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,…


Launch Night Bliss (and Launch Night Tips)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I am alone among the Debs in that I don’t have to fantasize about my book launch: I have already lived it. Louise wrote beautifully about her upcoming book launch. She said, “I have realized that the party is not just to celebrate the novel being published—it’s my chance to say thank you to all the people that made it possible.” I love that about Louise. She’s a generous, caring…


Losing Myself in the Past: My Writing Playlists

"Anything Goes" by Cole Porter
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Historical fiction requires a completely different mindset. To lose yourself in another time, it helps to experience it. To write MODERN GIRLS, I needed to block out the twenty-first century and pretend I lived in the first half of the twentieth century. So I immersed myself in the spirit of the 1930s, using every sense I could. I looked at the paintings Dottie sees at MOMA. I listened to music…


Living Other Lives: The Adventure of Writing

Adventure Awaits
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

As I wrote about when our theme was regrets, I have had more than my share of adventures in life. I’ve hitchhiked in Bulgaria, picked kiwis in Israel, and spent three months driving solo across the United States, and those are just the things I’m willing to admit to on a public website. Now I’m a middle-aged mother of two. My big excitement is the Black Manhattan my husband makes…


The Memory of Food

A menu from the Stork Club in NYC
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Even without invoking that most famous literary food of memory, I think we can all agree that food has the capability of being a direct conduit to our past. The smell of onions frying on the stove brings me back to brunch at my grandparents’ house, where my grandfather sautéed onions to add–with hardboiled eggs–to the chopped liver I adored. No one makes spaghetti sauce like my mother, and when…


News Flash–Sunshine Edition

News Flash
Sunday, June 5, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Miller-Young, winner of Antonia Crane’s SPENT! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Julie Christine Johnson’s IN ANOTHER LIFE From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller had the delightful task of listening to clips of actors reading and offering her opinion on who would make the best Livvy for THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING audiobook! Jennifer S. Brown had a completely relaxing Memorial Day…


Regrets? Who Has Time for Regrets?

"If you're going to do something tonight that you'll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late." --Henny Youngman
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

We’re talking about regrets this week. Which means this is going to be a very short post. Because, as strange as this sounds, I have almost no regrets in my life. I mean, regrets? Who has time for regrets? (It is physically impossible for me to write about regret without singing “My Way”: “Regrets, I’ve had a few.”) (What? You were expecting Frank Sinatra? I would have regretted doing something…


Writing While Being a Woman

VIDA Count for New York Times Book Review
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

This week we’re writing about women in publishing, and all I can think is “still”? It’s 2016, people. Aren’t we over this whole gender thing yet? And yet… Just last week The Observer published an article entitled “Why Hasn’t ‘The Late Show’ Invited Any Female Novelists?: The nine fiction writers who have appeared on Colbert’s talker have all been men.” The Jennifer Weiner/Jonathan Franzen feud (as one-sided as it seems…


Memories and Writing: The Act of Invention

My collection of childhood diaries
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

When I read Louise’s post about her childhood memories, I had to laugh. Like Louise, my childhood memories are hazy. Former classmates are forgotten. Events never seem to have happened. My parents and sister will say, “Do you remember…” and I say, “Nope, not at all!” On a recent trip with a group of girlfriends, they were reminiscing about a camping trip from hell. It was raining, a woman came…


The Least Sexy Superpower: Optimism

"This irrational optimism is infectious!"
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I don’t want to talk about superpowers. Clearly, if you talk about your superpower, it will–swoosh!–disappear. The first rule of superpowers is you don’t talk about superpowers. As my character Rose would say, “You want to bring on the evil eye? Puh puh puh!” But since that’s the agreed upon topic this week, then that’s what I’ll write about. Puh puh puh! Defining my superpower is difficult. I don’t have…