Interview with Mary Pauline Lowry, author of THE ROXY LETTERS and WILDFIRE

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

We are so excited to welcome Mary Pauline Lowry, author of the hilarious novel, THE ROXY LETTERS, now in paperback, and WILDFIRE, a novel about a woman who joins an elite firefighting team in the American West. She speaks to us about her favorite books when she was young, what success means to her, and her own time as an elite firefighter on a hotshot crew.    ABOUT MARY Born…


[News Flash] May 10, 2021

Monday, May 10, 2021

This week we were very excited to speak with Olivia Black, author of KILLER CONTENT and NO MEMES OF ESCAPE. Read more about her love of cozy mysteries here. And MONA AT SEA by Elizabeth Gonzalez James is The Rumpus Book Club selection for June! Another great review for WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES by Denny S. Bryce, this time from the Historical Novel Society! Read the full review here….


The Purge! (or, Getting that first draft out of your system)

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Ernest Hemingway famously said all first drafts are garbage, except he used a way more *effluent* term instead of garbage. This is something that I’ve, at various times, thought was completely true, completely false, and now believe is somewhere in the middle. First drafts are your best effort at the time, and I hate to say anyone’s best effort at the time is no good. I’ve also read lots of…


[News Flash] May 2, 2021

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

This week we were excited to interview Antoinette Walker, Co-Founder of The Chaptr, an exciting new monthly book subscription box and book club rolled into one that just launched last week! Read her interview here. And for more information about their subscription box, make sure to visit their website and follow them on Instagram. And congratulations to Ehsaneh Sadr because A DOOR BETWEEN US is Chaptr’s first pick! Just in time…


A Plotter’s Guide to First Drafts

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

To plot, or not to plot? It’s the perennial question writers everywhere eventually face. The internet is rife with articles waxing poetic about the virtues of Plotting vs. Pantsing. It’s the Empire vs. Rebellion of the writing world. Do you plan out your story before you write? Then you’re a Plotter. Do you let the muse guide you along the journey without a plan, or maybe with an end-point in…


Interview with Antoinette Walker, Co-Founder of The Chaptr

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The Chaptr is an exciting new monthly book subscription box and book club rolled into one that is launching this week! Today, we talk to The Chapter’s co-founder, Antoinette Walker about where the idea came from, how The Chaptr works, and what else we can expect from this new venture.   THE INTERVIEW Tell us about your self. I was the kid who read everything in sight.  Cereal boxes were some…


[News Flash] April 26, 2021

Monday, April 26, 2021

Thanks to Amanda Skenandore, author of THE SECOND LIFE OF MIRIELLE WEST, for joining us this week. Read her full interview here. And THE TIGER MOM’S TALE by Lyn Liao Butler is included in Penguin Random House’s list of books celebrating Asian voices! Way to go Lyn! Denny S. Bryce (author of WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES) spoke with former Deb Ball guest, Vanessa Riley, about diversity in historical fiction…


Interview with Amanda Skenandore, author of THE SECOND LIFE OF MIRIELLE WEST

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

This week’s interview is with dear friend and author Amanda Skenandore, whose award-winning historical fiction explores painful episodes in the American experience with great sensitivity and insight. Her forthcoming book, THE SECOND LIFE OF MIRIELLE WEST will be out in July and was inspired by the true story of a Louisiana leprosy hospital where patients were forcibly quarantined. Below, Amanda talks about the research she did at the national leprosarium,…


[News Flash] April 19, 2021

Monday, April 19, 2021

Many thanks to Pamela Skjolsvik for joining us to speak about her delightful novel of an eternally menopausal vampire, FOREVER 51. Read the full interview here. And join Pamela on April 21, as she discusses her book with the Litchicks Book Club. Follow Litchicks for more information. And Elizabeth Gonzalez James made a trailer for her debut MONA AT SEA! Congratulations to Greta Kelly who received a starred review in…


Interview with Pamela Skjolsvik, author of FOREVER 51

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

I’m so excited for this week’s interview with Pamela Skjolsvik whose debut novel, FOREVER 51 is the delightful story of an eternally menopausal vampire on a quest to become mortal. Below, Pamela talks about the strangest job she’s ever had, the remaining items on her bucket list, and the story behind the title of her book. Enjoy!   ABOUT PAMELA Pamela Skjolsvik has been published in Creative Nonfiction, Witness, Ten…