I’m a teacher so I spend most of my waking hours with young people. I love chatting with them and hearing their views on love and life. My students are magical, and I am honored to be part of their lives.
I’ve lived in Honduras, Grand Cayman, and Costa Rica. Presently, I live in Indiana with my husband, Paul. We have two grown children and three precious grandbabies, special delivery from Africa.
When not teaching, I love to hole up in our lake cabin and write — often with a batch of popcorn nearby. (Oh, and did I mention dark chocolate?)
I enjoy getting to know my readers, so feel free to write me at: firstname.lastname@example.org . Visit me to learn about all my books and some smart and sassy, clean teen reads: www.brendamaxfield.com Happy Reading!
What inspires you to write?
The story! I love diving into new characters. My students also inspire me. Their courage, excitement, and strength inspire me every day.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a mix between a plotter and a pantser! I sketch out my outline and my characters, thinking I’m in control. But many times, my characters have other ideas and I hang on for the ride! I’ll tell them, “Wait a minute, that’s not in the plan.” They ignore me and get on with their lives. It’s quite an adventure sometimes!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do both! Sometimes, I’ll have a character write a journal entry that has nothing to do with the book just so I can hear what they have to say. They can really surprise me. I might think I know their motivation, but when I take the time to let them talk I realize I was wrong – or there was more to it than I thought. Some people call this “free writing” and it can be very revealing.
Other times, when I’m driving, I’ll interview my characters and see what they have to say. I’m talking away in my car. I imagine people passing me think I’m on the phone! But no, I’m chatting away with my characters.
What advice would you give other writers?
To write. Every day. Even if it’s only a few hundred words. Get in the habit of putting butt in chair and hands on keyboard. I’ve heard it said that once you’ve written a million words, you’re experienced. I’m working on my million!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I started with a small press – which has been a wonderful experience. I’ve since branched out into self-pubbing, which I also love! There is SO much to learn and so many wonderful people to learn from. Never a dull moment, as the saying goes!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It seems that small presses are becoming the norm, as is self-pubbing. I imagine both will continue to grow. The Big 6 seem to have lessened their influence, which of course, gives more authors the freedom and ability to make it in the publishing world. Although, I am thankful for all publishing venues. There is room for all of us!
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Young Adult Contemporary, New Adult Contemporary
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print