Warneka continues to lead, learn and share writing talents with others

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Brenda Kimsey Warneka

When I think about the NFPW conference in 2012 in Arizona, one of the first people I think of is Brenda Kimsey Warneka and the hard work she put into the conference. This classy and devoted NFPW member was one of the first to offer to share her talents as a speaker at last year’s conference in Salt Lake City. She is smart, talented and is another outstanding example of the unique and unbelievable members of NFPW

Name: Brenda Kimsey Warneka, JD, CPA

City and State: Laughlin, Nev.; Scottsdale, Ariz.

Affiliate and any leadership positions: I am a dual member of Arizona Press Women and Nevada Press Women, but I am active in Arizona as I am the only member of NPW in the Laughlin area. I have been president of Arizona Press Women twice. I was the project leader, co-editor, and co-writer of APW’s official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project anthology, Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Writers and Journalists 1912-2012; I led the effort to have the 2012 NFPW national conference in Scottsdale, and I am the 2014 Arizona Communicator of Achievement.

Years a member of NFPW: I joined in 1995, so going on 20 years.

Tell us a little about you.

I practiced law in Arizona for almost 25 years, which involved litigation and a lot of research and writing, just not the kind of writing most people would want to read! During that time, I wrote a legal column for a few years, and joined APW at the suggestion of the teacher of a writing class I took at the community college. I also co-edited and co-wrote two anthologies with a friend I met on the Internet, Arlene Uslander, which is where I got the idea for an anthology, the future Skirting Traditions, when, in 2009, APW asked me to come up with a project in honor of the upcoming Arizona Centennial. By then, I was working for a company my husband, Dick, and I owned in the computer field. My job included managing the legal department, the financial department, and administration, which included publications. We sold to ADP, the payroll company, in 2010 and retired, although we retain a small computer consulting business. I am concentrating on my writing now. Dick drives a 45’ Prevost motor coach for travel around the country, so writing works well for me because it is something I can do on the road.

Any career advice you would give?

Become a specialist in an area of expertise in your field, so people think of you as the “go to” person when someone with that particular knowledge is needed.

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Brenda Kimsey Warneka

Which talent would you most like to have?

In my next life I want to come back as an opera singer. I was going to say Maria Callas, but that really dates me. I have never quite recovered from being asked to leave the church choir when I was a teenager because I couldn’t stay on key for Rock of Ages.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

My husband and I can live anywhere, so the answer has to be where we are–in the Southwestern desert. We do spend summers by the sea in Coronado, Calif., when we aren’t on the road in the motor coach. We did a lot of foreign travel for about 20 years before foreign travel became so difficult and dangerous, and we’re now enjoying the U.S.

What book are you reading?

Looking Up: A Memoir of Sisters, Survivors and Skokie by Linda Pressman, the 2013 Grand Award Winner in the Writer’s Digest Self-Publishing Contest. I read the book quickly last fall before I interviewed Linda for an article. Recently she spoke at an APW conference on the subject “From Writer’s Journal to Memoir,” and now I am reading the book again, keeping in mind how she described constructing it using her writing journals that go back to when she was a teenager. I’m particularly interested because one of the things I am working on is a memoir.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

How inept I am using computers. Before I went to law school, I was a customer service rep at SBC, a subsidiary of IBM, after which I did some technical writing in the computer field, and my husband and I have been involved in the computer field for many years—in fact, that is how we met–but my teenage grandchildren seem to be getting ahead of me in a lot of ways with computer technology.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

I am in awe of the accomplishments of the women in APW and NFPW, and I love being associated with and learning from them. So many of them have done what I expected to do. I started writing in the 5th grade and thought my profession would be in the writing field when I grew up but my natural proclivity for multi-tasking took over.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

I am on Facebook under my own name and also as administrator for Skirting Traditions (thanks for Liking us), and twitter, which I haven’t had time for. I am in the process of setting up a website for Writing and the Law, an area in which I write and speak and for which I just won awards in the “Columns, Informational” and “Audiovisual” categories in the 2014 NFPW Communications Contest.

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One Comment on “Warneka continues to lead, learn and share writing talents with others”

  1. Pam Stevenson Says:

    Great background story about a hard working woman/ friend


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