My Debut Year: Standing in My Truth

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Publishing Caged Eyes has changed the surface of my life as dramatically as the events of the actual memoir. When you stand in your authentic truth, powerful things happen – hard things, sad things – but ultimately all positive. I have no idea how many copies I have sold, and frankly, I try hard not to care. As an author, those numbers matter, but as an advocate, they are completely…


The Conundrum of a Unique Book Like Caged Eyes

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

This week we’re writing about publishing as women, and of course I’m here to put my usual memoirist’s spin on the topic: I’m not just publishing as a woman; I’m publishing a deeply personal woman’s story. Youch! I know, how dare I? In Crystal’s Monday post, she mentioned that she wonders how people would respond differently to her novel if she used initials as a pen name, that way readers…


Calling All Celebrity Activists

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

This week we’re writing about celebrities whom we would love to have read our books. When I first thought of of a few names, my literary heroes came to mind: Alice Sebold, Roxane Gay, Cheryl Strayed, and perhaps most of all, Maya Angelou. I love those writers because not only do they create such beautiful sentences and stories, but they raise much needed awareness for social issues. Their books are…


Interview with Lynn K. Hall + #DebBallGiveaway of CAGED EYES

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Today on the Debutante Ball, I’m honored to welcome our very own Lynn K. Hall, author of CAGED EYES, an insider’s account of misogyny and rape in the US military and her extraordinary path to recovery and activism.   Desperate to realize her childhood dream of being an astronaut, Lynn K. Hall was an enthusiastic young cadet. For Hall, the military offered an escape from her chaotic home—her erratic mother, absent biological…


It’s My Pub Week!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Caged Eyes is now in bookstores!! I’ve waited a very, very long time to write that sentence. I began writing my memoir ten years ago. I started searching for agents three years ago. And I signed a book deal a year and a half ago. Like I said: I’ve waited a very, very long time to write that sentence! Throughout this process, I’ve wondered what this day would feel like….


Books That Change The World – Like CAGED EYES

Monday, February 6, 2017

This week on the Debutante Ball we celebrate the publication of Lynn K. Hall’s important and moving memoir, CAGED EYES: AN AIR FORCE CADET’S STORY OF RAPE AND RESILIENCE. To start out her pub week, Lynn shares a bit of her story in a moving New York Times Op-Ed, When a Rape Goes Unreported.  This week, Lynn has asked the Debs to write about books and activism and how the…


On Wishing I Could Control My Memoir’s Pub Date

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Crystal and Amy both nailed it with their posts about the experience of time leading up to book publication. Like Crystal, when my book drops it will be exactly a decade since I began writing. Like Amy, I’m often confused about all the conflicting advice as to what I am to be doing in these months leading up to the on-sale date (though my jokes about the tension aren’t nearly…


A Memoir A Decade and a Half in the Making

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

By happenstance, today marks five months until my memoir, Caged Eyes: An Air Force Cadet’s Story of Rape and Resilience, hits shelves. As my publicist said, “It’s go time,” and I can’t think of a more amazing way of celebrating than beginning my year here on The Debutante Ball. To say this memoir has been a long time in the making is a comical understatement. The first time I thought…