This week, we showcase Brenda Pearson.
Brenda was born in the Eastern Township of Quebec, Canada, but has since been happily living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. There she enjoys the salty air, the wildlife, and the warmth and kindness of Nova Scotians. She hopes to retire one day and write full-time in her peaceful surroundings. Brenda enjoys writing, reading, golfing, and quality time with her dog Molly and her partner Derek. Brenda’s first book was published in 2016.
I asked Brenda:
Q: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
A: Couple of months, if I don’t get distracted.
Q: How does your life unfold in a normal writing day?
A: I work during the day, so nighttime is when I can plug in a few hours, between Social Media, writing.
Q: If you could start over again in your writing career, what would you do differently?
A: I’d start a lot sooner. I’ve only been writing since 2013, when my love of reading turned to writing. Published my first book in 2016 and the second in 2018, with a new one coming out in November.
Q: Have you ever cried with one of your characters?
Q: Do you believe in writer’s block?
A: Yes, but it hasn’t hit me yet.
Q: What genre do you favour?
Q: What are the ethics of writing about historical figures?
A: I don’t write Historical. Even though that era is fascinating.
Q: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
A: I like when characters return from book to book. I like series. If research is needed, I Google, but I have friends in health care, law, and the army, so if I have a few questions relating to what I’m writing, I reach out and they are willing to help.
Q: What is your favourite childhood book?
A: The Adventures of Tintin. I used to love reading them.
Q: What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
A: Getting the love scene done.
Q: Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Q: What is your writing Kryptonite?
A: Not getting it right the first time; re-writes are brutal.
Q: Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Q: Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
A: No, you need to feel emotions to be writing or it will not work, for me anyway.
Q: If you could be any author, who would it be and why?
A: H.M Ward. I love how she writes. She keeps you wanting more. Her writing is mysterious and funny, and you never know what will happen in her series.
Q: What is the first book that made you cry?
A: The Anderson series, written by Melody Anne.
Q: Why did you decide to self-publish?
A: Easier to self-publish than traditional. The cost is on you, so you need to work more to get where you want to be.
Q: What are common traps for aspiring writers?
A: Don’t give up. The first manuscript is never perfect, nor even the second or third – but if you believe in yourself, you can do it. That is all that matters. Take advice, learn from your mistakes, and keep going.
Billionaire’s Love – Book 1 (Max and Megan’s story)
Billionaire’s Forgiveness – Book 2 (Max and Megan’s conclusion) – Pierce Brothers Series
Billionaire’s Mistake – Book 3 (Novella) Pierce Brothers Series coming November 10th (Josh and Lizzie)
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C.A. MacKenzie is the author of WOLVES DON’T KNOCK, a psychological drama with elements of thriller, suspense, mystery, romance, and family dynamics. Buy it on Amazon. Also available locally from the author and at other local retailers.
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