When You Write Of Family [UPDATED]

When You Write Of Family [UPDATED]

The idea for this hit me last night [October 7]. It's a tiny personal tribute to my (now late) mother's cousin, who died unexpectedly on Sunday evening in Albany. She isn't fictionalized in my novels; but "Doreen" is inspired by and combines a variety of relations, and that cousin was one of them. So if [...]

E-Books Are Here To Stay

E-Books Are Here To Stay

Have you read any good books lately (besides any of mine)? 😉 If so, on which "platform?" E-book or paperback? Thus tweets the editor of the New York Times Book Review. Some replying have questioned it, pointing out for instance that it is just one year, and also that many e-books are "overpriced" by large [...]

Not Being An “Artist,” I’ve Taken My Best “Shots”

Not Being An “Artist,” I’ve Taken My Best “Shots”

That post I wrote yesterday about that cover of that, errr, "erotica" novella having created a logo dispute with the Chicago Teachers Union, encouraged me to take time afterward in the day to finish off the Distances cover "officially." We've all bought books. We know it's usually the first "contact" we have with one. The [...]

Mentioning This For A Friend

Mentioning This For A Friend

I woke up this morning realizing I had dreamt about someone who is dead, and for a few conscious moments I had forgotten she was. Don't you hate that? So I haven't exactly gotten off on the best foot today. But as I think back to yesterday, still polishing off Distances, with Adele shouting about [...]

From Narragansett Bay To Writing Today

From Narragansett Bay To Writing Today

Wednesday's post about a writer of "17 books" going on and on about her personal money woes, combined with the end of my "Bastille Day" free promo for Passports, got me thinking more on this subject. We know there are the "sneak peeks" that the likes of Amazon use to drive sales. But that is [...]

Opening With A “Hit” Single

Opening With A “Hit” Single

Inspired, I sensed afterwards, by my grandfather memories that I'd posted in the morning, I spent the day yesterday smashing through the opening chapter to Distances. Although it's not long (but none of my chapters are really "long"; I dislike "long" chapters), it's - I believe - on target. Textured. Sentimental. Sharp. A new character [...]

More “Distances” Cover Fun

More “Distances” Cover Fun

I know this post appears much later in the morning than usual. However, when you have an unexpected light bulb go off over your head you have to drop almost everything and get the idea into your manuscript as quickly as possible. If you don't, it may vanish forever.... Having done that, on to this [...]

The Appropriate “Grade Level” For Your Novel Is…

The other day Kindle sent out a note suggesting we authors optionally "age rate" our books. I thought I'd share it. I've removed the superfluous and "personal" parts and screen captured the core of it: Kindle sends out lots of stuff - some useful, some not. But this just seems a sloppy tech issue from [...]

If It’s Okay For Me To Mention This….

If It’s Okay For Me To Mention This….

....I grew tired of growing old waiting to see when Frontiers would finally appear on Goodreads. I checked again yesterday (the first time in weeks), and it still wasn't on the site. I'd had enough: I've added it manually. (The power of an author!) Now, it's there. Who knows why it hadn't appeared? So both [...]

Why I Prefer Cover Photos I’ve Taken

Why I Prefer Cover Photos I’ve Taken

In a bit of a change, for the coming third book I decided to create a "working cover" early on. It's just me "having a go." I've messed around in recent days with some initial ideas. Remember those back in the dark ages photos I'd dug into recently? I decided to use one of them. [...]

Decided: The “Official” Title

Decided: The “Official” Title

Much earlier in terms of drafting the current volume compared to Frontiers last year, I've come up with a title for the book. You should be the first to know. 😉 Here it is: From where does a title come? Here, simply from dialogue. Since writing this a few weeks ago, it had struck me [...]

Novelist Uncle Is In The Building

Well, I had an email exchange with my uncle last night. He knows now about my books completely - including my pen name and what underscores the stories. The mask is off. I can't reproduce much of his note back to me. Lots of it is family stuff. But these extracts should give you the [...]

Creating Mayhem As Midnight Approaches

After several days of thinking hard about it, I took the HUGE decision at last: yes, I would finally tell my novelist uncle in America that I've written (and I'm still writing) novels under a pen name. What pushed me over the edge was asking myself, "Suppose he were to pass away and I never [...]

Author Cool

When only Passports was available, I hadn't bothered much with the Amazon Author Central pages on .com and .co.uk. But now, with Frontiers out there too, I decided I should do them up somewhat. (I'm now trying to get Amazon to combine the paperback and Kindle pages for Frontiers, which they will hopefully manage shortly.) [...]

A Legendary Author Graciously Sits Down With Us Again

Questioner: Hello. We're back once more with the extraordinary R. J. Nello, interviewing himself. It's now three months since his last self-interview, and comes shortly after the December 1st release of his new book, Frontiers: Atlantic Lives, 1995-1996. Mr. Nello, welcome.... R. J. Nello: Uh, thank you. You're making me nervous. That was actually a reasonable [...]