Det. Brenda Sayers: Mercy Undercover

Getting To Know Me A Little Better

I grew up with both of my parents in the home, and I have four other sisters and brothers. I am the second to the last sibling. There are 3 girls and two boys, all grown up and on our own. I guess it could be relevant that I have a Master's in Justice Administration and work for L.A.P.D. Relevant in the sense; I have connections to Police Officers and I picked their brains about certain things. Although, I wrote this in my early twenties; I went back and updated the novel to make it more realistic, and added a fun element to it. Thus, the reason for the cover and why it's animated.

Titus 3:4-5, But—When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.[a]


Detective Brenda Sayers: Mercy Undercover was the second, and first full novel I wrote at the at of 23. A nurturing mother and a father who places you on a pedestal and expects you to accomplish everything he sets out for you to do. One of two factors appears. They accept the challenge and succeed, or they rebel under the pressure. Newly divorced, Brenda Sayers determines her next career move is a Police Officer, which seems her only option to change her life for the better. She’s stunned when she comes under investigation for crossing ethical boundaries as an undercover cop. The outcome could break her, and only the truth will set her free.


Mercy Undercover Reading:

All reading will be on the NNB Author's Point of View YouTube Channel Videos. What I will discuss here for providing some fun details about the novel. Although the theme of the book is serious, I have written in some added commentary from me in between some paragraphs or chapters, to make reading this novel fun and interesting. Check the whole video out here: https://youtu.be/30YHGjOwxNw


Writing Topic: What 'Genre' should you write in?

The first question I would ask you is, 'What has God given you to write? Does God want you to write your story or write a step-by-step process to help others'. This is definitely Non-Fiction writing. Here are some other categories:

  • History. ...

  • Biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. ...

  • Travel guides and travelogues. ...

  • Academic texts. ...

  • Philosophy and insight. ...

  • Journalism. ...

  • Self-help and instruction. ...

  • Guides and how-to manuals.

Although I intertwine my life experiences within the pages, my writing is typically 85% fiction. Here are some fiction categories: I consider Mercy Undercover a Police Procedural/Crime Thriller with funny undertones.

  1. Romance.

  2. Action Adventure.

  3. Science Fiction.

  4. Fantasy.

  5. Speculative Fiction.

  6. Suspense/Thriller.

  7. Young Adult.

  8. New Adult.

  9. Horror/Paranormal/Ghost.

  10. Mystery/Crime.

  11. Police Procedurals.

  12. Historical.

  13. Westerns.

  14. Family Saga.

  15. Women’s Fiction.

  16. Magic Realism.

  17. Literary Fiction.

To see this list and their meaning: https://www.writerswrite.co.za/the-17-most-popular-genres-in-fiction-and-why-they-matter/


Writing Resource: Editing Programs

I wanted to talk about some writing programs available to edit your book. Of course, most people type their manuscripts in Word or some other word processing program like Google Doc's, etc. What I want to talk about here is when the manuscript is complete and you do a final edit before sending it to your publisher or a professional editor.


AutoCrit, ProWritingAid (I use this program), Grammarly, Draft, Hemingway, MasterWriter

SmartEdit, WriteMonkey, and Scrivener.


Q & A: What would you tell a beginning writer?

I do not take credit for this answer, but give it to Award-Winning Author, Margaret Lindsay Holton. In the Blog Interview, I completed with her on February 5th; she answered this question for me:

I asked Ms. Holton to tell me what she would tell a beginning writer to do before picking up a pen or sitting at a computer?

“Be who you are in writing.” She states. Use your voice, your essence, your story; is my part in this conversation.

Margaret gave great insight and suggested for the beginning writer, “If they are green to this process, get a library card and spend weeks wondering through the books to see what draws them in.”

Meaning, see what genre’s drums up excitement and passion. Do you love mystery, design, love of animals, how people live, crime thriller, historical fiction, science fiction, non-fiction memoirs, biographies, etc.


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