Sarah Lawton is a fellow member of the 2021 Debut Group, a group of authors publishing their debut novels this year. Sarah’s bio there tells us, “After leaving a career in the charity sector she spent several years blogging and raising a small person to school age, at which point she decided enough was enough…

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Never in a million years did I imagine that when I finally published a book, my launch would be virtual. But in the end, I’m glad it was. People from different parts of my life gathered to help me celebrate my accomplishment, and many of these folks would not have been able to attend a…

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Lee Barber is no stranger to persistence. She began her debut novel, Getting to Grace, in 1998, and wrote, rewrote, wrote again, landed an agent, and then a publisher, finally releasing it this past December. She also blogs and writes short stories. I first met Lee in a workshopping class where I was blown away…

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I’ve spent the better part of this year promoting others. Which is hard, people. It takes time and energy I barely have, and most of the time, people say thank you but don’t reciprocate. Now that’s not why I promote other people—to get them to promote my own things. I help them out because that’s…

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Sue Rovens is a huge supporter of authors. I first stumbled across her name when she offered to introduce authors via her interviews. As any author knows, getting your name out there can be difficult; extra help is always appreciated. But Sue is an author in her own right, having written several novels and short…

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Taylor Swift’s music has appealed to me in the past, and I consider her album Red¬†pivotal in bringing Rewrite the Stars to life (I listened to the album on repeat during the writing of my first draft). While I don’t listen to much of her current work, the twins and I attended a concert of…

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In high school, I visited the Outer Banks a few times with my family, and each time we went, I didn’t want to go back home. As author Heather Frese knows and mentions, it really is “a magical place,” one she captures well in her debut novel The Baddest Girl on the Planet. The book…

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Elissa Grossell Dickey is a fellow author in the 2021 Debut Group. She describes herself as “a mother, writer, and multiple sclerosis warrior who believes in the power of strong coffee and captivating stories,” which means she and I would get along just fine should we ever meet in person. The Speed of Light was…

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When the author copies of Rewrite the Stars arrived, I was excited. But somehow, this whole journey to book publication hasn’t quite sunk in. My book will be out there! For people to purchase and read! How nerve wracking is that? Very. Let me tell you. Anyway, I’d love for you to join me as…

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Twitter’s not my favorite form of social media, but it introduced me to fellow Michigander Rick Bailey, so I guess I should be happy with it. Rick is the author of three collections of essays, all published by University of Nebraska Press. His latest, Get Thee to a Bakery, is out today, and I encourage…

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