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Sunday, 28 September 2014

With a new collection of short stories, the popular Mary Ann Bernal talks to Ngaire Elder...around the Cauldron!

Mary Ann Bernal
The Wizard has been off on a quest this week - he and Igor have been road testing new Cauldrons in deepest Transylvania - so massive friend of the blog, children's author Ngaire Elder, takes over the Wizphone, interviewing popular historical fiction writer and Green Wizard editor Mary Ann Bernal.  

Nebraska resident - and exiled New Yorker - Mary Ann released her anthology of short stories "Scribbler Tales" this week and these excellent pieces are well worth reading. 

Mary Ann is also a huge friend of the Cauldron and you can find her previous chats - and those of Ngaire here, on the Index.

Mary Ann it is wonderful to see you back at the Wizard’s Cauldron, your last interview was with the Wonderful Wizard of Notts himself in January 

Hi's wonderful to be back. I was here discussing "Timeline"

The Most Read Interview Ever on the Wizard's Cauldron - Mary Ann Bernal and Timeline

I know you have been busy and have successfully published The Briton and the Dane as an audiobook and more recently The Briton and the Dane: Timeline, what motivated you to publish to audio?

Authors have to keep up with the latest technology, Ngaire.   It is important to have one’s work accessible on all available venues - print, electronic and audio - to accommodate preferences.

Thomas Edison Taped Nicholas Nickelby. The first audiobook?

Like Milk Tray, ladies luvvvv audio books - a Parisian lady of leisure
listens avidly...

Did you enjoy the publish-to-audio process?

The audio process was a thoroughly enjoyable learning curve.  I knew nothing about this industry until I started working with my very talented producer, narrator Sebastian Lockwood.  He made my initiation seamless.  

The talented Sebastian Lockwood, was your chosen narrator for The Briton and the Dane novel. 

What was it about Sebastian that made you choose him to narrate your audiobook?

Sebastian was the perfect choice, being an experienced storyteller.  One can picture him wearing the priest cowl as he married David and Helga. 

“Ego conjungo vos in matrimonium in nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.”
“I unite you in wedlock in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
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And do you have plans to publish the remaining 3 books in The Briton and Dane franchise to audio?

Yes, Ngaire, that is the plan.  I am looking forward to working with Sebastian again -  a travelling bard whose recent works include the audio release of Homer’s Odyssey  and The Epic of Gilgamesh.

Volume 1 of your short story series, Scribbler Tales, was published earlier this month, where do you get your information or ideas for your short stories, I particularly enjoyed Sail With Me and Desperate Measures?

My story ideas  always start with “what if” - how far would you go to save, betray or kill someone?  And if you’re going to betray someone, why would you do it?  Money, power, revenge?  There’s a lot you can do with human emotions, and I love coming up with “I never saw that coming” endings.

“Scribbler Tales is a unique mix of genres in one anthology rich with tension,
humanity and genuine emotion.
Unconventional settings and unexpected twists are
bound to leave you pondering long after you close this book.”

In “Desperate Measures,” you will learn of human cloning experiments gone awry. “Forbidden Lore” beckons Arianna and Ethan into a haunted cemetery where you will discover how they survive the night. Star-crossed lovers who refuse to accept the inevitable rise to a surprise ending in “Forever Lost.” In “The Hourglass,” the weakness of human character is exposed when Flair makes a covenant with the Devil. “Sail with Me” is a slice of life read about the confessions of a military brat who changes his life against all the odds.

Mary Ann, your endings always leave me astounded. Can you relate to your characters’ predicaments, and to what extent do they remind you of yourself or someone you know?

My favorite movies are action films, crime shows, spy thrillers, period movies - the list is endless, but I am not a chick flick fan.  

Therefore, my “cast” embodies all the necessary elements to provide for a good story.  I tend to combine elements from characters such as James Bond and Jack Bauer when creating my fictional counterpart.    

What are your plans for future Volumes in the Scribbler Tales series?
Since I have more fun writing short stories than novels, oops, did I just confess to a secret?  

President Obama, keen Briton and Dane enthusiast, cannot believe
what he's just read here at the Cauldron!
Seriously, I enjoy writing in different genres and telling a story quickly and to the point - think of Scribbler Tales as a weekly TV show - a lot of action in a short period of time.

