Lettin’ The Scene Roll—With Bonnie Parker

Thursday, October 20, 2016

This week we’re writing about protagonists, in terms of conflict and drama. Do we make choices for them? Or let our characters lead the way? As a writer, I’m a mixture of a plotter and a seat-of-my-pants drafter. Considering I write historical fiction (and I don’t want to piss people off who study history…) I try to align with historical fact as much as possible. The beauty with BECOMING BONNIE is not…

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Interview with Anjali Mitter Duva + Giveaway of FAINT PROMISE OF RAIN

This week’s guest to the Debutante Ball is Anjali Mitter Duva. Anjali is an Indian-American writer raised in France. She is a co-founder of Chhandika, a non-profit organization dedicated to the Indian classical dance form called kathak. Educated at Brown University and MIT, she lives near Boston where she is working on her next book and also runs a children’s book club and the Arlington Author Salon. Anjali’s debut novel,…

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Celebrity Chefs, an Ancient Gourmand and a Set of Immortal Knives

Monday, September 5, 2016

I’ve been following The Debutante Ball since its inception a decade ago. I had always dreamed of being a Deb and I’m extra excited to be the first blogger to kick off the 2017 Debutante Ball. On behalf of the new Debutantes, I want to extend a huge THANK YOU to the 2016 Debs for all of their insight, advice and inspiration to us all. Years ago I completed my…

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Losing Myself in the Past: My Writing Playlists

"Anything Goes" by Cole Porter
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Historical fiction requires a completely different mindset. To lose yourself in another time, it helps to experience it. To write MODERN GIRLS, I needed to block out the twenty-first century and pretend I lived in the first half of the twentieth century. So I immersed myself in the spirit of the 1930s, using every sense I could. I looked at the paintings Dottie sees at MOMA. I listened to music…

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Greer Macallister On The Magician’s Lie + Giveaway!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Today on the Ball, we welcome fellow debut author GREER MACALLISTER, who’s first novel, THE MAGICIAN’S LIE, which is being called WATER FOR ELEPHANTS meets THE NIGHT CIRCUS The book centers on a notorious female illusionist who stands accused of murdering her husband — and she has only one night to prove her innocence. We caught up with Macallister to talk about parenting and writing, her childhood fave, and how…

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News Flash: Giveaways, Spines, and Signature Drinks

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Congrats to Linda, who won a copy of WAKEWORLD by guest author Kerry Schafer! From the 2014 Debs… Susan Gloss is pleased to announce that her publisher is giving away 20 copies of VINTAGE on Goodreads! Enter here. Lori Rader-Day started receiving copy edits from her publisher this week, and made plans for her visit to the Public Library Association’s March conference in Indianapolis, where she will be signing ARCs…

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6 Fascinating Things I Learned About Empress Josephine from Heather Webb’s BECOMING JOSEPHINE

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bring out the virtual confetti and glasses of champagne—today Becoming Josephine by Heather Webb is officially out in the world!!! I could gush all week about the many reasons I loved this book (and trust me, we will) but instead I will pay it the highest compliment I can think of when it comes to fiction: Becoming Josephine transported me to another world and made characters I’d briefly known through…

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SUSANNA CALKINS on 5 Ways to Get the Writing Done as a Distracted Writer + GIVEAWAY of A MURDER AT ROSAMUND’S GATE

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Today we’re lucky to have historical mystery novelist Susanna Calkins with us. Susanna is serious about the history in her historicals—she’s a PhD! (She drops some research on us in just a minute!) Originally from Philadelphia, today Susanna lives in Chicago with her husband and two sons. She’s an educator and works in faculty development at a Chicagoland university. She was a debut(ante) not so long ago herself, with her…

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CATRIONA MCPHERSON’s Breakable Rules on Making Crime Pay + GIVEAWAY of A BOTHERSOME NUMBER OF CORPSES!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

We’re excited to have Catriona McPherson with us today on The Debutante Ball. If you’ve met Catriona, you know she’s a delightful person. If you’ve read her books, then you know she’s also a talented writer. Catriona’s latest book is DANDY GILVER AND A BOTHERSOME NUMBER OF CORPSES, perfect for fans of Downton Abbey, Agatha Christie, and Dorothy L Sayers. The seventh book in the series finds aristocratic amateur sleuth…

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