Wendi: I love contemporary paranormal because it’s a world I can see living in. I like reading about vampires and other characters that have powers they can control but in many cases aren’t sure what to do with. I think the paranormal genre is one where the authors can explore emotions deeper than others because with the supers, they feeling things on another level than mere humans.
Kiki: List of at least 5 Favorite Books in that Genre.
Wendi: Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark Series. I like how Ms. Cole manages to intertwine the characters into each book. You know what each is up to and see how the stories that might not make sense right away reveal themselves later on. I love her world building as well. It’s hard to make a reader truly believe they are there with the characters when a great deal of the world is something they themselves might not experience, but Ms. Cole does this well.
Kiki: Do you have a Favorite Book of All Time? Of course, please tell us what about that book makes it your favorite.
Wendi: Shoeless Joe by WP Kinsella. I read this book in the eighth grade and immediately fell in love with the movie. The total abandon Ray shows while making the demands come true is fun to read about. I loved Joe. Actually when I read the book, I wanted to meet him and did a ton of research to see what he looked like and what exactly happened.
Kiki: What is the best book you read last month, and would you recommend it to a friend?
Wendi: What She Wants by Anne Rainey. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes a good story about redemption and finding one’s heart.
Kiki: What are your reading habits like? For example, how many books do you read on average in a week, what format do you prefer to read in, what time of day do you read, and what setting is ideal for you to get lost in that book?
Wendi: I tend to read about three books at a time. I’ll read any format print or digital because my DH got me an ereader which I won’t leave home without. If the book is short, I’ll read right on my computer. I tend to read when I’m alone so I won’t get bothered or if there are parts little eyes shouldn’t see, then they can’t. I can get lost in a book at almost any time as long as there is a strong enough hook and tight writing to keep my attention.
Kiki: If pressed, could you chose a favorite from the books you have written? Why is it your favorite?
Wendi: It’s not out yet, but my favorite book I wrote would be You’ll Think of Me. I have a good friend who is in the Air Force and I’ve seen plenty of families torn apart by the ravages of war. When Cade—my hero—told me he wanted his own story, I set out to tell it, but he’s a damaged man and so it wasn’t an easy journey. But it’s been totally worth the ride. Cade wrapped himself around my heart and didn’t let go until I told his story as he wanted.
Kiki: How do you become inspired to write?
Wendi: I read a Harlequin NASCAR book. I love racing and thought, gee, pairing it with romance... what a GREAT idea! But as I worked my way through the book, I was struck by the almost lack of technical information about the sport. Why write a book about a race team when 90% focused on the hero/heroine. Now I realize that the author wanted the story to be romantic. There is a lot of romance in racing, but when a realistic driver spends most of his or her time focused on racing, then the story isn’t so realistic after all. So I decided, hey, I can do this. I put fingers to keyboard and produced four of my own NASCAR themed novels. One small issue. Most readers want the romance and not necessarily the technicals of racing. Makes me the oddball, but oh well.
Still, I learned a lot from writing those novels. There is this great thing called point of view. I thought at the time you could put EVERYONE’s pov in. No. I had no clue passive voice was a no-no. Well, duh, it slows the story down and no one really wants to read 1154 incidents of the word was.
Yeah, I lived, learned, and got loves. Well, got better at writing anyway.
Kiki: What part of the story do you think is your strength to write?
Wendi: The love scenes. Actually I’m never sure I really can write anything. I cringe when I send things to my crit partner in fear she’ll start reading and end up crying its so bad. But in all fairness, my cp tells me I write a great love scene. It’s my favorite part because you get to use all five senses and can really delve into the character’s head.
Kiki: Give Us One More Favorite Thing Beyond Books.
Wendi: Art! I love art, especially Art Nouveau. The curls and colors of the Art Nouveau style captivate me. I love the prints and advertisements of that time. They are so pretty and eye catching. My favorite medium is oil crayon and my favorite subject is my animals because they never sit still, but they have the best poses.
Kiki: Please share with
Wendi: I have an addiction to shoe shopping and the music of Billy Joel. I have no idea why I love shoe shopping other than it’s a girl thing. But the Billy Joel fetish came before I was born. Mom had his tunes and I got to hear the concerts. Coincidentally, my youngling was at a Billy Joel concert before he was born, too. He’s not a huge fan.
When I was in second grade, I had to name my favorite song. I think the teacher nearly blew a gasket when I said it was “I’ve Loved These Days” by Billy Joel because he talks about drug use and drinking. What did I know? I was what... 8? I thought it was a good tune. I didn’t give a hoot about the lyrics.
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