Photo of Duff Brenna on book tour in Bend, Oregon Cover of Murdering the Mom, a memoir by Duff Brenna Cover of Minnesota Memoirs, short stories by Duff Brenna Cover of The Book of Mamie, a novel by Duff Brenna

“If you are going to be a dairy farmer, don't make pets of your animals. That was my undoing – they all had names.”

—Duff Brenna, quoted in CSU San Marcos News Releases

Short Works: A Selection


  • Friendly Fire
  • From Car Thief to Author: A Journey
  • On the Road to Rejection: A Tale of a California Book Tour
  • The Secret Altar
  • What I Would Tell My Student Writers


  • Duff Brenna, Interviewed by Derek Alger
  • It’s Not a Choice, It’s a Calling
  • Thanks to Lady Fortune, There’s Always an Upside


  • Jealousy and Doubt
  • Stupid Cunt
  • Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

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