News Flash: Exciting News On The Debs, Past and Present, and Future!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Congratulations to Lisa Romeo, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of COTTONMOUTHS by Kelly J. Ford. If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway of a signed, not-yet-released paperback of SMALL ADMISSIONS or enter to win a copy by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Win a shiny new paperback of #SmallAdmissions by @AmyPoeppel! #BeachReads https://t.co/CFPXWCfpXN pic.twitter.com/K8U6L7pEcY — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) June 24, 2017 Calling all debut authors! Want…

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Launch Week! Give it Up for Heather Young and The Lost Girls!

THE LOST GIRLS by Heather Young
Monday, July 25, 2016

I have the great honor of kicking off Heather Young’s launch week, celebrating the publication of her debut novel THE LOST GIRLS. But before I tell you about THE LOST GIRLS, I just want to say what a joy it has been to share this year with Heather. She is one of the funniest people I have ever met, and she never fails to make me laugh at myself. She…

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The Two Kinds of Story

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

John Gardner, the author of one of the greatest craft books of all time, THE ART OF FICTION, once said there are only two kinds of stories in the world: “a person goes on an adventure” or “a stranger comes to town.” I thought this was a gross generalization when I heard it quoted at a writer’s workshop, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized he…

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The Memory of Water

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

THE LOST GIRLS was born of water. Not just any water, but the very particular lake water of my childhood. I first saw the ocean as a teenager, and its grandeur made me so dizzy it knocked me off my feet. But the water of White Earth Lake – fecund and drawn close with mystery – was a part of my life before I could walk, and it always seemed…

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Being an Author, Not a Writer

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Something horrible happened to me the day I became an author: I stopped being a writer. I spent six years working on THE LOST GIRLS. It was the great pleasure of my life, second only to raising my children. Each morning I woke up and immediately started figuring out how I could avoid as many of my obligations as possible so I could spend more time writing. Days when I…

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Leaping Into a Story By Accident

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Louise stole my idea for this topic. The biggest leap I’ve made as a writer was, by far, becoming a writer in the first place. But as I think about writing itself, I recall that I did make a fairly big leap in the writing of this book: I killed my protagonist. That’s not a spoiler. Lucy, one of the two women whose stories intertwine in THE LOST GIRLS, is…

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THE LOST GIRLS, Found By…..?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

This week on the Ball, we’re letting our wildest author fantasies run amok. By day we’re stressed-out, excitable writers who are trying to write our next book while selling our first book. We’re simultaneously afraid we’ll never write another book as good as our first and convinced our first is gutterslop nobody will buy. The Imposter Syndrome has its claws in deep, and we wonder if our book deals were…

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In Defense of the Luddites

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

I’m not the youngest girl in the room, but in most things I like to think I’m younger than my age. I’m reasonably fit, and my body doesn’t feel like it’s 50 when I ask it to do things like run or bike or ski. I watch a bunch of TV shows that target a demographic I haven’t been part of for over a decade (Crazy Ex Girlfriend! The New…

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The Politics of Rejection

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I’m writing this post while watching live coverage of the New Hampshire primary returns, and as this bizarre passion play unfolds on my television screen I’m struck by how relevant it is to this week’s topic of rejection. We writers moan about how we’re cursed with near-constant rejection, and it’s true: even the most successful writers receive dozens, even hundreds, of “we regret to inform yous” for every accepted submission…

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The Evolution of a Title: THE LOST EVANS GIRL SISTERS OF STILLWATER BROKEN ARROW LAKE WHO WERE LIGHT ON THE LAST DAY OF SUMMER ONCE

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

When you sell your book to a traditional publisher, it quickly becomes apparent that the story you lavished for years with the meticulous attention of a cat licking its fur doesn’t belong wholly to you any more. It’s now the foster child of an entire consortium of professionals whose sole purpose is to bring it into the world and sell as many copies of it as possible. Of course, this…

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