Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Brenda Thornlow is an author from Brooklyn, NY. She was recently named one of the winners of the 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading contest for 2015. Brenda is the author of the first book in a time travel series entitled, My Life as I Knew It; The Revolving Door: A Short Story, and her latest novel is entitled A Godless Love. When she is not writing Brenda temps as an administrative assistant all around the Manhattan area. She currently lives in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bay Ridge with her husband of five years, their dog Norman and two cats, Cody and Astor.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is entitled A Godless Love. The inspiration for this book stems from my background being raised in a religious cult that has immense control over its member’s lives, including the sex lives of married couples.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
While writing, I sometimes stop and do a 3 or 4 mile walk while listening to RuPaul. I find his music inspiring.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Some of my favorites are The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb; The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster and The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule.
What are you working on now?
The second installment of the My Life as I Knew It series entitled, Life, As Is.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
For promoting my books I use, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram and Tumblr plus I advertise on Google.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Throughout my life I’ve always loved to write but never shared my work with anyone until a couple of years ago because I was so self conscious. It was such a freeing experience when I began to showcase my work. If you love writing, don’t worry about what other people think; just do it and put it out there. Some people will appreciate your work and some won’t. Ignore the ones that don’t appreciate it. Do it for yourself.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
If you want to write, then sit down and write. Don’t let anything or anyone stop you.
What are you reading now?
Maldeamores by Mara White.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Releasing Life, As Is in late February/ early March of 2016 and on February 9th at 8pm EST I will be doing a live interview with ArtistFirst Radio.
What is your favorite book of all time?
There are too many to mention. Off the top of my head I would have to say it’s the three I mentioned above.