Deb Elise Gets Co-zy With Co-Writing

So tomorrow, Tuesday, October 11th, a full ten months before my own debut novel Populazzi comes out… Elixir will be released. Elixir is the YA novel I co-wrote with Hilary Duff. I’m silly-excited. Let me just blow out of the water any preconceptions about celebrity writers — or at least, about this celebrity writer.  Elixir is Hilary’s book.  By the time I entered the picture, she already had the concept,…

Monday, October 11, 2010

Deb Elise Gnaws on Anne Lamott

You know how sometimes something is so overwhelmingly perfect, you just want to bite it? I say this all the time to my daughter.  “You’re so delicious, I just want to bite you!”  Sometimes it’s more specific, like “Look at that face!  I just need to bite that head!”  Or “look at that tushie!  I have to bite that tushie!” I should clarify that my daughter is only six.  At…

Monday, September 20, 2010

Deb Elise’s Weird Compulsion for Self-Torture… a.k.a. Deb Elise’s Hobby

Consider this my 12-Step Group intro: Hi. I’m Deb Elise, and I have a sick penchant for running marathons. All together now: Hi, Deb Elise. I know for many people, running isn’t strange at all. There are people who love running, gazelle-like people built for speed who float out the door and glide along for miles without a care in the world. I am not one of these people. I…

Monday, September 6, 2010

Bestselling author Lisa Tucker reveals the story behind her book

Lisa Tucker burst onto the publishing scene with a gorgeous debut, The Song Reader, and now her books are sold in twelve countries. Her fifth novel, The Promised World, published by Atria Books on Sept. 1, is also winning rave reviews. Booklist calls it “A masterfully told story that delves deep into the human psyche and examines the frailty of the human mind after a tragedy and the powerful, lifelong impact…

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The most important creative lesson I’ve learned so far, by Deb Katie

When I give publishing advice, I often include at least one bulletpoint that emphasizes the importance of collaboration. This is due to a job I had about seven years ago that taught me more about collaboration than anything before or since. I was an assistant at a production company that developed programming for children. I was hired to assist the general manager of the office, but in a six-person company,…

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Nowhere else I’d rather be, by Deb Katie

(This post is best viewed using Firefox, Safari, or IE 7+.) (I hope Kristina doesn’t mind that I’m going to borrow her “photo tour” angle!) I used to have the office upstairs for my writing and the sewing room downstairs for my creative work (well, you know what I mean), but after about two years, the husb caught on and demanded that the space be divided 1-1 rather than 2-0….

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

In which Deb Kristina shows you around the place

(This post is best viewed on Firefox, Safari, or IE 7+. Internet Explorer users who are seeing wonkiness can click here for an IE-friendly version.) Welcome to my office. Sorry that it’s chilly in here. There’s no heating vent in the office itself, it has to share with the rest of the downstairs, and seeing as its February, the whole downstairs is a bit nippy. Sometimes my toes go numb,…

Monday, February 23, 2009

In which Deb Kristina’s boss rhymes with witch

I have no one to blame but myself for this topic, since I’m the Deb in charge of topic coordination. It sounded like a great idea, and one that our writer-readers would appreciate, especially as the New Year approaches and we turn our thoughts to goals and hopes for the next four seasons. I found myself a bit flummoxed, though, as to what advice to impart. To be in the…

Monday, December 29, 2008

More like a Fart in a Blizzard, by Deb Eve

I just can’t fathom how other people stick to any kind of routines: Going to the same job every day? A PTO meeting every month? The bookstore to buy a new calendar every year? It’s all a bit much for me. Of course, I can be very disciplined when I absolutely have to. When my manuscript was due, I sat down to write by nine every morning and did not…

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Writing Routine by Deb Tiffany

What You Need for Your Writing Routine: 1. The oldest, ugliest trousers imaginable. Mine are fleece and were at one point, I believe, actually my brother’s. Extra points if they’re saggy in the behind and knees. Double extra points if you dare to wear them in public, on errands, around people you know. 2. A vat of coffee. The stronger the better. My current brew is called “Jet Fuel.” For…

Thursday, November 13, 2008