Me & THE WASHINGTON POST agree: UPTOWN THIEF makes you think while it entertains!

Uptown Thief by Aya de Leon
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Congratulations to my new friend and talented author Aya de Leon on her debut novel, UPTOWN THIEF. I will do a gush-fest below– and mean every word– but it’s a bit doomed to read like a paid advertisement, so before I do I’d like you to read this article from THE WASHINGTON POST. They stole the point I planned to make today. Aya’s genius with UPTOWN THIEF is in creating entertainment with accessible social…


A Different Side of NYC: The Launch of UPTOWN THIEF

Uptown Thief by Aya de Leon
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

This week we celebrate the launch of Aya’s book, UPTOWN THIEF, which is a thrilling story of a Robin Hood–style madam in New York, Marisol, who steals from rich alpha males and runs a high-class prostitution business to fund her health clinic for women with nowhere else to turn. I’ve written elsewhere about reading out of genre, and I will say that UPTOWN THIEF is not a book that I…



Uptown Thief by Aya de Leon
Monday, August 1, 2016

It is the 2nd Monday in a row that I have the great honor of kicking off The Debutante Ball celebration of another one of our authors—this week, Aya de Leon! I am so grateful to have met Aya on The Debutante Ball! She has been a constant source of positive energy She is wonderfully funny and honest, and always keeps our spirits high. I have learned so much from…


My Feminist Twin: Why I Love Heather Young’s THE LOST GIRLS

Friday, July 29, 2016

Heather Young is my twin sister in the world of Debut Novelists. Our books came out the same day–Tuesday, July 26, 2016, and both are novels of suspense. On the surface, one might think that was all we had in common. I’m writing a larger-than-life heist story of sexy urban fiction, while her book, THE LOST GIRLS, is a subtle, beautifully crafted thriller. But despite our differences, I fell in…


Aya de Leon’s 10 Fun Facts about UPTOWN THIEF

Friday, July 22, 2016

1. The original title of the book was The Manhattan Escort & Larceny Service. My editor Mercedes Fernandez didn’t like it. Too long. We brainstormed for a while, and my new favorite was Downtown Madam, Uptown Thief, which she shortened. At first I wasn’t totally sold on it, but It’s really grown on me and now I love it. 2. The book originally started with Marisol stuck in an air…


My second debut

Friday, July 15, 2016

Second time around In some ways, I’m a second round debutante. In 2004, I did a solo show. It was my first full-length work that had been publicly produced. Of course, the producer was me. The writer, the actor, the dancer, the prop master, the production assistant, the graphic designer, and the makeup artist? Also me. Designing and printing the programs? Me again. I had a fabulous director, who also…


Zen & the Art of Women’s Basketball

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

This week on The Debutante Ball, we’re looking back at our New Year’s Resolutions. I have made many resolutions in my life. They are mostly concerned with accomplishment: reaching goals, developing good habits, doing more exercise. This year, however, I resolved–on this very blog–to have more inner peace to go along with my external accomplishments. As part of being grounded, I also resolved to stop eating sugar. What good does…


Swirling My Launch Party

Friday, July 1, 2016

So my debut novel, UPTOWN THIEF, is a heist book with a romantic arc; it features women of color and has hard-hitting political content, plus it’s gritty and sexually explicit, with a cast of sex workers. It’s a literary/commercial hybrid, genre-straddling, wild concoction of a book. And I didn’t know how to launch it. I dropped into my default position: compartmentalize. I had planned three small launch events. I envisioned…


Meet a Deb: Deb Launch (& Beyond) Dates

Author reading with audience. "Aloud."
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Are you in one of the areas in which our Debs are reading? Come out, hear us read, and introduce yourself! You won’t have to twist our arms to get us to go for a drink post-reading. Heather & Aya are our next launches, with both of their books coming out on July 26. Heather Young: THE LOST GIRLS Corte Madera, CA, July 26, 7 PM, Book Passage Sebastopol, CA,…


The Soundtrack to My Writer’s Life

Friday, June 24, 2016

As much as I love music, when it comes to playlists for my writing, I am utterly boring. I have only two songs I listen to while I write: the first is an ambient sound track called “Refreshing Rain.” It came into heavy rotation in my house when I had a baby, and needed noise cancellation sound to keep from waking her up when I would cook and clean. I still…