Newsflash: August 11, 2013 – Meet Your New Debs!

From the 2013 Debs…

Deb Kerry is trying to beat the ending of a novella into submission and thinking how cool it is that there will be a Turkish edition of Deb Kelly’s GOOD LUCK GIRLS.

Deb Kelly is excited about seeing a Turkish version of GOOD LUCK GIRLS. And dreaming about a world tour to see it in its homeland someday…

Deb Susan is thrilled about handing off the Ball to the 2014 Debutantes. She hopes they’re as excited as she is!

Deb Danais also thrilled to welcome the new Deb class! Squee!


CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME to the Debutante Ball’s Class of 2014!


Here they are, in order of publication dates. We’re so excited to welcome them to the Ball!
13H Heather DEB HEATHER WEBB: Author of Becoming Josephine (Plume/Penguin, December 2013)

Heather grew up a military brat and naturally became obsessed with travel, culture, and languages. She put her degrees to good use teaching high school French for nearly a decade before turning to full time writing and editing.

As a freelance editor, Heather spends oodles of time helping writers find their voice and hone their skills–something she adores. She may often be found Twittering helpful links, sharing writing advice and author interviews on her blog Between the Sheets, or teaching novel writing in her community. Other favorite haunts are, where she contributes to the Editor’s Posts and Writer Unboxed where she poses as Twitter mistress. Her first women’s historical novel, BECOMING JOSEPHINE: A NOVEL, releases from Plume/Penguin December 31, 2013.


13H Lisa Alber DEB LISA ALBER, Author of Kilmoon (Muskrat Press, March 2014)

Lisa Alber received an Elizabeth George Foundation writing grant based on Kilmoon, A County Clare Mystery (Muskrat Press, March 2014), in addition to a Walden Fellowship. Her short story “Paddy O’Grady’s Thigh” appeared in Two of the Deadliest (HarperCollins), an anthology edited by New York Times bestseller Elizabeth George. In addition, Lisa was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for the story “Eileen and the Rock.”

A Californian with a penchant for travel, animal advocacy, and photography, Lisa worked in international finance and book publishing before exchanging the corporate ladder (no more business suits!) for storytelling. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with a one-eyed rescue spaniel and an accident-prone cat. You can find Lisa online at


13H Susan Gloss DEB SUSAN GLOSS, Author of Vintage (William Morrow/HarperCollins, March 2014)

Susan Gloss is the author of the novel Vintage (William Morrow/HarperCollins, March 2014). She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in English and Spanish, and the University of Wisconsin Law School. She lives on Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband, young son, and a neurotic hound dog. She balances–or attempts to, anyway–writing and family time with working as an attorney, curating an online vintage shop at, and writing about food for Edible Madison magazine.


13H Natalia Sylvester DEB NATALIA SYLVESTER: Author of Chasing the Sun (New Harvest/Amazon Publishing, May 2014)

Born in Lima, Peru, Natalia Sylvester came to the U.S. at age four and grew up in South Florida, where she received a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Miami. A former magazine editor, she now works as a freelance journalist and copywriter. Her articles have appeared in Latina, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer magazines. Chasing the Sun, partially inspired by a family member’s kidnapping, will be published in May 2014 by New Harvest/Amazon Publishing. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two rescue dogs, Maggie and Pita.


13H Lori Rader Day DEB LORI RADER DAY: Author of The Black Hour (Seventh Street Books, July 2014)

Lori Rader Day is the author of The Black Hour, forthcoming in July 2014 from Seventh Street Books. She won Good Housekeeping’s first short story contest, chosen by bestselling author Jodi Picoult, and the Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction from The Madison Review. Lori blogs at and muses on Twitter at @LoriRaderDay.


Deb Dish – Share a piece of writing wisdom you’ve learned since becoming a published author.

Deb Amy: Do what works for you for each individual story or book. I’m writing book two differently than THE GLASS WIVES. That bothered me at first, but I had to just let it be.

Deb Kelly: Surround yourself with people in the same boat. There’s safety in numbers! And good friendships to be made.

Deb Kerry: Keep writing new things – it helps you detach from worrying too much about sales and numbers and whether or not your last book can be called a success.

Deb Susan: I’m with Kerry – keep on swimming–or, in this case, writing–it will keep you on an even keel and remind you that writing is as much about the next book as the last one.

Deb Dana:I’ve mentioned this one before, but…”trust the process.” There are moments where I wonder how I will possibly make my second book work, but then I remember when I felt this way with THE GIRLS’ GUIDE, and that turned out just how I wanted.


Welcome and Congratulations to the incoming Debutante Class of 2014!

19 Replies to “Newsflash: August 11, 2013 – Meet Your New Debs!”

  1. Wow! All the new Debs are just fabulous! Can’t wait for these amazing books to come out. I am thrilled that yet another of my writing partners and mentors (Susan Spann, Deb-2013) Heather Webb made this illustrious cut!!
    Congratulations, Heather!!

  2. A very big congrats and welcome to the 2014 Debs! Welcome to the crazy journey–don’t forget to enjoy the ride. Wishing you all the very best, though you have big shoes to fill after the awesome 2013 ladies ride off into the sunset, or whatever Debs ride off into–more like coffee fume fog, or maybe that’s just me.
    Anyway, Welcome!
    Joanne – Deb Alum, Class of 2012

  3. Welcome to you all! I am so thrilled for you lovely ladies and the year of debut that awaits you. While I feel like I already “know” Natalia and Heather, I look forward to getting to know you all in the months ahead.


    1. Thank you, Erika! It’s an honor to be part of the Deb Ball, especially with wonderful friends like you being a part of its great tradition! Big hug to you! And here’s hoping one day we will get a chance to meet in person 🙂

  4. Congrats, new Debs! It’s a wild ride, but so fun to have your fellow Debs along with you. Can’t wait to read your books!

  5. Welcome! I am so thrilled to have been a part of choosing the new Debs because I know we’re leaving the dance floor in good hands. (Good feet just doesn’t sound right!) All of your books sound so wonderful…what an adventure for all of you!

  6. Welcome new debs! What a sisterhood you’ve just joined. And my goodness, we didn’t have your photos when we picked you so how did you turn out to all be so very good looking!? 🙂

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