“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…)

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…)

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 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…)