As a child, what was the worst thing you did? 

Ran away from kindergarten because the kids made fun of my shoes.  Of course, I just stayed behind my house while the entire neighborhood was looking for me.  Needless to say, the kids never did that again since they got into more trouble than I did.

Oh, I love it, Mary Ann. I ran away from home once because my mum and dad were laughing at me and I got in a huff! Grabbing my basket of chocolate Easter eggs and wool coat I trudged down our driveway onto the main road. Needless to say my mum was not very happy about that and dragged me home! 

(Ha ha ha you two - stay on topic! Ed)

Is there a particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

Am just an incurable romantic anglophile since having read “Ivanhoe” by Sir Walter Scott and seeing all the Hollywood blockbuster period movies.  

Let’s go “a Viking” - love my action films!

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your publishing experience that you would change? 

It’s a good thing I didn’t quit my day job.  Writing and publishing are two different career paths.  My experience has been on-the-job training, which is more difficult than taking collegiate courses.  It is a challenge to wear both caps, but I wouldn’t change anything, unless of course, I can use hindsight and start over - no, don’t think so - never look back, just move forward.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author and what has been the best compliment?

Toughest criticism is “wrote a movie” - yes, guilty as charged.  That’s my style and I am happy with it.   

Best compliment  - being told I have transported the reader into “the scene” - whether it “hearing” the sound of metal as swords clashed, to “seeing” the dust rise as the horses circled around the arena, to “bracing oneself” as a wall of water approached the shore.

Mary Ann, thank you for visiting the Wizard's Cauldron and everyone here wishes you terrific success with "Scribbler Tales 

Thank you so much, Ngaire. It's a pleasure to be here.

Contact Mary Ann


Lovely Blog - worth following for history buffs and Indies:

The tireless Mary Ann is also the editor at Green Wizard (see right hand column), for Brenda Perlin's west coast "Faction" tales and Ngaire Elder's brilliant kids prose primer,  Dragon's Star"

You can buy Mary Ann's many works on Amazon and through her blog. You might also want to try "Concordia" - for my money, the best book I read in 2012. An amazing journey from rainswept England to sunbaked Moorish Spain with some of the most absorbing characters you'll ever read.

Link for review of Scribbler Tales

Book trailers:

Scribbler Tales –  Amazon UK

Scribbler Tales – Amazon US

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Erotic romance with the "Mistress of Moonlight" herself, Lelani Black...around the Cauldron!

Lelani Black, extremely popular Colorado-based erotic romancier has just released her new novel. I'm a massive fan of Lelani - as are a growing number of e-book readers around the world - and she is a terrific friend of the Cauldron.

Lelani's first interview with Wiz

Picking up the Wizphone, I caught up with her in her smallholding as she struggled to catch and restrain her flying chickens. Yes, chickens DO fly, Lelani assures me. I'll believe it when I see it ha ha.

Here's what Lelani had to day.

It has been a while since you have been around the Cauldron. Tell new readers about yourself, Lelani

Aloha, Wiz! I am Lelani Black, a happily married author who is contracted with a small New York publisher—The Wild Rose Press. I am also Indie published with my own collection of steamy Hawaiian island reads called the Island Moonlight Collection.

Whereabouts in the US are you from? And is it snowing yet?

I live in Colorado, but we have family in Hawaii. I was freezing my bum-bum off last week, and yesterday was baking hot—not in Hawaii, but in the Colorado Rockies. 

The greatest quote ever about the Rocky Mountains

A few snowflakes have made an appearance, but we do have some warm days on the horizon left.

I don't believe you, L. It always snows in Colorado! So tell us about your latest work.

This month I launched Book 3 of my Island Moonlight Collection (grins and pats self on back considering it was six months behind schedule). 

Mistress at Midnight is a secret baby, marriage-of-convenience love story with a mild paranormal twist. The heroine, Viviana, has just lost her sister who left behind an infant son. When Viviana’s attempt to adopt her sister’s baby brings her up against a brick wall, she is forced to look for, and confront, the baby’s father.   He startles her by taking full and complete responsibility for the infant. 
There’s just one tiny detail he leaves out…he’s not the baby’s father.
Can we have an extract? 

