Originally from the Appalachian region of Eastern Tennessee, Brenda now lives in Central Texas, near Austin. She began writing in junior high school where she wrote an admittedly hokey western serial to entertain her friends. Completing her graduate studies in Eastern European history in 1971, she worked as a graphic artist, a public relations specialist for the military and a display advertising specialist until she finally had to admit that her mother might have been right and earned her teaching certification. For the last twenty-plus years she has taught world history and political science. Brenda and her partner, Cheryl, have four grown children and three grandchildren. Rounding out their home are four cats named Bitsey, Sassy, May May and Tudie, along with a dog named Pogo. When she is not writing Brenda creates stained glass and shoots pool at her favorite bar. She may be contacted at email@example.com and welcomes all comments.
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2007 Lavender Award from the Alice B. Committee for Pipeline.
2007 GCLS Mystery Award Finalist for Pipline
2008 GCLS Mystery Award Winner for Redress of Grievances
2010 GCLS Historical Award Winner for The Sea Hawk
2010 GCLS Mystery Award Finalist for Tunnel Vision
2011 GCLS Historical Romance Award Winner for Soiled Dove
2013 GCLS Dramatic Fiction Award Winner for Picking Up the Pieces