Brenda Gates Spielman’s Books Are Out of This World

Posted by Monica Hoel
Brenda Spielman (’69) is a writer who likes to be in control of her stories and of how those stories get shared.

Brenda sold her first written work, a poem, while she was a junior in high school. These days she is writing books, and while she loves the writing she doesn’t enjoy the business side of putting out a book that requires finding a publisher, promoting book sales, and convincing business people that she has a good story. That’s why she enjoys self-publishing: it gives her control and allows her to focus on the part she loves – telling a great story.

She warns that those who self-publish have to be careful of scams. If you’re thinking about going this route, she recommends joining writing groups that will offer advice and keep you from the pitfalls of offers that seem too good to be true. “If a company promises you a lot of money and a best-seller, run for the hills, because they’re lying.”

Since she’s writing books, one might expect that Brenda was an English major with a penchant for creative writing. But one might be wrong.

Brenda double-majored at Emory & Henry in physics and math. She has two master’s degrees from UVA in applied math and computer science. She has worked in computer science, telecommunications, and avionics. She previously wrote embedded software for aircraft stall warning systems and helicopter engine monitors.

And she writes books.

Her husband (E&H grad Richard Spielman, E&H ’66) died in a Marine training exercise when their children were very small, so Brenda found a way to work, provide for her family, raise the children, complete two advanced degrees, build a great career in technology – and continue her writing career.

Her stories are supported by her experience in science and technology, and fall into the genre of fantasy and science fiction (sub-genre, space opera). Although she is intimately familiar with exactly how space travel works, she cuts a few corners on the details to keep the stories interesting. “Putting someone in a space ship for 50 years on the way to a planet isn’t a very interesting story!”

You can find her on Amazon under Brenda Gates Spielman or on her webpage: bgspielman.com. And then buckle up for a fantastical journey into space – led by a woman who knows how to control her universe.

  • Brenda Gates Spielman, Emory & Henry Class of 1969.

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/50-72-grad-is-champion-horse-trainer"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1200,877/563_Joe_Shortt.rev.1505400886.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1200,877/563_Joe_Shortt.rev.1505400886.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1200,877/563_Joe_Shortt.rev.1505400886.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1200,877/563_Joe_Shortt.rev.1505400886.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1200,877/563_Joe_Shortt.rev.1505400886.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1200,877/563_Joe_Shortt.rev.1505400886.jpg" alt="Joe Shortt at the American Saddlebred Horse Association of Virginia's Hall of Fame" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1200,877/563_Joe_Shortt.rev.1505400886.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1200,877/563_Joe_Shortt.rev.1505400886.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1200" data-max-h="877" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/50-72-grad-is-champion-horse-trainer">’72 Grad is Champion Horse Trainer</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Joe Shortt, E&H Class of ’72, was recently inducted into the American Saddlebred Horse Association of Virginia’s Hall of Fame. <a href="/live/news/50-72-grad-is-champion-horse-trainer" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1853-talena-cox-williams-is-headed-to-the-olympics"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/40,0,846,806/9866_Talena_Williams.rev.1621875038.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/40,0,846,806/9866_Talena_Williams.rev.1621875038.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/40,0,846,806/9866_Talena_Williams.rev.1621875038.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/40,0,846,806/9866_Talena_Williams.rev.1621875038.jpg" alt="Talena Cox Williams, Emory & Henry Class of 1995." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/40,0,846,806/9866_Talena_Williams.rev.1621875038.jpg 2x" data-max-w="806" data-max-h="806" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1853-talena-cox-williams-is-headed-to-the-olympics">Talena Cox Williams is Headed to the Olympics</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Talena Cox Williams has graduated….to the Olympics! <a href="/live/news/1853-talena-cox-williams-is-headed-to-the-olympics" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1339-got-a-minute-read-about-mike-d-before-his"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/24,0,286,261/8430_Specialty_Foods_Awards_2018.rev.1597171064.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/24,0,286,261/8430_Specialty_Foods_Awards_2018.rev.1597171064.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/24,0,286,261/8430_Specialty_Foods_Awards_2018.rev.1597171064.jpg" alt="Mike De Los Santos, aka ?Mike D,? E&H reClass of 2006" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="262" data-max-h="261" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1339-got-a-minute-read-about-mike-d-before-his">Got a Minute? Read about Mike D before his television debut!</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Mike De Los Santos (E&H Reunion Class of 2006) will be featured in a Discovery Channel reality show starting Aug. 18, 2020. <a href="/live/news/1339-got-a-minute-read-about-mike-d-before-his" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>