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A quick word from Bobbi Dumas, your host.
Hi everyone! Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month. You can find out more about this fun, month long event here. And check out all the great authors taking part this year on the calendar, here.
The theme this year is The Romance Of Reading, The Magic Of Books and we have an awesome assortment of writers – both romance and mainstream fiction authors – sharing about books, reading, romance & magic. I hope you’ll visit everyday.
(Also, be sure to check in to The Romance Of Reading FB page, where one of the RARM authors will be hosting the page each day in August. Today Nina Bocci will also be on the page.)
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Nina Bocci – The Transporting Magic Of A Great Novel
Since I was knee high to a grasshopper, books have been always been that magical go-to that helped me escape whatever was ailing me. That’s as true then, as it is now – especially given the current state of the world.
The quote, ‘A reader lives a thousand lives’ has always been something that I’ve enjoyed passing on to children, and even other adults. We do live inside the books as we’re devouring them. There is truly something magical about a great novel. Even if they’re not fantasy or have supernatural elements. You’re transported to a big city, a small town, a foreign country you’ve always wished to visit. How can you not love that?
With the world being a bit terrifying lately, books have that magical way of healing, calming us down, and making things seem just a little bit less stressful.
Which brings us to my new book, ON THE CORNER OF LOVE AND HATE (Gallery 8/20/19). It’s got a bit of everything; friendship, love, politics (eeep), small town chatter and a cast of characters that I hope, put a smile on your face.
The town of Hope Lake is make-believe, but I think you’ll recognize pieces of it, and characters from it, in your own towns, no matter how big or small. There’s always a gossip, a flirt, a know-it-all, the town heartthrob and the best friends that do the will they or won’t they dance. I loved writing this book and living in the small-town of Hope Lake for a little while.
I hope you do too!
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2019 RARM Questions:
Tell us about a time in your life that felt magical to you.
My son and I had been reading the Harry Potter books in preparation of a trip to Universal Studios. The first time that he walked through the section of bricks leading to Diagon Alley was pure, literal magic. His little face, in total awe, is something I’ll remember forever.
Tell us about a book that was magical for you.
There are epistolary novels from Nick Bantock that are to this day, my favorite. Griffin & Sabine is probably the book that I recommend the most to people. The artwork is interesting, and thought-provoking, the story is transportive and delightful. I remember reading them for the first time in college and I read them every year since (so, a long time J They’re worth checking out
Tell us about a “magical moment” in your writing or your career?
The first book signing I had at my local B&N in my hometown was the most wonderful time. I didn’t expect the crowd that came out in support. It really made me feel that for the first time, I was an author.
For writers who use magical aspects in their books, what attracts you to those elements? For those of you who don’t, are there specific themes or elements you’re attracted to and find yourself going back to? Why do these resonate with you?
I’m in the process of mapping out a magical realism middle grade book. It’s a far cry from what has been published by me, but I love it so much. The idea sparked from a tiny article about a historical event, and it stuck with me. I couldn’t shake it. I spoke to my son (12) and we came up with a pretty cool idea. So, we’re writing the project together. Even if it never sees the light of day, I can’t wait to dig into it.
Creativity is a kind of magical experience. What inspires you, keeps you going, helps you when you lose focus, etc.?
What keeps me going is just how much I want to be an author. I’ve always wanted to be and while my life took a different path for many years, I’m so glad that I circled back and found my passion for it again. That’s what helps me stay focused.
DRAWING – is hosting The Romance of Reading page, and her giveaways will take place there.
However, all comments will also be entered to win a bundle of books from the Week 4 participating authors. You may enter by commenting on this original blog post and/or on the Read-A-Romance Month Facebook page post, here.
Each first unique comment at each space offers an extra chance to win, so check in with each author. Must comment by 9/05/19 11:59pm Eastern to enter.
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Nina Bocci is a USA TODAY bestselling novelist who loves reading and writing about swoony, relatable heroes and smart, witty heroines. If it’s set in a small town, even better.
You can always find her chatting on social media about her massive, crazy Italian family, and her favorite person in the world, her son.
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