Brenda Novak


It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak’s career as a bestselling author—she caught her day-care provider drugging her children with cough syrup to get them to sleep all day. That was when Brenda decided she needed to quit her job as a loan officer and help make a living from home.

“When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book,” Brenda says. But she sold that book, and the rest is history. Her novels have made the New York Times, USA Today and Borders/Waldenbooks bestseller lists and won many awards, including two Rita nominations, the Book Buyer’s Best, the Book Seller’s Best and the National Reader’s Choice Award.

Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are proud parents of five children—three girls and two boys. When she’s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fund-raiser for diabetes research—an online auction held on her Web site ( every May. Brenda has raised over $2 million to date.

Smashwords Interview

You began your writing career because you needed to do something that would keep you at home because of a terrible daycare provider incident. Did you think this would last only until your children started school?
Why do you think it turned into such a successful career for you?

I certainly wanted it to be a successful career from the beginning. I’d just never dreamed I’d be a writer until that difficult time sort of forced me in this direction. So I feel fortunate to have had the longevity I’ve had so far. I believe my willingness to take advantage of every opportunity has made all the difference—that and a bit of luck. ☺ (Both of those things are important in any career, I think.) When I was orphaned before my first book ever came out (my editor was let go when Harper merged with Avon back in 1999), my career could easily have ended with that one book. But only a few months before that unlucky event, I had attended a chapter conference in Utah, where I pitched a contemporary romance (even though I had no real intention of ever writing in the contemporary genre at the time) to my current editor. That set my feet on the path of selling to Harlequin, and they have bought just about everything I’ve written since--more than fifty books!
What did you do to learn how to become a writer?
I read. And I wrote. I learn best by example and trial and error, so I put those two techniques together.
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Where to find Brenda Novak online

Where to buy in print


Hanover House: Book #1 of the Hanover House Chronicles
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 53,120. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
The first story in a new series featuring Evelyn Talbott, a psychiatrist who studies serial killers at a revolutionary new medical health center in the remote town of Hilltop, Alaska. She’s determined to unlock the mysteries of the anti-social mind, even if it kills her—and being surrounded by murderers who feel no remorse means it just might do that.
The Last Stand
Price: Free! Words: 5,500. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
A free short story that goes with my Last Stand series.

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