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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

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 ...

Well, I Finally Did It

  I've melted down my computer. It took some time, but I finally did it. I've been a Mac user since 1990. Now don't go getting all upset because I use Apple instead of a PC. Back then I was a graphic designer, and my industry was changing rapidly. Gone were the days of using tracing paper and markers. The Mac II, which came with millions of colors, was now the industry standard. They were ...

I’ll Keep Writing My Novels Myself

There's been quite a lot of talk lately among novel writers about AI, or artificial intelligence. Supposedly, AI can now write books. Needless to say, this has a lot of authors upset, and I most certainly will not be using it. Here's why. I have my own unique writing voice All authors have their own unique writing voice. Just like our speaking voice, our writing voice is our way of putting our thoughts into words. ...