Hello and welcome to another installment of Author Interview Fridays! Today I have the great joy of welcoming Wendi Wilson, author of Shadowed Strength.
Let’s get to it, shall we?
- What name do you write under? Is this a pseudonym? Do you use more than one name when you write?
Wendi L. Wilson, but on Amazon it’s just Wendi Wilson. That’s my actual name, but I may use a pseudonym in the future if I decide to switch genres.
- Tell us about the first time you realized that you were an author or were going to be an author.
I originally wrote my debut novel, Shadowed Strength, when I was sixteen. It evolved over the next two decades, but I didn’t get serious about writing to publish until the last year or so.
- What genre(s) do you write in, and why?
I write young adult paranormal romance. I love the supernatural in all its forms- vampires, witches, shifters, ghosts, etc.
The popularity of the paranormal doesn’t seem to diminish much either.
- What genres are your favorites to read? Why?
Of course, my favorite is YA paranormal romance, but I also like new adult romance, historical romance, and some erotica (if it’s not too hardcore).
- Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: 1 that you wrote and 1 that someone else wrote.
My favorite character in my book is Melanie. Her personality and insecurities are based on my own at that age and the strength she finds to overcome obstacles is empowering for teens.
My favorite character from another author: that’s a tough one. I’ve read a lot of books. A. Lot. But off the top of my head, I’d have to say one of my recent favorites is Claire from Tara Sivec’s “Seduction and Snacks.” I don’t know if anything has ever made me laugh that hard. She’s a pistol, and not afraid to say what she thinks.
- There is a lot of controversy about allowing books to be made into movies (especially when they cut or change large portions of the plot). Would you be willing for your books/stories to become a movie? Why or why not?
Absolutely. I can’t tell you how many of my favorite book series’ I’ve found, only because I saw the movie. In fact, I wouldn’t even be a reader of YA PNR if my best friend hadn’t made me watch Twilight, which made me get the books. If a movie, however far off the plot it goes, leads people to me and my books, then I’m all in.
That is a great take on the question! I can’t tell you how many I’ve heard say that they would like the money…and then call other authors sell outs for letting their books be changed so much, or say that they refuse to buy a book or watch a movie because they had heard about the differences etc.
- How do you handle writer’s block?
I stop writing and pout for a while. Then I go back to it with fresh eyes in a few days. Usually, if I flesh out the scene I’m working on a little bit, my brain will take me to the next and the flow will resume.
See everyone, pouting helps.
- What inspires you?
People reading my work and encouraging me. I need a sign that reads “Will Work for Compliments.” haha Seriously, though, I need a push every now and then, because I tend to leave things unfinished. I also get inspired by the theories readers leave in their reviews. They make some interesting points and I am using it to shape my next novel.
What a wonderful inclusion of your readers! That is such a great idea!
- How do you respond when people ask what you do, then make that faceif you say “I’m an author”?
What’s this face you speak of? haha I am fairly new to the game, an luckily I have gotten nothing but smiles and excitement. I’ll let you know when I get one.
I must just have some very uptight, un-literary people in my area…so glad you get excitement and smiles!
- Finally, please tell us where we can find you
You can find me on:
Thank you for taking the time to give us a few insights Wendi! I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work soon.
Let’s all leave a little comment of encouragement so Wendi will get that next novel finished up!
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