Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Author Interview - Brenda Whiteside

Today, I am pleased to welcome to The Author's Den multi-published author, Brenda Whiteside.

Brenda, please tell us a little about yourself
Convinced I was born to be an artist, I never took my love of writing seriously…until sometime after college, after marrying a man doing a stint in the army, and after the birth of my son, when I discovered I found more satisfaction filling a blank page with words than an empty canvas with color. Early in our marriage, we discovered we’re gypsies at heart. We’ve lived in six states and two countries—so far. Currently, we split our time between the pines of Northern Arizona and the RV life. At home or in the RV, I spend most of my time writing stories of discovery and love entangled with suspense.

Please share an enticing tag line of your current work with us.
A vengeful ex-husband isn’t the only obstacle for Laura Katz and Randy Silva…a high stake, bloody fight for his land threatens not only their happiness, but their lives.

Your novel is being made into a TV series/movie. Who’s in your dream cast?
For The Deep Well of Love and Murder, Bradley Cooper would make a great Randy Silva. I think he could pull off the roll of an Argentine/American cowboy. He’s a few inches too short but he’s still 6’1”, so Hollywood could figure out the right angles. The heroine, Laura Katz, is pretty but not perfectly pretty, so Emma Roberts would be a good match. There are three villains in The Deep Well of Love and Murder. Side note: I love writing villains. Laura’s creepy ex-husband, Clark Katz, could be played by Zac Efron. He could pull off a druggy, petty thief who’s crazed over Laura. His eyes would do it! Leonardo DiCaprio could play the wimpy rancher’s son, Charles Farley, who is after his father’s land. The land developer, Brad Markham, who comes to a surprise ending, would be perfect for Daniel Craig. (Yes, the newest Bond could be a bad guy.)

How do you come up with the titles of your books?
For my Love and Murder Series, I took it to the public. Way back when, I decided to write a suspense series that would involve romance and murder, hence the series title. I had the first book, The Art of Love and Murder, in mind already. The book involves a woman searching for information about her birth parents. The mother turns out to be an artist of local renown. For the other titles, I threw out a bit of info on Facebook and got some wonderful suggestions I could work with.

What are your hobbies away from writing/the computer? 
I have a very small garden. It’s dominated by the fairy/gnome village that is always a work in progress. There are a few edible herbs mixed with succulents and flowers.

What are two things people might be surprised to know about you? 
I enjoy fishing occasionally. Personally, I wouldn’t be surprised to know that about myself, but I’ve been told I don’t look like a fisher person. No idea why. When I was a few years younger, I was a wannabe belly dancer. I actually performed at the state fair and once at a Suns Basketball game.

What can we expect from you next? Are you working on anything new?
My next series is set in Joshua, Arizona, a fictional town based on the ghost town/tourist town, Jerome, Arizona. This will be a three-book series about three siblings and their parents. The setting is a character in itself. There will be a touch of the mystic running though these books. There will be plenty of suspense and romance, too. Look for the first book in the series by the end of the year.

Where can we find you and your books on line?

Let's take a peek at Brenda's book, The Deep Well of Love and Murder, book five in The Love and Murder series.
After an abusive childhood and bad marriage, Laura Katz has finally found a home, stability…and possibly love. But her blissful refuge as nanny on the Meadowlark Ranch, miles from Flagstaff, shatters when her ex is released from prison, determined to reclaim her. 

Randy Silva, the Argentine foreman, has plans for his own ranch, but a nasty land grab is underway. While the battle escalates, Laura steals his heart, but there are outsiders who stand in their way. He’s in a fight for his land, and the woman he wants by his side. 

Stakes are high, as the attacks on Randy and his ranch draw blood. While the vengeful ex-husband stalks Laura, a mob-backed land developer teams with a desperate gambler. Randy can’t be sure where the next attack will come from—or who will be caught in the crossfire.

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  1. Thanks so much for interviewing me today, Darlene.

    1. Such a pleasure to have you visit today, Brenda. I can't wait to get into your Love and Murder series!

  2. I'm so glad you intend to read it!