The stuff that didn’t make the cut: An excerpt from SEPARATE BEDROOMS

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Many years ago, I wrote a novel that takes place in Longview, Texas. It was originally titled RODNEY PEED, but I changed the name for obvious reasons. The novel remains “in the drawer,” and although I know it’s flawed, I really do hope one day to rework it. As part of our week on “scenes that didn’t make the cut,” I present to you the opening of my unpublished novel, SEPARATE…


Writing Historical Fiction – My Process

Monday, February 27, 2017

This week the Debs are writing about technology. What do we use to help our writing, what couldn’t we live without? What do we love and hate about technology? How do we use social media? Do we stress over it? I have written a zillion articles on social media since I work in community and social media for my day job, so I’m going to skip that and talk about…


My Very Moderate New Year’s Resolutions

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

My grandparents drank one dry gin martini every night of their entire adult lives. They would have cocktail hour in front of the PBS NewsHour with their Beefeater gin martinis and a small bowl of nuts. My grandparents were big believers in moderation, and they were very happy people who lived for a long time, like into their nineties. I was thinking about them recently, and I wondered if “Be More Moderate”…


2017 is the Year of the Crystal

Monday, January 2, 2017

It’s also the Year of the Amy, the Tiffany, the Lynn and the Jenni, because it’s the year when our books will shake the world! This week the Debs are writing about our New Years dreams, resolutions, hopes, goals, and ambitions.  On April 25th, my dream will come true. I’ll truly be a published author. It’s the start of what I hope will be a long, lucrative career. But, unless…


A Happy Accident of Writing – Sto Imparando L’Italiano

Monday, December 12, 2016

This week the Debs are writing about hobbies, trips or other types of activities that tie into our books or our writing. When I met my husband 16 years ago, I got lucky. Upon entering into his life I also had the great fortune to get to know his mother, Rosie, who is second generation Italian. She speaks the dialect of her parents, who were from a little hill town in…


The Secret to Writing Is Simple

Monday, November 28, 2016

This week the Debs are writing about our experience of time: time writing books and the publishing timeline.  The venerable Dorothy Parker said a lot of witty things, most of which I either identify with or just plain adore. She has a few witty quips about writing in particular which I identify with: “If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can…


News Flash: Another election, but this one’s about books!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

We send our thanks to Thelma Adams for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her book, THE LAST WOMAN STANDING or enter our giveaway to win a copy! Simply RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook by noon (EST) November 18th for your chance to win (US only). We’ll select and contact the winner on Friday. Good luck!  2016 Debs: Missing the election? You can still get…


Writing is the Hardest Thing You Could Ever Choose To Do

Monday, November 7, 2016

In the spirit of election week (have you voted yet?) this week’s Deb topic is about big decisions we’ve made as writers. I watched Ann Patchett speak a few years ago and something that she said really stuck with me. I don’t recall her exact words but essentially she said that a profession as a writer was the hardest thing you could ever choose to do. Let me elaborate: You…


I LOVE Deadlines!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Let me tell you… I LOVE deadlines. I live for their adrenaline rush!  No seriously, I’m not joking.  Deadlines keep me grounded, gives me direction and motivation. Helps me stay organized and prioritize tasks. I am the Queen of Calendars! I live for challenges like #NaNoWriMo and I applaud everyone who is participating. Since I have a few other looming writer deadlines, I’m not able to partake this year. But I…


I’m Cheating on NANOWRIMO + Writing Resources To Help You Pants or Plot

Monday, October 31, 2016

This week, in honor of National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO), the Debs are talking about our feelings about external challenges, deadlines, writing contests and more. There, I said it. I’m cheating on NANOWRIMO. But not cheating in the string-of-conscious, crazy scenario sort of way that many NANOWRIMOers pants their way through. My way of cheating is that I’m not starting a new novel. I’m working on an existing story. That…