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Reviews for Sleeping With the Lights On
RT Book Reviews Cheers to Whiteside for writing a heroine who exists outside of conventional romance novels in terms of age and marital status...novel is written with a pleasantly light sense of humor...
Coffee Time Romance & More, 4 Cups
Brenda Whiteside writes with a voice that keeps the reader coming back for more. I recommend Sleeping with the Lights On for the hair-raising suspense as well as the melt your heart romance.
Night Owl Romance, 4 Stars
I could immerse myself in the ambiance she created and the ending was a real surprise!!
My Overstuffed Bookshelf, 4 Stars
The suspense was great…The romance was great. … a wonderful author who I will definitely be looking out for in the future.
"Sleeping with the Lights On" is a wild ride that fans of romance will want to take.
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About Brenda Whiteside
I was born and raised in Arizona. Outside of Arizona, my travels had only gone as far as California, Nevada, and New Mexico until I married a man doing a stint in the Army. If the Army offered nothing else, we at least had the opportunity to see a good part of the world. And we found we liked moving around.
Our frequent moves continued into our civilian life. Our gypsy lifestyle has finally landed us in the northern prairies of Arizona. We're transitioning from city people to country folk. We share our rambling farmhouse with our son the farmer, his wife, my granddaughter and three dogs. Together, we’ve embraced an age-old lifestyle that has been mostly lost in the United States - multiple generations living under one roof, who share the workload, follow their individual dreams and reap the benefits of combined talents.
I've been writing all of my life. Early on my writing consisted mostly of the captions on my artwork. I was certain my destiny was to be an artist. In high school, my writing took on new meaning with the psychedelic age, and writing became an art in itself with loopy scrolls and color. It wasn't until after college that I found more satisfaction filling a blank page with words than an empty canvas with color. I left my paints behind.
Although I didn’t start out to write romance, I’ve found all good stories have to involve complicated human relationships. I’ve also learned, no matter a person’s age, a new discovery is right around every corner. Whether humorous or serious, straight contemporary or mystery, all my books revolve around those two facts.
Visit Brenda at www.brendawhiteside.com.
Or on FaceBook: www.facebook.com/BrendaWhitesideAuthor
She blogs on the 9th and 24th of every month at http://rosesofprose.blogspot.com
She blogs about prairie life and writing at http://brendawhiteside.blogspot.com/
Also by Brenda Whiteside
Honey On White Bread (Melange Books)
Warm Christmas Wishes, anthology (Melange Books)
The Morning After (The Wild Rose Press)
An Interview with Brenda Whiteside
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Brenda, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Sleeping With the Lights On. Where did you get the idea for this emotionally-charged romance?
BW: Thank you for having me. I appreciate the opportunity to connect with your readers. The dedication in this book is for my sister, my inspiration. When I wrote it, she was single, fifty and yet again not settled. We were actually laughing over lunch one day about some of the men she'd dated, and an idea for a short story came to mind. But a short story wasn't long enough for me to say all there was to say about my heroine. Sleeping with the Lights On was the result.
HH: What do you like best about Sandra and why will readers by cheering for her?
BW: A heroine who has some experience behind her is a character with some depth right off. Sandra is fifty, and by that time in life you would think a woman would have a partner or a career or both. Sandra is still looking. She has a great sense of humor about her unsettled existence. Readers will enjoy and identify with her vulnerability and her ability to laugh at herself.
HH: What do you like best about Carson and why will readers love him?
BW: Oh my, Carson's a hunk. He's a country singer with a Texas drawl and he loves women. He knows just what to say - big swoon factor. And he has a secret.
HH: What do you like best about their relationship versus those in your other works?
BW: They've been there done that, but never gotten over each other. Now, older, with all that experience behind them, the new relationship is so much richer. Plus, because of their history, there are some funny moments.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
BW: I'm working on four manuscripts at present. Three novels are part of the Love and Murder series. I'm putting the final edits on a short story that spans three generations of women - probably the most serious thing I've written to date.
HH: What is your writing schedule like?
BW: I'm up everyday by six. After my first cup of coffee and my email is checked, I write until the rest of the house is up - around eight. During the winter, my schedule is flexible. I write whenever my mood strikes, but normally I get in about three hours a day. During the spring and summer, I'm a little more rigid. Farm chores kick in which I try to have done by lunch and then I can spend the afternoon on writing activities.
HH: What goals have you set for yourself at this point in your career?
BW: To date, I've been published by smaller houses. I now have an agent and my goal is to secure a bigger house. I'm going to give that a shot for a while. If it doesn't happen, I'm plenty happy with the publishers I've worked with and will continue writing for them. My main goal is to keep writing and entertaining readers.
HH: What do you enjoy most about being a writer?
BW: The creative process is like a natural high. Getting the characters in my head down in black and white is so exciting.
HH: What keeps you writing each day?
BW: I don't really know. I often wonder what drives me. At this point in my life (soon to be a grandmother) I could be totally free and easy from one day to the next. I would have a lot more leisure time if I didn't write. But I have to write. It's me and what I do.
HH: Where can readers find you online?
BW: I love Facebook. My author page is www.facebook.com/BrendaWhitesideAuthor
I'm occasionally on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/@brendawhitesid2
My web page is: www.brendawhiteside.com
HH: Thank you!