Interview with A. Natasha Joukovsky, author of THE PORTRAIT OF A MIRROR

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

This week’s interview is with A. Natasha Joukovsky whose debut novel, THE PORTRAIT OF A MIRROR, is getting comparisons to the work of Edith Wharton and Donna Tartt. Her novel is a modern reinterpretation of the Ovidian myth of Narcissus, following two couples in the summer of 2015. With razor wit that “both skewers and sympathizes” (Vulture), Joukovsky has crafted a modern novel of manners that is both deeply felt…


The Seventh Queen Is Coming

Thursday, July 29, 2021

As my time with the Debutante Ball winds down, I can’t help but find myself looking forward. There are very few certainties in publishing, and so many secrets that cannot be shared due to contractual constraints (say that five time fast) that looking forward means something different to career writers. While I do have works in progress as well as works on submission, the one thing I can publicly speak…


Interview with Mia P. Manansala, author of Arsenic and Adobo

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

This week’s interview is with Mia P. Manansala, a fellow Berkley author of Deb Lyn Liao Butler. We are so excited to have Mia here because her debut, Arsenic and Adobo is not only about solving a mystery, but has the most delicious Filipino food descriptions ever. If you’re not craving Filipino food as you read the book, then you’re not getting the full experience. Booklist gave it a starred…


What Greta Got Out of the Deb Ball

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Ahhh! It seems like yesterday that I was hastily typing up my application to join The Debutante Ball. I was so excited– and nervous- to apply. My debut was coming out in January, in the middle of a pandemic that seemed like it wouldn’t let up, and I had no idea what I was supposed to do with myself. I mean, yeah. I had a book coming out. I had…


Interview with India Holton, author of THE WISTERIA SOCIETY OF LADY SCOUNDRELS

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

This week’s interview is with India Holton, a fellow Berkley author of Deb Lyn Liao Butler. We are so excited to have India here, as she’s written one zany historical romance/fantasy crossover book! Her debut, THE WISTERIA SOCIETY OF LADY SCOUNDRELS, is so much fun, and author Jen Deluca describes it best “…easily the most delightfully bonkers historical fantasy romance of 2021!” India is also a great person and supporter…


What Lyn Got Out of The Deb Ball

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

I cannot believe that my book finally came out on July 6, 2021. It felt like I’d waited forever (2 years) from when I got my offer. The world has changed so much in these two years, but I am so grateful that THE TIGER MOM’S TALE is out in the world and I got to be a Deb for the class of 2021. It was a rough year, between…


[News Flash] July 19, 2021

Monday, July 19, 2021

The reign of our 2020-2021 debs is drawing to a close and the application for next year’s deb class is available now. If you’re a female or non-binary writer with a debut novel coming out September 2021 – August 2022, please apply and spread the word! And a huge congratulations to Lyn Liao Butler whose debut, THE TIGER MOM’S TALE came out July 6th! THE TIGER MOM’S TALE is available…


What a Year! Apply to be a Debutante!

Monday, July 5, 2021

It feels like it was only last month that Lisa Braxton, author of THE TALKING DRUM, recommended applying to The Debutante Ball. I was immediately interested. Everything I’ve ever done in my life – writing a dissertation, raising kids, finding jobs, working to influence politics – has been richer and more satisfying when done in the company of other amazing women. So I was really excited about the prospect of…


[News Flash] July 4, 2021

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Elizabeth Gonzalez James had an absolutely fantastic launch week for MONA AT SEA! And if you missed the conversation between Elizabeth and Lyn Liao Butler, you can watch it on our Instagram account. And big congratulations to Lyn Liao Butler whose debut, THE TIGER MOM’S TALE comes out July 6th! MONA AT SEA by Elizabeth Gonzalez James is “sharply written Millennial malaise that dares to be hopeful,” says the San Francisco…


[News Flash] June 27, 2021

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Many thanks to our guest authors, Jennifer Nissley, Vera Kurian, and Lilly Dancygar! Jennifer Nissley spoke to us about her debut, THE MYTHIC KODA ROSE, an offbeat and romantic novel that follows a teen girl whose desire to find out more about her late rock star father rings her closer to the last person he expected. Read her interview here. Vera Kurian is the author of the forthcoming, NEVER SAW…