Funny you ask…I have one right here! The hero, Michaelis, shows up unannounced at Viviana’s workplace to ask her to marry him, purely for convenience as he is being sneaky and wants to take the baby overseas to meet his real father. (Edited for length) 

Here’s what she thinks of his outrageous proposal: 

"Viviana stared at him, not sure she heard him right.
“What did you just say?”
“I asked you to marry me.” His eyes blazed out a challenge.
“I think that marriage to me will resolve some of your concerns about bringing Charlie to Greece. Of course there will be no sex, or any other lovey-dovey stuff—”
She practically leaped over the counter, her eyes threatening to kill him if dared yap out another word.
“Outside. Now!”
She shoved Michaelis away from the bar, thrust him out the patio door and choked off the urge to kick him in the okole and down the flight of stairs leading to the employee break area. He might have a splendid ass and big shoulders but with her luck, she would aim her foot, miss, and he’d drag her down the steps with him.
“What are you doing?” she screeched when she got him alone.
Surrounded by palms and hibiscus shrubs, the break area gave them shade and privacy from the nosy eyes peering down at them from the patio.
“I came here to ask you to marry me.”
“The answer is no.”
“Why not?”
“Other than I hate your guts? I don’t want to marry you,” she sassed back at him, enraged he would think she would go along with whatever nonsensical thing he planned. "

American/ROW Readers Buy Mistress at Midnight HERE

UK Readers Buy HERE

Which is your favourite Lelani Black book? 

Wiz, I love them all. Now I do owe an extra pat of affection to Boss with Benefits, the first book I sold to a publisher. 

This is the book that got things started for me. It’s an erotic romance and one of my most enduring titles. All of my other stories owe a debt of gratitude to the Boss.

And which would you recommend new readers take next after Moonlight? 

Readers who are curious about my erotic romances typically will read Boss with Benefits.

How would you class your work? I hear it is a tad more on the romance side than erotica? Would you agree? 

The Indie books in the Moonlight Collection were written as sensual contemporary romances, still steamy but with heaping doses of story and, of course, love.

My erotic romance fiction—published through The Wild Rose Press—are all love stories, too, with added (explicit) emphasis on the physical dynamics that occur when two people take their attraction to a physical level—the bonking, if you will, hahaha.

Oh yes, the bonking ha ha...

All of my books have the elements of love and romance in them. It’s just up to the reader to decide the level of heat they want to read.

I also hear that the bottom has fallen out of the erotica market just lately, since Kobo/Nook took their decision to ban self-published novels. Is this this the case? 

Unable to sell erotica to his publisher, Bob Abercrombie
now writes healthy eating cookbooks

My erotic romances aren’t self-published, and they are on Kobo so I can’t really say what other authors who’ve self-pubbed their erotic fiction have had to deal with. 

I can say that being an author with an Indie published novel, regardless of genre, can get you dirty looks from booksellers, readers and family members who haven’t been paying attention to what has been happening in the publishing industry. 

You are a professional writer. Is the environment easier or harder than when you started? 

It’s like the Whack-a-Mole game at the arcade, Wiz. 

You nail one thing, and something else pops up to challenge you. For me, it’s easier—only a little, and only because I’ve had years of conditioning.  

I’d been with Romance Writers of America for a decade before I even published. I was with author groups and loops, some met at libraries every month, others were online. 

Romance writers gather for the after-conference

Years of exposure to the industry, to authors, established and up and coming, reading (and enjoying) all genres of books helped me so much. There will always be challenges, but I know which ones to embrace and which ones not to worry about.

Are you a Goodreads fan? 

I hope to be more active on Goodreads, but in my humble opinion, it’s not an easy site to navigate for me, personally.

You have had many battles with trolls and flamers over the years and Goodreads is a notorious bullying site that ought to come with a health warning. Can an author survive without it? 

I don’t see why not. I think most author/reader resources can be effective when used the way they’re supposed to be used. That said, like most author/reader sites, there are always a few bad apples that spoil the experience for others. Not every site is going to work for every author, either. Just putting yourself and your art out there exposes you to all manner of people, kind strangers and some not so kind. Some authors give glowing reports about Goodreads, others not so much. 

