Brandy Rae is a professional writer/editor and aspiring author. Growing up in the Southwest, she learned the power of words at a young age. She grew up listening to the traditional oral stories passed on by her ancestors, and once believed La Llorona, El Cucuey, or La Chupra Cabra would come for her if she stayed out after dark. She also believed (and still does) in the strange and unusual, which is why she’s a big fan of Magical Realism. Brandy Rae also grew up in a low-income urban neighborhood plagued with violence, drugs, and gangs. Thus, she has a strong interest in social issues and politics. Thanks to her background and experiences, Brandy Rae is now a contemporary women’s fiction writer who adds a bit of culture and social issues into the mix.
Starting the Writer’s Journey
Brandy Rae didn’t always want to be a writer. She originally sought a future in music. However, after attempting to make her dream a reality, she realized that industry wasn’t for her. Thus, she decided to focus on writing, her other love, full time.
Brandy Rae’s love of writing originally started with books. Since the age of five, the aspiring writer loved getting lost in the world of make believe through the adventures found in the many books she read. Her writing career officially started at the age of eight with song lyrics. In junior high, she took her first journalism class and later joined her high school newspaper. At that time, Brandy Rae considered writing a hobby.
That changed when Brandy entered her twenties and decided to write down the story ideas swarming in her head. It was at that point Brandy knew she wanted to do more and began drafting her first novel, Tears of Clowns. After she finished the draft, she submitted it to a published author in California for feedback. When she got the manuscript back, Brandy Rae couldn’t contain her excitement. The writer told her the book sounded like a movie and encouraged her to learn scriptwriting. But when she saw all the red marks and the comments, “I had to stop marking after a certain point,” the inexperienced writer knew she had to return to school and improve her writing skills.
Putting Writing On Hold
Originally, Brandy Rae is from Phoenix, Arizona. Despite her tough background, she managed to earn a full scholarship to Arizona State University. She had to quit her sophomore year, however, to work full-time in banking after divorcing her high school sweetheart and becoming a single mother. Later, she remarried and had a son. In 2002, she and her husband, Esau, decided to move their two children, Ariana and Jacob, to West Texas. They chose San Angelo, a small city close to the town her husband grew up in, to give their kids the benefit of growing up in a more low-key environment.
A year after their move, Brandy Rae left banking after almost 10 years and returned to school to pursue her goals of becoming a better writer. She attended another ASU (Angelo State University) and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English with a minor in Journalism. Her first novel remained shelved as she focused on her education, writing for her university and city newspapers, teaching writing composition, research methodology, business communications, critical thinking and reading, and English Language Learning. She also started freelancing and established her own business, WriteForMe. She then worked non-stop for almost two years as Editor-in-chief for online news source San Angelo LIVE!.
Overcoming The Detour
Today, almost 15 years after moving to Texas, Brandy Rae, as an established professional writer and editor, has hundreds of published news articles, features, editorials, and blog posts, along with published academic articles, conference presentations, poems, and short stories. She also enjoys teaching writing composition at the college level and mentoring young writers. Not to mention, she’s tackling many fiction writing projects, including the novel that started it all, Tears of Clowns. Brandy Rae hopes to have the novel completed by the fall of 2017.
When she’s not writing, editing, or teaching, Brandy Rae enjoys spending time with her now grown kids, three grandchildren, Ayden, 7, and twins, Alana and Leila, 5, and her overactive 2-year-old Wolf Dog, Zeus. She also enjoys working out six days a week and singing (now a hobby). Also, her family is in the process of returning to Phoenix, Arizona to be closer to extended family.
Although she’s a late bloomer, Brandy Rae is proud of her accomplishments and hopes you will join her on her writing journey whether you are a fellow writer, editor, publisher, or an avid reader.