Debut a Debut update


Okay, no wonder I’m tired and cranky. In just one week, our list of debut authors we know about has swelled from 40 to 173. And guess who is the keeper of the list? Rashenbo?

Well, I did volunteer, so no bellyaching allowed on my end. If you know of a debut author who qualifies under our rules, keep those names rolling in. And if you catch any mistakes, please let me know! There’s no malice intended, just an exhausted mom-writer-wife with a potentially torn knee cartilege (again).

I thought I’d post the list for you here, even though it’s fun to watch the hits on my main website. Guess I’ll watch ’em in both places.

  1. Alan Fox — The Seeker in Forever
  2. Albyn Leah Hall — The Rhythm of the Road
  3. Alex Espinoza — Still Water Saints
  4. Alexandra Sokoloff — The Harrowing
  5. Ali Liebegott — The IHOP Papers
  6. Alice Greenway — White Ghost Girls
  7. Aliya Whiteley — Three Things About Me
  8. Amir Gutfreund — Our Holocaust
  9. Amy Bryant — Polly
  10. Ana Baca — Mama Fela’s Girls
  11. Andrew Britton — The American
  12. Antoinette May — Pilate’s Wife
  13. Antonia Arslan — Skylark Farm
  14. Benito Cordova — Big Dreams and Dark Secrets in Chimaya
  15. Betsey Osborne — The Natural History of Uncas Metcalfe
  16. Brian Martin — North
  17. Brian Shuster. The Minerva Virus
  18. C-Murder — Death Around the Corner
  19. CA Belmond — A Rather Lovely Inheritance
  20. Carolyn Turgeon — Rain Village
  21. Cate Sweeney — Selfish Jean
  22. Catherine Murdock – Dairy Queen
  23. Cheryl Strayed — Torch
  24. Christine Conrad — Mademoiselle Benoir
  25. Cindy Woodsmall — When the Heart Cries
  26. Clifford Chase — Winkie
  27. Colleen Gleason — The Rest Falls Away
  28. Cornelia Read — A Field of Darkness
  29. Conor Corderoy — Dark Rain
  30. Da Chen — Brothers
  31. Daniel Judson – The Darkest Place
  32. David Lynn Golemon — Event
  33. Debra Dean – The Madonnas of Leningrad
  34. Debra Ginsberg — Blind Submisssion
  35. Derek Armstrong — The Game
  36. Diane Setterfield — The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel
  37. Donna Westover Gallup — White as Snow
  38. Drew Bowling — The Tower of Shadows
  39. Edward Charles — In the Shadow of Lady Jane
  40. Ellis Avery — The Teahouse Fire
  41. Faiza Guene — Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow
  42. Farrell O’Gorman — Awaiting Orders
  43. Frances Washburn — Elsie’s Business
  44. George Robert Minkoff — The Weight of Smoke
  45. Gillian Flynn — Sharp Objects: A Novel
  46. Gina Buonaguro and Janice Kirk — The Sidewalk Artist
  47. Gordon Dahlquist – The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters
  48. Heather Hayashi — To Save the World
  49. Heidi Pitlor — The Birthdays
  50. Henry Chang — Chinatown Beat
  51. Hisham Matar — In the Country of Men
  52. Heidi Pitlor — The Birthdays: A Novel
  53. Hisham Matar — In the Country of Men
  54. Hugh Paxton — Homunculus
  55. Jackie Kessler — Hell’s Belles
  56. James Canon — Takes from the Town of Widows and Chronicles from the Land of Men
  57. James Janko — Buffalo Boy and Geronimo
  58. Jana DeLeon — Rumble on the Bayou
  59. Jane May — Doggy Style
  60. Jason Webb — The Ghost of Che Guevara
  61. Jed Rubenfeld – The Interpretation of Murder
  62. Jenn Reese — Jade Tiger
  63. Jennah Sharpe — Along the Hibiscus Path
  64. Jennifer Gilmore — Golden Country: A Novel
  65. Jerome Tell — The Election
  66. Jill Conner Browne (with Karin Gillespie) — The Sweet Potato Queen’s First Big Ass Novel
  67. Jonathan Drapes — Never Admit to Beige
  68. Joshua Cohen — Cadenza for the Schneidermann Violin Concerto
  69. Joshua Palmatier — The Skewed Throne
  70. Joshua Spanogle – Isolation Ward
  71. Judith Lindbergh — The Thrall’s Tale
  72. Judith Marks-White — Seducing Harry
  73. Julie Carobini — Chocolate Beach
  74. Kat Richardson — Greywalker
  75. Kathleen Jacobs — The Friday Knitting Club
  76. Katherine Min — Secondhand World
  77. KE Silva — A Simple Distance
