Thursday, August 19, 2010

Brenda Novak's White Heat Blog Tour! Q&A!

Thanks so much for joining us today Brenda!

As you were growing up were you aware that you wanted to be a writer or is it something that happened later on?

I never dreamed I’d be a writer! I thought I was left-brained—better in math and science and planned to go out in business. It wasn’t until I caught my daycare provider drugging my children with cough syrup to get them to sleep all day while I worked as a loan officer (so she could watch soap operas uninterrupted) that I realized I’d have to change my expectations of my future. When I discovered the medication in my baby’s bottle, several things that hadn’t seemed quite “right” came to mind and I suddenly realized that this had been going on for some time. I was brokenhearted that anyone would endanger my children and quit my job to stay home with them myself—but my husband’s business was really struggling and I needed to help out financially. That’s when I decided to try my hand at writing, because it was something I could do from home.

It wasn’t the quick fix we were hoping for, but it saved my sanity during a dark time. And it has since become a huge blessing in my life.
**wow! I can't believe someone did that....makes me upset just thinking about it.

Where do you find inspiration for your books? Do you tend to let life influence your writing?

When I first started, I had ONE idea and I wasn’t sure how I’d ever come up with another one I felt was good enough to create a story with. LOL But, fortunately, our brains are very adaptable. The more I demanded that my imagination deliver IDEA NUMBER 2, the harder it began to search. Before long, my mind turned into a “sifter.” Now it sifts through everything that comes my way, every conversation I overhear, every funny anecdote I’m told, every movie I see, every newspaper article I read, every true crime show I puzzle over until I can pull an attitude from one character I’ve "met" via a TV show and mix it with a situation my mother mentioned the week before last, etc. I definitely put my own experiences into my stories. I don’t think there’s any way to avoid that. Often, my readers will feel as if they know me, and they sort of do. At least some of my world view leaks into very book.

I know it's like asking your favorite child...but do you have a personal favorite book that you've written?

I have a new favorite with every series. LOL I think it’s whatever I’m working on at the present time, to be honest. But DEAD GIVEAWAY with Clay Montgomery as the hero, really stands out to me. The whole Stillwater Trilogy does. It’s my husband’s favorite series. Those stories were brewing in my head for quite a while before I brought pen to paper. Of the new trilogy, my favorite is BODY HEAT. There’s just something about Roderick Guerrero (the hero) that pulls on my heartstrings.

**I'll have to check that one out but I can't wait to see what happens with Roderick!
Are there any writers that you really love or a favorite book that you had growing up?

I’m such an eclectic reader that I love writers in almost every genre. My favorite contemporary romance author is probably Susan Elizabeth Phillips. She can create appealing heroes like no one else. Caleb Carr’s THE ALIENIST is one of my all-time favorite thrillers. But my most favorite books have been and will always be the classics--JANE EYRE and GONE WITH THE WIND, to name two that I’ve read and reread.
Can you tell us a little bit about a day in the life of Brenda Novak?

My life is very hectic right now because I’m writing three books a year, raising five children (the youngest of which has Type 1 diabetes), promoting my work by travelling and speaking, and running an annual online auction for diabetes research (so far we’ve raised over $1 million!).

A regular day begins with an hour of exercise. I ride a stationary bike while editing my work, critiquing for friends or judging contests. After that, I shower up and spend a couple of hours answering e-mail and taking care of the “business” side of my job (or auction business). Then I start writing—with a goal to finish ten pages per day. My breaks come when my children need me or want my attention. I have an “open door” policy, so that my work doesn’t take me away from them. They’re welcome to come in to chat or get help at any time. I finish up when they get out of school. We do homework, sports and dinner. Then I’m usually back at the computer for an hour or two.

**I got tired just from reading it! Thank goodness for people like you. :)
And again I'd like to thank Brenda for joining us today! If you haven't checked out the review yet, you can find it here.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Brenda and Kris,
    Very sad about that daycare provider drugging you children.God Almighty to think there are people out there capable of doing this. Thank goodness you found out. And us readers are so happy you decided to write and got that second idea. :) I love your stories Brenda and God Bless you for what you do for Diabetes.
    Carol L.