My Inner Critic, the Hero

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Truth be told, I’m kind of proud of my inner critic. I mean, the girl has gone through a complete transformation during my writing lifetime. You need only flip through the journals I wrote throughout my teen years to realize she was probably just filing her nails, occasionally glancing over her shoulder and screaming, “Omg, you’re soooo talented!” as I scribbled my angsty poetry. She called that a good day’s…


GUEST AUTHOR: Jennifer Laam on Her Inner Critic + Giveaway of THE SECRET DAUGHTER OF THE TSAR

Saturday, October 19, 2013

We’re thrilled to welcome Jennifer Laam, author of the upcoming THE SECRET DAUGHTER OF THE TSAR (St. Martin’s Griffin), to The Debutante Ball this week. In her riveting debut novel that launches on Tuesday, October 22nd, Jennifer seamlessly braids together the stories of three women — Veronica, Lena, and Charlotte — and imagines an alternate history for the Romanov family – one in which a secret fifth daughter, smuggled out of…


No Cinderella Story Here, More Like the Swamp Thing’s Journey Toward Publication

Friday, October 4, 2013

I’m here to tell you that if I can get published, so can you … OK, honesty required: I had no clue what to write for this post. Lisa the Martyr read her fellow debutantes’ posts about their so-called hardships when it came to finding agents or selling their books — pleeeease! I’m the novelist swamp thing who dragged myself out of the publishing trenches and lived to tell the…


5 Women Who Kept Me Writing During The Down Times

Friday, September 27, 2013

Seems to me this week’s topic is really about gratitude, don’t you think? I’m grateful to be here, I’m grateful for my tribe … I’m also grateful that I somehow stuck it out. Maybe I wasn’t as robust and secure in my craft as other aspiring novelists, I don’t know. Point of fact, I can get really down. I’m prone to it, and I can’t tell you how many times…


FIRST FLOATING LESSONS || How Not to Sink on the River of Life

Friday, September 13, 2013

Here’s what my friend, S, said: “It’s like you wade into the river, and then suddenly you’re in the current, and then you can’t just step out again. You’re IN. No going back.” The other day, Tuesday to be exact, I drove four hours up I-5 from southern Oregon to Portland. I cried off and on the whole way. I’d attended a beautiful wedding and hung with friends I don’t…


“Firsts” are like buttholes. Everyone has got one.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

They are! Seriously, firsts really are like buttholes. There are several reasons why, but let’s keep it clean. To start, everyone must experience them at some time or another. First bounced check, first car impounding, first eviction notice…Ok, I promised to keep it clean! Firsts are hard, scary, and often make you feel like you want to dive under your covers and never come out. But sometimes firsts are exciting,…


INSPIRATION STEW || The Helluva Year That Inspired My First Novel

Friday, September 6, 2013

Here I am, your Friday girl, and in all honesty, after reading my fellow debs’ posts this week, I felt an acute case of stage fright, because, for one thing, aren’t they awesome? And for another thing, I couldn’t think of the inspiration for KILMOON. So here’s a question, what do my first trip to Ireland and family trauma have in common? They both inspired my novel. In one helluva…


Making Sense of the Inexplicable: The Events that Inspired Chasing the Sun

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

For everything we know, there’s a lot more about it we don’t know. From my own family history, I knew this much: when I was a child still living in my birthplace of Lima, Peru, my grandfather was kidnapped for ransom. I knew my father was the one tasked with waiting by the phone for the kidnappers to call, in hopes of negotiating with them. I knew my grandfather was…


The WHOA Moment: How The Black Hour Was Born

Monday, September 2, 2013

As the first 2014 Deb to post this year, I wish I had a better place to start. Here goes nothing: My book, The Black Hour, is a dark—but what I hope is sometimes also funny—mystery about a school shooting. Yep. That’s what I said. The idea for The Black Hour landed out of the blue one morning while I was drying my hair. Science could probably tell us why…


The Driving Force Behind Deb Amy’s Inspiration

For me, inspiration is not a whisper or a tap, it’s more like a slap.  For me, inspiration is not conveniently timed, because more often than not, I am driving.  And let me tell you, that is the last place you want to try to write something down or even find the right  button on any gadget to record said inspiration.  I’ve pulled over to the side of the road…

Friday, November 16, 2012