Her is Ashley's interview with
Brenda Hill, author of Beyond
the Quiet and Ten
However, I never thought I
become a writer - someone literary
who writes lyrical prose that almost sings as you read – until I owned
bookstore in the 1980s and met published and aspiring authors. Some
asked me to
edit their manuscripts and I realized most were ordinary people,
and women who were housewives, store clerks, business owners, doctors,
attorneys. But the aspiring writers believed that with work and
the craft of writing, they could become published authors. Some did
others kept working at the craft. That taught me a valuable lesson:
learning and never give up. While I’m still not a literary writer and
will be, I do hope to entertain with my stories.
What inspired you to become a writer?
My grandfather read to me and told
stories about knights of olde and castles in his native France. Since
I’ve always had a book open and several waiting in a must-read stack.
What inspires you to write about
women and their
Probably because of the struggles in my own life.
In my first novel, Ten Times
Guilty, my female lead, Tracy, is a struggling single mother trying to
best for her son. At one time I had the entire responsibility of
providing for my own son, so I knew of Tracy’s desperation and her
do better on limited funds. While I didn’t experience her sexual
survived other traumas, so I could write about panic, hopelessness, and
finally, the determination to take control and survive.
Beyond the Quiet tells about a grieving widow who discovers
her happy marriage was a sham. I wasn’t a widow, but I did lose my
thirty years to divorce, so I knew all the emotions: loss, shock,
betrayal, and rage. Some of my character’s other experiences, such as
man who made her toes curl, hasn’t actually happened yet, but I have an
imagination. I’d love to meet a Terry O’Neal in my own life.
My Amazon Short, Am I Wife or
Daughter? is based on my own experience with my mother’s care. Again,
happened in the story wasn’t my actual experience, but all the dilemmas
emotions - the indecision, the resentment, and guilt – were all there.
Who inspires you?
Anyone - man, woman, or child -
who has a dream and works at achieving that dream. They may fall at
times, as I
have done, but I admire and learn from those who pick themselves back
continue on the path to their goals.
Do you have a favorite character
from one of your books?
Who do you relate the most to?
Lisa, in Beyond the Quiet. She
experiences all the emotions that accompanies loss and betrayal, yet
her teeth and goes back to work, determined to learn why she was
her quest, she learns about herself and emerges as a stronger, loving
What books would we find on your
Quite a variety ranging from
Memoirs of an Invisible Man to The Da Vinci Code. From fantasies to
biographies. I also read some paranormals, love stories, and thrillers.
What advice would you give to
The lesson I learned years ago:
Keep learning all you can about the craft of writing, and never give