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Debut Novels

6 Stunning Debut Novels To Add To Your To-Read Pile

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 11.07.2014 | Books

A writer's debut is her crucial first chance to introduce her style and themes to a potential readership -- a task that undoubtedly results in absurd ...

11 More Debut Novels You'll Love

| Posted 10.08.2014 | Books

Originally published on Kirkus In a season when publishers issue novels by their big-name writers (Jane Smiley, David Mitchell, Anne Rice, for exam...

Q&A With Beth Vrabel About Her Novel "Pack of Dorks"

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 12.07.2014 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

In a starred review, Kirkus Review writes: "Lucy's perfectly feisty narration, the emotionally resonant situations and the importance of the topic all elevate this effort well above the pack." I spoke with Beth Vrabel about "Pack of Dorks."

No End: Richard Fulco Talks Music, New York and Writing His First Novel

Elford Alley | Posted 11.30.2014 | Books
Elford Alley

Music blogger and playwright Richard Fulco has recently released his debut novel, There Is No End to This Slope. The book is equal parts love letter and bitter reproach to New York, as seen through the eyes of his struggling protagonist, John Lenza. Richard talks about the unexpected challenges of completing his first novel while balancing work and family.

Get a Job (, or How My Wife Let Me Quit and Write a Novel)

Scott Cheshire | Posted 11.30.2014 | Arts
Scott Cheshire

We raised our glasses, and introduced ourselves to the other couples around us until someone kindly congratulated me on my book. Because hadn't I just published a book, too? That's not exactly true, but it certainly feels like it is.

Seinfeld Writer Peter Mehlman Pens Debut Novel

Elan Barnehama | Posted 10.29.2014 | Books
Elan Barnehama

Set in the crushing complacency of suburbia, It Won't Always Be This Great is narrated by an unnamed Long Island podiatrist who commits an accidental act of vandalism that shakes him, albeit temporarily, out of his sleepwalking existence.

Claire Fallon

The Book We're Talking About | Claire Fallon | Posted 08.22.2014 | Books

A stunning historical fiction debut.

Ethnic Minority and Underdog Writers Must Not Give Up

PP Wong | Posted 09.23.2014 | Books
PP Wong

Twenty seven publishers in the U.S. and U.K. turned down my novel. The vast majority of rejections my literary agent received were surprisingly positive, but were knock-backs all the same.

9 Debut Novels You'll Love

| Posted 07.08.2014 | Books

Originally published on Kirkus Voodoo, faith, racism, integrity (or lack thereof) in the news business, language as virus, fluctuating female frien...

The Most Dangerous Game: Christopher Yates' Black Chalk

Jaime Lubin | Posted 07.09.2014 | Books
Jaime Lubin

"Never trust the artist, trust the tale." Christopher Yates invokes the famous D.H. Lawrence quote that functions as an epigraph to Black Chalk, Yates' darkly psychological debut thriller.

Should You Write a Memoir or a Novel? 4 Key Questions

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.03.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Memoirs and novels both require skilled story telling. So how do you decide which form fits your story best? Consider these four key questions.

Are Young Writers Interesting?

Steven Petite | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Steven Petite

Then Junot Diaz asked me a question: "What could you possibly write that would interest people?" This being a reference to my age, and possibly my closed-off suburban background. I know that it was not meant as an insult, but at the same time, how would he know if my writing could interest people just by looking at me?

This Fall's Most Anticipated Debuts

| Posted 09.11.2013 | Books

Originally posted on Kirkus: There are people who like to talk about how hard it is to get a book deal with a traditional publisher in the current...

10 Dazzling Debut Novels To Pick Up Right Now

Posted 08.31.2013 | OWN

Amazed by the abundance of high-quality first-time fiction, we share our instant favorites. Keep in touch! Check out HuffPost OWN on Fa...

Screenwriter Geoff Rodkey on His New Children's Book, 'Deadweather and Sunrise'

Monica Edinger | Posted 08.13.2012 | Books
Monica Edinger

Admittedly skeptical of another Harry Potteresque series, I ended up enjoying screenwriter Geoff Rodkey's first book for young readers tremendously. Because the book was so much fun, I figured an interview with its creator would be fun too.

Many Famous Authors Started With 'Novel 101'

Dave Astor | Posted 05.20.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Creating a novel is tough. Until you get the hang of it, it can be hard to do the Proustian thing.

What's So Great About a Virgin (Novelist), Anyway?

Melanie Benjamin | Posted 01.30.2012 | Books
Melanie Benjamin

Despite the occasional flop of a follow-up to a mega-selling debut novel, usually an author's second novel is better. But because of the review bias toward the "debut" novel, you might not know this.

Breaking Genre Boundaries: Q & A With Deborah Cloyed, Debut Novelist

Nick Antosca | Posted 08.09.2011 | Books
Nick Antosca

Deborah Cloyed's The Summer We Came to Life is a surprising and ambitious debut novel. I spoke to her recently about her inspirations for the novel, and how much of it is drawn from her own remarkable life.

Exiles and Eccentricities: Goldie Goldbloom's The Paperbark Shoe

Adrienne Celt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Adrienne Celt

There's something about vagabonds that intrigues us. People who live on the edge of society, who eschew our modes of beauty and respectability, tend t...

Virtual Book Tour

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

As any emerging writer knows, while the road to publication is tough and the obstacles many, there is no emotion to compare with holding your book in ...

Amazon Announces Winners Of Breakthrough Novel Award

GalleyCat | Jason Boog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Today and Penguin Group announced the winners of the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. Patricia McArdle won the general fiction catego...