Interview with Eliza Nellums, author of ALL THAT’S BRIGHT AND GONE

Friday, January 1, 2021

This week’s interview is with Eliza Nellum, whose debut novel, ALL THAT’S BRIGHT AND GONE, tells the story of Aoife Scott as she tries to solve the mystery of her older brother’s death and bring her mother home. Below, Eliza tells us about the best money she ever spent as a writer, the story behind her book’s title, and books she’s looking forward to reading. Enjoy!   ABOUT ELIZA Raised in…

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Interview with Denise Williams, author of HOW TO FAIL AT FLIRTING

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

I’m absolutely thrilled to be doing this week’s interview with Denise Williams, author of the much anticipated HOW TO FAIL AT FLIRTING, which is romance at its swooning, heart-pounding, toe-curling best! Below, Denise shares what she’s most looking forward to with the release of her book, tells us about the story behind her title, and explains why a future novel will definitely include a haunted house. Enjoy!   ABOUT DENISE…

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Interview with Kelly Duran, author of CAN’T TAKE IT BACK

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

This week’s interview is with Kelly Duran, whose book CAN’T TAKE IT BACK tells the interconnected stories of four women over the course of a kindergarten school year. Read below about Kelly’s transformative trip through Europe, her hope for connecting with readers through her books, and her recognition of writing as an integral and necessary part of her life that enhances all her other roles.    ABOUT KELLY Kelly Duran…

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Interview with Lois Ruskai Melina, author of THE GRAMMAR OF UNTOLD STORIES

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

This week’s interview is with Lois Ruskai Melina, whose book THE GRAMMAR OF UNTOLD STORIES is a collection of sixteen stories that connect the personal to the political by considering question such as How do we heal? and How do we know when we are home? Read below about Lois’s regular first reader, her close connection to the outdoors, and her favorite time of day.   ABOUT LOIS Educated as…

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Interview with Laya Vivian Smith, author of THE LUMBERMILL

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

This week’s interview is with Laya Vivian Smith whose book THE LUMBERMILL released just last week! Congratulations Laya! Read below about her proudest writing moment (in eighth grade!), advice for her younger writer self, the in-depth research she did for her book, and the heartbreaking loss of her long-time first reader.   ABOUT LAYA Laya V Smith is a member of International Thriller Writers, SCBWI, AWP, and LUW. Through no…

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How to Pick Up a First Reader

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

It’s a lot like dating, really. You meet another writer at a conference or at a book festival or writer’s workshop, and while you make small talk and try to ask subtle questions like “So what are you reading right now?” in the back of your mind you’re really wondering Is this it? Is this THE one? And eventually, maybe after sitting next to each other 3 days in a row…

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First Readers Make Life Better, True Story

Monday, May 19, 2014

First readers are gods. Maybe the other Debs will have tips for finding good first readers or about how to take their feedback, but I’m not going to be instructive at all today. I’m going to tell you a story about a first reader for THE BLACK HOUR. I don’t like to show pages to anyone too early because a lot of good stuff happens for my projects during the…

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