They Could Have Named Her Anything

Friday, August 2, 2019

  Stephanie Jimenez’s astonishing debut novel follows the evolution of a friendship between Maria and Rocky, two seventeen-year-old students at a private girls’ school. In order for this youthful friendship to take center stage, both characters need to be incredibly rich and real, and I was so impressed with how well Stephanie pulls this off. The two teenagers felt so real, to me, in fact, I found they reminded me…

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[News Flash] July 28, 2019

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Erin A. Craig! Pick up a copy of her amazing YA Gothic debut House of Salt and Sorrows Tuesday, August 6th, wherever books are sold! We are delighted to host @Penchant4Words this week on @DebutanteBall! Check out @LayneFargo’s interview and read all about Erin’s forthcoming novel HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS https://t.co/rjPW1cwDKy @KA_Doore @estefsays @MFournierWatson @devislaskar pic.twitter.com/pjeyiLtX4u — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) July 27,…

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Bluebeard’s Drawer

Friday, July 26, 2019

    I have two manuscripts in the drawer. Although they’re not actually in a drawer, and I have no idea where they went. They are so old now that I know not if any current software could even read them, so I’ve pretty much abandoned the idea of ever looking at them again. This may be for the best. The first time I wrote a book, I sat down…

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[News Flash] July 21, 2019

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Yesterday we checked in on the Class of 2018 Debs, see what they’ve been up to over the past year here: The Deb Class of 2018: Where Are They Now? Updates on last year’s Debs @CassRMorris @only_mama @kimmerym @jclarkab & @verykaitlynsage https://t.co/0Nr55sUtJw pic.twitter.com/bDrNaT8JBR — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) July 20, 2019 News from the Class of 2019 Debs: K.A. Doore is glad to no longer be solo-parenting. She’s also relieved that…

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The Deb Class of 2018: Where Are They Now?

Saturday, July 20, 2019

As we prepare to announce the 2020 Deb class (soon!!) we thought it would be fun to check in on last year’s Deb Class and see what they’re up to these days. Cass Morris has a kick-ass Patreon account where she, among other things, performs in-depth rhetorical analysis of the musical Hamilton. Lin-Manuel Miranda himself is a fan, no big deal. Lara Lillibridge‘s second book Mama, Mama, Only Mama came…

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Why Can’t I Name Characters Not After Famous People

Friday, July 19, 2019

  Let’s see, hilarious mistakes. There is no doubt in my mind that I made far more of these than I can remember right now. Actually, I can remember a lot of mistakes I made, and I even caught a lot of them myself before we went to copy edits (that woman missed NOTHING I tell you), but they’re not particularly funny. One of the things I had to be…

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[News Flash] July 14, 2019

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Christine Hyung-Oak Lee! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): https://t.co/sBu4zxAO5h we are so excited to host @xtinehlee on @DebutanteBall this week! RT & Follow for a chance to win…

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Interview with Christine Hyung-Oak Lee and Giveaway for TELL ME EVERYTHING YOU DON’T REMEMBER

I am so pleased to welcome debut author Christine Hyung-Oak Lee to The Debutante Ball! Lee is the author of the memoir Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember, which was featured in The New York Times, Self Magazine, Time Magazine, and NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Zyzzyva, Guernica, The Rumpus, and BuzzFeed, among other publications. She is a…

Saturday, July 13, 2019
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Cutting Room Floor

Friday, July 12, 2019

    When I finally felt as though I had a reasonable draft of The Dream Peddler, the one I began sending out to agents, it came in at right around seventy-nine thousand words. This was a nice length for a debut literary book, as in, appropriate to the genre and not so long as to be scary. I had cut many things, because I tend to go on and…

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[News Flash] July 7, 2019

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Kristen Lepionka! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of The Last Place You Look. 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 @KMLwrites from @UnlikeableFCPod on @DebutanteBall this week! RT & follow for a chance to win THE LAST…

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