Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
I live in the beautiful city of Dundee, Scotland where I am fortunate to be a full time writer. As I write this I am somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean on my way to New Orleans where I will be speaking at Bouchercon, a crime festival. This combines my three favourite occupations, writing, reading and travelling. It is so much fun being a writer.
1. How did you get started writing?
I was in both the Royal Navy and the Army for many years, and then worked in Academia. This led to publication in academic journals and textbooks. I was in the fortunate position to take very early retirement which meant I could write full time. I had an idea for book and wrote the bulk of the first draft during NaNoWriMo. Several people read it and said they liked it so that was the start of my writing career.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I write crime fiction. I have been reading crime fiction since I was a child, starting with the Famous Five and Nancy Drew. I moved on to adult crime books when I was ten, so writing in this genre was a natural progression.
3. What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
As a crime writer I am usually thinking about locations for the books. If I drive through beautiful countryside I am usually thinking that would be a great place to bury a body. Saying that I can still enjoy the beautiful countryside despite the fact I am littering it with corpses.
4. What is your favorite part of writing?
Seeing the finished product and the book in my hands. It is always a joy and an amazing feeling to know that I have written something which will bring enjoyment to so many people.
5. What is your least favorite part of writing?
When I realise that something isn’t working and I need to cut several hundred words that I have slaved over. It is tough to cut those words but worth it in the end. It’s important to keep the final book in mind during this time.
6. Pick two celebrities to be your parents. Who would they be and why?
Joanna Lumley as my mother and James Patterson as my father. Joanna because she is so much fun and yet compassionate and passionate about just causes. James Patterson because you might as well have a helping hand with the writing.
7. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
Straight out of my head. Fans of my books have told me that my head is a worrying place to be.
8. Tell me about your ideal reader.
One who loves reading Scottish fiction. The setting is an essential part of my writing as I want to show people the Scotland I love. Also a reader who likes to get inside the mind of the killer.
9. What is your “go to” routine that helps you get in the mood to write? Special beverage? Music? Etc.
I am fortunate in that I can write anywhere so I don’t have a set routine. Somewhere where the phone doesn’t ring endlessly would be good. As I say I am writing this over the Atlantic and plan on doing some on the next DI Shona McKenzie Mystery once I have finished.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
I have two series so it will be books rather than book. The first Fergus and Flora Mystery was launched on 10th September, so the ink is still fresh. This is called The Dagger’s Curse and is a Young Adult Mystery.
The fifth book in the DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries will be released on 7th November. The launch will be in Waterstones, Dundee. This is called Killer’s Crew. The first four books in the series are called Killer’s Countdown, Killer’s Craft, Killer’s Cross and Killer’s Cut.
Be sure to come back to read more about Wendy and THE DAGGER’S CURSE, The Fergus and Flora Mysteries Book 1, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
Links to Wendy’s website, blog, books, etc.
The Dagger’s Curse: http://amzn.to/2cyYRg4
Amazon Author page: http://author.to/WendyHJones
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