A Little Help From Our Friends

Friday, February 23, 2018

Sorry for the short post this week, y’all, but I’ve got the flu and my main support systems right now are Tamiflu, NyQuil, and an abundance of water and sleep. But in all seriousness, one of the best things I did in the year before my debut was to get out into the world and get to know people who’ve been doing this job for a while. I watched seasoned writers…


Support Systems

Thursday, February 22, 2018

    I could talk all day long about my writing support groups…my fellow Debs, my critique partners, my supportive friends both near and far. And all of them have, in some way, contributed to helping me get where I am now.  As a single parent, having a strong support system is critical to my day-to-day functioning. It’s getting a little easier, now that my kids are growing older and…


Kimmery Gets A Little Sappy

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

When I first saw this week’s topic–finding support as a writer– I figured I’d discuss writer’s groups. But then my debut novel, The Queen of Hearts, was released last week, and I realized I have a new perspective on a new phase of this writing journey: the publication period. I’ve had some intense weeks in my life. I’m an ER doctor and a mother, so I’m often surrounded by literal…


My Support System Has a Few Unexpected Characters…

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

My support system is made up of people from several different categories. Other Writers: As a memoirist, my writing process has involved a lot of painful revisiting of unhappy memories combined with absolute terror over people actually reading it. Luckily, there is a wonderful Facebook Binders group of women memoirists that is filled with other women on the same journey.  There is always someone around to vent to, or to…


We all need a little help from our friends

Monday, February 19, 2018

This week on the Ball, we’re talking about support systems! Writing can be an isolating process, and for my extroverted soul, that isolation can be rough. My sense of both myself and the rests of the universe is largely externally-generated, so having support systems that connect me to the rest of the universe is so important for me. And, I think it’s important to have support systems both with and…


[News Flash] February 18, 2018

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Congratulations to @WordsThatStay1, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of DREAMING IN CHOCOLATE, by Susan Bishop Crispell.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Tina LeCount Myers! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of THE SONG OF ALL. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with @tlecountmyers + Giveaway of THE SONG OF ALL https://t.co/4y6PZEIjGH pic.twitter.com/IwIqM13iPb — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall)…


Interview with Tina LeCount Myers + Giveaway of THE SONG OF ALL

Saturday, February 17, 2018

This week, I am delighted to bring to the ball Tina LeCount Myers! I had the good fortune to meet Tina at the Sirens Conference, one of the best book-loving events out there. Sirens celebrates women in sci-fi and fantasy: characters, writers, editors, readers, librarians, teachers, everyone, and it’s one of the most positive, affirming atmospheres I’ve ever been in. So, I’m tremendously happy that we can celebrate another Siren here on…


The Queen of Hearts is HERE!!!!

Friday, February 16, 2018

First of all, can we talk about this cover? I love it with my whole heart. *wink* I have always been a huge fan of medical dramas both on screen and on the page, so THE QUEEN OF HEARTS was an easy sell for me. Sharp, funny, and charming, THE QUEEN OF HEARTS is everything that I wanted and more! Zadie and Emma are the kinds of characters we can…


The Queen of Hearts…and Instagram Posts

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Kimmery is the “queen” of amazing instagram photos. This happens to be my copy of The Queen of Hearts…functioning as a great Lego base. This book has something for everyone!!   Kimmery Martin is first out of the gate with her witty debut, THE QUEEN OF HEARTS. Centered around two best friends who met at camp, went to college together, and then medical school, Kimmery has intertwined their narratives so…


The Queen of Hearts Is Born!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

  Welp. This is it. I have waited for this day to get here for the last five years. At first it was with a fatalistic acceptance that I was never going to achieve what I wanted, then timid hope, then cautious excitement, and now exhilaration. This may sound a bit overblown because I didn’t cure anyone, or ease anyone’s pain, or invent anything brilliant, or any of the things…