It's not for me, Lelani. So, what are you watching, reading and listening to lately? Anything good? 

I’m hooked on Game of Thrones, Wiz.

Popular sword and sorcery TV show for teenagers

Oh, and re-runs of 30 Rock. 

Legendary American officecom which 
never made the UK

How are those chickens in your back garden?

It’s chicken anarchy! Whoever told the world that chickens don’t fly never had chickens. Ours fly up onto a five-foot fence, perch in the apple tree branches, and all this with their wings clipped. They are really cute, though.

Chickens can fly!!

You are a terrific cook, I hear. What was the last great meal you cooked? 

The last great meal I cooked was beer batter fried fish with boneless strips of walleye, a meaty type of white fish caught from the depths of a cold, Colorado lake. 

This is cruelty, Lelani! I am starving now (Ed)

We drizzled the lot with lemon and sprinkled with malt vinegar, it was beyond scrumptious. Only thing missing was mushy peas.

And finally, what next for the lovely Lelani Black?

Oodles of fun things in store, Wiz.  I’m finishing up a romantic suspense novella this fall. 

I’ll work on Book 4 of my Island Moonlight Collection shortly after, and…cha-chaaaa…my erotic romances through The Wild Rose Press may soon be available translated in Japanese. Good times on the way! 

Allow me - and all the Wizardwatchers - to wish you the best of luck with this, Lelani and I hope to see you again next time.

Thanks bunches again for letting me pop in for a natter, Wiz. Thank you so much for all you do for authors, and for the Indie community!

As a treat to anyone curious about my Indie pubbed collection – Book 1 of the Island Moonlight Collection, Bargain Bride, Billionaire Groom can be downloaded FREE TODAY AND THE NEXT TWO DAYS*

*Sept 21 -23 

Lelani and her husband relax at home

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Classic Tarantino rip off filmed a bit near
where Lelani lives

Rochdale based Lelani Black fan devastated to
find out she'll have to wait
six months for her next fix

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Kimono My House, Senor! Rebecca Raisin talks Billie Jones - around the Cauldron

As an author, popular Australian Rebecca Raisin wears two significantly different hats, but one hat she wears proudly is the Wizard's Green Pointy Hat she was given the last time she was here. We're glad to have her back. 

Riding high on the success of instant romance classic "The Bookshop on the Corner", mother of two Rebecca this time turns comedian and satirist with her pseudonymous creation, Billie Jones. 

The Wizard talked to Rebecca on the Wizphone about her new novel  just after dropping her two rascally boys at school. 

Here's what she had to say.

Rebecca Raisin's Original Interview with the Wizard

Rebecca, tell us about Billie Jones. Who is she? WHY is she?

Billie is my alter ego... She’s a little zanier than me, swears a lot, and likes surfing. 

Billie came about because my publisher wanted to keep my two writing styles separate. Under Rebecca I write sweet romance, and Billie writes satire. It made sense to split the genres, and use a pseudonym so you’ll know what style you’ll get under each name. 

What is Billie's latest work?

Billie’s latest is a novel called Mexican Kimono. 

Samantha knows what she wants from life – and she’s got it! 1.A loving family. OK, her Mum’s plan to marry her off to the world’s most metrosexual man might not be ideal… but it’s only because she cares!2. A great job. Or at least: a job that leaves plenty of time to update Twitter and shop for designer bargains online…3.A credit card, with a very generous limit. So generous that she’s just spent over $10,000 on an antique kimono… But suddenly Samantha’s charmed life starts to fall apart! From a hair-related fire to losing her job, Sam’s facing bad karma – and it all started when she bought that kimono… Sure, it’s ridiculous. How could a piece of silk ever bring bad luck? But it can! Because, whether Samantha likes it or not, someone wants to teach her a lesson: it’s what’s inside that counts.But will Samantha slow down long enough to listen?

Is it comedy? That's a tough genre!

Yes, a comedy! Well, I hope so! My sense of humour is a little wacky, so it could very well be I’m the only one who finds it hilarious! I find it so much easier to write this genre. It just flows so quickly, and I have a lot of fun with the dialogue. The characters verge on the extreme, and all help Sam on her way to becoming (hopefully) a better person.

Are you funny, Rebecca?