  78. Kelly Kerney — Born Again
  79. Keith Donohue — The Stolen Child
  80. Kevin Shay — The End as I Know it
  81. Kirsten Sawyer — Not Quite a Bride
  82. Laura Dave — London is the Best City in America
  83. Laura Fitzgerlad — A Veil of Roses
  84. Laura Ruby — I’m not Julia Roberts
  85. Lauren Fox — Still Life With Husband
  86. Lauren Lipton — It’s About Your Husband
  87. Lauren Marks-White — Seducing Harry
  88. Layne Maheu — Song of the Crow
  89. Lee Merrill Bryd — Riley’s Fire
  90. Liam Jackson — Offspring
  91. Lila Shaara — Every Secret Thing
  92. Lisa Fugard — Skinner’s Drift
  93. Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum — A Day of Small Beginnings
  94. Lisa Unger — Beautiful Lifes
  95. Lori Lacefield — The Seventh Survivor
  96. Lu Vickers — Breathing Underwater
  97. Lucy McCarraher — Blood & Water
  98. Marcus Sakey — The Blade Itself
  99. Margo Candela — Underneath it All
  100. Marie Arana — Cellophane
  101. Marisa de los Santos — Love Walked In
  102. Marisha Pessl — Special Topics in Calamity Physics
  103. Mark Binelli — Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die!
  104. Mary E. Neighbour — Speak Right on: Dred Scott a Novel
  105. Matthew Scott Hansen — The Shadow killer
  106. Max Brooks — World War Z
  107. Meg Mullins — The Rug Merchant
  108. Melissa Clark — Swimming Upstream Slowly
  109. Mia King — Good Things
  110. Michael A. Fitzgerald — Radiant Days
  111. Michael Graham — The Snow Angel
  112. Michael Stephen — The Manuscript
  113. Michael Thomas — Man Gone Down
  114. Michelle Tea — Rose of no Man’s Land
  115. MWF Curran — The Secret War
  116. Naomi Alderman — Disobedience
  117. Natalie Danford — Inheritance
  118. Nora Gallagher — Changing Light
  119. N.S. Koenings — The Blue Taxi
  120. Olga Grushin — The Dream Life of Sukhanov
  121. Pam Jenoff — The Kommandant’s Girl
  122. Pamela Carter Joern — The Floor of the Sky
  123. Patrick F. McManus — The Blight Way
  124. Patrick Hyde — The Only Pure Thing
  125. Paul Batista — Death’s Witness
  126. Paul Rusesabagina – An Ordinary Man
  127. Paul Wolfe — Choices
  128. Peter Behrens — The Law of Dreams
  129. Peter Bourne — The Deserter
  130. Peter C. Brown — The Fugitive Wife
  131. Peter Hobbs — The Short Day of dying
  132. Racy Li — Ninja
  133. Rae Meadows — Calling Me Out
  134. Raymond Khoury — The Last Templar
  135. Rebecca Drake — Don’t Be Afraid
  136. RG Willems — Targets of Affection
  137. Robert Dugoni – The Jury Master
  138. Robert Fate — Baby Shark
  139. Robert Gregory Browne — Kiss Her Goodbye
  140. Robert Gussin — Trash Talk
  141. Roger Morris — Taking Comfort
  142. Roger Alan Skipper — Tear Down the Mountain
  143. Roseanne Keller — A Summer All Her Own
  144. Sam Barone — Dawn of Empire
  145. Sam Savage — Firmin
  146. Samantha Grosser — Another Time and Place
  147. San Culberson — The Nick of Time
  148. Sandi Ault — Wild Indigo
  149. Sara Gruen – Water for Elephants
  150. Sean Chercover — Big City Bad Blood
  151. Sela Carsen — Not Quite Dead (
  152. Sela Carsen — The Virgin Courtesan
  153. Shane Gericke — Blown Away
  154. Stephen J. Spignesi – Dialogues
  155. Steven Hockensmith — Holmes on the Range
  156. Steve Voake – The Dreamwalker’s Child
  157. Sunny — Mona Lisa Awakening
  158. Suroopa Mukherjee — Across the Mystic Shore
  159. Suzanne Adair — Paper Woman (
  160. Tasha Alexander — And Only to Deceive
  161. Tawny Taylor — Sex and the Single Ghost
  162. Thomas Mullen — The Last Town on Earth: A Novel
  163. Thomma Lyn — Thy Eternal Summer
  164. Tinling Choong — FireWife
  165. Toby Devens — My favorite midlife crisis (yet)
  166. Tom McCarthy — Remainder
  167. Tony D’Souza — Whiteman
  168. Troy Cook — 47 Rules of Highly Effective Bank Robbers
  169. Wendy Wasserstein — Elements of Style
  170. Will Beall — L.A. Rex
  171. William Kittredge — The Willow Field
  172. Yael Goldstein — Overture
  173. Yvette Christianse — Unconfessed


