Escaping the Friendzone… Or Not

This week’s Debutante Ball topic is dedicated to deleted scenes. We all have them. It’s an inevitable part of the editing process. There’s even a tried-and-true writing adage about it: kill your darlings. Many, many darlings were ruthlessly murdered throughout the drafting process of THE FROZEN CROWN. At the time it was painful, culling these scenes from my still-maturing manuscript. We all have ideas of what our books are, but…

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[News Flash] May 24, 2021

Many thanks to our last two guest authors, Mary Pauline Lowry and Angela Super! Mary Pauline Lowry spoke to us about her hilarious novel, THE ROXY LETTERS, now in paperback. Watch Elizabeth Gonzalez James interview her about The Roxy Letters, sex cults, and more! Angela Super joined us to talk about her thrilling sci-fi debut, EREBUS DAWNING, available now. Watch Greta Kelly interview Angela on our Instagram Live channel! And…

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Interview with AJ Super, author of EREBUS DAWNING

We are thrilled to welcome AJ Super to The Debutant Ball this week! EREBUS DAWNING is jam packed full of space pirates, mutiny, AI and technological gods! Keep reading to learn more secrets about AJ’s writing journey and EREBUS DAWNING! Share or comment below for a chance to win a copy of her book. ABOUT AJ Angela Super earned two Bachelors’ degrees from the University of Idaho in the Creative Writing and Theater…

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How Lyn Plots Out First Drafts

I used to be a pantser. Meaning, I had no outline, no direction in how I wrote a first draft. I came up with an idea and started writing. I only had a vague idea of a plot, didn’t know the characters well, didn’t have a clear direction of where the story was going. That’s how I wrote my first book. And to be honest, it wasn’t that good. For…

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Interview with Mary Pauline Lowry, author of THE ROXY LETTERS and WILDFIRE

We are so excited to welcome Mary Pauline Lowry, author of the hilarious novel, THE ROXY LETTERS, now in paperback, and WILDFIRE, a novel about a woman who joins an elite firefighting team in the American West. She speaks to us about her favorite books when she was young, what success means to her, and her own time as an elite firefighter on a hotshot crew.    ABOUT MARY Born…

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[News Flash] May 10, 2021

This week we were very excited to speak with Olivia Black, author of KILLER CONTENT and NO MEMES OF ESCAPE. Read more about her love of cozy mysteries here. And MONA AT SEA by Elizabeth Gonzalez James is The Rumpus Book Club selection for June! Another great review for WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES by Denny S. Bryce, this time from the Historical Novel Society! Read the full review here….

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The Purge! (or, Getting that first draft out of your system)

Ernest Hemingway famously said all first drafts are garbage, except he used a way more *effluent* term instead of garbage. This is something that I’ve, at various times, thought was completely true, completely false, and now believe is somewhere in the middle. First drafts are your best effort at the time, and I hate to say anyone’s best effort at the time is no good. I’ve also read lots of…

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Interview with Olivia Blacke, author of KILLER CONTENT and NO MEMES OF ESCAPE

This week’s interview is with Olivia Blacke, a fellow Berkley author of Deb Lyn Liao Butler. We are so excited to have Olivia here, as she’s one of the first millennial cozy mystery writers! Her debut, KILLER CONTENT, is so much fun, and set in Brooklyn, NY. Olivia is also a great person and supporter of other authors, and her humor and grace is such a welcome breath of fresh air…

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[News Flash] May 2, 2021

This week we were excited to interview Antoinette Walker, Co-Founder of The Chaptr, an exciting new monthly book subscription box and book club rolled into one that just launched last week! Read her interview here. And for more information about their subscription box, make sure to visit their website and follow them on Instagram. And congratulations to Ehsaneh Sadr because A DOOR BETWEEN US is Chaptr’s first pick! Just in time…

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A Plotter’s Guide to First Drafts

To plot, or not to plot? It’s the perennial question writers everywhere eventually face. The internet is rife with articles waxing poetic about the virtues of Plotting vs. Pantsing. It’s the Empire vs. Rebellion of the writing world. Do you plan out your story before you write? Then you’re a Plotter. Do you let the muse guide you along the journey without a plan, or maybe with an end-point in…

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