Top five reasons my book should be on Oprah by Guest Author Diana Orgain

The Debs are proud to welcome author Diana Orgain as our guest this week. Diana holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, with a minor in acting. Diana’s plays have been produced at San Francisco State University, GreenHouses Productions, and PlayGround in San Francisco. Bundle of Trouble is her first mystery novel. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and their children. First off, thank…

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Rejection… hurts by Deb Meredith

Who doesn’t hate rejection? It sucks. It hurts. It’s absolutely no fun. I remember my first serious rejection was during the college application process. I applied to a certain Ivy League school early decision. I had great grades and activities, and my test scores weren’t awful. I thought I had a chance. I remember being so shocked and upset that they didn’t want me. I guess I hadn’t experienced much…

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Writing in a Coffee Shop by Guest Author Lisa Genova

We’re very pleased to welcome guest author Lisa Genova today to the ball. Lisa Genova has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University. She used her experience and knowledge to pen her debut novel Still Alice, about a 50-year-old woman’s sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The book has been critically acclaimed, and a New York Times Bestseller. She is currently working on her next novel, LEFT NEGLECTED. I…

Saturday, February 28, 2009

My Secret Sweet Tooth, by Deb Meredith

Chocolate. Toffee. Jelly beans. Gummy Bears. Okay, I admit it. I’m a candy fiend. I have a hard time walking past candy without taking at least one (or two). But at least I feel guilty about it. I gave Lydia in Posed for Murder a little secret sweet tooth, too. She likes butter rum lifesavers, and always keeps a stash in her purse. And she likes canoli–enough for her boss’…

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Favorite line quiz by Deb Meredith

I love to reread books, especially when I’m sick. My favorites are like old friends, and when I read the familiar words I feel comforted and comfortable. My copies of Pride and Prejudice, The Secret Garden, and The Secret of Chimneys (Agatha Christie) all look worn out and well-loved. One of the best things for me about becoming a parent is getting to reread my favorite children’s books again. My…

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Signs of the Times

It started with Hanukkah. When she was three, my first daughter came home from pre-school toting a dreidel and singing a Christmas carol. My Irish Catholic/English husband shrugged and gave the top a whirl. A month and a half later, she came home, plopped a red lantern on the table, and chortled, “Gung Hay Fat Choy!” My husband raised his eyebrows. “What?” I cleared my throat. “She’s wishing us happy…

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Praise the School Bus and Do the Happy Dance!

Okay, I can see that I’m going to be the one who doesn’t get all mushy and nostalgic about back to school time. Here’s a picture of me doing my Happy Dance after my kids get on the school bus on the first day of school. Okay, it’s really a picture of me celebrating my book deal last summer. I don’t have any pictures of me doing the Happy Dance,…

Friday, September 12, 2008

Riding the Bus by Deb Meredith

A lot of kids mourned the end of summer, but I always loved when school started again. Maybe it was because I was good at school (you know–that goody-two-shoes who always screwed up the bell curve). I liked making lists, checking off tasks and having my hard work rewarded. I know it’s corny, but fall has always felt full of wondrous possibilities for me. I love new pens and notebooks,…

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

No One Here But Us Rivaling Siblings by Guest Author Katherine Center

Please welcome the delightful Katherine Center, whose debut novel The Bright Side of Disaster is funny, clever, poignant, and thoroughly enjoyable. She’s been told she absolutely must stick to our topic, and cannot veer from it at all. We are sticklers for propriety here at the Debutante Ball… Today’s topic is “sibling rivalry.” But I can’t write about sibling rivalry. Even though I have siblings of my own and two…

Friday, March 7, 2008

Welcome Vicki Glembocki author of THE SECOND NINE MONTHS by Deb Gail

I read Vicki Glembocki’s THE SECOND NINE MONTHS in proposal form and LOVED its edge and honesty and attitude and humor and I wished there’d been a book like that when I had my first baby. And now I plan to buy it for all the new mothers I know, including my new neighbor who recently gave birth to twins and hasn’t left the house all winter and I hear…

Monday, February 25, 2008