[News Flash] December 3, 2017

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Congratulations to Jessica McCann, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Christopher Meades’s HANNA WHO FELL FROM THE SKY!   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Jacinda Townsend, Author of SAINT MONKEY!     News from the 2018 Debs: Kaitlyn Sage Patterson got her advanced reader copies in the mail and will be wallowing in bed with her books until further notice. If you’d like a chance to win an ARC of THE DIMINISHED…

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[News Flash] November 26, 2017

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Congratulations to @DianneCasey11, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Christopher Meades! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of HANNA WHO FELL FROM THE SKY. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with Christopher Meades + Giveaway of HANNA WHO FELL FROM…

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[News Flash] November 19, 2017

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Congratulations to L Simonton, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of CRAVE by Laurie Jean Cannady.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guests, Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Last Christmass in Paris. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet:   Interview + Giveaway with @msheatherwebb and @HazelGaynor https://t.co/3NUlPWDXY4 pic.twitter.com/pbLh848qPb — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) November 18, 2017  …

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[News Flash] November 12, 2017

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Congratulations to Leonora Morales, winner of EVERYBODY’S SON by Thrity Umrigar!   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Laurie Jean Cannady! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of CRAVE. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet:   Interview with Laurie Jean Cannady + Giveaway for CRAVE https://t.co/ixgkkVb3mR pic.twitter.com/JF4vuktcwn — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) November 11, 2017   News…

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[News Flash] November 5, 2017

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Thrity Umrigar! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Everybody’s Son. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to win a copy of EVERYBODY’S SON by @ThrityUmrigar https://t.co/f5tURCTkiz — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) November 4, 2017 News from the 2018 Debs:   Kimmery Martin just received word that she is keeping her original…

Sunday, November 5, 2017
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Interview + Giveaway with Thrity Umrigar, Author of EVERYBODY’S SON

Saturday, November 4, 2017

I was first introduced to Dr. Thrity Umrigar’s work last spring when she and I both had the honor of having pieces we wrote performed in Lit Cleveland’s staged reading, Crossing Borders: Immigrant Narratives, a part of Cleveland State University’s Cleveland Humanities Festival. Intrigued to discover that my local writing community included a writer of her caliber, I ordered her latest novel, EVERYBODY’S SON. Umrigar’s book is a complex and…

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[News Flash] October 29, 2017

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Congratulations to Lee Elliott, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of SEVEN DAYS OF US, by Francesca Hornak.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Kellye Garrett, author of the DETECTIVE BY DAY series! Thanks, @kellyekell, author of the DETECTIVE BY DAY series, for visiting with us this week! Take a look! https://t.co/EWBRnOHcGN pic.twitter.com/8miQIhzDm0 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) October 29, 2017 Former Debutantes in the News: Former Deb Sarah Pekkanen has some…

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Creative, or Just Odd?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

My mother always told me that I was creative, by which I think she meant peculiar. I couldn’t draw, paint, or dance very well. Lord help me, singing was not my strong suit either. Writing made my hand cramp, my arm forming the awkward spiral common to left-handed children everywhere. I liked to make sculptures but I wasn’t very good at that either, and I showed no real talent for…

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Agents Schmagents

Some people have agents. I am not one of them. It’s not that I don’t like agents, or appreciate their worth, it’s just that I got an offer for Girlish directly from Skyhorse Publishing. You see, I went with the “Wallpaper the Internet with Queries” technique when I was ready to place my book with a publisher. I started on Memorial Day weekend, 2016, and by September, I had an…

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
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Consolidated Characters: 5 People Without Whom My Book Wouldn’t Exist

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

In creative writing, we sometimes consolidate several people into one in the interest of not driving the reader crazy with an over-populated cast of characters. I’m doing so here to stretch my five people into many more because I have an inordinate love of finding loopholes. Here are five consolidated characters without whom Girlish wouldn’t exist. The Advisor: I was talking to a mentor about writing, and he said, “when are…

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