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Brenda Hiatt is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sparkling romantic adventure. She's written twenty-five novels (so far), including sweet and spicy historical romance, time travel romance, humorous mystery, and her young adult science fiction STARSTRUCK series. Brenda began in traditional publishing with Harlequin, HarperCollins and Avon Books and later made a transition to indie publishing as she began getting rights back to her older books. So far, she hasn't been sorry! She is an active member of Romance Writers of America and Novelists, Inc, where she has served as president. In addition to writing, Brenda is passionate about embracing life to the fullest, to include scuba diving (she has over 60 dives to her credi ...more

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Brenda Hiatt Yes, that will be my next project! Thanks for asking!
Brenda Hiatt Cintia, your question makes me wonder why you want to be a writer? You say you haven't had an idea for years, and usually it's the stories inside us c…moreCintia, your question makes me wonder why you want to be a writer? You say you haven't had an idea for years, and usually it's the stories inside us clamoring to get out that motivates us to write (regardless of whether we think we can SELL the story or not). Writing is hard work, too hard to bother with if you don't enjoy the process, in my opinion.

Beyond that, this is actually a very good time to be a write, with the recent (past several years) advent of e-publishing and print-on-demand publishing, which allows much easier entry into the marketplace. That said, I'll again emphasize that it's hard work, especially if you're determined to produce a book worth reading. That means, first, FINISHING a book, then polishing it for all you're worth, then having someone else edit it (because it's virtually impossible to spot your own mistakes). Then someone to do a final proofing after you've made needed editorial changes. Only at that point is your book ready to sell, either yourself on the various vendor platforms, or by submitting to traditional markets. (By the way, NEVER pay a publisher, no matter what promises they make. There are a lot of scams out there preying upon aspiring writers' dreams.)

If you publish yourself, you still need to have the book formatted (something you can learn to do or pay someone to do) and have a professional-looking cover designed.

I hope this helps, at least a little. Good luck!
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A “Bridge” to Starstruck

The following story is something I suppose can be called “authorized fan fiction,” written by my husband, Keith. It’s his imagining of how Bridge Over Time, my one time-travel novel, might possibly be linked to my Starstruck series. When I read it, I thought fans of both my Starstruck books and my historical romance novels […]
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The following story is something I suppose can be called “authorized fan fiction,” written by my husband, Keith. It’s his imagining of how Bridge Over Read more of this blog post »
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The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
Don’t adventures ever have an end? I suppose not. Someone else always has to carry on the story.
I have always firmly believed this: stories don't have an end, and someone else can carry them all. It's colored my personal belief along with the idea that every person's life is a story. And those all deserve to be carried on, and they are, in the hearts and minds of our loved ones. And the same can be said of adventures, I suppose.
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The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.
I've always loved and resonated with this quote, and have to love the fact it's a nod to existing poetry, and repurposed to be something special/beautiful within the world of Middle Earth as well. But I've long loved and held in my heart the line of: "Not all who wander are lost." It's been part of my own compass, as much as I can be said to have one, ever since I first came across these words so long ago in this book.
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The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
‘Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.
A powerful lesson in consideration and judgement. Deserve is a dangerous word I've found, and personally, people are always too quick to decide what someone else deserves. As I've gotten older, I've been trying to do better and better in regards to this. I've always felt Gandalf had it right here, and I always wonder what things would be like if we were all a bit slower to judge, to decide what someone else deserves. And of course the last line: For even the very wise cannot see all ends. With that in mind, how can anyone ever be so quick to judge/decide? None of us can see the future, so ...more
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"I loved this YA Book. I'm sure I will follow the series. I'm always pre-reading for my granddaughter.
I don't think she's quite ready for the book, but soon! I could picture the Rigel (Ry-jel) as a young Patrick Mahomes! "
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Hi, Geneviève! Sorry to take so long to respond - I've been head-down in final revisions for my next Starstruck book (Unraveling the Stars, due out in January). I've finally sent it off to my handful of beta readers, so now I'm trying to catch up on See Full Answer
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"well well well.
What a fantastic read. This series is so promising after this first book.
The characters, setting and idea behind this world is fantastic.
I have to admit I LOVE ALIENS.

Really excited for the rest of this series! :D <3" Read more of this review »
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“Books were so much easier to relate to than people.”
Brenda Hiatt, Starstruck

“Kindness isn't so difficult, when the object is worthy.”
Brenda Hiatt, Rogue's Honor

“It's not like she actually said I couldn't go. She just lectured me a little—about what boys like you expect from girls like me." I slanted a teasing glance up at him. What had gotten into me, that I was suddenly so comfortable, so brave, around him? He laughed out loud, a delicious sound. "Boys like me? You can tell her I don't expect anything at all. Though—" He went suddenly serious— "I may hope, a little." I discovered I wasn't quite brave enough to ask what he hoped, though the intensity in his eyes gave me a clue. My heart started beating faster.”
Brenda Hiatt, Starstruck

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