Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Search & Research

This is what it says at the outset of my novel: “Although The Atlas of Reds and Blues is inspired by actual events and people, it is a work of fiction. Many of the events portrayed here actually took place, but the author’s rendering of those events and their particulars are invented. The characters’ thoughts, conversations, and actions are a work of imagination.” The stories that make up are not…

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An Introductory Guide to Researching Your Next Novel

I’ve already talked a little about my research into the world around Ghadid in the Perfect Assassin – books and books and days spent in the University library – but I’ve never really talked about the how of it. How did I do the research. How did I find those books. How did I take what I’d learned and weave it into a story. It’s all about the references, really. And the bibliographies. You’ve gotta start…

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[News Flash] March 31, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Claire Bartlett! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of We Rule the Night. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): Today @KA_Doore interviews amazing YA debut @bartlebett + giveaway of WE RULE THE NIGHT! https://t.co/12q0TafFKq pic.twitter.com/7UmcgnbGJW — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) March 30,…

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Interview with Claire Bartlett + Giveaway of WE RULE THE NIGHT!

This week, we are so thrilled to welcome amazing human and debut YA author Claire Bartlett to the Debutante Ball! Claire is my agent-sibling and our publishing journey has been in (mostly) parallel for the last year or so. I am so, so excited for the world to finally read her brilliant debut novel, We Rule the Night, a complex and kind-hearted take on female relationships and self-determination with magic!!…

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Love Story, Perfect Day

  If you’ve never seen Love Story starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw, then you many not know that yes, it’s a love story but spoiler, she dies at the end. When I started thinking about my “perfect” day for this week’s post, for some reason my mind went to that movie, because there’s a scene near the end that I’ve always found interesting. I can’t remember exactly what Ali…

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Loan forgiveness, bike rides, and creative hallucinations

My perfect day would consist of turning on the news and learning that all of our world leaders have come together to reduce carbon emissions to save what’s left of the planet. It would also consist of finding out that our president has miraculously turned into a progressive woman of color. This ethereal POTUS will secure reparations, protect reproductive justice, enact appropriate taxes for the wealthy, stop detaining and deporting…

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Almost Perfect

I’m obsessed with productivity and optimizing my time, so when I think of a “perfect” day, I think of a day where I get a lot of work done (with a little bit of relaxation built in too, of course). I’m definitely a morning person. If can get up and get to work without procrastinating (big if), 7:00-11:00 a.m. is by far my most productive time of day. Unfortunately I…

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[News Flash] March 24, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Jessica Strawser! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Forget You Know Me. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): We interviewed Jessica Strawser (@jessicastrawser) about her newest novel FORGET YOU KNOW ME! Follow @DebutanteBall & RT for a chance to win a…

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