In which Deb Kristina waxes lyrical over her book cover

I couldn’t imagine my book cover. My publisher asked for cover ideas and I could only blather about beaches and lighthouses, only don’t make it look TOO beachy. Helpful, no? One’s name on a book cover is a treasured dream of any aspiring author and I was about to see it come true, only, I couldn’t come up with any meaningful image. My book is about family, facades we put…

Monday, January 19, 2009

In which Deb Kristina hits you with her best shot

I’ve been thinking all week about what consitutes a “guilty pleasure” versus simply, “pleasure.” I suppose it must mean something we shouldn’t enjoy, usually something lowbrow or unhealthy. But who gets to decide that? Under “unhealthy” I’ll say, “beer and chicken wings.” That’s a guilty pleasure I share with my husband. Also, I have an unhealthy compulsion to watch Christopher Guest mockumentaries. Nothing wrong with that, in moderation, but I…

Monday, January 12, 2009

In which Deb Kristina pops the clutch

Ultimately, my mother couldn’t teach me to drive. I can still hear the “clack” of her ring smacking into the door frame as she grabbed on for dear life through the open window of the family Mazda. So. It was all up to Dad. When I managed to pass muster on the Mazda, it was time for my own car. I ended up with a 1984 Chevy Cavalier, like this…

Monday, December 8, 2008

In which Deb Kristina’s character makes an arse of himself

I was inspired by this week’s topic (“What’s your sign?”) to write a snippet for my upcoming novel. Not to go in the novel obviously. The time for that has come and gone, and anyway, this scene isn’t critical to the plot, in fact, wouldn’t even take place in the timeframe of REAL LIFE & LIARS, which covers only three days. Consider this a literary DVD extra, if you will,…

Monday, November 17, 2008

News Flash, November 16

Deb Kristina would like you to check out her newly redesigned website at and pay special attention to the “Contact & Media” page where you can sign up for a monthly e-mail newsletter. Some of you already have done so, and thank you! Deb Kristina is also very excited to see her ARCs (advanced reader copies) of REAL LIFE & LIARS have arrived. It’s exciting to have tangible evidence…

Sunday, November 16, 2008

In which Deb Kristina outs herself as a ‘fraidy cat

Halloween has always been a source of both dread and delight. I love costumes, and who doesn’t love free candy? Yet, as a teen I always found myself participating in haunted hayrides, or watching scary movies with kids who could laugh at the blood spurting while I cowered in my sleeping bag at the slumber party. Even commercials on TV for scary movies would give me the willies. It’s no…

Monday, October 27, 2008

Motherhood as extreme makeover, by Deb Kristina

Is there a transformation more personal and dramatic than becoming a parent? My sister once said to me, “You’re a different person now” after children and my reaction was something like, “Of course.” How can you not be changed when you have two helpless creatures looking to you for not only food, water, shelter, clothing but to shape them into the adults they will become? You will teach them to…

Monday, October 6, 2008

News Flash, September 28

Posed for Murder is now available for pre-order at Barnes and Noble, Deb Meredith is very pleased to report. Last weekend, Meredith met lots of booksellers at the New England Independent Booksellers Association conference. She had a great time, and her feet are just starting to recover! Deb Kristina just heard the release date for Real Life and Liars will be June 16, 2009, which is almost exactly nine months…

Sunday, September 28, 2008

News Flash, September 14

Deb Kristina reports that her title has changed back to an earlier version, Real Life and Liars, which comes from a line of dialogue during a critical scene in the novel. She is keeping her epigraph quoting Tolstoy however, because whatever the title, it suits the book so very well. (“All happy families are alike, every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Leo Tolstoy in Anna Karenina.) Deb…

Sunday, September 14, 2008

News Flash, September 7

Debutantes past and present got a lovely mention in the Library Journal, with particular attention paid to Deb Tiffany’s The Little Giant of Aberdeen County as potentially “one of the big buzz books of the fall.” The Little Giant of Aberdeen County just received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, which said, “Baker’s bangup debut mixes the exuberant eccentricities of John Irving’s Garp, Anne Tyler’s relationship savvy and the plangent…

Sunday, September 7, 2008