Wendy writes crime fiction with a hint of romance featuring strong female protagonists. She brings a vast array of life experience to her pages having held jobs on cruise ships in the Caribbean, addiction counselor at a private addictions treatment centre, and years of experience in the security field.
She enjoys learning and holds diplomas in creative writing, forensic sciences, and law & security, to name a few.
She is a member of Sisters in Crime – Toronto Chapter and Crime Writers of Canada.
When Wendy’s not writing, you’ll find her engrossed in the pages of a good book, out riding her bike, or spending quality time with her family.
A Note from Wendy …
Writing has become a labour of love. I enjoy writing strong female characters overcoming the odds and becoming successful. Taylor Sinclair was born out of a desire to celebrate the achievements and strength of a woman despite her horrific past or the sometimes debilitating PTSD that she suffers from. The number of adult survivors of child abuse is outrageously high and accounts for a large majority of men and women who suffer from substance abuse. If Taylor hadn’t given her sister her sworn promise to never touch drugs and alcohol (among other things), she may very well have succumbed to the lure of drugs and/or alcohol to numb her emotional pain. I admire Taylor’s strength and determination and have the utmost respect for everyone who is able to overcome the odds and thrive despite horrifying pasts.
If you’re a survivor of sexual assault or childhood sexual abuse and you’re looking for help in Toronto, yourchoice.to is an excellent resource or visit the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime for links to Canada-wide resources.
One of my favourite characters in the Taylor Sinclair novels is Detective Sergeant Chris Cain. I love that she has a rep as being a hard ass, but when you get to know her you realize she’s really a very caring and compassionate woman, she just doesn’t want the cops she works with to know it. I wanted one of the main characters to be gay for several reasons – it’s real, it gives me the opportunity to explore issues like bullying, discrimination, misogyny, and homophobia. It makes Chris’s character very real and I think it has a lot to do with her great sense of humour.
My stories are very definitely character driven and I love to delve into their personal lives. In the fourth book in the series, which I am writing now, we discover more secrets from Taylor’s past as they work to solve a Human Trafficking case. Taylor and Chris’s personal lives are still entwined in the story. Being so involved in their personal lives is, I think, why readers feel like they’re sitting down with friends when they read the Sinclair novels.
I hope that you enjoy the characters in the Taylor Sinclair novels as much as I have enjoyed their company over the past few years. I feel almost like I didn’t write these stories – rather Taylor, Gray, and Chris brought me along on their journey. I can’t wait to see where they take us next!