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Brenda Carroll

Hello, and how are you? If you are feeling down, just take a look at my picture up there and know that my blouse was on backward, and I was in a very nice French restaurant. That should be enough to let you know who I am. Brenda Carol Eaves aka Brenda Carroll aka Brendan Carroll, Author. When I hid behind a nom de plume, I became someone else, full of self-assurance, confident, comforting, and in control. For example, my most frequently used pen name, Brendan Carroll, allowed me to stride through the world of self-published authors with a carefree, happy-go-lucky personality focused on writing entertaining stories about entertaining characters with the primary goal of making people forget their daily lives for short periods of time. I grew up in Southeast Texas AKA Southwest Louisiana (pronounced Loozi-anna locally). Half of the people in my sphere of existence as a child were Cajuns accidentally rooted in Texas for a variety of reasons. Mainly they were there because, at some point, they got drunk and woke up on the wrong side of the river. Never realizing they were in the Texas swamps as opposed to the Louisiana swamps, they just stayed. My mother's family were mostly Cajun and a lot of them lived across the Sabine River. They talked funny like my grandma and they drank very strong coffee sometimes laced with chicory. I discovered what I loosely call my writing talent in the eleventh grade when we had to write term papers. I did so well with writing term papers, I made a little money writing term papers for other folks. In this same year, I entered and won an essay contest with a grand prize of $75. In the early 1970s, $75 paid for ten dresses, two pairs of shoes, new underwear and several pairs of pantyhose. I was set for my senior year. After my military service ended on a good note, I went to college, juggled a home life, and finally ended up with a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education. It proved almost useless to me after one year of teaching what passed for middle school students. So I quit that job and went to work with full-time criminals in the Texas Department of Corrections. One thing I always said about my career change was that opposed to teaching, working inside a prison, you were always aware of who the bad guys were. During my twenty-year career in corrections, I managed to write thirty-four novels and a handful of short stories. Failing to catch the attention of any publishing house even when I hired an agent, I was overjoyed to publish my books on the new Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing platform in 2008. I did pretty well at first and it was thrilling to see my books on the webz and eventually in paperback form. I hope to finish updating and re-releasing my series within a couple of years starting in December 2021 while working on a new idea for a horror genre novel.