drey's library has its very first author guest post! I'm absolutely delighted that Brenda Janowitz, author of Scot on the Rocks and Jack with a Twist, is gracing my lil' ol' blog with her wit and wisdom...
About the author:
A native New Yorker, Brenda Janowitz has had a flair for all things dramatic since she played the title role in her third grade production of Really Rosie. After graduating from Cornell, she attended Hofstra Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review and won the Law Review Writing Competition. Upon graduation, she worked for Kaye Scholer, LLP, then left to pursue a federal clerkship with the Honorable Marilyn Dolan Go, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York. She currently lives in New York with her husband and teaches creative writing at Mediabistro.
Read all the way to the end for giveaway details! And now, without further ado, presenting Brenda:
I’m often asked about how I made the transition from lawyer to published author, but the truth is, I’ve always been a writer. Even as a little girl, I’d make up stories and write them down. My childhood friends can confirm that I would make up plays and we’d all act them out in my basement. And these girls are still my friends, so the plays couldn’t have been that bad. (So far, Broadway has not come calling, but I’ll let you know if I hear anything.)Thank you, Brenda! I can't wait to read book number three! Find Brenda at her website and blog.
My love of writing is the reason I became a lawyer in the first place—trying to find a career where I could write full time. I practiced at a large law firm and also did a federal clerkship, but I just couldn’t find the perfect niche for myself in law. Even while I’d been practicing law, I’d find thinking about these fictional stories that I wanted to write.
When I was invited to my ex-boyfriend’s wedding, my life slowly but surely began to resemble some of my favorite chick lit novels, and I said to myself, ‘I’ve just gotta start writing this stuff down.…’
I began working on my manuscript while I was still working full time as a lawyer—it took me around 9 months to complete. Since I had the basic idea for the story in my head, it flowed well for me. I knew the way I wanted the scenes to play out, the character arcs, and then from there, I just let things grow on their own. Basically, I wrote whenever I could. Instead of renting a movie on a rainy night, I would just sit and write. If I was able to take a lunch break, I’d be there in the coffee shop, writing. If a friend was late in meeting me for dinner, I’d be at the bar, pen and pad in hand. And buses and subways? I’d always be there, head down, scribbling away furiously.
Once I had completed my manuscript and edited it to a polished gem, it was time to find an agent. There was a lot of rejection at first, but then I met Mollie Glick from the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency (she’s now with Foundry Literary + Media). It was an instant connection and I immediately knew that I wanted her to represent me. Mollie then took it from there and found the perfect home for my book with Selina McLemore at Red Dress Ink. Selina offered me a two book deal, and the rest, as they say, is history!
I’m now working on my third novel. I no longer force my friends to act out my plays. (That often.)
And now, the giveaway details:
Brenda is very generously giving away a signed copy of Jack with a Twist, to one lucky lucky reader! Read my review of Jack with a Twist here.
To enter, comment before 5:00 pm on March 8th and share if you've ever written, or wanted to write, a book. If it's the former, what did you do with it?
Don't forget to come back & find out if you've won. Winners will have 3 days to get me their mailing info, after which I'll draw a replacement. Good luck!!
Check out more giveaways at the Book Giveaway Carnival, March 2nd to March 8th!