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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For Author Christa Maurice, Romance and Rock ‘n’ Roll Go Together

For Author Christa Maurice, Romance and Rock ‘n’ Roll Go Together

If you once had a collection of Metallica albums or Kurt Cobain posters, then you’ll understand why romance author Christa Maurice writes about rock stars. She admits to being that rare first grader who knew about Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult. In this Q&A, she talks about her latest book, “A Gift to be Simple,” and what she likes about being a hybrid author.

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Author Mae Clair’s “Myth and Magic” Combines Romance and Suspense

Author Mae Clair’s “Myth and Magic” Combines Romance and Suspense

In Mae Clair’s latest book, Halloween is scorching hot. “I always wanted to write a tale centered on that holiday,” she said. The result is “Myth and Magic,” a romantic suspense and mystery novel inspired by her childhood fascination about a haunted house in her neighborhood.

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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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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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