Creative, or Just Odd?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

My mother always told me that I was creative, by which I think she meant peculiar. I couldn’t draw, paint, or dance very well. Lord help me, singing was not my strong suit either. Writing made my hand cramp, my arm forming the awkward spiral common to left-handed children everywhere. I liked to make sculptures but I wasn’t very good at that either, and I showed no real talent for…

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[News Flash] 2018 Debutante News

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Congratulations to Kelley Blair, @BookLoverKel, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of CATSKIN by Artemis Grey! Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, COURTNEY MAUM! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of TOUCH. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview + #Giveaway with Courtney Maum, Author of TOUCH. RT to enter, US only. https://t.co/R1xvIVAaNl — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) September 30,…

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[News Flash] 2018 Debutantes

Congratulations to CJ, @CaffeinatedWyrm, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE ATLAS OF FORGOTTEN THINGS by Jenny D. Williams. Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Artemis Grey! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of CATSKIN. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Guest Post: Interview with Artemis Grey, author of CATSKIN, a lush YA fantasy. Share to win! https://t.co/dB5h3oaMWo…uthor-of-catskin/ —…

Sunday, September 24, 2017
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Kimmery Investigates Slow Time

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across an article in National Geographic about the longest train ride through India.  You know how every now and then you read something that triggers some awakening in your mind, as if the author had composed his language solely for you?  To me this article was so arrestingly beautiful, so beautifully phrased, and so poignant that it seemed personal. Bear with me here through…

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Roll for Initiative, Press A to Begin

Monday, September 18, 2017

The autumnal equinox is coming up on Friday, so we’ve decided to make this week’s theme about balance: specifically the balance in our lives between work, play, and writing. This has definitely not always been an easy balance for me to find. While I was drafting From Unseen Fire, I was working full-time at my day job — a day job that often involved evening, early morning, and weekend hours…

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5 people Without Whom My Book Wouldn’t Exist

Thursday, September 14, 2017

  My siblings will not be surprised to discover that I’m going to cheat in my list of five by combining many people within one category. They will also not be surprised to learn that I don’t care that I’m cheating. But here it is. I’ve crammed as many of you as possible into each group. Sorry about the crowd.   # 1 – My parents. Since childhood, they’ve always…

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In Which Kimmery Thanks Five People* You Wouldn’t Expect

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

For this post about people without whom The Queen of Hearts would not exist, I decided to go rogue in order to list a few unexpected influencers: a cranky genius, a maligned but immensely successful author of erotica, a fictional six-year-old, a group of 70,000 over-sharers, and, uh, me. To the usual suspects in a thank-you list (my agent, my editor, my beta readers, my writing groups, and my long-suffering…

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Consolidated Characters: 5 People Without Whom My Book Wouldn’t Exist

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

In creative writing, we sometimes consolidate several people into one in the interest of not driving the reader crazy with an over-populated cast of characters. I’m doing so here to stretch my five people into many more because I have an inordinate love of finding loopholes. Here are five consolidated characters without whom Girlish wouldn’t exist. The Advisor: I was talking to a mentor about writing, and he said, “when are…

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[9/10 News Flash] Reading and NASCAR and Conferences – Oh My!

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

  Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Holly Goddard Jones! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway in partnership with Penguin Random House to win a copy of The Salt Line. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting this tweet: Interview with Holly Goddard Jones + #DebBallGiveaway of THE SALT LINE https://t.co/ghsQ7bbkgf pic.twitter.com/v3sx7uXjqM — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) September 9, 2017 News from the 2018 Debs:  …

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“So…What’s Your Book About?”

Thursday, September 7, 2017

When people hear I’m publishing a book, they always say, “Oh! What’s it about?” It seems like a simple question with a simple answer. But my critique partner, Aimee, thinks I should probably come up with something a little snappier than I have no idea anymore; something more engaging than a blank stare. The thing is, there have been so many versions of this story over the three years it took…

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