Sandra Brown says she finds drama everywhere

Wed Oct 29, 2008 6:08am EDT
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By Belinda Goldsmith

CANBERRA (Reuters Life!) - American writer Sandra Brown is known for her romantic novels and thrillers with 56 best-sellers to her name, but she admits her own life in Arlington, Texas, is a far cry from her books.

Brown has just released her 71st novel "Smoke Screen" after a writing career spanning 27 years and writing under various pen names including Rachel Ryan, Laura Jordan, and Erin St. Claire.

Her latest novel opens with newswoman Britt Shelley waking up to find herself in bed with detective Jay Burgess but she remembers nothing of how she got there or why he is dead.

Brown spoke to Reuters about her love of books and the lack of drama in her own life:

Q: Did you always want to write?

A: "Yes. I worked as a model for several years and in broadcast TV. I was working on a TV station in Dallas and one day, as sometimes happens, they fired four of us suddenly and I found myself without a creative outlet. Fortunately my family was not depending on me for a livelihood as I had a husband and two young children. I started looking around for what else I could do and my husband challenged me as I had always said I wanted to write so was I going to keep talking about it or do it. I love it. This is what I knew I always wanted to do."

Q: Had you written before?

A: "No, but I was a good reader. I think reading prepares you more for writing than anything. I was an English major and always had very good grades and couldn't understand why some people found it hard. Also I grew up in a house where a love of language was cultivated from an early age. My father was a newspaper columnist."   Continued...