that you care about and relate to….

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