2020 Debutante Lisa Braxton receives Outstanding Literary Award

Thursday, August 6, 2020

For Immediate Release: August 6, 2020­­­—Debutante Lisa Braxton, author of the debut novel, The Talking Drum, is a recipient of an Outstanding Literary Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. The award was announced today at the organization’s virtual convention where she was interviewed about her book during The Author Showcase. The Showcase selection committee considered The Talking Drum compelling and socially relevant and notable for its inclusion of…


How To Work With An Editor

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

I’ve had a lot of really, really good editors in my career. The student news editor at my high school newspaper—not my English teacher!—taught me grammar. My first pro newspaper editor showed me the ropes and guided me away from dozens upon dozens of stupid errors. The fiction editors I’ve worked with recently have strengthened my novels and stories immeasurably; they’re generally always better at pacing and structure than I…


Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Origin Story

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Origin Story:  I am the sum of so many things and it is at once easy and difficult to place labels on myself. I’ll begin in the most obvious ways: I’m a daughter to an academic; my dad is a mathematician and was immersed in the world of biostatistics and multi-variant statistical analysis for more than a half-century before retiring this year. I saw how much he loves math —…


And Chaos Ensues (OR: 4 Reasons Not To Quit The Day Job)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

For the past nine — OMG! Has it been THAT LONG? — years now, I’ve worked mostly from home in my pajamas, writing commentary on How to Get Away With Murder, interviewing Paul Wesley (Stefan on The Vampire Diaries, for the uninitiated) and the Pretty Little Liars peeps, working on fiction and CAKE stuff. Jealous yet? You should be. No, no, no, what I MEANT to say there was, don’t be….


Want be a writer? Why goals, beverages & guts matter …

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Being a writer is … awesome. From the fun and chaos of journalism school, to writing articles on everything from finding body confidence in my birthday suit to surrogacy, to penning a novel that will soon grace bookstore shelves, it’s been a dream “job” so far. Because of this I bristle a little when I hear others lament the challenges of this career, though I certainly understand the inclination. There…


Publish or Perish: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I was a competitive gymnast growing up and the vault one of my best events. At least until this one competition, when my teammate fumbled her vault by running right into it instead of hand springing over it. As I watched her try again – running into it again – two things occurred to me: 1) Our coach was going to FREAK OUT. 2) Vaulting was impossible. I mean, how…


The 5 Who Have Kept The Dream Alive …

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This week at the Ball it’s all about the 5 people who made our books possible, and first I need to say how TICKLED I am to even be writing this! Because it means I have a book. MY BOOK IS GOING TO BE A BOOK. You can’t see me, hiding behind my laptop screen, but every time I think about this I break into the Kermit flail. It’s just…


Deb Dana Doesn’t Count on Inspiration

Here’s the thing about inspiration: as a writer, you need it, but you can’t depend on it. Let me explain. In my case, I drew inspiration for my book from food and cooking blogs and an article I read in a newspaper about underground supper clubs. That’s what sparked the idea for my novel and kept me awake night, mulling over how the story would unfold. Without that initial spark,…

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Strapped in Front of MTV by Deb Gail

We were broke: our car stalling more often than it started, my husband’s tuition and textbook bills outpacing my teacher’s salary. So I marched into WNNE-TV, the local NBC affiliate in the ramshackle building behind the old Holiday Inn in White River Junction, Vermont, and told them I wanted to be an anchor. I’d been studying the local anchors for weeks and I thought, how hard could it be? Someone…

Monday, August 27, 2007

Another One Bites the Dust by Deb Gail

In my younger and more gullible years, I was a correspondent for The Valley News in New Hampshire. This was the year before I got married and my husband was in his first year of medical school and I was also teaching high school in a town next door to the town where people claimed J.D. Salinger lived. Everyone was always saying they saw J.D., but I actually did once,…

Monday, August 20, 2007