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Jeff Nania stands with librarians and patrons at his latest book talk.

Opening Doors to Adventure

Jeff Nania is the author of the Northern Lakes Mystery series. You can find out more about him on his website, feetwetwriting.com, or by clicking here, read his last post here, and see his books here. I remember a young boy standing in line for the grand opening of a public library in Madison many years ago now. There must have been fifty people. Most kids that knew him would not have expected him to be there. You see, he tried to read, and he wanted to read, but couldn’t read very well. Most folks wrote him off as being lazy or stupid.   When the…

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Jeff Nania on Going Beyond the Story

Jeff Nania is the author of the Northern Lakes Mystery series. You can find out more about him on his website, www.feetwetwriting.com, or by clicking here, read his last post here, and see his books here. Earlier this month, I traveled to the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire to talk with the students in Joel Pace’s English class about my first book, Figure Eight, which is used as a course text. Each semester, we spend two and a half hours exploring the story within the story and the nuances as we travel page to page. They are free to ask me questions and I am…

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Jeff Nania asks, Do inanimate objects have stories to tell?

Jeff Nania is the author of the Northern Lakes Mystery series. You can find out more about him on his website, www.feetwetwriting.com, or by clicking here, read his last post here, and see his books here. “Inanimate” is defined as something not alive, especially in the manner of animals and humans. A pile of rocks laying in a field or an old piece of farm equipment would meet the classic definition of inanimate. They will likely lay where they are until the winds and waters of time turn them back into the dust they once were. They only move if…

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Jeff Nania on the Road Less Traveled

Jeff Nania is the author of the Northern Lakes Mystery series. You can find out more about him on his website, www.feetwetwriting.com, or by clicking here, read his last post here, and see his books here. One the greatest American poets that ever lived was born 149 years ago on March 26, 1874. Robert Lee Frost’s work was recognized during his life and beyond, including four Pulitzer Prizes, thirty-one nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature, and the Congressional Gold Medal bestowed on him by President John Kennedy. He died in 1963 at the age of eighty-nine, leaving an unprecedented…

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Jeff Nania on Less is More

Jeff Nania is the author of the Northern Lakes mystery series. You can find out more about him on his website, www.feetwetwriting.com, or by clicking here, read his last post here, and see his books here. Democracy has been defined and redefined countless times, often the definition used will be to the best benefit of the speaker. Abraham Lincoln On November 19, 1863 at the Soldiers National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Edward Everett gave a two hour speech. The next speaker quietly took the podium and looked out on the simple grave markers loudly proclaiming a story great sadness and…

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Jeff Nania Asks Was I the Victim of a Nefarious and Premeditated Scheme?

Jeff Nania is the author of the Northern Lakes Mystery Series. You can find out more about him here, see his books here, and read his last post here. As a result of this story, you may hear other versions as key players come forward in an attempt to diminish their role in a nefarious and premeditated scheme. Do not be fooled. This is the real story.  Recently we began to look at whether there was a demand for audio versions of my books. Initial interest was driven primarily by my wife’s grandmother who due to vision issues can no longer read.  Like…

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Jeff Nania on Early Writing Advice

Jeff Nania is the author of the Northern Lakes Mystery Series. You can find out more about him here, see his books here, and read his last post here. I really don’t think I am the best choice to tell anyone how to write a book or even how to get started. There are lots of well-written blogs and articles that describe various writing processes in detail. They should be very helpful to anyone trying to write anything. But people ask me anyway. Last week I met a young writer and her mom visiting from Wyoming. Her name was Taylor,…

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Jeff Nania asks WWWWW and H?

Jeff Nania used to catch bad guys and restore wetlands. Now he writes The Northern Lakes Mystery series. You can find out more about him here, see his books here, and read his last post here. Fairly frequently I get asked where I came up with the characters that appear in my books. That is good news to me because it means someone is reading my books. My characters are the foundation of the tales I tell, and most are people I have come to know.  When I started writing I wrote mostly police reports in my first career and…

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Jeff Nania asks Where Can You Find Real-Life Mystery?

Jeff Nania is the award-winning author of the Northern Lakes mystery series. You can find out more about him here, or read his last post here. As mystery and crime fiction writers, we often weave stories focused on unsettling, unpleasant events. ln real-life, mystery is around every bend in the road, and I am absolutely fascinated by it. Especially when it appears to be nothing and ends up being something.  For a good portion of my life I spent a fair amount of time teaching school kids about our natural resources. I am a firm believer that you can’t teach very much about the outdoors…

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