The New Debs: Please Welcome the Class of 2016!

champagePlease return next Saturday for the Deb class of 2016’s first guest, Carolina De Robertis — author of THE GODS OF TANGO — and a giveaway!

We’re excited to announce the new blog schedule as of Monday, September 7th. We know the 2016 class will continue the Deb traditions in fine form, and we look forward to following their journeys over the next year!

So please join the fabulous 2016 Deb Class next week as they introduce themselves and their upcoming debut novels. Over to you, ladies!

And now, raise a toast to:

Mondays: Louise Miller

Louise Miller is a writer and pastry chef living in Boston, MA. She received a scholarship to attend Grub Street’s Novel Incubator program, where she revised her first novel. Her debut THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING is forthcoming from Pamela Dorman Books (Viking/Penguin Random House) in summer 2016. She is an art school dropout, an amateur flower gardener, an old-time banjo player, an obsessive movie goer, and a champion of old dogs.

Tuesdays: Jennifer Brown 

Jenny Brown, June 9, 2015.

Jennifer S. Brown spent many years writing for anyone who would pay her to do so, but after staying up way too late working on annual reports, web copy, and reviews of other people’s books, she decided it was time to write her own novel. MODERN GIRLS will be published by NAL/Penguin in April 2016. Besides the novel, she has had fiction and creative nonfiction published in Southeast Review, Bellevue Literary ReviewSojourn, and other literary journals. She has an MFA from the University of Washington, and she now lives in the suburbs of Boston with her husband and her two children.

Wednesdays: Heather Young

After a decade practicing law and another decade raising kids, Heather decided to finally write the novel she’d always talked about writing. She holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and is an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop and the Tin House Writers Workshop, all of which helped her stop writing like a lawyer. Now she lives in Mill Valley, California, with her husband and two teenagers. When she’s not writing she’s biking, hiking, neglecting potted plants, and reading books by other people that she wishes she’d written. Her debut, ONCE WE WERE LIGHT, will be published by William Morrow/HarperCollins in Summer 2016.

Thursdays: Abby Fabiaschi

After graduating from Babson College in 2002, Abby climbed the corporate ladder in high technology. When her children turned three and four in what felt like one season, she resigned to pursue her writing passion. In March, Abby signed a two-book, hardcover deal with St. Martin’s Press. Her debut upmarket women’s fiction novel, I LIKED MY LIFE, will be released summer 2016. Abby is a human rights advocate interested in economic solutions to social/cultural problems who sits on the board of directors for Made By Survivors. Now Abby and her family divide their time between Tampa, Florida and Park City, Utah. When not writing or watching the comedy show that is her children, she enjoys reading across genres, skiing, hiking, and yoga. Oh, and travel. Who doesn’t love vacation?

Fridays: Aya de Leon

Aya de Leon’s debut novel, UPTOWN THIEF (Kensington, 2016), is a feminist heist story featuring a Latina Robin Hood heroine on New York’s Lower East Side. Aya’s work has appeared in Essence Magazine, xojane, Ebony, Womans Day, Writers Digest, Guernica, Quartz, Fusion, Mutha Magazine, My Brown Baby, The Good Men Project, KQED Pop, Bitch Magazine, The Feminist Wire, Racialicious, and on Def Poetry. She directs the Poetry for the People program, teaching creative writing in the African American Studies Department at UC Berkeley. She blogs and tweets about culture, gender, and race at @AyadeLeon and!

Please give these authors a warm welcome! 

And check back tomorrow for our final News Flash updates, where we officially retire our Debutante Ball 2015 pens…

Karma, Colleen, Amy, Sona, Shelly


Author: Karma Brown

Karma Brown is the author of COME AWAY WITH ME (MIRA/Harlequin, September 2015), an emotional story of one woman’s discovery that life is still worth living, even if it’s not the life you planned. Karma is also a National Magazine award-winning journalist, and lives outside Toronto, Canada, with her family and their mischievous labradoodle puppy, Fred.

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