Interview with Brenda B. Taylor

What do you read for pleasure?
I usually read historical fiction, inspirational fiction, or inspirational non-fiction. I enjoy the historical facts and events coming to life in the fiction novels. I also enjoy historical romance. Many authors spend a lot of time researching their novels and giving their readers a glimpse of the past.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read ebooks on an iPad or iPhone with the Kindle, Nook or iBooks application. I also enjoy listening to some of the books with Audible.
Describe your desk
I have a very nice office with a computer desk and chair, a file cabinet full of materials, and organizers everywhere, but I like to sit in a chair beside a window overlooking bird feeders and my laptop computer on a lap desk.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing in grade school, but life got in the way. Only after retirement was I able to fulfill the dream of becoming a published author.
What's the story behind your latest book?
After engaging in genealogical research and finding my family roots, I desired to write a story about the extraordinary lives of the ordinary people in my lineage. They all seemed so colorful their lives demanded a written account.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I don't have enough time left on this earth to pursue traditional publication which takes years. Besides, I want to maintain control over my books.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords helped me learn to format my own books and taught me the way to properly download to publishers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love watching the characters of my stories come to life. They take on a life of their own and sometimes dictate the direction of the story.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love my fans. They are my friends and allies who give me the inspiration to write more stories.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a series of Scottish historical romance novels set in the Highlands of Scotland. My ancestor, Duncan Munro, left Scotland in the early 1800's and immigrated to America. Uncovering the Scottish connection sparked my interest in Scotland and my family there. I traveled to Scotland, met the Munros of the Highlands, and decided to write a historical novel about the people who lived on the land.
Published 2014-04-22.
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Books by This Author

A Highland Bride
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,920. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Romance and revenge brew in the 16th century Scottish Highlands. Alistair Munro returns to Scotland after six years of exile in France to find his wife, son, and estate in the hands of another man. Alistair determines to regain his property and child; however, a beautiful distant cousin, Davina of Clan Munro, attracts his attention. Can Alistair and Davina find love?
A Highland Emerald
Series: Highland Treasures. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,140. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Inspirational
Aine MacLean is forced into an arranged marriage with Sir William, Chief of Clan Munro, yet her heart belongs to a handsome young warrior in her father’s guard. She must leave Durant Castle, the home of her birth on the Isle of Mull, and travel across Scotland in a perilous journey to her husband’s home on Cromarty Firth.
Heaven Must Wait, Part II
Series: The Wades of Crawford County. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,140. Language: American English. Published: August 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Romance
Times are difficult in Missouri after the Civil War. Families struggle to keep their property from creditors and outlaws. The desire of Ralph Wade’s heart is to marry the girl of his dreams, beautiful Leann Clark, but many obstacles stand in their way.
A Highland Ruby
Series: Highland Treasures. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,990. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
(5.00 from 1 review)
She must choose between a life of adventure with the man she loves or a settled, secure life with her betrothed. Flora Vass forced Gavin Munro out of her heart and mind until he returned to Scotland after an adventurous five years in the New World. Gavin leaves no doubt he returned to make the bonnie Flora his own and intends to fight for her.
A Highland Pearl
Series: Highland Treasures. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,960. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Romance
A sweet romance blossoms amidst feuding and war. With her reputation at stake after being accused of practicing witchcraft and hated as a member of a rival clan, Maidie considers leaving Clan Munro and returning to the home of her birth in Clan Cameron. Fierce battles, a tragic encounter, and a handsome clan chief compel her to make crucial decisions in this romance set in 16th century Scotland.
Through The Storm
Series: The Wades of Crawford County, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,340. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Historical » USA
(4.00 from 1 review)
The Wade family saga continues in Through The Storm, a work of historical fiction set in post-Civil War Missouri. Love reigns in the home of Leann and Ralph Wade, although tested many times during the course of their marriage. Leann and Ralph struggle to overcome the storms of life through faith, courage, and commitment to each other.
Follow Your Heart
Series: The Wades of Crawford County, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,080. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Historical » USA
Follow Your Heart is a poignant tale of a young couple's struggles to overcome difficulties during the early years of marriage in post Civil War Missouri. The novel tells about a love strong enough to survive the hard times with the cords of family values and faith intertwined throughout the story.
Heaven Must Wait
Series: The Wades of Crawford County, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 20,560. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Historical
The passionate love story of a young couple struggling to overcome the difficulties in their courtship and keep the faith. Caught in the aftermath of the Civil War and laboring to earn a living from the land, Ralph Wade’s life is in turmoil. After asking for Leann Clark’s hand in marriage only to be refused by her father, Ralph finds solace in the company of a saloon girl.