  • 2 $20 gift certificates from Borders
  • A copy of RG Willems’ debut, Targets of Affection
  • 5 free points from
  • A copy of Matt Curran’s debut, The Secret War
  • An autographed copy of Lila Shaara’s debut, Every Secret Thing
  • A copy of Suzanne Adair’s debut, Paper Woman
  • A copy of Racy Li’s debut e-book, Ninja
  • A copy of Sela Carsen’s debut e-book, Not Quite Dead
  • A copy of Sela Carsen’s follow-up short, The Virgin Courtesan
  • A copy of Michael FitzGerald’s debut, Radiant Days

And a hello to all of you dropping in from the Romance Divas bulletin board! I hope everyone visiting for this contest will stay awhile, poke around, and become as enchanted with my world of Riverview, USA, and my fictional band, ShapeShifter.



  1. andrew

    January 26, 2007 10:47 pm

    173! I suppose that counts as a success!! Do you know how many people are partcipating in the contest?

  2. Susan Helene Gottfried

    January 26, 2007 11:12 pm

    Not a clue. Hopefully lots and lots. Like… one for every author listed, minimum.

  3. Elisabeth Jason

    January 27, 2007 4:49 pm

    This is a wonderful idea…:-) Unfortunately, I’m technologically impaired and couldn’t find a link to send my web addy and book title to…lol. I humbly ask to please be added to your author list and hope it’s all right to put the info here…:-)br /br /Elisabeth Jasonbr / /br /Soul Sacrifice – released by Aspen Mountain Press, November 2006

  4. Susan Helene Gottfried

    January 27, 2007 5:44 pm

    Absolutely, Elisabeth! I’ve got it down on my master list for the next update. Thanks for dropping by and congratulations on the publication!

  5. Lindsey (Ls!)

    January 27, 2007 8:23 pm

    173?! Wow! This is getting pretty big!br /br /Hope the knee gets better!

  6. Susan Helene Gottfried

    January 27, 2007 9:08 pm

    The contest is getting huge. The knee is getting smaller (swelling going down).br /br /Both are VERY good things. 😀

  7. Tia

    January 27, 2007 9:25 pm

    Love this idea! I have not read a new debut in a while, so this is my excuse.

  8. Lauren

    January 28, 2007 12:09 am

    Awesome awesome prizes. br /I’m so mad I can’t participate in this but I hope you get a ton of people!! I should take a copy of that list and try to read some of these debuting authors!

  9. Southern Writer

    January 28, 2007 12:58 am

    SHG, the link you left on my blog is an Error 404. Come fix it, ‘kay? Do you want to copy and redo the whole thing, and I’ll delete the current one, or just add a new link? I’ll know by looking at whatever you post.

  10. Susan Helene Gottfried

    January 28, 2007 9:33 am

    *sigh*br /br /I am link retarded, I swear it (and not PC, either, but TFB on that one). I’ll see what I can do, /br /And yes, Lauren, you SHOULD copy the list and see how many of these babies you can get your hands on. But… since I’m getting new names daily, you might want to wait until the end of the contest for the final list. I suspect it’ll be huge by that time. At least, I hope it will be — and that participation in the contest will be /br /(wow. I used retarded and commensurate in the same comment. What does that say about me?)

  11. littlebirdblue

    January 28, 2007 11:59 am

    Susan,br /br /I’ve got your Debut a Debut list of authors up in my sidebar. I’ll keep it fresh in people’s minds, and I’ll bully people into participating. br /br /Bully… yes, I said it; I’m not ashamed.

  12. Susan Helene Gottfried

    January 28, 2007 12:01 pm

    Blue, I think we might become very good friends…br /br /Make sure you update the list of authors from my website, not the blog. The website gets updated nightly; the blog, only when I feel like it. (Hey, I’ve got to keep my own groupies happy, as well as make new ones!)br /br /I appreciate the support!

  13. littlebirdblue

    January 28, 2007 12:02 pm

    Oh, and thanks to Southern Writer again for her blog-link to West of /br /(…And book-love spreads, like ripples on the surface an inky pond.)

