Using Fictional v. Real Places in a Novel


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…)

“In His Corner” on Sale: Start September with a Hot Romance Read

sale_banner_pageThe dog days will soon be winding down, but it’s not too late to grab a hot summer read. My debut romance book, “In His Corner,” is on sale for a limited time. You can get an electronic copy today for only 99 cents. (more…)

Eight Knockout Movies Featuring Boxers and Fighters

WarriorDVD-CindyFazziThere’s something fascinating about watching a physical fight. Whether it’s witnessing a group of high school boys duking it out during a basketball game or watching Rocky getting bloodied in all six movies in the franchise, the effect is similar. A fight is thrilling. (more…)

Romance Junkies: 5 Reasons Why Women Love Boxing Heroes

InHisCorner-ComputerScreenThis is an excerpt from an article I wrote for Romance Junkies, published on July 13, 2015.

Why do men like boxing? I think it’s the same reason they used to gather behind the school at lunchtime when they were 10 years old. They wished they were the toughie giving the school bully a good whooping. They like watching a good fistfight. I understand that, but why do women love boxing? (more…)

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

Cookbooks-CindyFazziYou 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. (more…)

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

Use music to add depth to a scene or character in your novel.

Use music to add depth to a scene or character in your novel.

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. (more…)

Is Writing a Book Like Having a Baby? Six Differences and Similarities

Today is the release day for "In His Corner," published by Lyrical Press/Kensington Publishing.

Today is the release day for “In His Corner,” published by Lyrical Press/Kensington Publishing.

People say writing a book is like having a baby. Since I’ve done both, I can tell you that the analogy is only partly true. Yes, there are similarities, but also major differences. (more…)

Write What You Know? Why It Pays to Defy That Writing Advice

Arthur Golden defied the “write what you know” dictum when he wrote about a geisha.

Arthur Golden defied the “write what you know” dictum when he wrote about a geisha.

We’ve all been told to write what we know. But authors like Arthur Golden, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Annie Proulx have defied that writing advice successfully. (more…)

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.(more…)

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…)