Claire: What’s your favorite movie?
Brenda: I have a couple and it’s hard to choose.
Claire: Oh, I know exactly what you mean. Don’t you just love a good musical?
Brenda: One of my favorite movies is Dirty Dancing and although not exactly a musical, there is a great deal of music and dancing.
Claire: Dirty Dancing? I’ve never heard of it. That sounds so brazen!
Benjamin: A deep throated laugh.
Brenda: Oh, sorry, Claire. I can’t exactly explain it. How about I stick to my favorite movie that you might know? The Dolly Sisters with Betty Grable is a good one.
Claire: I just love Betty Grable.
Benjamin: Tell us how your writing career began. Did you always know you wanted to write or did it come to you after you’d tried something else, like when I decided that construction was the business I wanted?
Brenda: I’m not sure of the exact beginning, but I suppose I could call it a career when my first book was published in 2010. What a thrill. I knew writing was what I wanted to do the rest of my life.
Claire: Do you sing?
Benjamin: Claire, honey, movies and singing?
Claire: Oh, Ben, everyone is interested in Hollywood.
Brenda: I do sing, Claire, all the time but, no one wants to hear me sing like they want to hear you sing.
Benjamin: What’s your favorite time period to write?
Brenda: I had a lot of fun writing about the forties. I think it’s easier to write in my own time period but the forties are so romantic, so stylized.
Claire: So you really enjoyed telling our story?
Brenda: I did. I hope I got it all correct.
Claire: I got tears, how `bout you Benjamin?
Benjamin: No, honey, not tears, but I got a good laugh now and then.
Claire: Not at me, I hope.
Benjamin: Well, you did put Arnold in his place a time or two.
Claire: I didn’t see the humor.
Benjamin: A chuckle. Clears his throat. I understand the inspiration for our story actually came from your mother.
Brenda: Oh yes. She’s a bit like Claire. And as for you, well, very masculine like my dad.
Claire: Oh how sweet. I didn’t know my mother but according to my father, Hamish, she was like a beautiful Indian princess.
Benjamin: Very masculine, huh?
Claire: (Bats her eyelashes at Benjamin, flicks her hair from her neck.) You are, Benjamin.
Benjamin: (Standing a little taller, biceps flexed.) Who has most influenced your life?
Brenda: I can’t give you just one. Can I give you a few? Joan of Arc for refusing to deny who she was and what she fought for. I read about her when I was ten years old and I was touched.
My father for his entrepreneurial spirit. Just like you, Benjamin. Writers need that spirit. My son for his creative work ethic and hardheadedness about his beliefs.
Benjamin: So is there another forties book coming up?
Brenda: Right now I’m writing a contemporary romantic mystery. But I think I see another book set in the forties or even the thirties in my future.
Thank you, Claire and Benjamin, for taking time to interview me. I appreciate it.
Benjamin: You’re welcome.
Claire: Oh, Brenda, by the way – if someone should want to do a movie from our story, do you think I could play myself?
Brenda: I’ll certainly propose that to the studio, Claire.
For me (DiDi) I enjoy anything up to the 1950′s. Somewhere after the 50′s. In real life I feel like we lost a bit of romanticism, chivalry and true HEAs. Yes I LOVE the clothes of the 50′s, if I had the shape I would totally be rockin’ Pin-up girl type clothing.