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Newsletter Dated: 12/4/2004 8:50:34 AM
Subject: L.C. MARTIN'S AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT
Brenda Weber is the author of I PROMISE NOT TO TELL, an autobiography dealing with sexual and domestic abuse. This is her story of being a victim, making bad choices, and being constantly reminded of the little girl she once was. She bares her soul and reveals her deepest secrets.
"JOHN HORN-Legend of a Lumberjack" her second book was accepted by Publish America and will be available soon. Set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the late 1800's, it's a story about the booming lumberjack days. You won't want to miss this romantic/historical fiction!
1. How did you become an author?
* I've been writing, mainly poetry, since I was fifteen. I didn't consider myself to be an Author until my first book, an autobiograpy, I Promise Not to Tell, was published in October of 2003. I knew my story was compelling and could reach the hearts and minds of many people in the same situations as my own abuse.
2. What inspires you?
* My own determination in overcoming so many obstacles in my life and struggling to maintain the freedom to just be who I am. So many people in life hide their heads under baskets, refusing to look at their life and trying to make it better. My writing, whether it be poetry or a story has touched people, made them think, made them look hard and long at their lives. That alone inspires me to keep writing, to keep touching people's lives.
3. What are you working on now? Future books?
* I recently finished a work of fiction, John Horn-Legend of a Lumberjack. It is based on the finding of a grave deep in the woods of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, along the Manistique River. The grave marker was just a wooden stake with the name John Horn and the date 1897. The story is my rendition of who John Horn was, how he came to this area and how he lived and died here. I am awaiting page proofs from my publisher, Publish America. I am also working on a sequel to I Promise Not to Tell and another work of fiction about a small town with today's problems.
4. If you could have lunch with a literary figure
(living or dead) who would it be? And why?
* A reviewer compared me to William Faulkner. I've never read any of his work but it would be interesting to sit down with him and see if I recognize myself in him. Maybe there would be a connection there.
5. What advice would you like to offer aspiring
* Follow your dream. My dream was to one day have a book published and I accomplished that, with a second one on the way now. I write from my heart, from the inside out. I try to see what is inside a person and not just the outward shell we all hide behind at times. If you can put yourself in another's shoes you learn to have compassion and empathy and see things for what they are. Make writing your passion and you will find the love that I have for writing and touching someone.
6. What do you like to do besides writing?
* I love taking black and white photos. I took the photo for the cover of I Promise Not to Tell and with the help of the cover designer, they were able to inset actual pictures of myself and my mother at young ages. I also took the photo for the planned cover of my second book. I have photos stored away for the next two books I am working on too. There is something about a black and white photo that brings out more emotion and a hint of eeriness.
7. Favorite movie? Vacation spot? Food?
* My favorite movie is Dirty Dancing. I could watch it a hundred times. I love the ending. I've never been on an actual vacation, I work six or seven days a week as a bartender. I'm afraid my idea of a vacation is a day off. I would love to go to Ireland, that would be my ultimate vacation spot, for some reason it just seems like a romantic place. My favorite food is Mexican and Italian. I love Nachos and Lasagna.
8. Anything you'd like to tell our readers? Upcoming
contests? Booksignings? Events?
* I run a monthly contest on my website: www.brendaweber.bravehost.com for a complimentary copy of I Promise Not to Tell. I've only done a few local booksignings, I just don't have to time to run around the country when I work as much as I do. I've done a couple radio interviews, one local and one was on a Worldwide Internet Station, Artist First. Oprah is mentioned in my autobiography because she had asked me to be a guest on her show about "Secrets" about 15 years ago. I wasn't able to go so it would be my all time ultimate event to someday be invited back to talk about my autobiography, now that I finally wrote it and it's published.
9. Have you written anything besides books?
* My first love is poetry. I have written so many over the years. Maybe someday I'll have a book of it published too.
10. How can people contact you or learn more about
your books and all of your writing activities?
* My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and my website is www.brendaweber.bravehost.com
Thank you, Brenda, for your candidness and an interesting interview. I'm looking forward to reading more of your work!