#Beyond: Brenda Tetreault

Brenda Tetreault


Brenda Tetreault is the author of the paranormal romance series, The Nightshade Series, which include the novels Tempted, Salvaged, and Beloved. Brenda is known for a ‘smooth yet sassy’ writing style and a story written by Brenda certainly brings the heat!

Due to graphic language and sex scenes, Brenda’s stories are meant for readers 18 years and older.

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Who in your personal life was the biggest supporter of your writing?

That would be my husband, Mark. He not only encouraged me to follow my dreams, he is also my cover artist, my author photographer, and my web designer!


Do you prefer quiet or background noise when writing? If background noise, what?

It really doesn’t matter for me. It can be quiet or noisy. I actually do my best writing when ESPN or a ball game is on!


What is one thing you wish your readers could understand about the writing process?

That for we put everything of ourselves into our writing, and quite often put our ‘real’ lives on hold to finish a new story.

If your characters could come to life and be a real human,
which one do you think you would get along with best and which one would drive you crazy first?

I suspect that Ariel and I would be the best of friends. As for who would drive me crazy first, it would probably be Caine or Boone! Both of those men are stubborn and quite often idiotic, especially where women are concerned!


When did you start writing and what was your inspiration?

I honestly don’t remember when I started writing, nor what that initial inspiration was; it feels like I was simply born writing!


Is there a genre or type of book that you love to read but could never write and if so why?

I adore fantasy by such authors as Terry Brooks, Mercedes Lackey, and Jim Butcher, but I know I simply don’t have the skill to write such deep and complex worlds and characters.


Since you’ve been writing how much has the genre changed? Good, bad?

Things have been, for the most part, good. Romance use to be simply that- romance- Humans only. Otherworld creatures need not apply. Now, with the popularity of Gena Showalter, JR Ward, and Lara Adrian, the romance genre has VASTLY expanded to include paranormal critters and creatures from all corners of fantasy, and it’s something that I’ve loved!


Seeing more and more authors going the “self-pub’ route. Thoughts?

Self publication has been a good thing for those of us who may have a little bit of talent for telling stories, but are not considered ‘good’ enough for The Big 6.


How much thought do you as an author put into your cover, cover models etc.
And has that changed since you started writing. If so, have you or will you go back and re-do covers you’re no longer pleased with?

I start thinking about cover art pretty much from the first word written on a new book, that way there isn’t any need to go back and change it later.


What is the most intense scene you have ever written? Did you find it difficult writing that scene?

In Beloved, Caine confronts Gaela when he learns about a secret she’s kept from him for three years. It was hard to write, because I knew these two people truly loved one another, but there were so many hurt feelings between them and I honestly couldn’t see how they were going to get past this issue.


If you could write in any genre that you’ve never tried, what would it be and why?

I want to try my hand at a murder mystery someday. After all, who doesn’t love a good murder?


When thinking about writing any specific genre, what triggers your fears and insecurities the most?

I really don’t have any fears or insecurities when it comes to writing anything. The only thing that keeps from writing is the knowledge that I perhaps don’t have ‘the chops’ to do the genre justice.


When writing, what comes first? The characters or the plot?

Oh, the characters, for sure! They’re the ones that tell me the stories; I just write what they say!


Do you find that you write what you love to read? Or a different genre?

I love reading and writing in the paranormal romance genre! But I also read mystery, humor, and fantasy.


Do you ever write your own personal fantasies into your books?

It’s hard not to include a few of your own fantasies when writing. After all, sometimes the only way you can tell your boss to piss off is to imagine it and write it!


How much if any of your story line comes from real life people or events?

I would say about 1% of my stories come from real people of events. I have used names from people I’ve known or met, but I don’t use real life events as the foundation of any of my stories.


How many times do you read what you wrote and think “where the hell did that come from?!”



Do you have to look at the keys when you type?

When I’m ‘in the zone’, no. When I’m just jotting something down, yes.


How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?

Chuck Norris!


What are you two favorite 80’s movies?

The Goonies and The Empire Strikes Back.


Why are man-hole covers round?

Have you ever seen a square shaped man????

4He spotted her in club Nightshade, a beautiful goddess among the mortals, and from that moment on she was his everything. She tempted him. She intrigued him. He wanted her.
Sabrina Donahue knew she was playing with fire from the moment their lips met, but something about Roman Arceneaux made it difficult for her to care.
Sensual and darkly intense, Roman is every woman’s fantasy come to life. One by one, Sabrina’s reservations fall prey to his skilled seduction, leaving her dreaming of a future she never imagined.
When monsters and mayhem intrude upon their lives, Sabrina’s fragile existence is threatened and Roman is left to wonder if their love will survive.
*For mature readers only due to graphic language and sexual situations*

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5A man on a mission to obliterate his existence.
A woman bent on eternal punishment.
Once in love, separated by Fate.
Can Caius and Wren forget the pain of the past and forge a new future for themselves?
*For mature readers only due to graphic language and sexual situations*

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6Caine and Gaela’s love is a love twisted by Fate, but it has somehow endured. Through pain and loss, lies and death, their love has burned brightly through the darkness, leading them into each others arms once more. But Gaela has a secret, and there are forces beyond Caine’s control driving them apart once more.

Cursed and star crossed, if Caine and Gaela want a love worth dying for, then they’re going to have to fight for it!

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