Two Lies and a Truth

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

What would a Wednesday post be without my usual memoirist tilt on the Debs’ topic? This week we’re writing random fun facts about ourselves, but since, as a memoirist, I have so many opportunity to talk about the details of my life, I thought it would be fun to instead FABRICATE! Novelists get to make crap up all the time, but I am extremely shackled to telling the truth. Not…


Find the Joy…Even at Mile 93

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Calling Debut Authors! Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Debutante Ball! Read this post to learn more. Hurry! THE DEADLINE IS JULY 28! This week we are writing about what we’ve learned in our debut year and what advice we’d give to forthcoming authors. My advice is simple: find the joy in this journey. One of the most surprising things about being a debut author is that in some ways, the stress is…


Non-Resolutions are the Easiest to Keep

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Well, I’m feeling quite smart at the moment. At the beginning of the year, I made a resolution to NOT write my second book, my follow-up memoir (the recovery half of the the ordeal I wrote about in Caged Eyes, centered around my journey to climb Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks). It turns out it’s super easy to keep resolutions which are a commitment to NOT do something difficult. Actually what I…


A Long Letter to a Friend, aka my Memoir

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I never used to be one of those people who dreams about showing up in public naked. That is, until I became a memoirist. Publishing a memoir IS showing up naked in public. My story is largely about how shame silenced me. How ironic to publish a memoir, right? I think it goes without saying that writing Caged Eyes with the intention of publication was an entirely terrifying prospect. The…


I’m Going To Run Away

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I’m in a dark place. Leave it to me to be so direct, right? Post-publication depression, or at least angst, is a thing. I’ve been talking with a few authors lately who recently debuted, and it seems like all of us struggle with some kind of reaction in the pub day wake. I’m not just talking about sales figures and earning back advances though that can obviously be an enormous…


News Flash: Springing into spring launches

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Congratulations to Elizabeth Glenn, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN FLORENCE by Alyssa Palombo. We send our thanks to Jamie Brenner for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of THE FOREVER SUMMER or enter to win a copy by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/ @JamieLBrenner + #DebBallGiveaway of THE FOREVER SUMMER — The…


Re-Writing Caged Eyes

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Caged Eyes may have taken me a decade to write, but I can summarize the process easily: expand and contract. My first draft was a factual recount, a straight linear narrative one might read in some kind of textbook. It made for a terrible memoir, I assure you. Over several additional drafts, I went to the opposite extreme. I added details, dialogue, and reflection, and suddenly my memoir doubled in…


Sneak Peak of Alpenglow

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

This week we’re writing from our main character’s point of view, which is a little funny for me considering I AM my main character and all. So I thought I’d take the opportunity to post tiny, early chapter from my work-in-progress, the sequel to Caged Eyes. The tentative title is ALPENGLOW, and it’s the story of my journey to climb Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks, and the healing that went along with…


A Deleted Scene from Caged Eyes

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

At the beginning of their processes, memoirists have a tendency to think everything they put on the page is critical. It’s only natural, after all: we write from memories, and often those we start with are the strongest, the most powerful, and it takes a while to understand that what life moments are most key for our psyche aren’t necessarily key to the particular story which we are telling. The…


How Caged Eyes Was Meant to Be

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Okay, I’ll admit it: a few months ago, I told a little fib. In my post, “Feeling Some Envy? Great!! Get to Work,” I may have said something about not being very susceptible to jealousy. I only admitted to a few instances, and I overlooked a time when I was ripe with envy. Several years ago, when I was fresh out of the Air Force Academy and making the decision…