Friday, August 16, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Brenda J. Wood

It's so nice to have Brenda here today! Doesn't her books sound interesting?
  Tell us, Is there a story behind your book?
After losing my husband to cancer, I began to chronicle my thoughts and experiences. My friend told me that it took her 3 months to even know her own name. My book begins this way…By the end of this month, I expect to know my own name."

Suddenly I was a widow. I didn't think I could lose my Honey, and survive. I wasn't sure God would be enough to get me through. I had to find out.

I poured every bit of my pain and grief into my manuscript during National Writing Month.

If you sign on for Nano (as I call it) you have to write 50,000 words during the month of November. Thousands of authors take part every year. I'm a visual person, an avid reader and I reasoned that if I got everything out of me where I could examine it, maybe I could cope.

Surprise, surprise! I discovered all over again that I can do all things through Christ, because Jesus is enough, no matter what.


It certainly takes determination! What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I love a good cozy mystery. That's the kind where the victim is already dead, they serve tea and put recipes in the back. I don't even try to solve the murder. Why spoil the fun! Currently my favourite series is about Flavia de Luce. She's the eleven-year-old invention of Canadian author, Alan Bradley. The only trouble is that he is not writing fast enough! The first book is The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

Love mysteries! If you were a style of music, which would you be?

Oh I would be country because tht was my husband’s favourite and he would like that!

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?

Oh let me see, force your teenagers to perch on the stairs all day because you saw a mouse...?
Drag your family, dressed in their Sunday best, on a trek though the bush...?
Dare I go on?
Those of us with a history of abuse do weird things that make perfect sense at the time. Thankfully God showed up there too. You can read that story in Meeting Myself, Snippets from a Binging and Bulging Mind.


Wow! Those are quirky. lol. What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

Honest comments, especially the kind you get from children…Witness my 7 year old granddaughter who recently drew a picture of me. I asked what the squiggly pencil marks were all over my face..—her comment? “Why Amma, that’s just some of the wrinkles on your face! “

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?

I hate to say it is vacuuming! UGH…..and paper filing…UGH!


What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
(Easiest ever-Crock Pot stew.
Amounts depend on what you have on hand. In crock pot put…

Uncooked stewing meat or chunks of beef roast, dry well on paper towels
sliced onions (or to really impress people, use a jar of drained small pickling onions!)
chunks of carrots and potatoes
Mushrooms if desired
a few tablespoons of your favourite salsa.
1 (or two) cans of undiluted cream of mushroom soup.


Cover and cook on low heat for 4-6 hours or until ingredients are cooked through


Definitely sounds good. Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
My major spiritual theme is that Jesus is the answer to every question!


Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?

That’s easy—the big red chair, which became famous in my children’s book on grief—The Big Red Chair.

When is your next book due?
I’m working on a Bible Study to go with The Pregnant Pause of Grief as well as a cookbook and another devotional, this one called Heartfelt Too-Deep Thoughts from a Shallow Christian.

I hope they are all published this year.

To buy the book, go here;

About Brenda:
Brenda J. Woods calls herself the ABC girl because she's survived the alphabet biggies of abuse, bulimia and cancer. A popular motivational speaker, Brenda is also the author of several other books including:

      Meeting Myself, Snippets from a Binging and Bulging Mind 
      The Big Red Chair-storybook for grieving children
      Heartfelt-366 Devotions for Common Sense Living
      God, Gluttony & You, the Bible Study
      The Plate Family Dishes Up. A children's story

Connect with Brenda here:
Twitter is @brendajwood

Brenda is giving away a copy of The Pregnant Pause of Grief. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.

To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post)

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Boos Mum said...

Sign me up. Thank you for sharing your heart.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

squiresj said...

sign me up - would love to win and review
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

Patricia Bradley said...

Thanks for introducing me to Brenda. I understand her pain, having lost my husband 16 years ago. But like she says, you do survive and can go on to do great things if you trust God to lead you. pat at ptbradley dot com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

bonton said...


Although I haven't experienced the loss of a mate - I can identify with you, in the areas of abuse & cancer - & know that I will eventually enter a grieving period, also, as my father has stage 4 cancer.

Would love to read your book - thanks!


Tracy Campbell said...

Just got notified about Brenda's interview.
You always make me laugh, Brenda.
Super interview! :-)

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