Name: Brenda Thornlow
Genre/s you write: Contemporary fiction and memoir
Birthday: Feb 12
Number of books out: 5
-What part of the writing process comes easy to you? Which part is difficult?
I enjoy writing dialogue. It might sound strange, but my least favorite part is describing surroundings and scenery. Even when I’m reading I become easily bored when an author starts describing scenery in detail (ie, what the sky looked like, where every piece of furniture is located in a room, etc.) I’m very much a person that wanted to get to the heart of a story and intricate details don’t hold my interest.
-What author/s do you feel would be a fan of your work?
I would love to believe that my favorite authors would appreciate my work: Paul Auster, Patricia Cornwell and Wally Lamb
-If you could switch places with one of your characters, who would it be? Why?
Brianna from the My Life as I Knew It series. As scary and disorienting as it may be, I would love a chance to time travel. Not only to fix stupid decisions I’ve made but I think it would be amazing to experience different events throughout history. Especially the 1920’s and the 1960’s.
-What inspired your first novel?
Long story short: My husband and I suffer from infertility. A lot of times there is no rhyme or reason for infertility but one of questions that entered my mind was “did I wait too long to start trying to conceive?” Another question was whether or not I didn’t take care of myself when I was younger. These and other questions led to what I would do differently if I went back in time. This led to the time travel series.
-What is your favorite genre to read?
-What is your favorite book? Why?
The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster. It’s a very unique story with colorful characters. I’ve read it several times and never got sick of it.
-What is your dream vacation?
So far Paris and Prague are my favorites. In the near future I would love to experience an African Safari.
-If you had a spirit animal, which would it be? Why?
Probably a bird or a butterfly since I’m constantly changing and discovering new things about myself.
Here’s a description of my latest release; my memoir entitled My Short-Lived Life at Being Perfect:
“Brenda Thornlow shares her story of being raised a third-generation member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, forbidden from celebrating holidays, birthdays and associating with anyone outside of her faith. From a young age, she struggles to accept what her devout family believes, to no avail. Eventually marrying an abusive member with a position of authority in her church, Brenda struggles to extricate herself from this dominating religious group who attempt to manipulate her into staying married to her abuser.”
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