It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novakâ€™s bestselling author career.
â€śI caught my day-care provider drugging my children with cough syrup and Tylenol to get them to sleep while I was away,â€ť Brenda says. â€śIt was then that I decided that I needed to do something from home.â€ť
However, writing was the last profession she expected to undertake. In fact, Brenda swears she didnâ€™t have a creative bone in her body. In school, math and science were her best subjects, and when it came time to pick a major in college, she chose business.
Abandoning her academic scholarship to Brigham Young University at the age of 20 in order to get married and start a family, Brenda dabbled in commercial real estate, then became a loan officer.
â€śWhen I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book,â€ť Brenda admits. â€śI learned how to write by reading what others have written. The best advice for any would-be author: read, read, readâ€¦.â€ť
Brenda sold her first book, and the rest is history. Many of her novels have won or placed in contests such as the National Readerâ€™s Choice, the Booksellerâ€™s Best, the Write Touch, the Award of Excellence and the Beacon Award for Published Authors.
Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are the proud parents of five childrenâ€”three girls and two boys. When sheâ€™s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually raising money for diabetes research. Her youngest son, Thad, has diabetes, and Brenda is determined to help him and others like him. She also enjoys traveling, watching sporting events and bikingâ€“she rides an amazing 20 miles every day!