Running Down a Dream

Thursday, October 26, 2017

When my first book is published, I will be forty-seven years old. This dream has been cyclical—one I’ve embraced and abandoned multiple times throughout my life. I wrote my first story in the sixth grade. It was depressing: An old, lonely widow (who loves celery) visits the grave of his wife. I gave it to my dad for his birthday, and was baffled by how hard he laughed after he…

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[News Flash] October 22

Congratulations to Marilyn, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of BEYOND THE EMPIRE by K.B. Wagers.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Francesca Hornak! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Seven Days of Us. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet:   Take a peek at this wonderful interview and RT for a chance to win a copy of SEVEN DAYS OF US by @FrancescaHornak!…

Sunday, October 22, 2017
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Julie’s Personality Type: I, I, I, I (with a little S, F and J)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

This picture is just a joke. I don’t have a cat. I’ve never been hooked on personality types to explain why I am the way I am. I’m an introvert, and I usually put a period at the end of that sentence. Why go on? But this week we’re talking about how our personalities influence our writing, so I decided to take a few personality tests and see what else…

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[News Flash] October 15, 2017

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Congratulations to Terry Pearson, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Unruly Creatures by Jennifer Caloyeras.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, K.B. Wagers! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Beyond the Empire. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with @kbwagers, Author of BEYOND THE EMPIRE. RT to win a copy of this #scifi adventure! https://t.co/GsqgupxckV — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall)…

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How My Creativity Found Me

Thursday, October 12, 2017

I come from a right-brained family. As a child, I’d wander the neighborhood, lost in my imagination, while my brother would stay home and draw. I never thought of what I did as being creative though. That was my brother, who knew he was going to be a comic book artist from a very young age. I left the art to him, and spent all my time reading. But many years…

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[News Flash] 2018 Debutante News

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

  Congratulations to @bermudaonion, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of TOUCH by Courtney Maum.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Jennifer Caloyeras! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of UNRULY CREATURES. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to enter #giveaway for UNRULY CREATURES by @jencaloyeras! US entries only, Ends 10/13.https://t.co/791nMxM4ua pic.twitter.com/g7Dr70Zrps — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) October…

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Part One in a 317-Part Series…

Thursday, October 5, 2017

    This week we’re talking about books that influenced us—as writers, of course—but I was a reader long before I had the idea that I could write a book of my own. Here is a list of must-read books on my shelf, many of them I’ve read over and over again.   I read a lot. A LOT. Probably a couple hundred books a year. Reading takes up about…

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[News Flash] 2018 Debutante News

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Congratulations to Kelley Blair, @BookLoverKel, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of CATSKIN by Artemis Grey! Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, COURTNEY MAUM! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of TOUCH. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview + #Giveaway with Courtney Maum, Author of TOUCH. RT to enter, US only. https://t.co/R1xvIVAaNl — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) September 30,…

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My Long and Winding Path to Representation

Thursday, September 28, 2017

In 2013 I wrote a book called A SMALL LIFE. I revised it and by the fall, began querying it (much too soon). I scoured Janet Reid’s archives on Query Shark, I read through Query Tracker, researched who represented my favorite books, and assembled a list of agents to query. On that initial list was Mollie Glick, who was then at Foundry. She wasn’t a new agent, but as I…

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[News Flash] 2018 Debutantes

Congratulations to CJ, @CaffeinatedWyrm, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE ATLAS OF FORGOTTEN THINGS by Jenny D. Williams. Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Artemis Grey! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of CATSKIN. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Guest Post: Interview with Artemis Grey, author of CATSKIN, a lush YA fantasy. Share to win! https://t.co/dB5h3oaMWo…uthor-of-catskin/ —…

Sunday, September 24, 2017
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