Brenda Whiteside

Welcome to the Spotlight:

Brenda Whiteside

Author of the Series: Love and Murder

Release date: May 20, 2014 – Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Editor: Stacy Holmes – Cover Artist: Ray Monet

The Art of Love and Murder

In every book of this series there’s a little bit of me or someone I know. The Art of Love and Murder: My grandmother was nearly full-blood Native American. I love Flagstaff, Arizona. Southwest of Love and Murder: Phoebe writes murder mysteries and has a hippie flare. A Legacy of Love and Murder: Austria has a fond place in my heart. My good friend, Harte, lends his name. The Power of Love and Murder: My son did the rock start thing for a while. My brother spent a horrible, yet funny, night in a cheap motel. The Deep Well of Love and Murder: A dog I once loved gave me some inspiration.

Welcome to the Spotlight Ms. Brenda!

What do you think makes a good story?
I love to read character driven stories, so that’s what I write. Can the reader relate to the character(s)? Will the reader go through the rollercoaster of emotions with the character(s)? The plot might be good, but if the characters are flat, the story will fall flat, too.
What inspired you to start writing?
Reading was my inspiration. I learned to love to read at a very early age. My mother encouraged me to make up my own stories. When did you start writing? In 2009, I signed my first contract. I guess it was about 2007 when I put away my paints and took up writing instead.
What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?
Write every day, even if it’s only for fifteen minutes before you head out for your day job. You have to keep those creative juices flowing.
How do you handle writer’s block?
I’ve never had traditional writer’s block. I always have something to say. What I have occasionally, which is a type of writer’s block, is writer’s avoidance. If I’m at a particularly tense moment in the story, I’ll go do something else. I’ll avoid getting into it. Or if I have to write a synopsis, I really use some avoidance measures. Yes, I hate writing the synopsis. Once I do something else, I’ll chide myself and get my butt back in the chair.
What comes first, the plot or characters?
Characters. I meet people in my head and then they lay out their stories.
Do you have any new series planned?
I’ve just completed the first book of my Joshua, Arizona series. Joshua is an old mining town, turned ghost town, turned hippie haven that has now morphed into a tourist town. Joshua hangs on the side of Spirit Mountain. Some of the old hippies remain as well as some of the ghosts. The first three books will be about the MacKenzie family. There’s lots of suspense, romance, and a touch of the mystical.

Let’s Have A Read!!

     Momentarily struck dumb by his eye color, she stared back. Why hadn’t she noticed until now? Although not as light as hers or her father’s, the professor’s eyes were a startling green shade.
     His hand nudged her arm. “Lacy?”
     She jumped. “Oh, yes.” She slipped the tissue from the half-carved wolf. Another glance at his eyes and goose bumps riddled her arms.
     He lifted the wood close to his face, using both hands as if handling a delicate hummingbird. His thumb traced the neck of the creature to the juncture of where it emerged from the wood. When he brought the piece to his nose, closing his eyes and breathing deeply, Lacy wanted to turn away from the oddly erotic gesture.
     He swallowed, opened his eyes and set the wolf back on the tissue. His attention shifted to the photograph of the chest. He touched the photo, a smile on his lips. “Where is the chest?”
     The chest. Like he knew it, had seen it before. “I’m having it sent. You’ve seen it before?”
     He didn’t move, stared out the window as if deep in thought. “I’d like to show you something, Lacy.”
     “All right.” She waited, watching his profile.
     He turned and stared into her face a moment. “You’re so very lovely. A creation full of life and passion, surpassing any art form.”
     His hypnotic voice floated on the classical strains drifting from the living room. She couldn’t speak. Didn’t know what to say. She’d been lifted upon a pedestal of admiration. With any other man, she might consider his words a means to a sexual end. The professor’s intentions, however, were crystal. He admired her like a work of art.


Where can we purchase

The Art of Love and Murder?

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Would You Rather…

Room full of snakes or a room full of spiders?
An endless summer or an endless winter?
Really? Neither.
Constant nagging pain or a constant itch?
Always be an hour early or be constantly twenty minutes late?
Hour early
Live in a haunted mansion or live in a un-haunted cottage?
Tea or coffee
Coffee addict
Hot or cold
Movie or book
Coke or Pepsi
Toilet paper – over or under
Morning person or Night owl
Always morning
Shower or bath
City or country
Social Media or book
Paperback or e-book

Where Can We Find You Online?

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Author Bio:

Brenda Whiteside is the author of suspenseful, action-adventure romance. Mostly. After living in six states and two countries—so far—she and her husband have decided they are gypsies at heart, splitting their time between Northern Arizona and the RV life. They share their home with a rescue dog named Amigo. While FDW is fishing, Brenda writes stories of discovery and love entangled with suspense.

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