Interview with Brenda Janowitz

There’s a book give away with this one, so read on for instructions for a chance to win a copy of Brenda’s book, Jack With a Twist.

Brenda Janowitz

Photo of author Brenda Janowitz A native New Yorker, Brenda Janowitz has had a flair for all things dramatic since she played the title role in her third grade production of Really Rosie. When asked by her grandmother if the experience made her want to be an actress when she grew up, Brenda responded, "An actress? No. A writer, maybe."

Brenda attended Cornell University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Human Service Studies, with a Concentration in Race and Discrimination. After graduating from Cornell, she attended Hofstra Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review and won the Law Review Writing Competition. Upon graduation from Hofstra, she went to work for the law firm Kaye Scholer, LLP, where she was an associate in the Intellectual Property group, handling cases in the areas of trademark, anti-trust, internet, and false advertising. Brenda later left Kaye Scholer to pursue a federal clerkship with the Honorable Marilyn Dolan Go, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

Since her clerkship, Brenda has worked as a career counselor at two New York City law schools, where she published a number of articles on career related issues in publications such as the National Law Journal and the New York Law Journal. She currently lives in New York with her husband.

Brenda is the author of JACK WITH A TWIST (Engaging your adversary and other things they don’t teach you in law school) and SCOT ON THE ROCKS (How I survived my ex-boyfriend’s wedding with my dignity ever so slightly intact), as well as the short story BASED ON A TRUE STORY. You can learn more about Brenda at and check out her blog at


Cover of Jack With a Twist by Brenda Janowitz
Planning a wedding can be a trying experience. . .

A little prewedding anxiety is normal for every bride, and Manhattan attorney Brooke Miller isn’t worried. She’s got the loving support of the world’s greatest guy, so planning her nuptials should be a piece of cake.

But that was yesterday.

Today, Brooke’s landed her first big case and has just discovered that the opposing attorney is none other than her fiancé, Jack. But that’s okay. These two professionals aren’t going to let a little courtroom sparring get their legal briefs in a bunch. . . Right? Wrong! Now Jack’s pulling every dirty trick in the law books, and Brooke’s starting to suspect that maybe he isn’t the man she thought he was. Warring with her fianc at work and at home, Brooke realizes that she’ll have to choose between the case of her life, or actually having a life.

The Interview

Tell me a little bit about the book

JACK WITH A TWIST (Engaging your adversary and other things they dont teach you in law school) is the story of Manhattan attorney Brooke Miller, who plans the wedding of her dreams, all while litigating the biggest case of her career. . . . which just so happens to be against her perfect fiancé. Hilarity ensues. Really. Marian Keyes called it "a funny, sweet romance" and Carole Matthews said it was "[a]nother fun-filled page-turner from Brenda." Ironically, I wrote JACK before even getting engaged myself!

If your protagonist were to wake up one day with a super power, what would that super power be?

Brooke would definitely want to read the minds of men. After all of the heartbreak shes been through, shed absolutely want to know

Would your villain (or antagonist) prefer to be Emperor Ming The Merciless or Darth Vader? Why?

My villain is a Southern Belle who really would have no clue who either of those guys are! But more importantly, she doesnt really think shes a villain at allshe thinks shes just one of the girls. Little does she know that everyone hates her. . . . Shes just the classic misunderstood bad guy (or girl, as the case may be).

But since Im a huge Star Wars lover, can I say that I, myself, would prefer to be Darth?! I live in New York City, so I often find myself wearing all black.

If you were in charge of casting the movie adaptation of your book, who gets the call?

What a fun question! Id love Drew Barrymore for Brooke, and Fran Drescher as her mom. For Jack, I could see a lot of my Hollywood crushes playing the part: Adam Sandler, Jack Black, or Paul Rudd would be perfect. (Yes, I like me a funny guy.)

Do you have a sample chapter posted?

I love free stuff, so I am all about the sample chapters! Ive got sample chapters of both of my novels here:

Speaking of Free Stuff!

All you have to do for a chance to win a copy of Brenda’s book is leave a comment by Monday, January 12. If you post anonymously, you’re going to have to either leave an email (a format of something AT is fine and should defeat email harvesters, though I can’t promise that) or remember to check back by Tuesday January 13 to see if you’re the winner.


Tags: , ,

4 Responses to “Interview with Brenda Janowitz”

  1. kitsune156 says:

    Book seems to be very interesting. Please count me in 🙂

  2. vyxen69 says:

    This seems like a really great read. I can’t wait until I do!!
    Jamie H.

  3. Nicole says:

    I’ve been wanting to read Brenda for awhile, as Scot on the Rocks looks good. Guess I should move her up the list.

  4. Keira says:

    WOW! Sounds like a great book. Count me in!