Writers seek to relate to readers with every piece of writing that we create. We also associate with other writers for camaraderie, information, and empathy. We crave connection, the essence of community.
Today, I invite you to connect with me.
The purpose of this blog is all about skeletal recomposition: I add flesh to bare bone. That is, as a thriller writer, I regularly post information and then categorize it according to some of the typical elements of a thriller novel. Let me flesh out the categories for you:
- HEART (Characters): Brings the Story to Life
- SPINE (Plot/Scenes/Structure): What Holds the Story Together and Moves It Along
- SKULL (Style/Voice/Theme): Getting Inside the Reader’s Head
- FEMURS (Setting/Description): Legs to Stand On
- BLOOD (Spattered Information): Miscellaneous Posts
- SKELETAL REMAINS…OF THE DAY: Book and Movie Reviews
A little bit about Gina Fava, and why I leap at every connection:
Born 20 minutes from the Peace Bridge that connects Canada with Buffalo, NY, and residing somewhere between the Boston Zakim and the Cape Cod Sagamore, I attribute my writing philosophy to taking the plunge at every opportunity.
At 9, I stood with my dad on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy. He pointed to a rainbow and told me to “dream farther than the end of it”. I took the leap and filled three journals about it. I’ve never stopped writing, or dreaming.
Later, the young man who’d rescued me from a bomb threat to our university in Rome asked me to marry him under the Bridge of Sighs after braving Venice’s Grand Canal, inspiring my suspense-driven novels and short stories, and many thrilling years of marriage.
Connecting with Readers
I’ve recently embarked on a journey toward the publication of my two novels.
The first is a thriller, entitled THE RACE, about car-racing covert agent Devlin Luccesi, who must save Rome from annihilation and rescue his young son from an elusive international criminal and his race of followers.
The second novel, entitled THE SCULPTOR, is a suspense novel in which Mara Silvestri is the only woman who can stop the Sculptor from murdering Rome’s female grad students, and the one woman he truly covets for his collection.
Please take a few minutes to explore my website at www.GinaFava.com. I hope you’ll find something that grabs you, perhaps a novel synopsis, or one of the many photos that inspired my novels, maybe a short story, or a link to another great resource that resonates with you.
Connecting with Writers
Please take note of my blogroll. Each one represents a part of my community, and they all truly mean a lot to me, personally and professionally.
A) Initiation Blogs
These blogs initiated me into the industry. I still turn to them when I need succinct, sometimes brutal, always honest, never shy advice about writing and publishing.
- Dean Wesley Smith
- Jane Friedman
- Janet Reid, Literary Agent
- Writer’s Digest
- A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing
- Nathan Bransford
B) Life Support
I’ve come to rely on these blogs for great lessons in craft, or just plain old positive energy.
- Ann Tran
- Author Piper Bayard
- Author Tim Ferriss
- F1 Fanatic–Formula One Blog
- Femmes Fatales
- Kill Zone
- Mother. Write. (Repeat.)
- Rachelle Gardner
- The Big Thrill (ITW Webzine)
The people who write these blogs are those authors who’ve gone above and beyond the call. They’ve been there to kick me into gear or pat me on the back, with a post, a message, a tweet, a coffee, or a phone call, when I truly needed it.
- JH Bogran’s Blog
- Jami Gold
- 7 Criminal Minds
- Jungle Red Writers
- Kristen Lamb/MyWANA
- The Bookshelf Muse
- Writers Forensic Blog
- Pens Fatales
- Crime Fiction Collective
- Bob Mayer/Write It Forward
To all of the writers listed above, I am truly grateful. Also, not a day goes by that I’m not pleasantly surprised by a newly discovered blog, one that tickles my phalanges or inspires murderous thoughts (in a good way, I’m a thriller writer!), so be sure to check back for new ones that might pop up on my blogroll in the future. It might just be yours.
Getting back to skeletal recomposition, consider these juicy bones to chew on in future posts:
- Chernobyl, 25 years later
- F1 Racing in America, professional and amateur tracks
- Household weaponry
- Using international slang to spice up dialogue
- Fava bean recipes
- Italian museums, churches, and artwork that are often overlooked
- Reviews of great thrillers, that just might be yours
- And many more…
Thank you for reading this blog. I invite you to link up with me, and the rest of the writing community, at our usual haunts. We’d love to connect with you. Do you have a favorite blog you’d like to recommend?