Brenda Marie Smith

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At 67-years-old, Brenda Marie Smith is finally having the writing career she's longed for all her life. Her second novel (and the first to be published by someone besides herself), IF DARKNESS TAKES US, won the 2018 Southern Fried Karma Novel Contest and was published by SFK Press in October 2019. The book is post-apocalyptic science fiction, unique in that it features an aging grandmother, Bea Crenshaw, and it takes place in a slightly altered version of the author's own neighborhood.

Now Brenda's sequel, IF THE LIGHT ESCAPES, will be published in August 2021, again by SFK Press. The story's told in the voice of Bea's 18-year-old grandson, Keno Simms, a stalwart young man who must lead his broken family and neighbors to survive life without
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Brenda Marie Smith Good question. Depends on what kind of writer's block I'm having. If it's simply a matter of not feeling in the flow of writing, I just write anyway, …moreGood question. Depends on what kind of writer's block I'm having. If it's simply a matter of not feeling in the flow of writing, I just write anyway, knowing that I can always come back later and punch it up, and that getting the story down in any kind of way at least gives me a starting point to work from. Writing is rewriting, so any writing, however poor, is not time wasted.

Now, if I'm having trouble deciding what should happen next in the story, I may take a day or two to think it through. Sometimes I make little hand-written charts or outlines. Sometimes I do some research. Often I seek the advice of other writer friends of mine. A writing group is invaluable -- people you can trust to be straight with you and help you polish and improve your work. And often in these cases, I just pick a direction and write it. I might write more than one scenario, then I compare and contrast until I figure it out to my satisfaction.(less)
Brenda Marie Smith It's so much fun! I love the challenge of it, the creation of imaginary people and imaginary situations, the sense of accomplishment when I get someth…moreIt's so much fun! I love the challenge of it, the creation of imaginary people and imaginary situations, the sense of accomplishment when I get something right.(less)
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Brenda Smith Brenda Smith said: " I loved the premise of Evangelicals in Hell, so I gave it a read and was not disappointed. It's a fun romp through a surprisingly sweet version of Hell where preachers who have grown greedy and distinctly un-Christian in life get a new venue in which ...more "

 

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“He said he’d heard the sound of one hand clapping. He said, once his mind took in the wondrous no-sound of holy oneness, the empty echo of eternal bliss, he was never the same. He could hear it still, he said, resounding in the ether and tickling the back of his brain.

Something not normal was going on with his brain. No argument there.”
Brenda Marie Smith, Something Radiates

“No matter how desperately a mother loves you, she can only put up with so much. And so, the day came when Mother Nature lashed out against us.

I understood where Nature was coming from. My family never listened to me either, which is why I didn't tell them about the guns I bought.”
Brenda Marie Smith, If Darkness Takes Us

“I no longer trusted the sun. I kept half an eye on it, night and day. I told myself that the sun would not go full rogue on us and send a pulse to suck our atmosphere away, but I had a hard time believing it....”
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“He said he’d heard the sound of one hand clapping. He said, once his mind took in the wondrous no-sound of holy oneness, the empty echo of eternal bliss, he was never the same. He could hear it still, he said, resounding in the ether and tickling the back of his brain.

Something not normal was going on with his brain. No argument there.”
Brenda Marie Smith, Something Radiates

“When longing overtook them, they drew together and made the most intense and tender love Sarah had ever known. She was a freshly exposed nerve in the bleeding heart of Christ. He was devout in his reverent passion as her healer. Their love was a hallelujah chorus, a quiet prayer of exaltation, a holy union in the moonlight before dawn. It was here in this crystalline space that Sarah and Johnny took each other the true way to God, or they found God in each other, whichever it was.”
Brenda Marie Smith, Something Radiates

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“No matter how desperately a mother loves you, she can only put up with so much. And so, the day came when Mother Nature lashed out against us.

I understood where Nature was coming from. My family never listened to me either, which is why I didn't tell them about the guns I bought.”
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Brenda Smith It's so nice to have so many new Friends here on GoodReads. I really appreciate your interest and hope you will read my novel SOMETHING RADIATES when you get the chance. I'm fairly new to GoodReads but am very impressed with its depth. I keep discovering new ways to communicate with all of you. And so many great authors here and people to meet. Fun sharing the site with all of you.


Brenda Smith Thanks so much to all of you for coming in early to say you want to read the book, and to those of you who have read it for the great ratings. I'm honored and humbled by your support. Thanks again!


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