About Keith Cronin

Author of the novels ME AGAIN, published by Five Star/Gale; and TONY PARTLY CLOUDY (published under his pen name Nick Rollins), Keith Cronin is a corporate speechwriter and professional rock drummer who has performed and recorded with artists including Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons, and Pat Travers. Keith's fiction has appeared in Carve Magazine, Amarillo Bay, The Scruffy Dog Review, Zinos, and a University of Phoenix management course. A native of South Florida, Keith spends his free time serenading local ducks and squirrels with his ukulele.

Recent Posts by this author:

  • Sharing Your Space
  • Agonizing Over Antagonists
  • Share Your Earliest Literary Efforts
  • Story Lessons from South Park
  • Becoming a Stand-Up Writer
  • Even More New Year’s Resolutions for Writers
  • The Five Stages of New Writers’ Grief
  • Better than They Know Themselves
  • Drawing from Real Life in Fiction
  • Burying the Hachette
  • Concocting Fiction from Fact: Using Research to Tell Better Stories
  • How to Make Somebody Hate Reading

  • Share Your Earliest Literary Efforts

    I’ve become quite nostalgic in recent years. But my interest in the past extends far beyond my own. I’m also fascinated by the pasts of other people – for example, I really enjoy seeing all those “Throwback Thursday” photos on Facebook each week. And in particular, I am deeply intrigued by glimpses into the mysterious pasts […]

    Even More New Year’s Resolutions for Writers

    Two years ago I posted a set of New Year’s resolutions for writers, which was well enough received that I posted another set of resolutions the following December. This holiday season, since I’m all about tradition (as opposed to being all about that bass), I’ve assembled several more resolutions for writers to consider as the […]

    The Five Stages of New Writers’ Grief

    Earlier this year, at an online forum for writers that I frequent, I watched a familiar scenario play itself out. A new member joined the forum, full of excitement (and not a small amount of hubris) about the novel he’d just completed. As he posted his early attempts at a query letter for others to […]

    Better than They Know Themselves

    “Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?” ~ Henry David Thoreau (Walden) ____________ Most readers and writers agree: the most memorable part of a story is usually not the plot, but the characters. It follows that as writers, we need to know our characters […]

    Burying the Hachette

    DISCLAIMER: The views presented in today’s post do not necessarily reflect those of Writer Unboxed or its other contributors. They are solely the opinions of the author of this post, and should not be read while drinking, operating heavy machinery, or reading the works of Clive Cussler (although it might be fun to try doing all […]

    How to Make Somebody Hate Reading

    Here’s how to make somebody hate reading:  Send them to an American high school. The end. Hmmm – in proofreading this post, it seems a little short. So maybe I should elaborate. I’ve seen some statistics floating around the web claiming that one third of high school graduates never read another book for the rest […]