R. A. Labrenz


R. A. Labrenz was born in her beloved Chicago (Pilsen neighborhood) and currently lives in North Florida. She has been writing since she was six years old, when she won her first award for an essay about her terrific and articulate father. Labrenz fosters a didactic approach to writing. In her words, she "writes about what matters." Both sides of her family are gifted story tellers, so she not only grew up immersed in this environment, but inherited those genes, the imagination, the memory and the word orientation to bring stories to life. As an Administrator who worked in corporate settings, she was often tasked with writing and communication. Since her heart is set on making things better, she has won peer Awards at GE Healthcare and Booz, Allen, Hamilton for implementing those enhancements, including improving the customer experience. When she's not writing she's often volunteering in community service. She describes herself as a Respecter of Life; Enjoyer of friendship with amazing people; Mother of 2 tall, handsome sons; Grandma Nay to Willow and Maya; Happy owner of the rescue Hungarian Vizsla/Yellow Lab-mix, "Doc"; Citizen of the World; Painter; Gardener; Chef/Baker; Author; Mentor; Speaker; Life Coach, and one of millions of Americans who descended from Governor William Bradford (Plymouth Plantation/Mayflower).

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! It was an essay about my fabulous, literate, terrific Dad. I had to measure and lightly draw the right and left hand margins on the paper and then carefully print my words. It ended with "When I grow up and get married, I hope to find someone just like my Dad." I was six years old and won a "Best of School" award. Dad was so proud.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I subscribe to various blogs. Recommendations from friends. Web surfing. I'm often researching a subject so I really appreciate the fabulous indexing our technology provides.
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Where to find R. A. Labrenz online

Where to buy in print


The Thinking Woman's Travel Guide To True North
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 137,320. Language: American English. Published: November 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Inspirational
Life long friends, Tally and Barbie have struggled with life. They long for a satisfying relationship like their friend, Lissie, has with husband Cesar. Promising not to give in to their own inadequacies, they learn to become effective in differentiating between rhetoric and reasoning. The men life brings have one thing in common: It takes a grand gesture to win these very capable women.
The Song Of The Willow
Price: Free! Words: 87,000. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
When you find yourself stuck in a life you hate, how do you get yourself unstuck? Do you burn down your current life? When Vieve Chapman finally answers that question, she is forced to admit that she’s been numb and shut down for the past 25 years. She teams up with a street savvy young mother and together they not only escape, but change their limiting beliefs and build solid lives.

Smashwords book reviews by R. A. Labrenz

  • The Minotaur Medallion on Oct. 02, 2017

    Well done. I've now read both of Underwoods' books and enjoyed them thoroughly. I loved how the mystery unfolds and how the romance develops. Good read!