Thank you for the invitation Glynis.
What is your genre? Why did you choose it?
Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
Yes, I am getting a bit used to this. At the moment I am finishing up my third book in Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles and at the same time writing a children’s book about bullies and divorce. I actually like changing it up. It’s refreshing to leave one to go to another.
Do you work with a writing/critique group?
I work with my publishing company so we pretty much work as a team. I do read a lot of the books and beta read looking for typos or issues or things I think are issues. 😉
Can you remember your first reading book?
I believe it was Dr Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham. I have always been a foodie. And of course, how can one not appreciate his creativity? The first real book that hooked me on reading was, “Are You There God It’s Me Margaret” by Judy Blume. Her understanding of an awkward pre-teen blew me away. She made me feel not so alone and at the same time understood.
Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?
That is never a good thing. I have tried it but it gets too messy. If I am really writing, I mean not just playing around on Facebook I stick to water and sucking candies. Nicer on my keyboard.
Tidy desk or a bomb site? Describe your writing area with us.
Talking about my keyboard, it is a bit of a bomb site right now. I need to get serious with a Q-tip and clean in between the keys. I hate to be a messy pot but sometimes things get out of control. I prefer my workstation to be clear, if at all possible.
Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.
I do have a publisher now, Master Koda Select Publishing owned by Kim Mutch Emerson and Rebbekah White which is all well and good but when the book was first released I went with what I didn’t know at the time was to be vanity press. They made the book so expensive that it made it hard to get sales and they treated me with total disrespect. I was just a number and not a person. All they cared about was selling goods to the authors so they would make their money.
In fact, I recently heard that this company re-opened under another name. Even though they said they don’t charge to publish your book there were many secret charges to the unsuspecting writers.
The whole experience was a nightmare and I had to fight them tooth and nail to get out of my bad contract.
After I was released from this contract, I considered self- publishing since my book was part of a trilogy and the second book was nearly completed. When my acceptance note came from Master Koda Select I knew it was meant to be. I love what these people stand for and I like how easy it is to communicate with them. It is an entirely different experience from what I went through during the first go around.
It has actually been a more positive experience now that my book is re-published. Now that I am dealing with an agency that treats me and my work with respect which is such a blessing.
Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?
That is easy, Judy Blume, J.D. Salanger, and Pat Conroy. Their books I connected with and related on so many levels. Pat Conroy writes and lets you into his soul. I love that. Even if it is on the dark side. It doesn’t matter because it is from the human experience. I tend to be drawn to the dark.
What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?
More than anything is for writers to realize that we all need editing. Even editors need editors for their writing. Good editing is crucial and with that you might also need beta-readers. The more eyes the better. As writers we are always evolving. There are so many books out there that is is most important that you put out something that is respectable.
I will just have to share the link to my Pinterest page for that. I had so much fun coming up with the four main characters. What a dream this would be!!! Let’s make it happen!!!
I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?
The first thing that comes to mind when you ask such a question is, how did you know I had a supermarket story to tell?
I’m clever like that, LOL!
You see, when I left my husband Gerard after fifteen years it was a rather nasty divorce. My books tell the story but since this is the first you are hearing of my tale you wouldn’t know that this divorce cost me dearly. Mentally I was depleted but on the other side of the coin this divorce gave me enough material to fill up three full books.
Right after I packed my bags and moved out I practically ran right into Gerard at our neighborhood Pavilion’s grocery store. Even though I had just seen him a few days before, I almost didn’t recognize him. He seem to have aged so much in such a short time. Guilt flooded my senses. Rather than confront the situation I took a big step to the right practically running into a woman with her baby in a stroller. I could have really made a scene had I fallen over the child but thank goodness the mother was able to move out of the way just in the nick of time. I must have looked like an airhead the way I so carelessly moved about but I needed to get away. Barely having a chance to make an apology, my tennis shoes skidded out of the produce aisle. My body felt numb and was warm all over. All I knew was I had to get out of there. Away from the man who just the week prior had called me his sweetheart. While I was making my way out to my car my heart raced in my chest and I could barely breath. Feeling like I was being watched I turned around and sure enough I was right. There he stood, my husband who was no longer my husband watching me from the flower section where the automatic doors opened and closed. He didn’t say a word. He didn’t have to. His expression said it all.
This man was completely lost.
Aw, that was touching yet slightly amusing at the same time. You wrote it well. 🙂
Brenda Perlin is an independent adult contemporary fiction author. Brenda evokes emotional responses in her readers by using a provocatively unique writing style. Her latest book in the Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles, captures the soul-wrenching conflicts of a personal struggle for emotional fulfillment.
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