Wendy, an aspiring new Canadian author, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and raised in Ontario, Canada. She currently resides in Bala, Ontario where she works at a private substance abuse treatment centre.
Wendy has recently earned her diplomas in Forensic Science and Creative Writing. Why those two subjects? – “It’s all to improve my writing, of course,” Wendy admits.
Prior to enrolling in Forensics and Creative Writing, Wendy obtained her diploma as a Drug & Alcohol Treatment Specialist. Wendy also enjoys studying psychology, with a focus on abnormal psychology.
Wendy is currently working on Book 3 in the Taylor Sinclair Series, a new novel, High Priestess, which was her project during NaNoWriMo2015, as well as another new novel, Dark Skye, which takes place on the Isle of Skye in Scotland and began as her NaNoWriMo2016 project.
Her Creative Writing Instructor recently said this about Wendy’s writing:
“You are one of the very best students to have come through this program in quite some time. Feel proud and encouraged. However, also understand that that is a profession where only the top 1% succeed. You are in that bracket, but you are not alone there.”
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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.
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 and discrimination, and it’s a shout out to some of my friends and family who are gay. 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 third book in the series, which I am writing now, Taylor works her first major case with the Sex Crimes Unit. 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 the 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!