Welcome to Queer in Color, Brenda! Let's get to know you and your latest release.
I've been an RN for 30 plus years and started writing for publication about five years ago. I've lived most of my life in and around Washington DC before moving to a small town in Ohio ten years ago with my wife. I've a masters degree in education and I credit having to write my thesis between the time my kids were born and their first birthday with teaching me to how to write in the margins and make use of every minute of time to write when opportunity presents itself.
My most recent release One is set in Italy and I outlined it sitting in the University of Milan's cafeteria while waiting for my wife to finish up a panel she was moderating. Mac, the lead character in One was a secondary character in a short story from a collection I published in 2016 and I liked her so much I decided she needed her own story and deserved to find love. We had taken a day trip to Bellagio the day before and I had seen and chatted with the perfect woman for Mac on the trip, and from that One was written. I loved the world I created form Mac and Lana so much I hated leaving it when I finished writing the novel.
Six Questions with Brenda Murphy
1) What are you planning to write next?
I'm currently working on another F/F/F BDSM romance novel set in the shared universe of Rowan House, from my first novel Sum of the Whole, it will mesh with my next release in the series Both Ends of The Whip, set to release in April of this year.
2) Who is your favorite character you’ve ever written?
So far Mac has my heart, she's still my favorite although it's a little like choosing a favorite child.
3) Do you read while writing? Why or why not?
I read outside my genre when writing to avoid inadvertent plagiarism, so I read fantasy romance and westerns, as well as historical romance when I'm writing.
4) What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Don't quit, don't let people discourage you, don't compare yourself to anyone else, and write what you want to write.
5) What’s your writing schedule like?
I write from 9am to 12pm Monday through Friday. I work evenings when I work at the hospital so even if I'm scheduled at the hospital I get my writing time in, I'll also go back and write for a couple of hours after my kids are asleep if I'm in a hurry to get a rough draft completed.
6) Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I'm a plotter, I'm in love with 3x5 cards and use those and a scene list to outline, but it's a loose outline and often the finished product is very different form the original outline.