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Marina’s Journal

Writing is one of my life’s passions. I put my heart and soul into each and every contemporary romance novel I write, and Marina's Journal, is where you’ll get the inside scoop. You’ll learn more about your favorite characters, and I’ll talk about what inspires me. Best of all, when I start working on my next novel, you’ll be the first to know. Please explore and thank you for visiting!

Marina Martindale

An Eclipsing Illusion

The past few weeks have been rather interesting, to say the least. I live in north Texas, near the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex, and a major event was about to unfold. On April 8, 2024, my town would experience totality during a solar eclipse. At first I was intrigued. My neighborhood would go completely dark for about four minutes. It would be like midnight in the middle of the day. And I could see it ...

The Beginning of My Journey as an Author

It was so unexpected My journey as an author began some twenty odd years ago, and it was the last thing I would have ever expected. I was a free-lance graphic designer who enjoyed photography. In my spare time I was a tour docent at what was then called The Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park. Along with guided tours for students, the museum had a Living History Program. It was a group of historic ...

My Unglamorous Life as a Romance Author

I know I haven't posted in awhile. Sometimes life happens. The holiday season began shorty after I returned from Hawaii. I've also been busy with some home improvement projects. Nothing major, unless you consider cleaning out the garage a major project. I hired someone from one of those closet organizing companies to help, and I'm glad I did. I was amazed at how much stuff I'd accumulated and no longer use. I may not be ...

It was Time for a Hawaiian Vacation

Sometimes we all need a break. Novel writers are no exception. As an artist, I seem to be more sensitive to the world around me, and right now we are living through some truly bizarre times. So much so that it was affecting my ability to write. Then one day I said the heck with it. I hadn't had a real vacation in ten years, and I needed a change of scenery. I've been following ...

A Halloween Scene from Rivalry

Fall is in the air, and Halloween will soon be coming. Thank goodness. I am so ready for fall. In the meantime, I've been busy working on my latest contemporary romance novel, Rivalry. It's a love story about a young woman and a middle aged man. Like my earlier romance novel, The Reunion, I've included a Halloween scene in Rivalry, so I'm giving you a sneak peek. Please keep in mind this is a work ...

A Writer’s Worst Nightmare

As I mentioned in my last blog post, titled, Well, I Finally Did It, I managed to fill the internal hard drive on my old Macbook Pro. It only had 512 gigabytes of storage. I'm sure for most writers it would be more than enough. However, I'm not most writers. I'm also a photographer who used to produce book trailer videos, back in the day. This means I have a lot of big files. Really ...