From One-Page Stories to Full-Length Novels

Thursday, September 15, 2016

With classes underway across the country, I’m reminded how school helped shape who I am today. Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be something “creative”, but at the time I couldn’t quite pinpoint what “name” would be attached with that dream.   Throughout elementary school, I wrote a ton of one-page stories. Never fail, the storyline followed the same progression: girl meets boy, girl marries boy, girl and boy…

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MFA, Schm-MFA…and Other Reasons Why I’m the Unlikeliest of Authors

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

I’ve always been a reader. My first word was “book,” and some of my most treasured childhood memories are from the days I spent cozied up with Roald Dahl stories. By the time I was thirteen, I discovered Arthur C. Clarke and Ray Bradbury, gateway authors into the science fiction world. My geekiness soared tenfold. Perhaps those authors give the impression I was a sophisticated child reader; my big sister…

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Happy New Year … in September

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

During a catastrophically bad job interview, Kate, the main character in Small Admissions says that, in her mind, the year begins in September — not in January. It’s one of the few reasonable (as in not completely crazy) statements she makes as she’s trying to land a job in a school. I feel the same way. For me, September has always meant the beginning of a new year. All these…

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I Did It My Way or The Importance of the Liberal Arts

Monday, September 12, 2016

Last week I was reading an article in the Washington Post about how my generation has been churning out helicopter parents who don’t want their kids to study literature or liberal arts. Curious, I inquired how many were history majors. Of the 24 honors students in the seminar, there were none. English? Philosophy? Fine arts? Only one. How was this possible? I asked. Almost in unison, half a dozen replied: “Our parents…

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News Flash for New Debs

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Congratulations to Maddie Woods, Sophie Woods, Chris Von Turk, winners of Amy Poeppel’s SMALL ADMISSIONS, as part of our Tag to Win contest series on Facebook. The next contest will begin on 11/17 with a chance to win Tiffany D. Jackson’s ALLEGEDLY. Beginning 9/17, you’ll have the opportunity to win our first Guest Author giveaway: Camille Perri’s fabulous debut novel, THE ASSISTANTS. From the 2017 Debs: Crystal King is finishing up…

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Interview with Lee Kelly, A Criminally Talented Author

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Please welcome Lee Kelly as the Deb Class of 2017’s first guest! Let it be known: we’re starting with a bang. If you haven’t yet read her novel, A Criminal Magic, you’re missing out on a rich and charming historical fantasy that takes place in an alternative Prohibition-era America, where magic instead of alcohol has been prohibited. The story follows an up-and-coming sorcerer and an undercover federal agent as they become entangled in…

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I’m Not Just A Girl…

Friday, September 9, 2016

Four years ago this October, a hurricane named Sandy arrived to NY with a dream. Of course, we had seen hurricanes before but were cocky in our assumptions that nothing Mother Nature birthed could truly touch us. Until the waters swallowed up our streets and the winds knocked off our crowns. Sandy succeeded where her predecessors failed. After Sandy made her debut, my office on Wall Street was closed for…

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Bonnie Parker: Promised the American Dream but Given the Great Depression

Thursday, September 8, 2016

I’m very excited for my inaugural post, and for the opportunity to introduce myself and my debut novel, BECOMING BONNIE. So, Hi, I’m Jenni, kid wrangler by day and author by night. And, as you may’ve guessed from the title, my novel is about Bonnie Parker, as in half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo. At some point during my adolescent years, I saw the Bonnie and Clyde film from…

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A Memoir A Decade and a Half in the Making

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

By happenstance, today marks five months until my memoir, Caged Eyes: An Air Force Cadet’s Story of Rape and Resilience, hits shelves. As my publicist said, “It’s go time,” and I can’t think of a more amazing way of celebrating than beginning my year here on The Debutante Ball. To say this memoir has been a long time in the making is a comical understatement. The first time I thought…

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Celebrating Acceptance, Rejecting Rejection

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

When I sent in my application to The Debutante Ball to see if I could be one of the five lucky writers to participate this year, I knew I was putting myself in that familiar, yucky position we have all been in many times before: waiting nervously for either good news or bad. “How perfect,” I thought. My book, Small Admissions, is about exactly that — those absurd moments of waiting…

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