On Writing Communities, Competition And Finding Your Tribe

Thursday, November 6, 2014

I’ve always heard of this legend, the solitary writer, head down at her desk, never looking for the light or sharing her words. And I have to say, that was never me. From the start, to me, writing was a collaborative craft. I remember sharing stories with my kid sister across our bunk beds — about frogs and princesses, our favorite Bollywood stars, and eventually even New Kids On the…


The Fabulousness That Is Deb Elise’s POPULAZZI! (Giveaway!)

Guess what? It’s time to celebrate Deb Elise Allen’s Populazzi! I met Deb Elise when I was in LA, but we only got to talk for about three minutes, and we were so excited we forgot to take a picture, but I loved her immediately, and reading this book only cemented that. Let me catch you up with a back-of-the-book summary first: Cara has never been one of those girls:…

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Don’t Judge a Book By Its (Really Great) Cover

One of the perks of being part of The Debutante Ball is being able to read advance reader copies of some wonderful books. It’s like being introduced to a whole new crowd of friends or tasty foods you might never have ordered or cities you’d never thought to visit. Elixir, by actress and author Hilary Duff (and co-written by Deb Elise) is a perfect example. I’m well past “Young Adult,” age though I…

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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

News Flash: October 10, 2010

From the 2011 Debs… Deb Eleanor’s The Weird Sisters has its first review!  Library Journal calls it “lovely”, with “creative and original” narration.  Woohoo! Deb Kim is into countdown mode for her book launch on November 1st. Excited and a bit nervous. OK, a lot nervous! Deb Sarah’s latest Real Simple article, The Winter Washing Guide (how and when to wash all your favorite winter weather staples), is out this…

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Books of Summer by Guest Author Ally Carter

We’re very pleased to have bestselling author Ally Carter as our guest today on the ball. She is the author of the wildly popular Gallagher Girl books about a spy academy, and her latest book, DON’T JUDGE A GIRL BY HER COVER, is officially out tomorrow! When I first started writing, it took me a long time to fully appreciate some of the best advice any writer could possibly receive:…

Monday, June 8, 2009

Applauding Bad Girls Don’t Die by Deb Meredith

I have a confession to make. I’m a wuss about ghost stories. Pretty funny for a mystery writer, huh? But I don’t really like when things go bump in the night. I had too many experiences getting scared around the campfire, I guess. But even though Bad Girls Don’t Die is a ghost story, it’s a book I couldn’t put down. It’s a story about a teenager struggling with parents…

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I must have sat on a leprechaun or something, by Deb Katie

So, married folks, you know how when some major household malfunction happens and you think, “Geez, some people are married to plumbers who can just FIX this and do it FREE and get it right the first time!” When I sold my book, I became aware of these things called “book trailers” that were available on YouTube. They were little videos designed to get you all hepped up on whatever…

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

How All Those Stupid Jobs Helped Me Make a Writing Career, by Guest Author A.S. King

We’re very pleased to welcome A.S. King to the ball. The Dust of 100 Dogs is her first young adult novel, and is about a notorious 17th century pirate reincarnated as a girl genius determined to reclaim her buried treasure, having lived the last three hundred years as an assortment of dogs. I’ve worked some weird jobs in my life. My worst jobs were probably the ones I never showed…

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Q&A with Lisa McMann, bestselling author of WAKE and FADE

Lisa McMann is the author of WAKE and the brand new sequel, FADE. The final book in the trilogy, GONE, is scheduled for release in February 2010. The romantic paranormal suspense series for teens (from publisher Simon Pulse) tells the story of Janie, who has the unsettling ability to fall into other people’s dreams. In the New York Times bestselling WAKE, once Janie is pulled into the gruesome nightmare of…

Monday, January 26, 2009