Saturday, October 15, 2011

Debut of the Month - Stasia Ward Kehoe ( Audition)

Debutante Profile

Name - Stasia Ward Kehoe
Debut - Audition
Genre - Contemporary
Website - HERE
Blog - HERE
Twitter - HERE

Stasia Ward Kehoe grew up acting and dancing on stages throughout New England. She has a BA in English from Georgetown University and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has worked as a choreographer and dance teacher, a baker and a bank teller, and is currently and most happily a mom to four fantastic sons!

Dream Debutante Dress - I found this gorgeous lace number at, where it notes that the label reads “Designed in Paris by Lanvin Castillo.”  Cool, huh?

Notes from a YA Debutante...


I was born in a little house on the prairie…just kidding. But I was practically born reading the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder. As a kid, I read them repeatedly, along with novels by Noel Streatfield and Frances Hodgson Burnett. I read Streatfield’s BALLET SHOES so many times I could recite the opening pages. (Actually, I still can!)

I can’t really remember a time when I wasn’t involved in the arts. I danced ballet, wrote and acted in plays, was an All State soprano in high school, and choreographed for a modern dance troupe in college. Seriously, I was a major Gleek before gleekdom was cool. Or even a word.

PROOF! Our debutante smack bang in the middle holding flowers in Show Choir!
I grew up with asthma which I think is one of the reasons I gravitated toward ballet and drama—indoor sports away from the pollen, hay and trees that made me wheeze. My landscapes were all interiors—ballet studios with fingerprinted mirrors or the splintery wood surfaces of community theaters. I sometimes call myself a “mole person.” I could spend a week indoors, reading, writing, baking, listening to music…and not miss the sun at all. Maybe I’m not so much a mole as a vampire?

I dislike driving yet I get some of my best writing inspirations while driving in the car. I’ll be going along and suddenly get this great idea and have to pull over and reach for my ever-present notebook. While I’m grateful for the many stories that I’ve started on the road, I must confess that I sometimes drive to wrong destinations while in my fiction trance. My kids find this very irritating.

Cars are also a motif in Audition, and I included one in my favorite color: red. Sometimes I wonder if my fondness for crimson hues means I am actually a lot bolder than I think I am. I have a red front door, red couches in my living room, and paintings with red elements (red boat; red bicycle red cars) on my walls. I don’t wear much red, though. Perhaps I use up most of my scarlet audacity in my imagination (and maybe on pages of paper).


Debut of the Month is back with an AWESOME October Debutate! Stasia, I can't WAIT to read Audition! I think it's possible that you are a vampire, have you tried walking into the sun? If you sparkle then you have proof! BTW I love red too but purple is my favourite colour! My lovlies! Don't forget to come back tomorrow for the second half of Stasia's feature and an AWESOME giveaway!

Badass Bookie xx


  1. It's fun learning more about Stasia, like that she doesn't like to drive. I can see her sense of humor in her comments. I loved AUDITION. It was my first book in verse.

  2. That dress is just simply gorgeous! I really love the subdued color.

  3. I think I could be a vampire as well :P I love spending my time indoors in my room reading for days on end.

  4. Wow, that dress is absolutely STUNNING! Love it! Haha, I can be a vampire as well- more than happy to spend my days indoors reading! I can't wait to read Audition when it comes out :)

  5. I loved the post. I learned a lot of great things about the author. I think I could be a vampire. I spent more time indoors that out. I always had my nose pressed to a book.

  6. Amazing post! First of all, that dress is gorgeous. I grew up reading the Little House on the Prairie books as well, and I've always dreamed of owning a red convertible car. And YES, I could spend my days just sitting at home reading and never leaving to do anything, except maybe eventually eat, as long as I never ran out of books to read. Fantastic interview!