Books I loved as a kid

Thursday, February 25, 2021

During this year of being a Deb, I’ve gotten to interview a ton of authors. One thing a lot of folks have in common is being avid readers as kids. And by avid, I mean flashlight-under-the-covers, reading-while-walking and will-read-cereal-boxes-if-nothing-else-is-around sorts of readers. Me too! One of my funniest childhood reading memories is being suddenly startled to realize I was all alone in our school library. I’d become so engrossed in…


Interview with Ellen Birkett Morris, author of LOST GIRLS

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

This week’s interview is with Ellen Birkett Morris whose debut, LOST GIRLS, explores the experiences of women and girls as they grieve, find love, face uncertainty, take a stand, find their future and say goodbye to the past. Below, Ellen talks about her favorite time of day, books that inspired her as a child, and a few of the amazing prizes she’s won over the years. Enjoy!   ABOUT ELLEN Ellen…


[News Flash] February 22, 2021

Monday, February 22, 2021

Lyn Liao Butler’s agent, Rachel Brooks joined us last week to speak about life on the other side of the query letter. Thanks to Rachel for her great advice! You can read the interview here. And make sure to preorder Lyn’s forthcoming debut, THE TIGER MOM’S TALE! Look out for an upcoming interview with Ellen Birkett Morris this week about her novel, LOST GIRLS. Ellen will be Queen Bee on…


Back to School: My Favorite Writing Resources

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

This week’s topic is all about highlighting the resources that helped me along the way to publishing. The websites and podcasts I’ve listed below were (and are) all invaluable sources of information and support in a journey that can often be a lonely one. So saddle up and read on for my favorites: First Draft with Sarah Enni There is so much here to love about Sara Enni’s podcast. She…


[News Flash] February 15, 2021

Monday, February 15, 2021

Many thanks for Barbara Conrey for joining us this week to talk about her bestselling novel, NOWHERE NEAR GOODBYE. Read the full interview here. Ehsaneh Sadr, author of A DOOR BETWEEN US, spoke with Ava Homa this week about her novel, DAUGHTERS OF SMOKE AND FIRE. Watch the interview on our Instagram page.     Bridgerton novelist, Julia Quinn, recommends WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES by Denny S. Bryce on…


The autodidact’s reading list

Thursday, February 11, 2021

I’ve written previously about how I have an MBA, not an MFA. And how that didn’t work out so great for me. So when I was unemployed and stuck in a tiny apartment while raising a newborn baby, it wasn’t a great time to contemplate going back to school for yet another masters degree. Plus, I reasoned, I’d always been told I was a great writer. How hard could it…


Interview with Barbara Conrey, bestselling author of NOWHERE NEAR GOODBYE

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

This week’s interview is with Barbara Conrey whose debut novel, NOWHERE NEAR GOODBYE is a USA Today bestseller. Below, Barbara talks about the authors that inspire her, the story behind her book’s title, her next big project and more. Enjoy!   ABOUT BARBARA Barbara Conrey worked in the health care industry for many years before opting for an early retirement, which lasted all of three months. She then accepted a position…


[News Flash] February 7, 2021

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Elizabeth Everett joined us this week to talk about A LADY’S FORMULA FOR LOVE, out next week. Elizabeth will be launching her book February 9th live on Instagram, as well as participating in a Galentine’s Day Celebration on February 13. Read our interview with Elizabeth here. Both Lyn Liao Butler and Denny S. Bryce were profiled in Forbes this week, talking about what it’s like to be a debut author…


Favorite writing books, blogs, podcasts? So many to choose from!

Thursday, February 4, 2021

First, a few classics: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron is what helped me turn off my internal critic and editor so I could write, freely, every single day. On Writing by Stephen King is a refreshingly honest look inside the life, practice, and experiences of one of our most prolific writers. It includes tons of straightforward advice about what works and what doesn’t. Save the Cat by Blake Snyder….


Interview with Elizabeth Everett, author of A LADY’S FORMULA FOR LOVE

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

This week’s interview is with Elizabeth Everett whose debut novel, A LADY’S FORMULA FOR LOVE will be released next week. Preorder now! Below, Elizabeth talks about the story behind her book’s title, advice for her younger self, her editing process and her love of early mornings. Enjoy!   ABOUT ELIZABETH Elizabeth Everett lives in Upstate New York with her family. She likes going for long walks or (very) short runs to…