Main Character Seeking Plot

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

My writing ideas tend to start with characters, and that’s especially true for Temper. The main character of Temper came into my life years before I wrote the book. In fact, she started out in a different book entirely. Back in 2012, I wrote my first-ever novel during National Novel Writing Month. It was a silly, trashy story set in a dystopian version of Chicago, about a Shakespearean actress recruited to seduce…

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How to Write a Cozy Murder Mystery with Assassins

Monday, September 10, 2018

Step One (1): Write a book. A book of your heart. A book where you asked yourself “what are all the things I love to read about?” and dump them into one story. A book you tie up neatly, so that it can’t possibly have a sequel. A book that stands perfectly on its own. Step Two (2): Revise, query, acquire an agent for that book. Step Three (3): Have…

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[News Flash] September 9, 2018

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Rene Denfield! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of The Child Finder. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview & giveaway! RT for a chance to win @ReneDenfeld’s best-selling novel #TheChildFinder, the book Paula McClain called a”page-turning suspense! #amreading #amwriting https://t.co/ChIJK49xi5 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) September 8, 2018 News from Previous…

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Interview with Author Rene Denfeld & The Child Finder Giveaway

Saturday, September 8, 2018

  I am absolutely thrilled to be interviewing Rene Denfeld, bestselling author of The Enchanted and The Child Finder, for our inaugural guest spot on the 2019 Debutante Ball. I had the good fortune to be introduced to Denfeld’s work through my mother, whose book recommendations I always take seriously. With The Enchanted, she hit it out of the park, and I soon had to follow that with reading Denfeld’s latest release, The…

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Michelangelo and Me

    When I entered the first grade at a private school for girls in Montreal, my long hair pulled smoothly back, green wool tunic perfectly pressed, I was the only little girl who couldn’t yet read or write. They had taken a chance on admitting me anyway, hoping I would catch up to the others, and eventually, I did. This is not a story about myself that I actually…

Friday, September 7, 2018
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Anzaldúa & I write from our core, eat every danish

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Hi, I’m Stephanie and guess what? I’m a Virgo. September 1st was my birthday and a bunch of us rented an apartment by the sea. A friend of a friend offered a tarot card reading for the occasion, but I was nervous, so I asked several questions–how long does it last? Who asks the questions? When we drove back home to the city, I was relieved that I had escaped…

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Let’s Have a Ball

Layne Fargo © Katharine Hannah Photography
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Hi everyone! I’m so thrilled to be blogging about my debut year along with my fabulous fellow Debs Kai, Devi, Stephanie, and Martine. Here’s a little bit about me: I’m a Midwesterner through and through – originally from central Ohio, but I’ve lived in Chicago for the past 9 years. Chicago is my favorite city in the world, and I find it endlessly inspiring (yes, even during the brutal winters)….

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Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Origin Story

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Origin Story:  I am the sum of so many things and it is at once easy and difficult to place labels on myself. I’ll begin in the most obvious ways: I’m a daughter to an academic; my dad is a mathematician and was immersed in the world of biostatistics and multi-variant statistical analysis for more than a half-century before retiring this year. I saw how much he loves math —…

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Well Hello There: Your 2019 Deb Class Has Arrived

Monday, September 3, 2018

Welcome, welcome, one and all, to this grand dance of 2019, where you’ll get to live vicariously through five baby authors as they ride this rollercoaster called The Debut Year. We can promise much fun! and thrills! and anxiety! I am honored and pleased to start this year’s ball, so: Hi! I’m Kai—and yes, that rhymes. I’m a writer—no, an author—I can say that now, right? No one will come…

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[News Flash] Press Release – New Debutantes Take Over for 2019

Sunday, September 2, 2018

“The Debutante Ball has introduced us to some of the best contemporary authors.”-WeHeartWriting.com For Immediate Release: September 4, 2018– Founded in 2006, The Debutante Ball celebrates the journey of five female debut authors on their paths to publication. Through discussions that range from craft and creativity to copy edits and cover designs—plus weekly guest posts by published authors—The Debutante Ball offers guidance and a supportive community for aspiring and published…

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