Wendy ~ on the Taylor Sinclair series …
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.
A while back, I received an email from a woman who’d started to read Saving Grace. She said that she had to put it down because she had abuse in her past and didn’t want to read about it. That was okay. I could understand that. But then I received another email from her a couple of months later. She stated that she picked the book up again and read it. She hadn’t realized it was about Taylor’s healing and that reading it gave her the courage to face her abuser, who she still saw on a regular basis as he was married to her mother. She signed off on the email by saying, “Thank you for my emotional freedom!” That’s what I want to accomplish with my writing. I couldn’t have received higher praise than this woman telling me how reading my novel helped her to heal.
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 family and friends 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 old 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!
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. She enjoys working with clients suffering from a variety of concurrent disorders. Wendy has recently earned her diploma in Forensic Science and, most recently, her diploma in Creative Writing with high honours and high praise from her instructors on her writing style and structure.
Prior to enrolling in Forensics, 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, The Gift, 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 is 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.”
It is Wendy’s sincere hope to empower women though her novels, especially those who have suffered through hardships in their lives.
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