Author: Nancy Singletary
It’s a Sin to Be Boring is a biographical-historical fiction that unravels the complexity of a family, where the actions of one touch the lives of others. The main character, Rebelle Palatine, born in Ohio, marries her high school sweetheart during World War II. While she yearns for the war to be over, she achieves her perfect job—modeling at a major department store in New York City. Only one thing throws a roadblock to her happiness—specifically the Battle of the Bulge. The contemporary political influences that constrain and mold the environment burrow like worms into the everyday workings of life. The family story unfolds. The Progressive movement, a political cancer that eats away at the American dream of liberty and freedom, runs parallel to the actions of those individuals who understand and protect the Constitution. Through the shadows of destruction rises a life of success, self-reliance, responsibility, and love. It’s a Sin to Be Boring opens a window on history and a reminder that actions have consequences.
How did you come up with the title of your book?
It’s a Sin to Be Boring is 95% non-fiction and about 5% fiction. In a real life event, I had brought together two people who were totally incompatible. The visitor, while sitting on the couch in conversation fell asleep, woke up, and excusing himself left the house. Relieved, the hostess said to me, “It’s a Sin to Be Boring.” It truly fits the plot and main character in the book.
What is your writing environment like?
I own a small bookstore in northern Florida. Between customers and tutoring I sit at my computer and write.
What are some of the best
tools available today for writers?
Writing is so much easier now with the internet, multiple word processors, research websites available—even blogsites that help to get the word out about authors and their creativity.
What inspires you to write?
Writing is soothing mental exercise. It refreshes the soul.
Did you learn anything while writing this book?
Writing this book is as close to autobiography as I expect to write. I learned more about my mother and father by analyzing actions and intentions of the parents in this book than I even expected.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
We each have to find things we like about ourselves or we live in self-destruction. I especially like the fact that I love learning.
Nancy Singletary is the author of the industrial article “What’s the Value of Earned Value” and the editor of Singletary, Herrin: Arthur’s Book. Her extensive experience in project management allowed her to work in several government agencies and business entities on a variety of programs. After retirement, she and her husband moved to Florida, where she has taught in public school and continues to tutor students at her small-town bookstore. In writing this book, she explores her deep interest in history and the analysis of the human condition.