How to Find Inspiration Anywhere (& a new short story!)

Thursday, December 13, 2018

This week, Barrelhouse featured my short story “Urban Legend” in their seasonal issue. I’ve pasted the first paragraph below: It was the week of her performance review, and Adrienne was ready for a promotion. That Monday morning, at the 12th Street Gym, all the lockers in use were fastened with locks. When she joined months ago, they told her she could buy one at any hardware store, but Adrienne had…


On Día De Los Muertos, thousands of people commit to writing a novel

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Today is November 1st, which makes it a special day for several reasons. When I was in college in California, today was the day that the Chicano Latino Student Union dressed the courtyard outside the dining hall in paper marigolds and burning candles, sugar skulls and sugary bread for Día de los Muertos. On a plastic table draped in dark tablecloth are framed photographs of people I don’t know. On…


The Next Book: Diving In

Hebrew Orphans Asylum 1920s
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Talking about Next Book* feels funny to me. I have a difficult time talking about what I’m working on, because it’s constantly changing. If you had asked me early on in the writing of MODERN GIRLS, I would have told you that Dottie had gotten pregnant by her boyfriend Abe, but she wasn’t sure she wanted to marry him; the story took place in Newark, NJ; and her mother Rose…


NYT Bestselling author Roni Loren, CALL ON ME, & a Giveaway!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

We’re thrilled to welcome New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Roni Loren to the Ball this week! If you haven’t read one of Roni’s books (her series has 8 books and 3 novellas) yet, well, you don’t know what you’re missing. I was an erotica virgin until Roni, and now there’s no looking back — her stories are hot and sexy AND well-written (yes, it can be done)….


Making It (work): The *Art of Writing Sex.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

*Disclaimer: In no way am I suggesting I’ve mastered the art of (writing about) sex. Just so you know. Writing my first book was mostly an exercise in learning how NOT to write a book. Along with sorting out dialogue, tone, character arcs, tension, and pacing, I also had to sort out sex – specifically, how to write sex into a book. I thought it would be easy. After all,…


Character Naming (or, How To Justify Hours on the Internet…)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

When I was growing up, I fantasized about being named…Nancy. Or Cathy. For real. Those were the names I coveted because I wanted to blend in with the Tiffanys and Susans and Lauras peppered throughout my middle grade life, not stand out as the one and only Karma. And Boy George cursing bringing the world Karma Chameleon didn’t help things… I have since come to love my name, and am…


A Side of Real Life with my Fiction, Please…

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

When my husband was reading an early draft of COME AWAY WITH ME, it wasn’t long before he turned to me and asked, “So, I’m Gabe, right?” (Yes, but only the good parts, naturally …*wink wink*) Gabe is fictional, of course he is. But there is a lot of my husband in him – from expressions he uses, to moments we’ve had together, to the song Gabe sings and plays…


How I Write: Distractions, Muffins, & Deadlines

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Writing is hard. Not because of the whole come up with an idea and make it interesting thing – though that isn’t exactly easy, either. What makes writing “hard,” at least in my books, is just how easy it is to NOT do it. Case in point: my latest book. I have a deadline, and not just one I’ve set, but one from my editor. I’m excited about the story….


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…


Deb Molly Is All About the Outline

I started my writing career as a poet. I’m sure there are poets who spend a lot of time planning and shaping their work, but for me, each poem began as a tug at my subconscious, a blur at the edge of my vision, a half-remembered phrase under an early autumn moon. Over time – an hour, maybe, or a few days – the tug would turn itself into a…

Wednesday, April 25, 2012