Big and Beautiful: From Unseen Fire

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

FROM UNSEEN FIRE is a big, luscious, complex book, the kind that makes you want to wall yourself off from the world in your most comfortable pajamas with a cup of something warm and sweet to drink. Some books you skim through, racing to reach the denouement; others, like this novel, are immersion reads, so full-fledged and epic you are a bit startled to find yourself in your own world…

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FROM UNSEEN FIRE Release Eve

Monday, April 16, 2018

“So tedious is this dayAs is the night before some festivalTo an impatient child that hath new robesAnd may not wear them”–Juliet, Romeo and Juliet So tomorrow’s the day. I’ve wanted to be a novelist since I was 11. I’ve been working on this book for six and a half years. And tomorrow, it becomes real. Really, truly real. Is it okay to admit I sort of don’t know what…

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A taste of the surreal

Monday, March 12, 2018

Here’s where I was standing when I got The Call from Connor Goldsmith: Yeah. It was kind of a bonkers day. But my life has often seemed a strange and haphazard thing, so it only seems appropriate that one of the most significant moments of it should also be one of the most surreal. It’s actually not out of character at all. I seem destined to have important conversations in…

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Editing a World

Monday, February 26, 2018

This post about edit letters is really a post about worldbuilding, because that’s a lot of what my edit letters were about. Oh, there were things about character arcs and pacing and such, too, but much of that went into the manuscript comments. My edit letters, particularly the longest that I received from the first of my two editors, were a lot about world-building. In a successful fantasy novel, the…

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We all need a little help from our friends

Monday, February 19, 2018

This week on the Ball, we’re talking about support systems! Writing can be an isolating process, and for my extroverted soul, that isolation can be rough. My sense of both myself and the rests of the universe is largely externally-generated, so having support systems that connect me to the rest of the universe is so important for me. And, I think it’s important to have support systems both with and…

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[News Flash] January 28, 2018

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Congratulations to K. A. Reynolds, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of ODDITY by Sarah Cannon.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Erin Judge! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of VOW OF CELIBACY. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with @ErinJudge + Giveaway for VOW OF CELIBACY https://t.co/pAKXhqFOq7 pic.twitter.com/L7FYeNGu5C — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) January 27, 2018…

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The Beta Question

Monday, January 15, 2018

The above quote from the inestimable Neil Gaiman is a lot of why I’ve had beta readers since my fanfic days, but have never had a dedicated critique partner in another writer, at least not since leaving school. Writers have a much, much harder time resisting the urge to say how we would do something — which is not always helpful when talking to another writer. I think it can…

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[News Flash] January 14, 2018

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Congratulations to Cassie Frye, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE GIRL WITH THE RED BALLOON by Katherine Locke .   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Jennifer Johnson-Blalock! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a five page critique from Hyphen. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Guest Post by Jennifer Johnson-Blalock on the Dreaded Synopsis https://t.co/twMSfPbsxU pic.twitter.com/ijoYyW2F3b — The Debutante…

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Writing in Troubled Times

Monday, January 8, 2018

I’m a political junkie. It’s an inherited trait. I’m a government brat. My parents have both worked at the state and local level on and off throughout my life — in fact, it’s hard to think of a time when one or the other of them wasn’t in public service of some kind. Since my sister and I have been old enough to grasp the concepts, dinner conversations have often…

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2018: Hope is like the sun

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year! For us Debs that means… our year is here! At last! This is both exciting and, well, terrifying. My book comes out in 105 days, and that simultaneously feels like it will never get here and like there’s still so much to do in so little time. I’m a high-functioning bundle of nerves on a good day, so I can only imagine how tightly-wound I’m likely to…

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