A Behind The Scenes Look: Editing BECOMING BONNIE

Thursday, April 13, 2017

This week, the Deb’s are chatting about the editing of our novels. As writers, we pick up tricks of the trade as we go along. We never stop learning and improving. I like that about our industry. While revising my novel, BECOMING BONNIE, I felt like I had ample opportunities to grow (i.e. it required lots of editing). But it was in that messy, chaotic state of tackling my edits…


2017 is the Year of the Crystal

Monday, January 2, 2017

It’s also the Year of the Amy, the Tiffany, the Lynn and the Jenni, because it’s the year when our books will shake the world! This week the Debs are writing about our New Years dreams, resolutions, hopes, goals, and ambitions.  On April 25th, my dream will come true. I’ll truly be a published author. It’s the start of what I hope will be a long, lucrative career. But, unless…


News Flash: Happy New Year from the Debs!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

HAPPY 2017 FROM THE DEBS, PAST AND PRESENT!!! 2017 Deb Amy Poeppel was the Debutante Ball guest yesterday. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of Amy’s book SMALL ADMISSIONS. Or you can enter to win a CD, signed by Carly Robins, the wonderful narrator, and Amy. Simply RETWEET on Twitter: Interview with Amy Poeppel + #DebBallGiveaway of SMALL ADMISSIONS https://t.co/x0rYrBQrUi pic.twitter.com/aL5pIXPL12 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) December 31, 2016 Or you can also…


The End of the Trail by Bonnie Parker

Thursday, December 15, 2016

This week on the Deb Ball we’re writing about jobs, hobbies, or trips that connect to our books. While I haven’t written many poems recently, back in my youth it was something I did frequently. It was a way for me to express myself, a way to let out emotions, a way to understand something that was happening to (or around) me. After the death of my first grandparent, I…


When It Comes to Distractions, Sometimes a Gal Needs to Rant

Thursday, December 8, 2016

This week’s Deb posts are all about how we write through distractions. Or don’t. It’s funny, the Deb gals and I often chat throughout the day, and, the other day, I was venting to them about a distraction happening right then and there. Their response: that’s your post for this upcoming week. Unedited. So here we go, my recent rant… including almost-expletives, my cap lock key, and heat-of-the-moment expressions: Speaking of distractions,…


Jenni L. Walsh Has All the Excuses This #NanoWriMo

Thursday, November 3, 2016

This week, in honor of National Novel Writing Month (#NanoWriMo), the Debs are talking about our feelings about external challenges, deadlines, writing contests, and more. I’ll just cut to the chase: I’m not doing #NanoWriMo. I like the idea. I do. And really, I thrive on pressure and tight deadlines. True story: I got my first round of edits from my editor in December for BECOMING BONNIE. I had a baby…


Location is Meaningless

Friday, September 23, 2016

This week’s topic is all about location and I’m addressing my post to YOU, the manically busy writer. I’m sure you have idealistic expectations of where you need to write your New York Times Best Seller. Maybe you’ve fantasized about being the next Hemingway, writing the great American novel by the sea or in cozy cottage, thick in the woods. Maybe you feel without the right conditions, you can’t possibly…


Calling All Nap-Time Writers And Vampire Moms

Thursday, September 22, 2016

For me, writing is less about where and more about when. One day (I’m visualizing here), I’ll be a full-time author and have hours and hours to write while my kiddos are in school. I’ll ignore the housework (I’m really good at that already), plop my butt down in my writing nook, at the dining room table, on the couch, or maybe I’ll get comfy in bed, and get oodles of #amwriting…


Feeding the Muse a Cookie

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

This week I’m confronted by a topic that doesn’t bear much relationship to what I write: food. Unlike Jennifer’s MODERN GIRLS, with its evocative descriptions of traditional shabbat meals, or the baked goods Louise’s protagonist makes that are so rich you can taste them if you lick the page, THE LOST GIRLS doesn’t feature food in its storytelling. At all. I agree it’s a powerful tool, but it’s one I…


Hell, Yes, I Have Regrets

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

I confess: I’m jealous of Louise and Jenny, with their nonexistent and paltry lists of regrets. Because I do have regrets. Not so much on the real life side of the equation, where I share their look-forward-not-back attitude, but on the authorial side. And, being as how one of our missions here on the Ball is to offer guidance by reverse example, I am going to list them all right here…