Louise’s Favorite Debuts of 2015

Monday, December 21, 2015

This week we are sharing some of our favorite books that we have read over the past year. My top three have something in common—they are all debuts! I have a soft spot for author’s first novels, and always go out of my way to read them. These are the stories the writers couldn’t let go of, the ones that inspired the author to take the leap into the wonderful,…


Publishing’s Best-Kept Secret

Monday, October 5, 2015

    When my revisions were complete, and my novel was in my agent’s hands, I got down to the serious business of daydreaming about selling my book. I wondered how long it would take. I tried to picture where I might be when I received the call (for some reason this was always outside of a café or restaurant, when in reality it happened in the women’s locker room…


Sex, Books, and Politics: The Inspiration for my Feminist Heist Novel

Friday, September 11, 2015

What an honor to be joining the Debs class of 2016! Thanks to the founders and all the wonderful women writers in the previous classes who have paved the way for us. Female authors, although we are often overworked and underappreciated, are still some of the most generous people on the planet. It is a joy to be joining this tribe. Mommy, where do novel ideas come from? My kindergarten-age…


Okay life, you can stop providing writing material any time now…

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Thank you for sticking with The Debutante Ball as it passes the baton to its 10th class! This blog peppered me with humor & hope for years as an aspiring author; I’m honored to have the opportunity to contribute. My 52-week stint starts now: A friend recently commented that life has thrown enough complications my way to merit a memoir, but an exceptional memoir requires you to hand over the whole…


A Multitasker in All But This

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Recently Stephen King wrote an essay for The New York Times in defense of prolific writers.  For every Barbara Cartwright, whose 700 books argue that quantity is inversely related to quality, he cited an Agatha Christe (91 books) and an Isaac Asimov (500+) whose body of work begs to differ.  Some writers, he explained, simply have so many stories in their heads that they can’t help writing a lot of books….


The First Novel Vs. The Debut Novel: The Road to MODERN GIRLS

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Many years ago, I read an article that scorned the idea of the “debut novel.” The article said (and I’m paraphrasing since I read the article in the days before the Internet), “Why the pretentious title? Why not simply call it what it is? A first novel.” And I, a young naïve writer, thought, “Yes! Exactly! When I publish my first novel, I will call it just that: a first…


How a question, a memory and a three-legged dog inspired my debut novel

Monday, September 7, 2015

I am thrilled to be the first blogger of the Debutante Ball class of 2016! And before I get started, let me say thank you to all of the creative, bright, honest, funny and generous Debs of 2015. It’s an honor to be carrying on the tradition.  I carried around the two sparks that would inspire my first novel, THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING, for years, but it…


5 More Reasons to Read COME AWAY WITH ME!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Like my fellow Deb Amy, I sort of put off reading COME AWAY WITH ME for a while. I knew, with the inciting incident, that it would weigh heavily on me, and, of course, that crying was inevitable. I also knew that once I started reading it, the book would consume me. I wouldn’t be able to put it down. And of course I was right there, too. This is…


No Ping Pong Here: Dual Points of View in The Black Hour

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tackling more than one point of view is a difficult thing to do well, for any author. It’s especially difficult for a debut author. And when the points of view are of opposite genders… well, let’s just say that a first-time novelist might be biting off more than she can chew, getting in over her head, or [insert other cliche here]. You get the point. Deb Lori Rader-Day took on…


Susan Gloss’ VINTAGE Is Like Returning Home

Friday, March 28, 2014

It took me longer than usual to read VINTAGE by our very own Susan Gloss, but only because I was stressing so hard about my book launch (last week). Susan and I have been on the same launch schedule since we started on the Debutante Ball, and I’ve had fun comparing notes with her along the way. Susan can probably corroborate that March has flown by in a haze of…