Brenda Novak Attends Conference Sans Panties (and Other Embarrassing Moments in the Life of a Bestseller)

Being a bestseller isn’t all champagne and roses (well, there is champagne, just not all the time). What happens in those frantic moments trying to get to the airport, packing from trip to trip, and living the life of celebrity on tour?  Well, darling Brenda Novak reveals all to her readers in the video interview below!  I wanted to thank Brenda for stopping by and remind everyone that in a few short days, When Lightning Strikes, will finally be out.  I absolutely cannot wait! Please keep the conversation going by posting a comment below.  Once again, Brenda will be stopping by to say hello and answer your questions.  Sending you hugs and hoping Brenda puts the same smile on your face she put on mine. The winner of an autographed copy of When Lightning Strikes in a Brenda Novak tote bag is Kitty Katz Mom  and our second winner of an audio version of When Lightning Strikes is C.K. Crouch.  Enjoy! And see you all here next Tuesday when our very own, BESTSELLING, Gwen Hernandez, talks about writing that massive novel you’re all dreaming of — with the help of a program called Scrivener.  Can’t wait to find out more about it. Once again, Brenda Novak will be stopping by to join in the conversation.  What are some of your most embarrassing moments?  How do you deal with life’s little curve balls? In the meantime, sending all of you hugs!

About Diana Belchase

I am an author, who won the Golden Heart for my suspense novel "The Spy in the Mirror" and was a Golden Heart finalist, once again, for my second novel, "The Spy in the Harem." I am also a triple Daphne Du Maurier finalist for three other books. Please follow me at my website:, or friend/follow me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter or on my YouTube Channel: See you there!

Posted on August 23, 2012, in Author Interview, Diana Belchase and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Those embarrassing moments are absolutely hilarious! I make incredibly detailed lists of what I need to pack days in advance, and then check items off as I put them in my bag… you don’t want to be stranded without knickers in the middle of nowhere!
    And the whole AM vs. PM confusion? Never happens– I use the 24-hour clock [‘military time’ to you Americans] on all my timepieces :D.

    Stoked for the new release!

    • Cris, I make so many detailed lists, I end up bringing nearly everything I own. LOL. My husband groans when he sees what I’ve packed, and somehow it’s never quite right.

      Where are you from that you use the 24 hour clock? When I’m abroad I’m always subtracting 12 from anything past noon.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Such a great interview, Diana. I also have to make a detailed list before I travel. And if I travel with the kids, I begin the list-making weeks before.
    I can’t wait for the new release. When Lightening Strikes sounds like such a great story!

  3. It really sounds like fun, Sharon. For the National conference, I put up a collapsible clothing rack in my guest room, sorted through all kinds of outfits, accessories, and still wasn’t completely sure I’d packed correctly.

    To another writing conference I showed up with this huge bag for four days, my girlfriend came with a backpack. Her outfits were chic and better than mine. I don’t know how these people manage it!


  4. Release date is circled on my old-fashioned calendar (none of that smartphone technology for me, thank you very much!)

    Welcome back, Brenda!
    You’re a good sport to share your embarassing moments with us. I’d like to say I’m organized and make lists when I travel, but I don’t. Nothing embarrassing that I can recall, mine are more bonehead-serious mistakes.

    For example, my husband used to pack for me because if my Pomeranians smelled my clothes in a suitcase they’d jump inside and pee (never happened if it was only my husband’s clothes.) So when it came time to get ready to travel I’d coincide it with loads of laundry. The spoiled but very intelligent dogs would lounge on the bed and watch me suspiciously (because a suitcase was nearby) and I’d pile my stuff like I was folding and stacking laundry. Once the dogs and I were out for a walk DH would sneak everything in the suitcase and stick it in the car.

    The problem with this is that I’d have my small cases of jewelry, toiletries, meds etc. on the bathroom counter and he tends to be absent minded. So in 2006, we went to a destination wedding in Grand Cayman and he’d forgotten to pack those. I only had clothes. No makeup, no jewlery for the wedding and NO MEDS-very serious! When I realized this, I just looked at him and said “this is going to cost you a lot of money.” And he replied, “I know,” with a resigned sigh. God Bless my Mr. MaGoo.

    Buying basic cosmetics and beachy jewelry was not a problem, (outrageous prices, but not a problem.) Getting my MD in the US to fax over a prescription to some pharmacy on the island-who obviously doesn’t accept my insurance, and have to shell out $125 a pill. Well, that was a problem.

    I’d like to say we both learned an essential lesson, but last month in Anaheim– guess who forgot her meds? Sheesh. DH had to Fed Ex for an 8am delivery. Yeah, that was outrageously expensive too. Oops.

  5. Sarah, thanks for sharing. Makes me feel really part of the club. LOL. We got to love our boneheaded guys though, after all, they remembered to pick us!


  6. Oh no, Sarah!

    Generally I’m pretty good at packing–I got all my RWA12 stuff in one carry-on–but one year my husband and I drove from California to Arizona for a wedding reception. We spent the first night at my MIL’s house in Phoenix. The next day we left the boys with her and drove to Tucson for the event. We pulled into the hotel parking lot with about 60 minutes to spare and immediately realized we’d left our nice clothes back in Phoenix, hanging in the closet so they wouldn’t get wrinkled. I wanted to cry.

    We then completed the fastest shopping trip ever, getting a dress for me and a complete outfit for my husband in 45 minutes. I was so mad. I’d spent 3 weeks back home looking for the perfect dress and I didn’t even get to wear it. And we missed the first hour of the reception and hardly got to see my friend. =(

    Brenda: I just read When We Touch last night and I really liked it. Can’t wait for When Lightning Strikes!

  7. The main thing, Gwen, was that you were there for your friend. I know how frustrating it was, but you made the best part of it.


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