Hilarious. Oh, God, it’s terrible. So for example, I read a little bit of Mexican Kimono again the other day, and I found a few lines that just killed me. I was doubled over, crying with it all. And Ash goes to me, “What’s so funny?” I’m gasping for breath, trying to compose myself so I can read it to him. Every time I start to talk I’m in hysterics again, making it impossible to read it aloud. So he takes the story from me, and because I’ve just built it up to this ten minute belly-grabbing moment, he reads it, does an eye roll and says, “There’s something wrong with you!” Of course that only makes me laugh more because I totally agree! Ha ha! 

How much time do you spend promoting the Billie Jones brand?

I don’t spend as much as I should. There’s always so much going on with the romance side of things... But, I still spend time tweeting and face-booking for Billie. I like that I can have fun with a different personality. Billie’s a little more forthright, and of course, funny.

What are the problems with writing pseudonymously? And what are the benefits?

Well the first problem was, I couldn’t keep it a secret. I tried for a good five minutes but I wanted to explode. So there goes that angle, of this mysterious cool surfer chick from Australia. Now you know it’s me, the strange, uncool, Dolly-Parton-loving, scared-of-sharks, girl from Australia. That’s still cool, right? Everyone loves Dolly, surely?

The benefits are that I can write what I want to. Both Snake Typhoon! and Mexican Kimono were rejected at first because they didn’t suit the style of the Gingerbread Cafe books. But I pushed for them to be published because I have so much fun writing them. They’re probably not as PC as they should be, so I always duck for cover when a review comes in, and if anyone picks me up on that, well, it’s not my’s all Billie. 

You are a published author with Carina UK. Had you not been picked up, would you have self published?

I was going to at one point until I had to apply for that tax number thingy, or whatever that number thing is...eyes glazed over, fell asleep on the laptop. I hate waiting. So nope. Formatting? What is that? It all seemed way too time consuming and technical. I suck at things like that. I’d rather write, and let someone else do all if the snore boring stuff.

In a hundred and fifty words, describe a day in the life of a busy romance author in Australia

She wakes up, a little after noon... oh wait, that’s Billie. 

I wake up, and I DO NOT immediately check my rankings...

Ha ha ha...

...only weirdos would do that before they’ve even had coffee. I’m usually roughly awoken at 5am by a six year old asking for chocolate. To buy time I give him my mobile, which he smashes roughly once a month. After a morning of GET DRESSED, WE ARE SO LATE! And a few I am going to put all this Lego in the bin! I drop them at school and count how many hours until it’s WINE time. Sad that it’s like eight hours away, I write. I ignore the house work, because really, it’s never going to get done. And I write about fictional people who I fall in love with. Or about girls who are brave enough to say the things I only think. 

You write short books. Is this deliberate?

I just write the story in my mind. Snake Typhoon is only 10K, Mexican Kimono is 55K. 

I don’t want to pad out a story for the sake of word count. It is what is it, and that’s one plus being published with Carina UK, they accept all lengths, so I have a lot of freedom with how I write. 

You reached a shortlist for Best Short Romance Novel just lately. How did you fare?

I am the bridesmaid, yet again. I’m sure it was a very close decision but I didn’t win ;). I’m not saying we should do a recount or anything... So, third time’s a charm, right? 

Alan Moore talks about One Million Word Novel, Jerusalem

Ulysses by James Joyce is a bestseller each year. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace sold over 2 million copies and it is 300,000 words. Genius Alan Moore has just written a 1 million word novel.  Are big books coming back. And do you have plans for a big book?

I’ve heard it’s not the size that counts, but how you use it... I mean, like word count ;)

A million word novel would have to be endlessly gripping, not sure I could commit to reading it! It’s almost like a marriage, that many words. Nope. Novellas are in, or short novels, if you ask me. And as you can see by my earlier Dolly Parton reference, I’m a huge follower of what’s on-trend. 

What have you been a) listening to b) watching and c) reading just lately?

I’m listening to Babel by Mumford and Sons. 

I love those folky, bearded, angsty guys! I like Broken Crown, it’s all dark, and weird, and angry  

Watching... fine. Big Brother. Only because MKR isn’t on! 

