Using Fictional v. Real Places in a Novel

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A long view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the setting for “In His Corner.”

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? (more…)

7 Classics that Belong to the Romance Genre: Why I Started Reading Romance Novels


PrideandPrejudice-CindyFazziI didn’t start reading romance novels until a year ago. I’ve always preferred literary fiction and historical fiction. I also read the occasional thrillers and mysteries—think Lee Child and Tana French, respectively. (more…)

Best-Selling Author Bret Lott’s Advice to Writers: Build Your “House of Rejection”

"Desert" (Original artwork by Nina Fazzi)

“Desert” by Nina Fazzi

I met Bret Lott, the best-selling author of Jewel, in 2006 when I attended a writing workshop as part of the Writers at Work Conference in Salt Lake City. (more…)

Book Review: Love in the Time of a Great Hurricane

The Promise by Ann Weisgarber

Book Review: The Promise by Ann Weisgarber

I don’t know much about Galveston Island or Texas. But after reading The Promise by Ann Weisgarber, it’s almost as if I’ve been to Galveston—with the added bonus of being dramatically swept back in time. (more…)

Debut Author Priscille Sibley’s Advice to Writers: Not so Fast

Image courtesy of Priscille Sibley.

Image courtesy of Priscille Sibley.

As the famous writing motto goes: Write what you know. Priscille Sibley, a neonatal intensive care nurse, certainly knows the subject matter of her debut novel, The Promise of Stardust. (more…)