Friday, April 15, 2011

Debut of the Month - All About Carole Estby Dagg

Hey Guys, just to explain how April is going to work, I'm featuring TWO debutantes because I couldn't pick one so for the 15th-16th I'll be featuring Carole Estby Dagg and then on the 17th- 18th I'll be featuring Ann Aguirre ( Enclave).

Debutante Profile

Name - Carole Estby Dagg
Debut - The Year We Were Famous
Genre - Historical
Website - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Trailer - HERE

My grandmother predicted I would grow up to be a writer. Sixty-seven years later—after careers as a CPA, children’s librarian, and assistant library director—I’m finally fulfilling my grandmother’s prophecy with my first novel. Although I spend most of my time writing and reading, I’ve had some real-life adventures too. I have tip-toed through King Tut’s tomb, sand-boarded the dunes of Western Australia, and ridden a donkey up the cliffs of Santorini. I was born in Missouri, but after sixteen moves in my first sixteen years, I settled in Washington State. I am married with two children, two grandsons, and a bossy cat. I write at my home in Everett and a converted woodshed on San Juan Island.

Dream Debutante Dress - "This dress is similar to the one I made to attend the Jane Austen Society’s ball. I used this picture instead of one with me inside the dress because the mannequin looks better in it than I did. "


Notes from a YA Debutante ...

I keep my sanity with post-its and lists, so here’s a list of random facts:

 - I saw Great-aunt Clara, the narrator for The Year We Were Famous, for the last time in 1950 when a nun broke the hospital rule about no children on patient floors.

- My cat, Billiken (named for the goo- luck symbol of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon Exposition), keeps me on a rigorous schedule, including getting his breakfast at 6 a.m. and my settling down to work by 8 a.m.

- Until I had braces I could spit watermelon seeds between my two front teeth.

- I attended four high schools—one of them twice—in two years.

- My hand-woven plaid blanket won a Best of Show in the Snohomish County Fair.

- I am a lacto-ovo-fishisOK-quasi-vegetarian.

- My husband does not read books by women authors, so he has never read mine.

- My first rejection on The Year We Were Famous (then titled Clara Estby, Pedestrian) was in 1995. My ultimate publisher, Clarion, had rejected it twice before it was accepted in 2007.

- I am working on a sequel to The Year We Were Famous and a book set in Alaska; I also have drawers full of notes for three other historical fiction projects.

- I am a pretty boring person so that’s all I can think of to say about myself


Carole, you are SO not boring! I enjoyed this post ALOT! For all those aspiring authors out there, you can see just how long it takes to get into the business, 16 years is a long time and it's great Carole, that you didn't give up! I don't want to spoil the postfor tomorrow but you guys don't want to miss it, the insider's scoop is really fantatsic, so so interesting, I love the book already! PS- Carole IS giving away a copy ;)

Badass Bookie xx


  1. Thanks for sharing Carole. Your road to publication really inspires me. And it sounds like you have lots of interesting experiences to draw from in writing. Good luck with your debut.

  2. It boggles me that your husband doesn't read books by women authors.....Adorable dress. I'm really glad there's going to be a sequel.

  3. What a beautiful dress! I can't wait to read your book!

  4. you do not seam boring, i think you would be interesting to have a good conversation with,

    nice dress, it would have looked devine on you,

    the book mystress, xx

  5. Thanks for the post! You don't seem boring at all :)