I’m reading Mothers and Daughters by Kylie Ladd and Aussie writer. It’s brilliant. 

And finally, what's next for Billie Jones - and Rebecca Raisin?

For Billie I’d love to write another story with Kez from Snake Typhoon! I did leave it open for Tarantula Quake...until that very same week I had two spiders in my bed (while I was in it!) on two separate occasions, and one trying to attack me under my dressing gown. I don’t know, it kind of felt like a warning...

For Rebecca I’m writing a story set at a derelict maple syrup farm. A broody main character with a past he’s trying to escape... It’s set in the same town as the Gingerbread Cafe books, so while it’s a stand alone, you’ll see glimpses of the people from the other stories. 

One of Carina's top-selling
books - sequel coming soon

Rebecca, its been a pleasure having you around the Cauldron and I am sure that Wizardwatchers will join me in wishing you all the best of luck with Mexican Kimono and all your books!

Wiz, it's been an absolute pleasure! Thank you for having me back.

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Rising star faction author Brenda Perlin confesses all...around the Cauldron!

Brenda Perlin is a huge friend of the Wizard's Cauldron and is currently in a prolific phase of her authorial life.  She seems to be publishing a book a week! 

If you don't know Brenda, you are in for a treat. A native of opulent, affluent, Orange County in California, she lives an enviable existence and writes about her life, warts and all, in a genre called faction, real stories transformed into works of fiction. 

I love her stuff and Brenda and I have become big pals from seven and a half thousand miles away. 

Funny, effervescent, incredibly hard working and a massive supporter of Indies, I caught up with Brenda on the Wizphone as she picked ripened olives from the vines surrounding her boulevard Hacienda, and that. Here's what she had to say...

Brenda's previous chats with Wiz Green can be found HERE, on the Wizard's Cauldron Index

Brenda, tell us about your new novel, Fractured Vows.

Fractured Vows is the first book in the Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles told from Bo’s point of view. Getting a guys perspective paints a bit more of the picture. This book is a love story to Brooklyn but it’s also Bo’s coming-of-age story and all the obstacles he survived to get to this point. It was not an easy course as it was filled with attorneys and on going fighting with his soon to be ex-wife Ruth.

What does Bo think about the book?

“Bo” (not his real name) is very excited about this publication. He acts as if HE wrote the book. Haha. He is very invested in “his story” especially. He also doesn’t mind that his high school graduation photo is on the cover. ;-)

Can you share an extract with us?

Here you go.

“I have had a real-life indoctrination into the legal system of family law after filing for divorce from Ruth. I was on my second attorney and had spent well over one hundred thousand dollars, having to pay numerous experts to prove my case. There have been forensic accountants, prenuptial agreement experts, real estate specialists, and the list goes on. What a fraud the legal system can be! It is set up solely for lawyers by lawyers. Everything has to be followed by the letter of the law, which often gets a bit off point.”

Listen to Brenda Perlin as she discusses her work with Phil Naessens on The Writers Show 

What's been the reaction to your work overall so far? Are you pleased with it?*

I am surprised how many people have related to this series and have not been ashamed to say so. I mean, it’s all out there in the open. I honestly expected people to be more judgmental of a story based on adultery because I didn’t hold back. 

People say I am brave. I don’t see it that way. I had a story to tell. It happened so why not share? Plus, what do I have to lose? Most of my people are gone though. I wish they were here to see all that I have accomplished. 

I feel very good about how my books are reading. Our friend Mary Ann Bernal took out the red pen and boy was she bold!!! Haha. Good thing I could take it. She found so many repetitive words and phrases it could give you a headache but I am glad to say those are a thing of the past and the books sparkle in my humble opinion. Did I tell you I was humble? Maybe not humble but I am honest. I want these stories to read as well as they can. I feel good about these three. Now I can go ride into the sunset with my honey. Well, not by horseback. I am not built for that but you get my point. I am pleased. :-)

*In the US, Brenda has 100 5* reviews for Ty The Bull and 68 5* for Shattered Reality, her first published novel.

Follow Brenda Perlin on Twitter - Twitter

I understand you were once assaulted in a supermarket by Bo's ex-wife for something you wrote. 

