Nice to meet you!

I'm a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author writing novels of sparkling romantic adventure spanning Regency England, Americana, contemporary teen science fantasy and more.

I got my start in traditional publishing with Harlequin, HarperCollins and Avon Books before later making a transition to indie publishing as I began getting rights back to my older books. So far, I haven't been sorry!

Among other things, I'm an active member of Novelists, Inc, an organization of multi-published novelists, where I served a year as president. In addition to writing, I'm passionate about embracing life to the fullest. I enjoy scuba diving (I have over 60 dives to my credit), Taekwondo (where I achieved my 3rd degree black belt), hiking, traveling…and reading, of course!

A NOTE FROM BRENDA

Life is all about change, so it’s not surprising that over the past thirty years my career—and my life—have changed a lot. I expect that will continue to be true, and I fully intend that every new change will ultimately be for the better.

When I started writing traditional Regency romances, I was a stay-at-home mom to two toddlers, determined to sell a book before my youngest started first grade, so that I wouldn’t have to get a “real job.” I met that goal by the skin of my teeth, and went on to sell six Regencies and a Superromance to Harlequin over the next few years. I’d found the perfect career for an Army wife, and life was good—and relatively predictable.

Then, within the space of a year, Harlequin closed their Regency line, my husband changed careers, our family moved from Texas to Indiana and I lost both of my parents. My writing stalled for a while as I tried to find new bearings. When the muse became insistent again, I began writing single title historical romance and found a new home with HarperCollins, where I published a total of eight books, most of them set in my comfy Regency period.

After a while, however, my muse became restless, just as I was trying to adjust to yet another change —an empty nest. A period of self-discovery followed, and I gradually came to the realization that if I was going to be happy in my life and my career, no one could make it happen but me. What a freeing, terrifying concept! I began to pursue more outside interests, to include scuba diving (I have nearly 70 dives to my credit now), community theater, and Taekwondo, where I eventually earned my 3rd degree black belt. Hiking became another love of mine, and in the summer of 2010, I hiked the last 100 km of the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain with a group of like-minded women, some of whom were also writers. I also began experimenting with other kinds of writing: plays, women’s fiction, and my new and current love, teen science fiction romance.

In 2006, I served as President of Novelists, Inc, an international organization of over a thousand multi-published novelists. Throughout my career, I have been passionate about educating other writers about the realities of this business to help them avoid the myriad pitfalls lurking for those of us who live on dreams. To that end, for twenty years I moderated a weekly Novel Workshop on AOL where I answered questions on every writing topic imaginable, and taught online writing courses. I was also an active member of Romance Writers of America for over two decades, during which time I became known for collecting and sharing data on author earnings from various publishers, so that writers could make more informed decisions about their careers. I feel strongly that in this business, as in any other, knowledge is power. Historically, it has been difficult for writers to gain the knowledge they need to make informed career decisions, and I tried to do my part to change that. Now, with the rise of indie publishing and direct sales, authors face new challenges that allow them to embrace new opportunities! 

As this business–and I, personally–continue to evolve, I fully intend to keep changing and growing, and I challenge everyone reading this to do the same. Today really is the first day of the rest of your life. Seize the day!

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