All posts by Denise DeSio

Rose’s Will: Book Club Discussion Questions

      Hello Bookaholics! Just dropping by to remind you to pick up a few copies of Rose’s Will for your book club. The novel has so many interesting and controversial themes, you might have to take two club sessions to discuss them all. Just sayin’. And to pique your interest, here are the book club questions from the back of the book:     BOOK CLUB QUESTIONS: 1. A reviewer noted that any of the three main characters could be the hero. Do you agree? Why or why not? 2. Eli tells us that he loves Rose because he sees a simple goodness inside of her that expresses […]

BALLS! (or Be Careful Where You Drop Your Business Cards)

For some people, sports are like soap operas. Watching one or two games makes their brains turn to mush and all they can think about is the next episode. Unfortunately, my wife has become one of them. The few pennies we have go to Mercury tickets and when she’s not at a game, she pulls up a chair, 18 inches from our 52″ TV set, and acts like she’s in the first row. It’s a progressive disease. First it was just women’s basketball. Now it doesn’t matter who’s playing or what game it is. If it has “ball” at the end of it, she’s interested. I stood at the stove, […]

Who Me? Interviewed?

The truth is I’m an attention whore. Positive, negative, it makes no difference. I’ll do anything for a laugh, or even better, for that horrified look that normal people get when I do or say the ridiculous things that they would never in a million years embarrass themselves with. So you could imagine the extra dose of adrenaline I got when it occurred to me that being a published author with mounting five-star reviews might get me an interview and my picture in a magazine! Yes! First ECHO, then Ellen…damn! I’m too late for Oprah. Oh well, Rose’s Will might be a little tooedgy for her anyway. Maybe 60 Minutes. […]

My First Live Telephone Interview for ECHO Magazine!

Last night I did my first telephone author interview for an article in the upcoming February issue of ECHO Magazine. Fellow insomniac, Cait Brennan, called me at 10:30 at night to begin the interview. If you’ve never heard of Cait, she’s a rock vocalist, novelist, screenwriter, actress, producer and director with her own Wikipedia page. If you want to know the truth, I felt like I should have been interviewing her! It was a pleasure to discuss ROSE’S WILL with someone who had actually read it and done her homework. Her intelligent questions and thoughtful responses had me yammering on and on, and I can’t wait to see what she […]

Excerpt: Rose’s Will – From Chapter 1

I just love this scene! Read the book to find out what becomes of these two. …On one particular afternoon, I took Rose to lunch at the Jewish deli. By that time we were extremely familiar – Rose’s kind of familiar, which made it acceptable for her to buy clothes for me – with my money and without my presence. Rose and I stood in front of the deli case at Adelman’s, and after I decided in favor of the herring with cream sauce instead of a pastrami sandwich, I pointed to some of my favorite foods and asked Rose, “Do you like kreplach? Do you like latkes?” After I […]


YAY me!!! At 5:27 a.m. this morning, I completed an intense, month-long writing challenge in only 29 days. The goal: Write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. (To put my awesomeness in perspective, It took me over 10 years to write Rose’s Will, a 68,000 word novel.) In order to reach my NaNoWriMo goal, I had to write 1667 words a day. Some days, I pushed myself for hours eking out one word at a time so slowly that I literally fell asleep with my fingers on the keyboard. Other days, my word count flew over 4,000! Writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days didn’t leave me any […]

Reviews and Reactions

Yesterday I opened an email with WOW in the subject line, and in the body of the post, she wrote: “I’ve just finished Rose’s Will. I have no idea what to say. You are a gifted writer.” It was not a review. It was a reaction, the kind of visceral reaction that makes it worth every moment I’ve spent writing, honing and polishing my novel. My reader honored me by sharing that brief moment of stillness that marks the transition between being firmly planted in the world an author creates and the return to every day life. It reminded me of the silence that betakes an audience at the close […]

More than an ISBN Number

All my life, I’ve cherished the written word. I’ve leaned on it for comfort, been transported by it when I’ve felt stuck, and calmed myself with it when my rage offered no other escape. I’ve used words to twist frustration into laughter, fear to courage, chaos to order. Hundreds of thousands of words have spilled from my fingers via pen and keyboard, and yet it has always been difficult to say the words, “I am a writer.” Somehow, before I completed my novel, I found a reason to diminish the value of everything else that I’d written. No, that’s not quite true. I found a reason to diminish myself, my […]

The Price We Pay For Vanity

I gave in to the temptation. For $25, I bought myself a vanity plate for my car. I called it a birthday present to myself. Finally, I was cool. All year I scooted here and there with the knowledge that all the drivers on the road behind me would be trying to figure out the meaning of my plate. This year, with my registration reminder, came a bill for $25.00 to renew my plate. Hey! Were they trying to tell me that I have to pay $25.00 EVERY year just to KEEP my current plate? I called up the Motor Vehicle Department to confirm and yes, as a matter of […]