Interview With Duff Brenna on Words With Writers

Excerpt: “When you’re having trouble getting started on story, where do you look for inspiration or new ideas? In books that others have written. I read approximately one novel a week. All good novels are brimming with ideas. I take notes on 3×5 cards and there are times when I’ll find my next story in a phrase or paragraph I wrote on a card. I also keep a journal and mine it for ideas. I know how to listen when I’m with people. Stories often pop out of their mouths that I use to write my own version of what they were saying. I also use my own life. Much of what I write has some biographical inspiration.” Click here to read the full Q&A:...

Duff Brenna featured on BookPleasures.com

Excerpt: “How did you get started in writing? What keeps you going? Duff: I started writing as a fifteen-year-old juvenile delinquent who loved reading and wanted to write stories as good as Jack London’s stories. He inspired me to do more with my life. What keeps me going after all these years is the fact that I’m addicted to writing and wouldn’t know what to do with myself without it.” For the full interview, click...

Review for Duff Brenna’s Murdering The Mom

Excerpt: “In telling the tale of his childhood, and especially his relationship with his mother, Brenna offers a sometimes-hypnotic, sometimes-electric glimpse into a boyhood fraught with uncertainty. With a distinctive, novelistic style (honed by writing six novels, including The Book of Mamie), he creates a work that’s suspenseful and unsettling, while drawing a reader in deeper through occasional use of the second-person perspective and present-tense language.” For the full review, click here:...

Murdering the Mom review in East County Magazine

Excerpt: “Duff Brenna, a long-time East County resident and graduate of San Diego State, where he also taught and garnered several faculty awards, has written a candid and somewhat disturbing memoir of growing up in a dysfunctional family. Murdering The Mom: A Memoir resonates with me, for there are some aspects of this brilliantly written and insightful book that are eerily reminiscent of my mother and how she had to raise 10 of us – basically by herself.” For the full review, click...