RT Book Reviews Features Story Behind “In His Corner”

RTBookReviewsScreen-CindyFazziRomantic Times Book Reviews, a monthly magazine dedicated to the romance-novel industry, recently published an article I wrote about the inspiration for my debut romance, “In His Corner.” (more…)

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

InHisCorner-Cover-VinaArnoWhat 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! (more…)

Using a Pen Name: 3 Tips for Avoiding a Pseudonym Identity Crisis

Arno River Pic-Cindy Fazzi

The Arno River in Florence, Italy, inspired my pen name.

While there are many good reasons for using a pen name, choosing one and getting used to it is another matter. My pseudonym—Vina Arno—has a special meaning for me. Still, it’s taking time to sink in. (more…)

4 Reasons Why I Joined the Authors Guild and Why You Should Too

Seahorse by Nina Fazzi

“Seahorse” by Nina Fazzi.

I’ve heard of the Authors Guild for years, but I didn’t join it until earlier this year. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made as a writer. Let me tell you why. (more…)

4 Reasons for Using a Pen Name: Why I’m Using a Pseudonym

Pieter Claesz Painting

“Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill” by Pieter Claesz. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “The Collection Online.”

When my novella, “In His Corner,” is published by Lyrical Press, the book won’t carry my name but my pseudonym—Vina Arno. It’s going to be my first book-length work of fiction, so some people are asking: Why use a pen name? I’ll explain below. I also looked up other writers who used pseudonyms—from Agatha Christie to Stephen King—and came up with four good reasons for using a pen name. (more…)

Publishing Breakthrough: What it Feels Like to be Finally Accepted by a Publisher

"Cupcake" by Nina Fazzi

Being accepted by a publisher is sweet. (“Cupcake” by Nina Fazzi. Copyright © 2014 by Nina Fazzi. All Rights Reserved.)

It was a Thursday like any other—eight hours in the office, dinner with the family at home, and a treadmill workout, while I watched Brad Pitt’s “Killing Them Softly” on DVD. The movie was abysmal, but Brad looked good, and I burned some calories. What happened next, however, was what made April 10, 2014, one of the best days of my life. (more…)

I Went to Florence Because of E.M. Forster

The Duomo in Florence

The Duomo in Florence

Is there a book that has made you do something you wouldn’t do otherwise? For me, it’s E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View. I went to Florence in 2013 because I promised myself I would—that was more than 20 years ago, when I first read the book and then watched the James Ivory movie of the same title. (more…)


"Trees" Original Artwork by Nina Fazzi

“Trees” (Artwork by Nina Fazzi)

I’ve been around. As a writer and editor, I have worked for the world’s leading news agency and several newspapers, and for traditional and online publications. I’ve been writing fiction and non-fiction. (more…)