Writing Fanfic was My MFA

Monday, May 20, 2019

I’ve already written before about my writing education – that I had none. Or at least no formal one. By the time I knew MFA’s were even a thing, I was three years deep into a Classics degree. But that’s okay – I’d already spent six years writing fanfiction, which turned out to be as good as an informal education. There’s a common piece of advice thrown about in the…


[News Flash] May 19, 2019

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Robyn Bennis! You can pick up her new book The Devil’s Guide to Managing Difficult people next Tuesday, May 21st. We are delighted to welcome #RobynBennis to @DebutanteBall this week! Her latest book, The Devil’s Guide to Managing Difficult People, is out Tuesday – @KA_Doore @MFournierWatson @LayneFargo @estefsays @devislaskar #WritingCommnunity https://t.co/jw8pfjgUcq pic.twitter.com/owsDJDx7cO — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) May 18, 2019 News from the Class…


Interview with Robyn Bennis

Saturday, May 18, 2019

I’m so excited to welcome Robyn Bennis to the Ball this week – not only does she write some Damn Good books, she’s also my editor-cousin, and is as quick and hilarious in real life as her prose. After going through the traditional publishing route with two books, she’s dipping her toes into indie with a release next week (!!). Talk about a wild ride. Author of the well-acclaimed, thoroughly…


A Writer at Any Age

    Because my release day fell on my birthday, I’ve already written a little about writing and age. One of the best things about writing, I believe, is that you can do it at any age. It belongs to you at any age. As long as you want to put words on paper, you can, although how you approach it might change. How it affects you, and what it…

Friday, May 17, 2019

For All the Non-Wunderkinds

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Perfect timing for this topic, because my birthday is next week! I’m turning 35, which to me has always been the age that marks Real Adulthood. I am not afraid of getting older. In fact, I’m looking forward to the precipitous drop in the number of fucks I have to give that seems to come with getting closer to 40 (when of course, all women become legally ghosts). However, I’ll…


Writing at Every Age

Monday, May 13, 2019

When I was in middle school, I wrote at night. I could crank out a 10 page chapter of fanfic in under a week and format the html and have it up for my small following of three by Saturday, every Saturday. Editing wasn’t really something I understood, let alone did. All drafts were final drafts, but it was so much fun. Nevermind that I could never finish anything. Nevermind…


[News Flash] May 12, 2019

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Rheea Mukherjee! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of The Body Myth. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): We are delighted to host @MukherjeeRheea this week on @DebutanteBall! RT & follow for a chance to win THE BODY MYTH @LayneFargo @KA_Doore @estefsays…


Interview with Rheea Mukherjee and The Body Myth Giveaway

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Excited to welcome my 2017 Pitch Wars classmate (and recent podcast interviewee) Rheea Mukherjee to the Deb Ball this week! Rheea Mukherjee received her MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her fiction and non-fiction has been published in several publications including Scroll.in, Southern Humanities Review, Out of Print, QLRS and Bengal Lights, among others. Her previous stories have been Pushcart nominees, Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction…


Little Egg and Big Egg

Friday, May 10, 2019

      There aren’t a lot of Easter eggs in The Dream Peddler, but I can think of a couple of things that most readers wouldn’t pick up on—they’re just there for me, or for anyone who happens to have the specific knowledge you would require to get my meaning. The first is a small thing having to do with naming. I had a really hard time getting through…


Be Careful or I’ll Put You in My Novel

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

This week we’re sharing Easter eggs and inside jokes in our books, and in Temper, most of the Easter eggs are named-related: Almost all of the characters’ surnames are Chicago street names (Rascher, Cuyler, Kenmore, Granville, etc.). I had to change one character’s last name during the writing process cause he was about to get on a train at a stop with the same name as him. I named the play’s…