Blogiversary Post #1: Author Brenda Novak with Giveaway


I am so proud to to say that I will have been blogging for a year on April 18. We will be celebrating all week. I have author interviews, giveaways, and some fun activities. Blogging started as a way to share my favorite things, and I am happy to say that its still the same goal.

To start of the celebration is Author Brenda Novak of the wonderful Whiskey Creek series.

1. Where do you get your inspiration for your Whiskey Creek Series? 

Whiskey Creek is a fictional town modeled after Angel’s Camp, Coloma, Jackson, Sutter Creek and others founded during the gold rush in Northern California not far from where I live--so visiting them certainly served as inspiration. Going there is like taking a step back in time a century and a half. It doesn't feel as if much has changed, and I love that! Having such a vivid setting for these books makes them especially fun to write, but it’s the characters that fuel my imagination. Loosely based on my oldest son’s clique, the friends—both male and female—that form the backbone of the Whiskey Creek books have grown up together. And even though they’re now in their thirties, they still share a special bond as well as a weekly coffee date at Black Gold Coffee.

2. If there was one place in the world that you could visit, where would it be and why?

Right now I'd love to see Alaska--because I'm setting a new suspense series there. ;-) I love being able to mix business with pleasure!

3. Which character  did you have a hard time writing and why?

I had a difficult time writing Joe in WHEN SNOW FALLS because it just wasn't his book. I thought he was going to be the hero when I started it, and then Dylan walked on stage and simply took over. I went with my muse, because I think it made the book more realistic, different and intriguing. But it was certainly a surprise to find out that the character I thought Cheyenne was going to fall in love with wasn't for her after all! LOL

4. What is your favorite food?

Tomatoes! I love tomato and mozzarella salads, tomato and mozzarella sandwiches, good tomato sauce for spaghetti, tomato/basil soup, homemade salsa--almost anything made with tomatoes! (I also love watermelon, but it's not quite as versatile--LOL)

5. What is the last book you read?

I read quite an assortment for the Rita (seven different ones), but I can't reveal the titles. So...other than that, my last book was Laura Lippman's AFTER I'M GONE, which was excellent!

Brenda will be giving one lucky readers an autographed copy of COME HOME TO ME along with a Mini Breada Novak tote. Enter below:

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