[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…

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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…

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[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…

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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…

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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…

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[News Flash] May 5, 2019

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Dea Poirier! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Next Girl to Die. 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 so excited to host @deapoirierbooks this week on @DebutanteBall — RT and follow for a chance to win Next Girl To…

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Interview with Dea Poirier and Next Girl to Die Giveaway

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Please give a warm Debutante Ball welcome to this week’s guest, Dea Poirier! Dea Poirier was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, where she found her passion during a creative writing course. She studied computer science and political science at the University of Central Oklahoma. She later spent time living on both coasts and traveling the United States before finally putting down roots in central Florida. She now resides somewhere between Disney…

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Chicago Author

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

I’ve been a writer all my life, but Chicago is where I became an author. When I decided to try my hand at writing a novel, I’d been living in Chicago about 3 years. Moving here was the fulfillment of a dream I’d had since my small-town Ohio childhood, and it’s completely lived up to my expectations. This is my favorite city in the world, and I feel unbelievably lucky…

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[News Flash] April 28, 2019

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Danya Kukafka! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Girl in Snow. 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 so excited to host @danyakukafka this week! RT this interview & follow @DebutanteBall for a chance to win her bestselling book GIRL IN…

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The Bookstores of My Life

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

I’m fortunate to live in a city with a plethora of independent bookstores (and I’m looking forward to visiting as many of them as possible on Independent Bookstore Day this Saturday!). I could write a whole post just listing Chicago’s amazing indies, but I thought I’d feature some favorite bookstores from other places I’ve lived too. Women & Children First (Chicago, Illinois) First up, though: my very favorite independent bookstore…

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