The Sunday Spotlight
Wendy Ely, author of the romance novel Confessions ~ Desert Secrets Book I, is here with me on the blog on this sparkling sunny Sunday morn. So without boring you to an early grave with 'weather talk' we'll fire up the spotlight and begin.
Talking with Wendy
The Sunday Spotlight
Firstly can you tell us a little about yourself?
Thank you so much for letting me visit your blog, Bella! I’m so glad to be here. Well, let me introduce myself. I’m Wendy, a contemporary romance and romantic suspense author, who lives in Arizona. I have my own real-life hero and three teenagers that keep me really busy.
What inspired you to start writing novels for your chosen genre?
I’ve made up stories for as long as I could remember but started my first romance novel when I was in junior high. I remember carrying around two binders; one for my school work and one for my novel. Not being very social, I’d hurry to my next class and to have time to write before the bell rang.
Even as a young teenager I was drawn into the happily-ever-after that romance provided by the end. I started reading Katherine Stone by the time I turned 13, so it was a no-brainer that I’d gravitate toward writing the genre.
Are there any other genres you’ve written?
Dreaming of Him is a paranormal romance that I wrote as a gift to my daughter. I wrote the novella for her because she adores the genre and we had started out the plot together with the idea of writing the story as co-authors. She backed out, so I finished the story for her. She loved it.
Have you published any other novels, if so can you share the details?
I have a total of 5 novels out right now. The easiest way to find all of them (3 are published with Lyrical Press) is on my Amazon author page.
Can you offer any advice to the fledgling authors, just starting out?
Write every day. When I first started this journey I made myself write for 5 minutes. When I hit my zone I allowed myself to keep writing. 5 minutes will seem tough on some days but you’ll fly through it on others and won’t want to stop.
Who is you all-time favorite author?
I adore Rachel Gibson books. She has some snappy, funny stories that allow me to fall in love with the characters. Tangled Up in You is my favorite book by her.
When working on your current novel, were there any moments when you thought:- OMG what am I doing?
I go through this at least once while writing the rough draft of each novel and then during the editing stage. To help me overcome any self-doubt, I read the fan emails and the positive reviews from previous work. The readers help me prove to myself that I’m doing the right thing with my life.
Are there any tips or tricks you use to get to know your characters?
I don’t plot my stories ahead of time, but I must get to know my characters. To do this, I do character profile sheets that have things listed like: favorite memory, worst memory, how each character relates to the main character, favorite drink… and the list goes on and on. My character profile is pages long. I don’t have to have every answer filled in when starting the book, but I should know most of it by the time the rough draft is complete.
If you were stranded on a distant planet:- which of your characters would you like to be marooned with and why?
This is such a fun question! I think that I would want to be stuck with Allison Montgomery (Midnight Secrets, Desert Secrets Series Book 2). She would be a blast to hang out with and surely would come up with some interesting things to do on a distant planet. She is also quick-witted and sassy with the ability to have some great conversation and laughs.
What’s your least favourite part of the writing process?
Rewriting a scene in revisions. It’s hard making sure every impact that the scene had in the story has been changed.
So there you have it, a brief but very interesting insight into Wendy's World!
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Wendy, thank you for letting me shine The Sunday Spotlight on you today and if you love romance and suspense, try Confessions!
Until next time, have a wonderful dreamy Sunday