About Brenda Thornlow:
Brenda Thornlow is an author from Brooklyn, NY. She is the author of the first book in a time travel series entitled, My Life as I Knew It; The Revolving Door: A Short Story, and her latest novel is entitled A Godless Love. When she is not writing Brenda temps as an administrative assistant all around the Manhattan area. She currently lives in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bay Ridge with her husband of five years, their dog Norman and cat Sophie.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve lived a pretty colorful life (to say the least) so most of my inspiration has come through the various experiences and people that I’ve encountered over the years. Almost all of the characters in my writing are based on people who have touched my life in one way or another. Although I’ve spent most of my life in New York, I did spend fifteen years in Orange County, CA so two of my books take place there; apparently Southern California serves as a source of inspiration for me, as well.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a very “seat of the pants” writer. When an idea pops into my head I simply sit myself at the keyboard and start typing. Depending on where I am at the moment I either use my desktop or iPad.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
It may sound a little odd, but I put myself into the character. Somehow they seem to develop a personality all on their own and I kind of put myself in their shoes and think to myself “how would this person say this or that or how would they do this or that.” It’s almost as if I become them while I’m writing.
What advice would you give other writers?
Throughout my life I’ve always loved to write but didn’t want others to read my work because I was so self conscious. It wasnt until a few years ago that I got up the nerve to share with others and it was so freeing to do this. If you want to write, do it! Don’t be afraid of what others think. Some people may like your writing, others won’t. Who cares? Do it for you!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I published my first book, My Life as I Knew It, through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing just to see how my book would do in Kindle sales. After getting several requests for a paperback edition, I asked around and other self-published authors that I know recommended CreateSpace. I published all three of my paperbacks through them and I’ve been very satisfied.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think we’re going to see many people take the plunge and put themselves out there with their writing. I believe self-publishing is going to get much bigger and much more common. Since I’ve published my books, several people I know (whom I had no idea liked to write) have come to me and asked for my advice about how to share their work. I think the more people who see others they know taking this step will get inspired to take that chance themselves.
What genres do you write?: Fiction, time travel, erotica, contemporary
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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