How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing with intent for fifteen years. Before taking my passion for storytelling to the page I told stories in letters, and before that, I was a raconteur. Prior to joining the inner sanctum of the writer’s circle and considering myself a member of the secret society, my writer sophistication was limited to reading. I devoured books. I had never examined the motivation behind the novel nor what propelled a writer to write the story, where the ideas for the stories came from, or what was involved. I must have presumed there was magic involved.
What was the most challenging part about writing Nothing is Lost in Loving?
It was my first, and like falling in love the first time there is so much you don’t know. Declaring yourself a writer is on par with taking the plunge and giving your heart away to a lover you have long wanted. Both delight and intrigue but they also terrify and pose unquantifiable risks, which would frighten even the bravest of souls. Giving your heart in love is as difficult as tearing a page from your journal and sharing it with the world. For this novel, in particular, the three biggest challenges were:
- It was my first, and there were mistakes aplenty. The first draft came in at 147,000 words. Yikes!
- I had to find myself as a writer. Who was I on the page?
- Finally, listening to everyone but myself. When someone suggested I write in third person, I started over. When another urged me to write in first person past, I did. I stopped listening to others when I found my writer self.
What do you enjoy the most about being an author?
I like knowing I can do it–write a story from start to finish. I like knowing my writing has vastly improved from the first book. I love knowing this is my passion and so long as I keep my ego at bay and kick the evil Mr. Doubt to the curb should he knock upon my door, I don’t see myself giving up anytime soon.
Do you have any works in progress you’re working on?
I have two completed novels and third half written, the finished books are vastly different from Nothing Is Lost In Loving. One is a story about a young Wicca, who only aspires to be as average as Jan Brady, but she’s the daughter of a witch who regularly appears on late night talk shows, and there is the sudden appearance of tall, dark, and oh so tasty adding to her problems. And the other story starts at the altar and sees the heroine embroiled in international intrigue as she follows her dashing urban price to London.
I am spending the summer editing the finished books and hoping to work on the uncompleted novel a page a day kind of thing. I don’t know if this is possible but since I just declared it here it looks as if I’ve made a commitment to myself.
About the Book
Author: Brenda Moguez
Genre: Women’s Fiction
When Stella Delray unexpectedly loses her job a week before Christmas, which is also the anniversary of her husband’s death, she is forced to stop talking to his ashes, come to terms with her loss, and get her life back on track for her young son’s sake as well as her own. She never expected that posting an ad on Craigslist would send her into the arms of not one but two men, one of whom is her former boss. Now she’s working as an admin for a retired Broadway star, bookkeeping for an erotic video production company, and writing love letters for the mysterious “Oaklander.” Adding to the craziness of her new life, her monster-in-law resurfaces and the father-in-law she never met shows up on her doorstep. With the guidance of her best friend, Bono, Stella will learn to redefine the rules she’s always lived by.
Brenda Moguez writes the kind of stories she loves to read–women’s fiction, starring quirky, passionate women who are challenged by the fickleness and complexities of life.
She’s particularly drawn to exploring the effects of love on the heart of a woman. She has aspirations for a fully staffed villa in Barcelona and funding aplenty for a room of her own. When she’s not working on a story, she writes love letters to the universe, dead poets, and Mae West. Her second novel, Nothing is Lost in Loving, is set to release April 2016. You can find her at http://www.brendamoguez.com where she explores passionate pursuits in all its forms.
Author Site: http://www.brendamoguez.com
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Stella loses her job the week before Christmas, on the anniversary of her husband’s death. She realizes she has to face reality again, and has to get her life back on track. An ad on Craigslist brings her into the arms of two men, and if that isn’t hectic enough, her mother in law comes back to cause some more trouble. I LOVED the writing! The characters were just so realistic, especially Stella; my heart broke for her, but I felt really happy when I saw her pick up the pieces. Very entertaining, and almost made me cry.