Brenda has been writing fiction for many years, and completed five fantasy novels to land a New York agent while raising two sons and working as head visual arts teacher in Vancouver at the Lord Byng Mini-School of the Arts. In 2008 she parted with her agent to write short fiction. She firmly believes this ‘risk’ was the right one for her as it gave her the freedom to move into multiple genres and to tighten her plots. Best of all, both success and failure come more swiftly writing short fiction, and Brenda regards the informative editorial rejection as a valuable part of writing progress. Since 2010, Brenda’s short fiction has appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Fiction River Anthologies, SkyWarrior Books, and the Blacklist Anthology from Ragnarok Publishing to name a few. She writes mystery, grimdark, science fiction, steampunk, fantasy, historical and YA.
Brenda also writes spicy historical romance as Tess Cornwall. Her novella, Drake’s Daughter, is available from Forbidden Fiction and on Amazon. Her novelette Finnraziel will be included in The Edge of Never, a boxed set of nine paranormal romance e-books to be released this month.
This diverse background in a variety of genres and formats makes Brenda an ideal judge for the diversity of stories we hope to see in the Raven contest.
You can follow Brenda on Twitter @brenda_carre or at http://www.brendacarre.com/. She is honoured to be the judge this year for the Raven Story competition.