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Brenda Hiatt

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Brenda Hiatt is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-three 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 credit), Taekwondo (where she recently attained ...more

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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…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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Starbound (Starstruck, #3)

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A Starstruck Quiz

If you’re a fan of my Starstruck novels, maybe you’ve wondered which Martian fine you might belong to if you’d grown up in Nuath. I know I have! For those who haven’t read the books yet, or who have only read Starstruck, a little explanation may be in order. For that, I refer you to the previous […]
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The Girl From Mars by Brenda Hiatt
"It's a clean YA series that captures you by a great story! It starts out so different from what I was expecting from this series. It also fixes a situation with a character I've been wanting to see happy! Good sci-fi read!"
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"I love this series but this one wasn't my favorite. Definitely improved as I got into the story. It was a little confusing to start back before the last book ended and re-read the events, even though they were from a different perspective. The beg..." 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.”
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