News Flash: Reading, Writing, and The Writer’s Digest Conference

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Congratulations to Anna May Russell, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of LITTLE & LION by Brandy Colbert. Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Hazel Gaynor! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway of THE COTTINGLEY SECRET to win a copy by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/ @HazelGaynor + #DebBallGiveaway of THE COTTINGLEY SECRET! — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) August 19,…


High Tech vs. Publishing

Thursday, March 31, 2016

High Tech My first decade out of college I worked 60 to 90 hour weeks in high tech with predominantly white males (until I had my own team and could change that). Competition was fierce. Everyone wanted their share, and no one hesitated to poke an eye out for it. It was commission based– the harder I worked, the more money I made– and that quickly became the foundation on which I rested my self-worth. Lives…


Fire dancers, doing the wave, and drinking like Hemingway

Friday, October 17, 2014

We’re writing about contests and conferences this week here on the Debutante Ball. I love them both! I got my first short story published and made the only money ($500!) I’ve ever made from a short story with our local Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest. Other than the horrific picture of me, it was an amazing experience and really kickstarted my career as a writer. But what I really…


Writing Conferences, or Why I Got a Suitcase for My Last Birthday

Monday, March 3, 2014

My first novel, THE BLACK HOUR, isn’t out until July, but I’ve been a part of the mystery writing community for several years. How? One word: conferences. I went to my first Bouchercon, the annual world mystery conference, as an aspiring author. I had a book almost done, but wasn’t quite ready to submit it. I also met mystery writer Clare O’Donohue. (Some might say that I didn’t meet her…