Interview with Brenda Cheers

Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, so many! I constantly change my mind about who are my favorites, based on what is happening in my life at that moment. Michael Ondaatje is always close to the top of the list. Pat Conroy writes magic. I recently read a novel by Ashley Hay who lives in my hometown of Brisbane and admired her style.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Two things: heat and excitement. Heat because we're having a hot summer and I need to have my running shoes on and be out the door by 5.15 am or it's too hot to exercise in comfort. Excitement because every day is a new adventure. I love life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Other than working, raising children and looking after my partner? There are reasons why I don't normally sleep more than six hours a night!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Often it begins with a review I read, or maybe someone has referred a book or writer. From there I search for the best format to read it in. Ebooks are wonderful for the magic of instant access.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was in grade one. I wrote and illustrated it. Then I made it into a book. I can't remember the story, but I think the protagonist was a cat.
What is your writing process?
An idea comes to me - I never know where from. It develops until the stage of notetaking and mind-mapping. Eventually I begin writing and find it difficult to stop until the first draft is completed.
I send the manuscript to some trusted beta-readers and use their comments to improve the next draft. I usually write around four drafts until satisfied.
What do you read for pleasure?
Usually I enjoy a work of fiction that takes me to another place and time. I get lost in that world. It's wonderful.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle Paperwhite which I take most places. Sometimes I read on my android tablet. I have been known to open an exciting story on my android smartphone while waiting in queues.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm still leaning! I haven't found a technique that I would say was truly effective.
Describe your desk
Bulging. Bursting.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finding out what happens next.
What are you working on next?
"In Strange Worlds" is ripe for a sequel. Early readers have also suggested this. I think it will be my next project.
Published 2014-01-15.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

Requiem for Titus (Strange Worlds Book Four)
Series: Strange Worlds, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 40,990. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » General
In this final installment of the Strange Worlds series, we witness a woman’s fight to save those she loves from terrible fates. If only she could find a way… Praise for the Strange Worlds series: ‘A thrilling series from a master storyteller.’ (Amazon Customer)
Cato's Prophecy
Series: Strange Worlds, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 40,280. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
When William arrives back in the year 2467, it is to a world he no longer recognises. His peaceful existence has been replaced by one in which an Emperor rules by tyranny and fear. What has caused this catastrophe?
The Secrets of Julia Hawke
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,040. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Shame has caused Julia Hawke to live with secrets for most of her adult life. This has damaged relationships and brought pain to those closest to her. Now older, Julia realises that these secrets have come at too high a price. What can she do to regain the trust of those she loves?
In a Time Where They Belong
Series: Strange Worlds, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,140. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Alternative history
This highly anticipated sequel to "In Strange Worlds" answers the big questions: What happened to Meg? What caused the global catastrophe?
In Strange Worlds
Series: Strange Worlds, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 56,170. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
What would you do if you woke up one morning to find you were the only person left alive? That’s what happens to Meg on the day after she is admitted to hospital for the birth of her child. What follows is a fight for survival in a world where battles between good and evil constantly rage around her.
In Conversations with Strangers
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 50,600. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Janine Waldron arrives home unexpectedly to find a scene so shocking that it causes her to lose all reason. She embarks on a road trip across Australia, from Brisbane to Broome, indulging in uncharacteristic behaviour that becomes more degrading and dangerous the further she travels.