  14. karen!

    January 28, 2007 12:33 pm

    I love seeing how this list is growing. I’m just wondering how many of these bookies I’ll be able to sneak into my reading queue for the contest 😉

  15. Cheryl Strayed

    January 28, 2007 4:39 pm

    Thanks so much for including my novel on your list! Only one thing…the title is TORCH, not TORCHED. Can you fix that please? It’s a common mistake people make and I always laugh because torched is precisely how I felt after finally finishing the dang thing! I love that you’re doing this. Thanks for supporting all us debut novelists–and my best to you on your book as well. I’m happy to send signed copies of Torch to anyone who goes on to mooch one from me (bookmooch is a very cool book exchange site that I recently discovered). Happy reading!

  16. Susan Helene Gottfried

    January 28, 2007 4:48 pm

    Fixed it, Cheryl; it’ll be on tonight’s update, as well as your offer to send an autographed mooched copy. I might be headed there now, in fact… *grin*

  17. MarciNYC

    January 28, 2007 4:55 pm

    #160 on your list (Tasha Alexander’s And Only to Deceive) was one of my fa favourite reads last year! br /br /Here I am trying to ‘declutter’ and you’ve given me a list of books to check out. *sigh* They’re like rabbits, I tell you!

  18. Susan Helene Gottfried

    January 28, 2007 6:49 pm

    Yes, they ARE like /br /But at least you have ONE book to write a review for and enter the contest with!

  19. Nikki

    January 28, 2007 7:40 pm

    I would love to be included. My debut novel came out March 2006 and the second came out in August 2006. Happy to say the sequel to my second is coming out in March. My website is and my pen name is Nikki /br /Also, I’m the owner of the Readers Station and would be happy to include a promo for your contest on our contest page. Our latest newsletter is coming out in a few days and we are promoting a contest we’re having so the contest page should get a lot of hits. If you want to send me a short blurb about the contest and the link I’ll include you. The email addy is I’m always looking for new contests to list of the Readers Station site and my site — so feel free to send any 🙂 br /br /Nikki Leigh

  20. karen!

    January 29, 2007 11:46 am

    Just remembered another…br /Londonstani by Gautam Malkani br /(UK edition May 2006, American edition June 2006)

  21. Elisabeth Jason

    January 29, 2007 12:11 pm

    Thank you so much, Susan..:-)

  22. Janelle Martin

    January 31, 2007 3:34 pm

    Hey Susan, I’ve reviewed a number of the books on your list already – here are some links (in case your readers are interested):br /br /Albyn Leah Hall — a href=””The Rhythm of the Road/abr /br /Diane Setterfield — a href=””The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel/abr /br /Jed Rubenfeld – a href=””The Interpretation of Murder/abr /br /Keith Donohue — a href=””The Stolen Child/abr /br /Melissa Clark — a href=””Swimming Upstream Slowly/abr /br /Sam Savage — a href=”″Firmin/abr /br /Tom McCarthy — a href=””Remainder/abr /br /Now I just have to figure out what I’m going to read for the contest!

  23. Susan Helene Gottfried

    January 31, 2007 3:47 pm

    Your review of The Stolen Child is what got me interested in Donohoe and his book, remember? That’s the only one I’ve /br /Thanks for the links, babe! I hope they lead lots of my readers your way — Janelle writes AMAZING reviews — and that they help the authors find readers. br /br /That’s what the contest is all about, after all. Exposing us all to new authors.

  24. Janelle Martin

    January 31, 2007 3:54 pm

    Oh, I forgot to add that Some Like it Haute by Julie K.L. Dam (Hardcover – Feb 22, 2006) should be on your list of debut /br /I reviewed it a href=””here/ /br /a href=”″After Helen/a by Paul Cavanagh is another to add to your list. (Paperback – Jan 26 2006)

  25. Susan Helene Gottfried

    January 31, 2007 4:02 pm

    Thanks, J. They’ll be on the next update on my website and the next time Erica updates over at a href=”” Writing Aspirations/ /br /I’ll do another blog update of everything over the weekend, I /br /Oh, and After Helen isn’t available at either Powells or Amazon, just in case anyone’s looking.

  26. Sparky Duck

    February 15, 2007 7:11 pm

    my god what a list!

  27. Susan Helene Gottfried

    February 15, 2007 7:20 pm

    Yeah, and it got even bigger over at my website, too!BR/BR/btw, we’re already collecting names for the 2008 Debut a Debut contest!

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