Happy Tuesday readers.
I've got returning rose Brenda Whiteside with us today and we're talking
The Art of Love and Murder.
Thanks, Angela, for having me back on your terrific blog. The Wild Rose Press is my publisher and they expect a five book series from me. Book three is on my editor’s desk and book four is shaping up in my computer. Book One, The Art of Love and Murder, opened the door for me in the romantic suspense category. I’ve written contemporary romance and vintage romance, but once I’d written murder and suspense into my romance, I was hooked. I didn’t know I loved villains so much. An author has to get under the skin of her characters to write them well. Not sure what it says about me, but I sure like bringing my bad guys and women to life. My bad people run the spectrum from educated and sophisticated older men to whacked-out young dudes to it-can’t-be-her females.
Series can take several forms. My Love and Murder Series books are all linked by the theme of love and murder and the characters. Except for book three, they’re all set in Arizona. I had to send Lacy Dahl and her daughter who appeared in book one to Austria for intrigue, murder, and romance. Now, ask me a few questions, Angela. I’m ready.
What for you is the best part of writing? What is the worst?
I imagine I am very ordinary with this answer. My favorite part of sitting down at the computer and letting the story flow. Once I have my basic research completed and a rough outline, the real fun begins. My characters come to life with their conflict, humor, romance, fear and all the other emotions of their personalities. The worse part – and really it’s not so awful – is tying it up and ending the book. Usually, by the last couple of chapters, when I know how it ends, I can’t finish it quickly enough. Another book is already screaming to be started.
Is there a process you stick to, or do you just write as it hits you?
I have a process now. I didn’t always. But as my stories have gotten more complicated with the addition of suspense and murder, I had to keep better notes. A series demands it also. Someone I mention in book one may show up in book four and without my system, I’d forget age or color of eyes or any number of other details. Every character has a file with all their pertinent information. I keep track of what happens in each chapter with major plot points. I have a rough outline. And I have all of my research notes. But that said, as I write, new stuff happens. New characters pop up or a subplot takes form. I’m not too rigid with my story line.
What is the ultimate goal you have for your career?
I want to write faster. I have several books percolating in my head at any one time and I HAVE to get them down. I want to entertain people. I love to read and I want readers to love to read me.
When not writing, what can you be found doing?
We live on a small family farm. Our household consists of five adults, one child, and three dogs. One paragraph in my bio reads:
Brenda spends most of her time writing stories of discovery and love entangled with suspense. The rest of her time is spent tending vegetables on the small family farm she shares with her husband, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Together, they’ve embraced an age-old lifestyle that has been mostly lost in the United States - multiple generations living under one roof, who share the workload, follow their individual dreams and reap the benefits of combined talents.
So when I’m not writing, I’m weeding vegetables or harvesting. We sell at farmers’ markets so you’ll find me there on weekends. Or I’m tending to the granddaughter who is more fun than anything else I can imagine. I write a blog about our life on Tortuga Flats Farm most Thursdays. I invite you to have a look: http://brendawhiteside.blogspot.com/
That sounds truly idyllic Brenda. Can't wait to visit your blog for some gardening tips. Sadly, my thumb is lacking in the green department.
Lacy Dahl never questioned her past until the deaths of her adoptive parents and her husband. A husband who wasn't what he seemed. Her research uncovers secrets about the mother she never knew; secrets that dispute the identity of her father and threaten her life.
Sheriff Chance Meadowlark is still haunted by the murder of his wife and the revenge he unleashed in the name of justice. When he meets Lacy he is determined not to become involved, but their pasts may make that impossible. As they move closer to the truth, saving Lacy may be his only salvation.
Lacy begins to think the present is more important than her past...until Chance's connection to her mother and a murder spin her deeper into danger and further from love. Will the truth destroy Lacy and Chance or will it be the answer that frees them?
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