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Squirrels and the Romance Writer

Mating squirrels and the romance writer

Imagine my surprise when I awoke yesterday morning to scurrying overhead. Something was in the attic, something that sounded like squirrels dancing. (Little did I know…) My dog Hattie began to bark at about 8:00 a.m. and at 10 o’clock I finally called a pest control agency. They’d send out a wildlife expert, they said. A bit later, an extremely personable young man came to the door. “It’s probably squirrels. Let me take a look outside.” Sure enough, he walked around the house and when he returned said, “I saw several gray squirrels on the tree closest to your house jumping onto your roof, found two holes in the roof soffits and saw a couple go inside! ... [Read More]

Things I didn't Know

What’s your favorite romance trope?

This question was in an interview I did recently and my first reaction was, trope? What's a trope? I had never heard the word before. Nev-er! I consider myself to be someone with a fairly large vocabulary but this was a new one. So I did what my father trained me to do: I looked it up in the dictionary. The first explanation I found, "a figurative or metaphorical use of a word or expression," left me even more confused. The second was a little better: "a significant or recurrent theme; a motif." I know what a theme is, so I'm getting there. ... [Read More]

Where Will You Be September 30 - October 4, 2015?

If your answer is “At the Ninc World Conference, of course!” or “I’m still thinking about it,” here’s a partial lineup of some people who will be there, along with (as of February 14) well over 200 of your fellow NINC members:
Porter Anderson
Porter Anderson , BA, MA, MFA: You may remember Porter from our 2014 conference, and his brilliant handling of our First Word Day. We are delighted to be a Porter Anderson Media Partner.

Richard NashRichard Nash : Richard Nash’s presence at Novelists Inc.’s conference is important because he’s not only a major observer and commentator, but also compassionate, funny, and the kind of guy you realize immediately is smart because he’s been there. ... [Read More]
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In Praise of the Novella

In Praise of the Novella

     In the frantic pace of today’s publishing world—particularly indie fiction—writers are expected to put out frequent work to satisfy the cravings of their fans.  If you’re driving yourself crazy trying to publish three to five novels a year, you can probably write one—sandwiched between a couple of novellas.
   The form is generally considered to be about eighteen to twenty-five thousand words in length, although some people say it’s anything up to forty thousand words.  But in my mind, writing a long novella defeats the purpose of the format. Instead, think of a story you can write short. ... [Read More]


My Desk, My Mess!

You know, when I read articles about Feng Shui and other high-minded schools of thought that tell me I would be so much more productive and spiritually unencumbered if I’d clean off my desk, I want to agree. Really I do. My house, in general, is picked up but my kitchen counter and the desk in my office are a perpetual mess! I tell myself that “when I finish this book, I’ll clean up my desk”— and I do. Sort of.


But then I begin another book, and by the time I’ve been cranking out pages for a few hours the clutter has already crept back. ... [Read More]

Graphic Artist/Photographer Marti Corn

Tell us a little about yourself and your company Corn Creative.

I’m originally from Northern Virginia, but because of my dad’s work with the CIA, we lived several years in London and Canberra where he worked as a liaison with the embassies there. I’m certain those experiences instilled my passion for travel and exploring other cultures. I earned a B.S. in Journalism and shortly thereafter began working for an ad agency in Washington, D.C. When my second son was born, I wanted more freedom to determine my own schedule, so I began my own design studio with a focus on associations. ... [Read More]

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