New Book Pre-Sale

Operatic Divas and Naked Irishman: An Innkeeper's Tale, by Nancy Hinchliff, is now available for pre-sale.  It describes the author’s experiences running a B&B in Old Louisville.  Publication date is June 6, but you can preorder it by going to Amazon.  After June 6, look for it at Carmichael’s and other major book outlets. (Old Louisville On The Go Newsletter, 5/4/2017).

by the author

2/18/17.......From Blogging to Memoir

 Nancy Hinchliff talks about her memoir Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen, An Innkeeper's Tale, Available June 6, 2017 at all good booksellers and on

Nice endorsement from Chris Brogan

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Writing Tips to Naked Irishmen: Short Reads on Vermont Books by Margot Harrison, et al.
In: 7 Days Newspaper, Vermont
Re: Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen: An Innkeeper's Tale by Nancy R. Hinchliff, She Writes Press, 240 pages. $16.92.

“The streets and even the sidewalks were frequently littered, and unsavory-looking characters lurked around every corner — homeless people and drug addicts, as well as an occasional prostitute or two.”

In this passage from her memoir, Nancy R. Hinchliff describes the historic Louisville, Ky., neighborhood where, at the age of 64, she purchased an elegant Victorian hoping to turn it into a bed-and-breakfast. A retired schoolteacher with little relevant experience, she nonetheless ended up running her inn for two decades, gathering plenty of stories along the way. From rehab nightmares to unhelpful help to eccentric guests (the title alludes to two particularly memorable ones), Hinchliff weathered plenty of misadventures. An independent-minded, lifelong urbanite who minces no words — — "Moving to Vermont," she writes, "was like moving to a third-world country for me" — she tells her tales in brisk, readable chapters. Each one includes a delicious-sounding recipe from Hinchliff's B&B repertoire.

Hinchliff launches her book on Tuesday, June 13, 7 p.m. at Phoenix Books Essex.
— M.H.

1.       "For anyone who has ever thought about running a Bed & Breakfast, Operatic Divas and Naked Irishman offers a hilarious birds-eye view behind the Victorian curtains…"  (Katharine Hollister, editor, Beatdom Books). 

2.       “A witty and moving story that captures the sense of wonder, self-discovery, and adventure that unfolds when one throws caution to the wind and ventures out alone” (D. Cameron, Editor, Stone Head Press)

3.       “Vivid storytelling with a great purpose…you’ll love this! (Chris Brogan, author and CEO owner of Media Group Inc.)

4.       “When Nancy Hinchliff opens a bed and breakfast in Old Louisville, Kentucky, she soon discovers the Victorian neighborhood she will call home comes with an assortment of curious residents---quirky locals, and unsavory characters--- Her memoir is an all-around enjoyable and amusing read.” (David Domin√©, author of Voodoo Days at La Casa Fabulosa)

5.       "A light and fun read, often heartwarming and inspiring with a look into what it is like to be a strong, independent woman facing life’s challenges one guest at a time. Wonderful, historical information about Old Louisville,,,with an honest, behind the scenes look at an often glorified business.” (Nina Burns, business owner:  Hoosier Doggy Pet Sitting)

6.       ”Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen is brave, funny, entertaining and educational. I loved her wit, marveled at her courage and tenacity, and routed her on throughout. Great story." ( Teresa Rhyne, author: The Dog Lived (and so will I)

January 7, 2017
John and I actually finished my interview video. We did it at his house in front of the fireplace. It went pretty well, although I was quite nervous about it to begin with. He's editing it this month, so I think it will be ready some time in February. As soon as it is, I plan to post it here, as well as on the many social media sites I'm on.

I also tried to do an audio reading of one of my chapters, but I don't think it turned out so well. John thinks he can piece it
Christmas, 2016
together, so I'll just wait and see.

November18, 2016
The video (book trailer) questions have been worked out and I've been practicing answering them. We've decided to work on the project over Christmas vacation (from U of VT), where John (who is now my publicist) works. We will also be taping an audio piece of me reading from a chapter in my book, a good way to practice for book-signings and readings in local bookstores and libraries.

 November 1, 2016
We are preparing to create a video about my new memoir. My son-in-law, John, will be creating interview questions for me and filming the event. I will post it on my social media and blog sites, as well as here on my new author website. I invite all of you to take a look and post any comments or questions you may have about it , my book , or me.

September 17, 2016
John sent me some interview questions last week so I can start coming up with answers and practice responding to him on camera. The thought of it makes me very nervous. I have always had problems with extemporaneous situations, being a little shy and introverted as some writers are.

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