BRENDA HILL

 Love, Murder,

and a Ghost or Two . . . 

Edgar Award Nominee
Amazon's Bestseller's List in 2 Categories
Preditors & Editors Readers Choice Award
Coffee Time Reviewers Choice Award

Hello, I'm Brenda Hill, a California-based author, editor, and writing coach. Thanks for stopping by..

Most of my stories are mystery and/or suspense about women in crisis. I highlight a problem and offer possible solutions while celebrating the inner strength we women sometimes forget we possess.

I ventured to "the dark side" with a paranormal, THE HOUSE ON SERPENT LAKE, and I loved it. I'm currently working on another dark fantasy/horror with romantic elements.

I love things that go bump in the night whether they're serial killers or other strange creatures. I've written about those pesky beings who intrude on or lives with deadly force in several of my novels. I hope you enjoy them.


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DO YOU HAVE THE DESIRE TO WRITE?
TO CREATE?  

If so, learn everything you can about the craft and never give up. What you're offering the universe is your unique form of magic. Even in our bizarre stories - suspense, ghost, even our serial killer stories - perhaps something we write will touch someone in a positive way. 


And that's a good thing. 



Check my EDITING SITE for FREE TIPS on Writing, Editing, Grammar,  & Dialogue/Narration

FOR EDITING & WORKSHOP TESTIMONIALS:

 
YOUR CRITICAL 1ST CHAPTER:

As an editor, I specialize in your 1st Chapter, the most critical pages of your novel. Surveys taken in bookstores have clocked the time a customer selects and opens your book and decides to either buy or select another book as 7 SECONDS. You must engage that customer by your opening page, usually your first three or four paragraphs, or you've lost them. The same rule applies to the "Look Inside" feature on books listed on Amazon.

What does it take to keep them reading? Your hook of course, but what does that involve? If you're not sure your opening is dynamic enough to entice a browser to buy, I can help you. Along with story structure, the course on a novel's opening pages was of special interest and study. Please check my page on Your Critical 1st Chapter. 

EDUCATION: 

*   The University of Iowa - summer writing classes 
*   Gotham Writers Workshop - Writing the Novel 
*   Creative Writing, Auraria Higher Education Center, Denver
*   Writers Digest Novel Writing Course

EXPERIENCE:

*  Several novels - mystery/suspense & the paranormal
*  Wrote an instructional how-to write complete with charts I designed
*  Short stories of approx 8,000-10,000 words published in a women's magazine
*  Short stories published in literary magazines
*  Wrote articles for 3 newspapers
*  Wrote articles for Women on Writing
*  Certified editor
*  Edited novels for a small press
*  Acquiring editor for a small press
*  Freelance editor 
*  Led 1st Chapter workshops for various writers' clubs:
*  Instructional speaking engagements through various libraries in SoCal

I love to share what I've learned. If I can help you, please CONTACT ME.

Thank you!    
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HAPPY WRITING, and GOOD LUCK!