My Muses: Mountains and Memorabilia

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

We’ve only been writing for the Debutante Ball for three weeks now, but already I am ruing my decision to follow Amy Poeppel’s Tuesday posts. She is hysterical! What a tough act to follow. I hope you caught her post yesterday about where she likes to…do it. Yes, that’s right, this week we are discussing where we like to write. I may not be quite as funny as Amy, but I…

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I have a thing for balconies (and other true confessions)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

We talk often, so often, about why we write and what we write, but this week the group decided to focus on where we write. How important are our surroundings? Does location matter? And am I right that this doesn’t sound like a particularly sexy topic? Well… As a woman who has moved many times, I have become pretty flexible about where I can get my writing done. I’ve lived…

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Food is Everything

Monday, June 6, 2016

I’ve been a pastry chef for over twenty years, and have spent my whole adult life in a kitchen, so when I set out to write my first novel, it felt very natural to build it around food. In the first scene of my novel my protagonist, pastry chef Olivia Rawlings, is making meringue. And the inciting incident involves a flaming baked Alaska. The setting of THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE…

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Researching Ransoms, Publishing Lessons Learned + CHASING THE SUN book giveaway! Natalia Sylvester Gets Cozy in the Guest Author Chair

Saturday, June 7, 2014

I will forever remember this week as one of the happiest, craziest, intensely gratifying and exciting weeks of my life. To every single one of you reading and commenting and sharing your positive energy with me—I’m eternally grateful. As a thank you, I’m sending a signed copy to one commenter—details at the end of this post! So…before I get too mushy (too late? I can’t seem to help it  this…

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My Constant Companion: the Inner Critic

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

This week’s topic is “The Care and Feeding of Our Inner Critics.” And let me tell you, my inner critic does not need to be fed. She is a gluttonous, double-chinned nun, a specter of my Catholic School days. Her black habit flows straight down from her ample chest. You can’t tell what’s all underneath there, but you don’t want to know anyway. I’ll tell you what’s keeping her plump,…

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Deb Elise Hears Voices

Since this week is all about “Voice,” I thought I’d talk about my favorite voices… the ones I hear in my head. Don’t freak out; I’m sane… reasonably.  The voices I hear are my characters, and I know I’m not alone.  It’s practically a cliche for a writer to say he or she hears their characters speak to them, whispering their stories like ghosts to a medium. What’s interesting to…

Monday, July 11, 2011
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Deb Eleanor’s Big Spoon

When I give presentations, I talk about the act of writing a novel as analogous to dragging a magnet across a table full of paper clips. (Why you would want to do such a thing, I don’t know, but just go with it.) By the time you’re done, you’ve got a bunch of paper clips stuck to your magnet, and that’s your novel. For The Weird Sisters, one of the…

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
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Deb Elise’s Wild Terror of New Beginnings

Creatively, there’s not much that’s more daunting than a totally blank page waiting for you to spin it into either gold… or crap.  Those are of course the only options — each blank page will either catapult your career to that coveted next level, or reveal you for the fraud you truly are. Know what helps me?  Writing freelance, and having all kinds of deadlines. Since I still have all…

Monday, January 3, 2011
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Deb Elise Scurries to Finish Her Post in Time

Here on the west coast, it’s 11:18pm, November 14th (but I took the bleary-eyed pic when I finished this post, almost 40 minutes later).  I’m just now sitting down to write my Deb post for November 15th… which is already here in every other time zone of the contiguous United States. I wish I could say I’m doing this purely because our theme this week is “Procrastination,” but alas, that’s…

Monday, November 15, 2010
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