Brenda Perlin was born in Los Angeles, California in the Sixties. She studied acting and photography after high school. Later, her true passion was ignited when she became interested in health and fitness and became a fitness instructor. At twenty-nine she started writing Home Wrecker during the time she was getting married. She put her story down shortly after the wedding and didn’t pick it back up until she was forty-six and going through a divorce.
She now resides in Orange County, California.
What inspires you to write?
I just have the need to write. There is nothing better when my words all come together. It is such a good feeling. Unfortunately, it does not always come naturally. I don’t know that I possess an exceptional gift but just the same I need to write almost as much as I need to eat and sleep. When I have actually written something that works it is the best feeling in the world. It makes me feel like I can breathe again.
I started writing on a regular basis as a teenager but I remember writing a story when I was much younger than that. It was about an outcast that was misunderstood. That general theme has continued with me ever since. I loved playing with words and telling my tale. While I would read my stories to others I would feel something special inside. It made me feel like I stood out from the rest. I guess you could say writing is my passion even though I never really thought I would accomplish anything with it. I just did it because it was one thing that really interested me.
Tell us about your writing process
Years ago I used to write everyday and I never seemed to have the kind of writers block that I have now. When I think back to those early years (pre Home Wrecker days) I was able to write without a hesitation. I wrote about whatever was going on in my life. I was able to find comedy in the most mundane things and enjoyed making fun of myself and my friends.
It was during a time when we did not have computers or cell phones. I had to write old school, pen to paper. Without all the latest technology there were less distractions so I could get right to work. I could let my ideas flow without interruption. Now, I have to push myself to do what at one time came so naturally.
Writing on the computer I like everything to be in place and I like to be comfortable. I either need silence or music on low. I have to have my water or soda next to me and sucking candies.That is very important! My boyfriend always tries to talk to me while I am in mid sentence…which is a NO NO! He can be so clueless about how hard I am focusing so I don’t punish him. Sometimes I get an idea and I have to write it down immediately. If I don’t get it down fast, it can be gone in a puff of smoke.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I started with my story I never thought it would ever catch the interest of a publisher. For me it was a kind of therapy and, at times, a great deal of fun when the words would fit well together.
My manuscript was written over a span of a year while I was preparing to be married. I was going through so much mentally. Getting married was not all it was cracked up to be. It was nothing like I had envisioned. This planning resulted in self-doubt about myself and ultimately my decision to follow through with the nuptials.
Some fifteen or so years later I realized that I did indeed make a huge mistake by marrying the man that I did. I wanted out of my marriage and that is when I realized that I really did have a story to tell.
I sent my unfinished manuscript to a handful of publishers and to my great surprise I received an acceptance by email.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I am still trying to figure that out. I hope I do better with my next book. My first experience with a publisher has not been a good one. I am not sure if I should go independent or look for a better publisher. It would be nice to have some help with marketing. That is for sure. It can be a 24/7 job. I love the social aspect but sometimes I feel like I am just spinning my wheels.
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