President Obama’s “Made in America” List Includes Toni Morrison, “Godfather”

MadeinAmericaList-CindyFazziIn honor of the World Intellectual Property Day, the White House has released President Obama’s “Made in America” list of favorite American creators. The list includes Toni Morrison’s “Song of Solomon” and the “Godfather” movies. (more…)

Top 5 Blog Posts: Pen Names, Literary Snobs, and New York Pitch Conference

Top5-CindyFazziSince this blog’s launch on Feb. 15, 2014, I’ve published 70 articles on writing, reading, publishing, books, and movies. Hands down, the most widely read post is an article discussing the reasons why writers use a pen name. (more…)

Christina Baker Kline’s “Orphan Train”: An Emotional Journey Worth Sharing

Orphan Train Cover-Cindy Fazzi PhotoBook Review: “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline, published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, 2013

At first glance, 90-year-old Vivian has nothing in common with Molly, a troubled teen-ager. Vivian is well-off and white, originally from Ireland, while Molly is poor and half-Penobscot Indian. When Molly is caught stealing a copy of “Jayne Eyre” at the public library, she must either perform community service by helping Vivian clean her attic, or go to a juvenile center. She chooses the former, bringing the two together. (more…)

Hollywood’s Love Affair with Lady Liberty: From “Saboteur” to “Adjustment Bureau”

Statue of Liberty photo by Nina Fazzi

Filmmakers love the Statue of Liberty for its cinematographer-friendly qualities.

From the 1942 Alfred Hitchcock film, “Saboteur,” to the Matt Damon-starrer “The Adjustment Bureau” (2011), Lady Liberty has been thrilling, scaring, and entertaining moviegoers over the years. (more…)

If You Love Both Library and Technology, You’re at the Top of Information Resources Food Chain

People who use technology a lot also go to public libraries often.

People who use technology a lot also go to public libraries often.

Are you an “information omnivore,” a “library lover,” or a “solid center”? If you love public libraries and technology both, you probably belong to one of those three groups. A study by the Pew Research Internet Project shows that Americans who use technology a lot also go to the libraries often. (more…)

Celluloid vs. Real London: Young Victoria’s Hyde Park, James Bond’s MI6

Tower Bridge crosses the River Thames.

Tower Bridge crosses the River Thames.

Movies like “The Young Victoria,” “Skyfall,” and “King’s Speech” made me feel like I’ve been to London. And when I did go to London, I felt like I was on a movie set. (more…)

Free Platform for Unpublished Writers

Computer ScreenAre you looking for a literary agent? Are you trying to get your book published? WEbook, a publishing platform and online community for writers, was recently re-launched under new ownership. (more…)

3 Tips on Sustaining Your Writing Momentum

Books&Plant-1There are two types of writers who have captured our collective imagination. On the one hand, there’s F. Scott Fitzgerald, who wrote novels that were unabashedly autobiographical or semi-autobiographical. His wife and muse, Zelda, was as famous as he was. On the other hand, there’s Stephen King, who writes 10 pages a day and has published 63 novels at my last count. He’s so prolific that he couldn’t possibly rely on something as fickle as a muse. (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…)