News Flash: September 18, 2011

Congrats to Carolyn, winner of a copy of Laura Goode’s Sister Mischief!


From the 2012 Debs…

Deb Joanne Deb Joanne is very excited to refer to herself in third person. She thinks it makes her sound sophisticated and important, even when she has no real news to tell you about.

Deb Rachel was thrilled to read the first review of MWF Seeking BFF this week! Apparently, this whole book thing is really happening!

Deb Molly writes for the newsletter of the Illinois chapter of SCBWI & since the Fall 2011 issue just went live, and because it is conveniently online, you can read her column yourself: More Than a Pounding Heart: Capturing Emotional Experience

Deb Linda was pleased to attend a different kind of ball last night — “The 2011 Wolf Trap Ball: Celebrating 40 Years,” held on the magnificent stage at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, with scenery designed by her husband, the theater god. She is very likely still a little tipsy even as you read this.

Past Deb News

Deb Eleanor was happy to get her author’s copy of the Dutch edition of The Weird Sisters this week – check out the lovely cover!

Deb Sarah Jio is excited to announce the sale of her next two novels to Penguin, Blackberry Winter and The Last Camellia. (Details here!)

Deb Joelle is giving away an ARC of her upcoming release The Right & The Real at Goodreads so make sure to head over and enter to win!

Friends of the Debs

Allison Winn Scotch stopped by Women’s Fiction Writers blog this past week to give some great writing advice.

If you’re in the NYC area today, Samuel Park will be on the Debut Fiction panel at the wonderful (and free!) Brooklyn Book Festival.

Deb Dish — Which book did you adore but could never read again?

Deb Joanne Misery by Stephen King. I loved it so much when I read it as a teenager, but was so freaked out by it, that when I finished it at about 3a.m., I had to leave the light on.  That was the only time I’ve ever been so scared by a book.

My reason for not being able to re-read it as an adult, should be obvious:  I’m a writer.  And while I write for kids and I don’t really see how a crazed tween fan could keep me hostage in her house until I wrote the story she wanted, you just never know.  Just look how rabid they get for Justin Bieber.



Deb Erika Life of Pi by Yann Martel. While I have often wondered what it would be like to reread the book a second time with an eye toward the ending, I can’t bear to. I cherish my memory of that book too much, how powerful the story and the ending were, still are, to me. It remains one of my favorite books ever but also one I couldn’t revisit. The impact just wouldn’t be the same.


Deb Molly Paradise Lost. I took a Milton seminar in college, and we spent the majority of the semester on PL. I loved it so much, but reading it took so much energy and concentration I can’t imagine trying to do it again. It’s not exactly a beach read!


Deb Rachel This is a toughie. My gut is telling me The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. I’ve actually been toying with the idea of reading it again, but every time I stare at it on the bookshelf I just get sad. I don’t know if I can do that to myself a second time. She has a sequel-ish book, Blue Nights, coming out this fall, so maybe I’ll just read that.


Deb Linda Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron. I read it before I had children, and thought it was excellent — a compelling read — but I don’t think I could get through it again. As horrific as the choice Sophie had to make seemed to me at that time, I know it would hit me a hundred times harder now.


7 Replies to “News Flash: September 18, 2011”

  1. Deb Rachel, that’s a wonderful review! I can’t wait to read MWF SEEKING BFF.

    Deb Molly, thanks for sharing that newsletter link — great article. I loved the five ways you can show your characters experiencing emotions. Good stuff!

    Debs Eleanor, Sarah, and Joelle — good news, all. Thanks for keeping us updated. It’s so much fun to see where the Debs are heading on this crazy publishing journey. 🙂

  2. So much awesome news here, Debs!
    And I love the dish – I myself have thought of re-reading LIFE OF PI after that *GASP* ending, but have never gotten around to it. And I have to admit, I’ve never read Sophie’s Choice, nor even seen the movie, but I think I definitely need to. I don’t even know what her choice is!

    1. Oh, Joanne, I’ve never been able to bring myself to read Sophie’s Choice even though I think Styron was a genius, but I do know what her choice is and that is probably why I never could! Especially not now that I’m a mom, as Linda so right pointed out!

      And yay Rachel for the awesome review!!–I am now more excited than ever to get my hands on MWF Seeking BFF!

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