A journalist for thirty years, Nina Darnton wrote her first novel, An African Affair three years ago and never looked back. “After all those years struggling to get it right, it’s a great liberation to be able to make it up,” she says. Her second novel, The Perfect Mother will be published by Plume on November 29th, 2014.

As a journalist, Nina has written extensively for The New York Times, mostly about the arts. She wrote the “At the Movies” Column, and frequent celebrity profiles for the Arts and Leisure section as well as movie reviews, Sunday book reviews and longer articles for the Times Sunday magazine. She has also published in Elle, More, Mirabella, Family Circle, House and Garden and Travel and Leisure. She was chief movie writer for the New York Post and a fashion reporter at Newsweek, travelling to London, Paris and Milan twice a year to cover the shows. She was also a contributor to National Public Radio and an essayist for the McNeill-Lehrer News Hour on public television.

With her husband, she has lived and worked in Nigeria, Kenya, Poland, Spain and England and used those experiences and some of those settings in each of her novels: the first takes place in Lagos, Nigeria, the second in Seville, Spain. She continues to travel frequently.

Nina has a BA from the University of Wisconsin with a major in Comparative Literature. She also has an MS in Psychology with a specialty in Child Development from the New School of Social Research and an MFA in Acting from Columbia University.

Nina is married to the journalist and novelist John Darnton. They have three children and four grandchildren and live in New York City and New Paltz, New York.

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