“I Want to Write Like That”: The Authors that Inspired Kathleen’s Debut

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

After I read Celeste Ng’s debut, Everything I Never Told You, I started thinking about writing fiction for real. It wasn’t that I had any delusions about writing quite as beautifully as Ng does. It was more that the story she told–of family members who loved each other, but didn’t really know each other–moved me so intensely. So, after I finished it, I started writing my own multi-generational (and highly…

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Interview with Lisa Barr, Author of The Unbreakables PLUS BOOK GIVEAWAY

Saturday, September 14, 2019

  Lisa Barr is the author of The Unbreakables (HarperCollins) a delicious, sharp novel about a Chicago woman who jets off to France after her “perfect” marriage collapses, putting the broken pieces of herself back together while rediscovering her own joie de vivre—a lust for life, art, and passion. Artful, feminist, and emotionally gripping, The Unbreakables is a remarkable tribute to a woman’s strength in the face of heartbreak and adversity.        What’s one book that made…

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TEMPER

Friday, July 5, 2019

    Damn, these debutante ladies are really teaching me some stuff. Constantly reminding me that I need to get out of my literary fiction rut and read books like this more often. This book is absolutely page-turningly fascinating and delicious in every way. Layne’s characters are so real that it feels like they might leap off the page and bite me, and I’m not sure if the bite will…

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Interview with Roselle Lim and Giveaway for Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune

Saturday, May 25, 2019

I could not be more thrilled to be hosting author Roselle Lim this week on the Ball! I’ve been waiting many months for her magical debut, Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune, to come out, and now it’s almost here! Roselle Lim was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Canada as a child. She lived in north Scarborough in a diverse, Asian neighbourhood. She found her love of…

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Interview With Jennifer Klepper, Author of Unbroken Threads

Saturday, August 25, 2018

  Our guest this week is Jennifer Klepper, the author of Unbroken Threads, a story about a former corporate attorney who volunteers to represent a young Syrian woman in her bid for asylum. I first met Jennifer IRL at a writing conference prior to either of us having published books. Since that time, I’ve interacted with her in various online writing groups, and over the course of the years, I’ve come…

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Interview + Giveaway with AJ Pearce, Author of Dear Mrs. Bird

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Awhile back, I did an interview in which I mentioned how much I loved the book Bridget Jones by Helen Fielding. A short time later I received a package in the mail containing a copy of a historical fiction title called Dear Mrs. Bird, written by a debut British author named AJ Pearce. The publisher mentioned that despite this book being WWII-era historical fiction, the protagonist and the voice of…

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Interview With Emily Giffin, Author of All We Ever Wanted + Giveaway

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Emily Giffin is the gold standard when it comes to women’s fiction. Her success surges past a writer’s wildest dreams into the realm of the fantastical, encompassing everything from multiple New York Times bestsellers to movie deals to dozens of translations around the world. I think it’s fair to say she’s struck a chord with her readers; in fact, during a recent event in my city, the woman sitting next…

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Interview with Amy Mason Doan, author of THE SUMMER LIST

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Two friends. Ten clues. One breathtaking secret. I am so honored to be able to introduce the incredible book The Summer List—releasing June 26— to our readers! I was lucky enough to score an early copy and tore through it this winter, but whoever wins this week’s drawing is golden: this is the perfect book to enjoy lakeside or poolside or seaside with a cool drink in your hand and…

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Interview w/ Jessica Strawser + Giveaway for NOT THAT I COULD TELL

Saturday, March 17, 2018

I am all kinds of delighted to be able to interview one of my writer heroines this week. Jessica’s Strawser’s debut novel, Almost Missed You, was named to Barnes & Noble’s Best new Fiction shortlist upon its release in March 2017 and it was one of my favorite books of the year. I’ve admired Jessica for years at the fantastic Writer’s Digest Conference held in New York City each summer;…

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Interview with Orly Konig + #DebBallGiveaway of THE DISTANCE HOME

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Today on the Debutante Ball, I’m excited to welcome Orly Konig, a fellow author with Tor/Forge, whose book THE DISTANCE HOME is was such a delight to read. I found this novel to be so authentic and real, which is something I love when reading (I mean, who doesn’t?). Here’s what it’s all about: Sixteen years ago, a tragic accident cost Emma Metz her two best friends―one human and one equine. Now,…

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