Actually, Mark, it was at the gym. I wrote about that assault in all three books but her insults have continued. Just the other day Bo got a scorching email because she was not pleased being the STAR (as she calls herself) of my books. 

My feeling is, she started it. Had she not gone after me in such a profound way I would have let it go. She gave me the reason to write this saga. 

"By the way, I do have a restraining order because with her you just don’t know what her frame of mind is going to be from one day to the next".

What do the characters you write about think about your work? 

Well, obviously Ruth (the STAR) is not too pleased. My best friend was insulted by something I wrote though it was written with love. My ex-husband is hiding quietly behind the scenes. Knowing him, he is waiting for the perfect time to attack. He is not one to just let things go. He will seek his revenge. In the meantime, we can sit back and enjoy the moment of calm.

What next for the Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles? Are you planning more work or is Fractured Vows the end? 

Even though I have more material accumulating as Ruth feeds into my story, I am happy to let it ride. I accomplished enough in these three books. I love having my coming-of-age story out there in the public. I think there are plenty of things girls can relate to. 

I like that my life is on paper even though there were far too many twists and turns that I would have preferred to have done without. It feels like a good place to end. Now I can write about my other passions like I have with Ty the Bull, a children’s short story on bullies and divorce and my latest Alex the Mutt, another short story for the love of my dog. 

The bigger picture is for the love of dogs. There are too many wonderful animals sitting at shelters who need to be rescued. People should know they don’t have to go to a breeder or buy a dog at a pet store. They can find their favorite breeds at a shelter instead and make a great difference in a dogs life.

I hear on the grapevine you are writing a book about romance in the OC? Is this true?

Haha. Now I know you are playing with me, Mark!!! Even though I watch those silly shows as they are entertaining they are what is wrong with society. What have the Kardashian’s ever done for world? Vapid!!! It’s embarrassing but as long as we watch them, they will continue to make their millions on their reality shows.

Just down the road from Brenda and "Bo". The real housewives of OC.

What music do you listen to when you write? Are you still into the eighties?

I love so many kinds of music. I used to mix my own CD’s. Everything from Stevie Wonder to Creed and then a bit of George Winston. I like most music. Not a big fan of country even though it keeps getting more popular. I am passionate about my music and a good song inspires me.

Do you still go to the gym? Or are you too busy writing.

It is getting harder and harder these days to make it to the gym. There is never enough hours in the day with social media and such but my workouts are a priority. Don’t want to get fat over these books. Now that would make me miserable! 

The consequences of too much writing
and not enough bicep curls.

And finally, what next for Brenda Perlin, the author?

Well, let’s hope nothing strikes a chord with me or it could end up in print. You just never know.

 Actually, I am pretty happy with my latest work and when something strikes me again I might have a sit down and write about it. In the meantime, I am happy with my life. I have great friends like you and Mary Ann and we have travel plans! I am ready to see what’s next. 

Super editor and noted historical
fictionist, Mary "Concordia" Ann Bernal

Mark, you are always so kind and know how to make me laugh! I hope one day to be venturing off to your side of the world. We could have a spot of tea, mate!! ;-)

Here's my favourite, in Trafalgar Square. My mate Alf makes
a stonking pot of tea, Bren. :)

Ha ha can't wait! Brenda, it is, once again, a massive pleasure to have you around the Cauldron and all the Wizardwatchers  and I wish you all the best with Fractured Vows.

Ha ha. Thank you for always being so supportive Mark - I love being around the Cauldron. 

Fractured Vows (Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles: Book Three)

Brenda Perlin is an independent adult contemporary fiction author. Brenda evokes emotional responses in her readers by using a provocatively unique writing style. Her latest book, Burnt Promises, captures the soul-wrenching conflicts of a personal struggle for emotional fulfillment.
Ever since Brenda was a child she has been fascinated with writing. She draws her biggest inspiration from Judy Blume. This sparked a passion in Brenda to pursue personal expression through writing. Once she was old enough to go to coffee shops alone, Brenda recalls losing herself in the world of writing, all while documenting her ideas on paper napkins.

"There is really no creative process, I just write," - Brenda Perlin


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Alf's legendary fried breakfast 
to help wash down the tea, Bren

Little known James M Cain potboiler

Amazing beautiful people show, 
feelgood playground at "The OC".