Me & THE NY TIMES Agree: THE LOST GIRLS is Worth Reading!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

I cracked opened Heather’s debut after having read her posts for six months, so I knew the writing would be strong and thought provoking. Still, I was apprehensive. Why? Because I tend to internalize what I’m reading– storylines invade my dreams and daily thoughts– so I avoid books with violence, especially when children are involved. But I am a dutiful Debutante, so I put on my big girl pants and jumped in….

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Hot Damn, I’m a Published Author

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

When I woke up yesterday morning here on the West Coast, I looked at my watch and laughed out loud. My book had already been for sale for thirty minutes on the East Coast. It had happened just as I’d always dreamed it would: I literally woke up one day a published author. I lay there for a few minutes, savoring the first hour of my book’s life in the…

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The Debut of THE LOST GIRLS by Heather Young

THE LOST GIRLS by Heather Young
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

As the Tuesday blogger, I feel like I’m personally introducing Heather Young’s THE LOST GIRLS into the world, never mind that we’ve been talking about it on the blog for eleven months now and it’s been reviewed everywhere. But it’s Tuesday and today is the day that you can walk into any Barnes & Noble and most indie bookstores and pick up your own copy of THE LOST GIRLS or…

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Fun Facts About ME

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wow, this topic. Seriously — “Fun Facts About Us”? What incredibly bad timing. We’re in the middle of the Republican National Convention, a four-day, red-white-and-blue extravaganza designed to stroke the ego of the world’s biggest narcissist. How can five profoundly insecure newbie authors possibly compete with that level of self absorption?? Well. I guess if any of us can do it, it’s probably me. So here goes. Seven fun, self…

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Hello from the Other Side

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

We’re starting to get applications for the five spots we’ll soon vacate here on the Ball, so this seemed an appropriate time for a cautionary tale or two for our successors, and anyone else on the cusp of their debut novel year. The five of us largely blundered our way through this experience like drunkards in the dark, relying on internet forums and obsessive Googling to figure out how this…

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My New Year’s Resolution and Finding the Moments That Matter

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Before I wrote this post – an update on my New Year’s resolution – I reread my post from the first week of January. Honestly, I’m kind of impressed with my January self. Poised on the edge of a tumultuous year, I managed to find a moment of introspection that would prove all too rare in the months that followed. In six weeks my oldest child will go to college….

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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,…

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How to Plan a Launch Party That Won’t Make You Craz(ier)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

After I signed my book deal it didn’t take long before I started hearing about something called a “launch party.” Most of the authors I met seemed to agree that a book’s arrival in the marketplace warrants a shindig of some sort. Big or small, they said, a launch party is a great way to celebrate your achievement and promote your book at the same time. Being a fan of…

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The Music That Made THE LOST GIRLS

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Music is critical to my writing process. When I sat down to work on THE LOST GIRLS, I’d turn on Pandora and hit the playlist I’d — unoriginally — named “The Lost Girls.” Out flowed a brooding soundtrack of melancholy, loss, helpless faith, and forlorn love that shivered all along my nerve endings to my fingertips. (Doesn’t that just make you want to race out and preorder the book right…

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Feeding the Muse a Cookie

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

This week I’m confronted by a topic that doesn’t bear much relationship to what I write: food. Unlike Jennifer’s MODERN GIRLS, with its evocative descriptions of traditional shabbat meals, or the baked goods Louise’s protagonist makes that are so rich you can taste them if you lick the page, THE LOST GIRLS doesn’t feature food in its storytelling. At all. I agree it’s a powerful tool, but it’s one I…

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