Using Fictional v. Real Places in a Novel

Using Fictional v. Real Places in a Novel

In “The Great Gatsby,” F. Scott Fitzgerald introduced us to the fictional places East Egg and West Egg, which refer to Long Island, New York. In Anne Tyler’s “Accidental Tourist,” we are told straightaway that the setting is Baltimore, the author’s beloved hometown. Is it better to invent a location or use a real place in your novel?

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How to Use Food in Your Novel: “In His Corner” Date-Night Recipes

How to Use Food in Your Novel: “In His Corner” Date-Night Recipes

You can make your novel come to life by engaging the reader using all five senses—sight, touch, smell, sound, and taste. You don’t have to be a foodie to indulge your reader’s sense of taste. I no longer remember much of “Chocolat” by Joanna Harris about a chocolate-shop owner in a small French village and “The Book of Salt” by Monique Truong about a Vietnamese cook, but I do remember their effective use of food. It’s a lesson I’ve kept in mind all these years.

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How to Use Music in Your Novel: "In His Corner" Playlist

How to Use Music in Your Novel: "In His Corner" Playlist

In novels like “High Fidelity” (Nick Hornby) and “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” (Rachel Cohn and David Levithan), music is central to the story. But even if your novel doesn’t focus on music, you can use it to establish the mood of a scene or strengthen your depiction of a character.

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Forbes Article: 3 Career Reinvention Tips From A Reporter Turned Romance Writer

Forbes Article: 3 Career Reinvention Tips From A Reporter Turned Romance Writer

A Forbes article titled "3 Career Reinvention Tips From A Reporter Turned Romance Writer" coincided with the one-month countdown to the release of my debut romance book, “In His Corner.” The article, featured on the magazine’s Personal Finance blog, described my long journey toward publication. It also offered three tips for career reinvention.

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The Art of a Book Cover: “In His Corner”

The Art of a Book Cover: “In His Corner”

What was your first thought when you saw this book cover? I hope it’s fighter or sports or romance or sexy or just plain sizzling hot guy! My debut romance, In His Corner (published under my pen name Vina Arno), features an Olympic gold-medalist boxer known as the Juggernaut. For all of his ferocious power inside the ring, he melts at the sight of the beautiful doctor who treats his injuries.

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