Jack With A Twist Anyone?


I first “met” Brenda on Gather.com during the First Chapters contest, when she was promoting her book, SCOT ON THE ROCKS. I was thrilled when she joined the Girlfriends blog tour.
Brenda is the author of JACK WITH A TWIST (Engaging your adversary and other things they don’t teach you in law school) and SCOT ON THE ROCKS (How I survived my ex-boyfriend’s wedding with my dignity ever so slightly intact), as well as the short story BASED ON A TRUE STORY. You can learn more about Brenda at http://www.brendajanowitz.com and check out her blog at http://www.brendajanowitz.blogspot.com.

Judi: Tell us about your latest release and the inspiration behind it.

Brenda: JACK WITH A TWIST (Engaging your adversary and other things they don’t teach you in law school) is the story of Manhattan attorney Brooke Miller, who plans the wedding of her dreams, all while litigating the biggest case of her career…. which just so happens to be against her perfect fiancé. Hilarity ensues. Really. Marian Keyes called it “a funny, sweet romance” and Carole Matthews said it was “[a]nother fun-filled page-turner from Brenda.” Ironically, I wrote JACK before even getting engaged myself!

Judi: When deadlines hit, what happens in your house?

Brenda: Nothing, really. I’m usually done with my work about a week before my deadlines. I’m sure it’s becaue of my former life as a lawyer, but I just like to be totally prepared and way ahead of my deadlines.

Judi: Do you put your friends in your books? Names, incidents, characteristics? Have any of them recognized themselves in a not-so-good way?

Brenda: Oh, yes! I usually have a lot of fun with this! In fact, I did a guest blog about this very topic over on Editor Unleashed! [http://editorunleashed.com/2008/11/06/the-trouble-with-naming-your-characters/] I also spoke about this at Barnes and Noble, which you can see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywcLBh2RxNw

Judi: What is the most memorable first line you’ve ever read in a novel?

Brenda: “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”

Judi: What was the most fun scene in your book to write? The most difficult?
The most fun I had was writing the scene when Brooke’s family met her fiancé’s family for the first time.  There was just so much room to be funny, crazy and completely out there.  Those situations are always so stressful, so it was fun to infuse that scene with lots of humor and heart.
The hardest part for me is always the end.  (Isn’t it for every writer?)   You’ve taken the reader on a journey, and it’s so important to deliver on everything you’ve built up, and to give them something memorable and satisfying.
Judi: What is your writing schedule like?
Brenda: I pretty much just write wherever and whenever I can.  Writing is an art, but it’s also a job, so it’s important for me to just buckle down and do it whenever I get a spare moment.
Judi: What is your advice for those who looking to get their novel 
Brenda: Keep writing! It’s so easy to get discouraged or feel like you don’t have the time to write. But like anything else that is important in life, you have to work at it and make the time for it.

Edit! Editing your work is almost as important as the writing itself. Sure, you’re telling your story, but it’s also important to consider the way that you tell it. You want your writing to be tight, elegant and polished. It can only get to be that way through careful and thorough editing.

Develop a very thick skin. You’re putting yourself out there when you write and not everyone is going to love what you do. But that’s okay! You’re not writing to please everyone out there. You’re writing because you have a story that you want to tell. So start getting used to criticism and then see tip #1—keep writing! 

Advanced praise for JACK WITH A TWIST


“a funny, sweet romance.”

         New York Times bestselling author Marian Keyes


 “Another fun-filled page-turner from Brenda.  Every bit as sparkling as the champagne that the bride-to-be’s mother is so fond of…”

                     USA Today international bestselling author Carole Matthews


 “A funny, smart, true-to-life novel about being your own woman.  Loved it!”

         Melissa Senate, author of SEE JANE DATE and QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE MARRYING


 “Deliciously entertaining, laugh-out-loud funny and fraught with disaster after hilarious disaster, Janowitz’s second novel is engaging, fast-paced and thoroughly delightful.  Janowitz’s pitch-perfect sequel to SCOT ON THE ROCKS is a hilarious look at the not-so-holy side of holy matrimony.”

            – Kristin Harmel, author of the novel THE ART OF FRENCH KISSING



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