[News Flash] February 23, 2020

Sunday, February 23, 2020

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Interview with Leah Garriott, author of Promised

Saturday, February 22, 2020

I am so happy to welcome Leah Garriott to the Deb ball this week! Although she earned degrees in math and statistics, Leah Garriott lives for a good love story. She’s resided in Hawaii and Italy, walked the countryside of England, and owns every mainstream movie version of Pride and Prejudice. She’s currently living her own happily ever after in Utah with her husband and three kids. We’ll be giving…


Inspiration from everywhere

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

So, my book revisions are due today, so I’m hoping you–kind reader!–don’t mind if today’s entry is a little short. I get my sources of inspiration from everywhere. My stories and novels are magpie nests, full of shiny bits and dark corners, lit on fire by deadlines. Architects of Memory alone needed nearly twenty years to form; it includes a cast I originally thought up during a college exam week in…


The House That Inspired the House in My Novel

Monday, February 17, 2020

When I was beginning to write The Talking Drum, I knew that I wanted the fictional bookstore, where much of the action takes place, to be located in a Victorian home. I love Victorian houses—Italianate and Queen Anne—their tall windows and wraparound porches, pitched rooves, the detailed ornamentation, multiple floors, the ones that are boldly painted with contrasting trim and the more subdued. I didn’t have to look far to…


What Happens When Two Literary Debutantes Meet at a Bookstore?

Sunday, February 16, 2020

When I found out that fellow Debutante Kathleen West was making a stop in the Boston area during her book tour, I knew I had to make plans to attend. Kathleen and I have been in touch since we became Debs in late summer of last year, but we’d never met. We Debs are in different parts of the country and our interactions have pretty much been through video conferencing,…


Interview with Humorist R. Eric Thomas

Saturday, February 15, 2020

R. Eric Thomas may be the funniest current events writer around. In “Eric Reads the News” at Elle.com, he presents his unique take on pop culture and politics, like Watch Donald Trump Explain How a Dog Works or Once Again I Am Delighted To Spend My Entire Check On Oprah’s Favorite Things. I’m so excited for his memoir in essays, HERE FOR IT, or How to Save Your Soul in…


Casting the Architects

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Let’s be honest. Most of us who write novels want them to be made into films. It’s just really fun, and the option money isn’t bad, either. (Plus, we all secretly fear more people will probably experience our stuff if it shows up on Netflix someday.) I’ve worked in small-scale videomaking for over a decade — YouTube, music videos, weddings, and commercials, both shooting and editing. I’ve never worked on…


If The Talking Drum Was a Movie, Here’s Who Would Star

Monday, February 10, 2020

The glitz, glamor, and excitement of yesterday’s 92nd Oscars ceremony has me thinking about the movie version of The Talking Drum: who would produce, who I would cast, who would direct. For starters, there’s no question that I would have Ava DuVernay produce and direct the film. For her work on Selma, she became the first black woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Director, and…


Interview with Tyler Hayes, author of THE IMAGINARY CORPSE

Saturday, February 8, 2020

I’m so happy to welcome Tyler Hayes to the Deb Ball this week! Tyler is a friend of mine from an online writing workshop, and from the moment I heard about his hopeful, bright (and noir!) story about a toy dinosaur detective, The Imaginary Corpse, I was hooked. This book, you guys. This book. It’s unlike anything else on the shelves right now, and it’ll break your heart and build…



Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Fellow 2020 Deb Kathleen West in now midway through the week of the launch of her novel, Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes. The book hit store shelves on Tuesday. Kathleen is the first of this year’s Debs to step onto the ballroom floor! She’s got a whirlwind tour that begins in the Midwest and will take her to New England, the Southwest, and back to the Midwest. Tomorrow she’ll be…