Brenda May – Romantic Suspense Writer
Brenda May is an Australian romantic suspense writer. She has kept and treasured the first book she ever owned, Heidi by Johanna Spyri, but it was Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and the Secret Seven that ignited her love of adventure, mystery and fantasy. A strict and rigid bedtime as a young girl right in the middle of her parent’s favourite crime show encouraged Brenda’s imagination as she had to make up her own endings so she could sleep peacefully.
An adventurous spirit saw her leave family behind in the southern states and travel to far North Queensland, working on Dunk Island and then the Tip of Cape York at the Wilderness Lodge. During the seven years of island life and remote area living, Brenda discovered a passion for nature and loves to use the sights, sounds and smells of the natural world to enhance her characters’ journeys on their quests for love.
Writing was always a hobby and Brenda has a box full of half written stories, ideas and poems, thinking… one day… One day came when bikies moved for a brief time next to the rainforest retreat where she lived with her partner and two daughters, shattering the tranquillity she had known and in the process opening the doors to an overactive imagination and her six-book series of crime, passion and power in the wilderness of Cape York was born.
Brenda still lives in the tropical north and is fulfilling her lifelong dream of being an author. She participates in a local writers group, attends workshops and conferences; always learning, seeking to improve her craft. Her claim to fame is a short story published in an anthology called Spinning the Sun, and second placing in a competition for a short story The Golden Hands, about a boy who is sucked inside a computer.
A Wild Ride to Love, the first novel in her series is complete and out in the land of the publishers and agents. Work on the second book is well under way. Each book can be read as a stand alone or enjoyed as an extended, action packed romantic suspense adventure, with crime elements of drugs, kidnap, smuggling and an illegal trade market that runs through all six books.
Always striving for perfection, there’s a quote Brenda remembers from grade 1 that has followed her all her life: “Good better best, never let it rest, till the good is better and the better is best.”
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