[News Flash] November 26, 2017

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Congratulations to @DianneCasey11, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Christopher Meades! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of HANNA WHO FELL FROM THE SKY. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with Christopher Meades + Giveaway of HANNA WHO FELL FROM…

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A Poet No Longer

Friday, November 24, 2017

This week we’re talking about the roads not taken. I’ve already talked a bit about some of the career paths I might’ve walked down (You can read more of that here.), so I thought I might talk a little bit about the fork in the road that I faced with my writing. Long ago, in a faraway land, I looked at one of my most trusted writing professors (Michael Knight….

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[News Flash] November 19, 2017

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Congratulations to L Simonton, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of CRAVE by Laurie Jean Cannady.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guests, Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Last Christmass in Paris. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet:   Interview + Giveaway with @msheatherwebb and @HazelGaynor https://t.co/3NUlPWDXY4 pic.twitter.com/pbLh848qPb — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) November 18, 2017  …

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Three Reasons Fast Drafting Is For Me

Friday, November 17, 2017

(And how long it took me to get here.) I love the IDEA of NaNo, y’all, but I’ve never even gotten close to NaNo-type word counts. I have huge admiration for those who have, and someday, I’m going to do it. But now, let’s talk about why it appeals to me: FAST DRAFTING. Fast drafting is glorious. It forces me to plan, to get my brain out of the way,…

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[News Flash] November 12, 2017

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Congratulations to Leonora Morales, winner of EVERYBODY’S SON by Thrity Umrigar!   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Laurie Jean Cannady! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of CRAVE. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet:   Interview with Laurie Jean Cannady + Giveaway for CRAVE https://t.co/ixgkkVb3mR pic.twitter.com/JF4vuktcwn — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) November 11, 2017   News…

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Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda… or Not.

Sometimes I like to sit down and think about all the parallel universes where other Kaitlyns are going about their daily lives having walked down paths wildly divergent from my own. Here’s a peek at a few of those other universes. Before I (TO THE ENDLESS DISAPPOINTMENT OF ADULT KAITLYN) Decided I Hated Science: Kaitlyn Sage Patterson is an equine veterinarian. She lives on a sprawling farm tucked up against…

Friday, November 10, 2017
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[News Flash] November 5, 2017

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Thrity Umrigar! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Everybody’s Son. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to win a copy of EVERYBODY’S SON by @ThrityUmrigar https://t.co/f5tURCTkiz — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) November 4, 2017 News from the 2018 Debs:   Kimmery Martin just received word that she is keeping her original…

Sunday, November 5, 2017
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On Fear

Friday, November 3, 2017

Publishing is rife with fear. Fear of bad reviews, fear of being dragged, fear of being forgotten or never published again or having our books canceled. And the thing is, some of these fears will, inevitably, be realized. We writers aren’t perfect, and the publishing industry certainly isn’t perfect. Something is bound to go wrong. I realize that, as I write this, I’m in the calm before the storm. I’m done…

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[News Flash] October 29, 2017

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Congratulations to Lee Elliott, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of SEVEN DAYS OF US, by Francesca Hornak.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Kellye Garrett, author of the DETECTIVE BY DAY series! Thanks, @kellyekell, author of the DETECTIVE BY DAY series, for visiting with us this week! Take a look! https://t.co/EWBRnOHcGN pic.twitter.com/8miQIhzDm0 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) October 29, 2017 Former Debutantes in the News: Former Deb Sarah Pekkanen has some…

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Into the Future

At the end of my MFA thesis defense, someone asked me what I wanted to do next. I’d been thinking about this question for a while, and I told the committee that I thought I might try my hand at writing for young people. After a few moments of resounding, deeply uncomfortable silence, someone told me that I should stick to poetry and literary fiction. The underlying implication, that books…

Friday, October 27, 2017
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