No longer such a perfect day

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Back in August, we Debutantes got together over video-conferencing to work on the list of topics we wanted to talk about this year. Some of these topics were developed in previous years by other Debs. Some, we came up with on our own. None of them were developed with a global pandemic in mind. This week’s topic is “A Perfect Day,” which I’m finding hard to talk about now that…


On Drafting

Thursday, October 11, 2018

I get easily excited about ideas. If you sit me in front of a computer long enough, I will inevitably start writing. Drafting is the fun part. Drafting should be the stream of consciousness part, the unfiltered part, the part that is done out of joy. In drafting, there is no judgment, only indulgence. One is able to describe a house or a room or even a bowl of soup…


The Diminished: You Cannot Put It Down

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Aside from bestsellers, I rarely read Young Adult novels. So I’m not going to try to sell YA fans—especially YA fantasy fans— on The Diminished. Those readers will find this book on their own and I believe it will become an instant classic for them. You read mainstream fiction, women’s fiction, literary fiction, sci-fi? You are going to want to own this book. Kaitlyn Sage Patterson is an incredibly talented…


A Tribute to the 2017 Debs: My Highlight Reel

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

With gratitude, sadness, excitement, and pride, I say good-bye to The Debutante Ball. I have so much respect for the incoming 2018 Debs, Cass, Kimmery, Kaitlyn, Lara, and Julie, so it feels wonderful to hand the Deb Ball over to these accomplished, smart women writers. I wish them all the very best. And I send my thanks once again to the 2016 Debs for allowing me the honor of participating…


Book Two Has a Title

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Here’s the crazy thing about publishing – when you’re querying and on submission it can take forever. Like Colleen said yesterday, there is A LOT of waiting. But sometimes, when you least expect it, great things happen. Foreign rights sales are like this — they pop up out of no where. It’s like finding a twenty dollar bill in your coat pocket from last winter. Well, that’s kind of how…


Book Launch Tips – It’s Not Just a Party

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Less than four months to go until THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE enters the world and I’m in the midst of planning my launch. And yes, I’m having a great big party (6 to 8 pm on Tuesday, July 21 at the Hartland Public Library if you’re in the area). Like Colleen, I’m planning to combine my launch party with a fundraiser. The local library has graciously offered to host,…


Cover Love

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I admit, I judge books by their covers all the time, and there’s a reason. Publishers hire many talented and thoughtful people who know exactly what they’re doing. They know all the visual cues readers respond to and look for when buying books. Fantasy novels usually have a strapping man or woman heavily armed, historical romances feature sumptuously dressed damsels and rogues with ample exposed skin, and literary novels lean…


The One Where I Use Too Many Gifs

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I’ve been watching a lot of ARROW recently. For those who are unfamiliar, it’s a show on the CW based on the Green Arrow comic books from DC. It’s fantastic. Solid plot, great actors, and a fearlessness in the writing. Their writer’s room goes for the crazy, the unexpected, and the heartbreaking–I’m still recovering from the mid-season finale. Everyone on this show makes it look easy, but I know that behind it…


Shameless Cover Reveal

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Self promotion goes against every fiber of my being. From an early age I was taught to not brag, to not raise myself above others. I’ll gladly tell you about how everyone else is great, but if you turn the spotlight on me, I want to hide. But in today’s publishing world, that’s not an option. Writers must talk about themselves, drum up excitement for a release, and ask people…


Newsflash, Sunday August 17 2008

Deb News: The Debs were quoted in this week’s San Francisco Chronicle. You can read all about it here. Deb Jess is beyond excited to announce that Driving Sideways has just gone into a FOURTH printing! Thanks so much to everyone who picked up a copy to help her reach that milestone! And thanks to the lovely women across the pond at Trashionista for the wonderful review of Driving Sideways…

Sunday, August 17, 2008