Research, Research, Research.


I stated publicly on the acknowledgements page of my novel, “And I am especially grateful for Google.”  It’s right there, for everyone to see. Googling shaved at least 8,760 hours off my research time while writing The Clock Of Life, (yes, I just you-know-what’d to find out how many hours are in a year).  It helped garner nuggets of inspiration and informed Read the rest of this entry »

Never Let the Truth Get in the Way of a Good Story


Because I’m a writer of fiction (teller of tales, fabricator of pretend stories), “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story,” is my favorite Mark Twain quote. My second favorite of his is “Get your facts first. Then you can distort them as you please.” I’ve embraced these ideas in my writing process, and sometimes think about Read the rest of this entry »

The Art of Writing


The way certain authors capture a feeling, or a place is, to me, pure art.   We all know it when we read it. We’ve finished a story and been transported. We’ve delighted in the carefully honed prose and marveled at how the piece speaks to our soul. We can’t stop thinking about it, and know it has transformed our Read the rest of this entry »

The Perfect Profession for a Control Freak


A while ago I wrote a guest blog for Jersey Girl Book Review, and thought I’d share it again, here. Control freaks come in all shapes and sizes. The calculating boyfriend who thinks he needs to control his girl’s life, the mother who micro-manages her kids every second of every day, or the shrieking wife who thinks the husband can’t Read the rest of this entry »

The Writers Debate


Last year I wrote a guest post on Mason Canyons blog Thoughts In Progress blog. Check it out. Here’s my take on the age-old writers debate. My writing is primarily character driven.  I like to play with language, aesthetics and feelings.  My style is to work things out on the page without an outline.  Sometimes my characters go off in a Read the rest of this entry »

Who Can Forget Their First Book Crush?


  “There is a legend about a bird which sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. From the moment it leaves the nest it searches for a thorn tree, and does not rest until it has found one. Then, singing among the savage branches, it impales itself upon the Read the rest of this entry »


PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Nancy Klann-Moren 760-809-3253 Indie Author is Racking-up Awards and Accolades for her Debut Novel. The Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards for Fiction Next Generation Indie Book Awards Readers’ Favorite Book Awards San Francisco Book Festival Great Midwest Book Awards BRAG Medallion Honoree Laguna Woods, CA, March 5, 2014 — Indie author Nancy Read the rest of this entry »



As a fledgling writer, John Daniel was the first person I met on the first day of my first writing conference.  Ever since, he has encouraged, supported, and guided me on my writing path.  Enjoy this great post from my teacher and friend John, on his decision to burden some of his characters with thematic “flaws”.   SO WHY DOES Read the rest of this entry »

Two and A Half Pounds of Inspiration


Last month I wrote a guest post for Donna and Dave’s eclectic blog called Tweedle Dee and Tweddle Dave.  I’d like to share it here, too.   “Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write Read the rest of this entry »

My Friend Kendra


 A while ago I wrote a guest post on Val Muller’s blog Musings Of a Writer.  Check out Val’s books on her website.  Corgi Capers is a mystery series for kids, and Faulkner’s Apprentice is a supernatural chiller for grown ups. cor·re·spond·ence   [kawr-uh–spon-duhns, kor-]   noun 1. communication by exchange of letters. 2. a letter or letters that pass between correspondents. I received a card from my friend Kendra today.  An honest to goodness card, sent through Read the rest of this entry »

The Clock of Life by Nancy Klann-Moren is a compelling book-club delight that engaged our members in lively discussions running the gamut from race relations in the Deep South to mental illness; from the Vietnam War to coping with death; from what it means to be a friend to what it means to be a hero. Our members were thrilled when Read the rest of this entry »

The Clock Of Life

“The Clock of Life is a book club’s dream. A well-written novel rich with characters and subject matter that spark conversation and debate.” In the small town of Hadlee, Mississippi, during the 1980s, Jason Lee Rainey struggles to find his way amongst the old, steadfast Southern attitudes about race, while his friendship with a black boy, Samson Johnson, deepens. By Read the rest of this entry »