Author Interview With Wendy Hewlett by Itsy Bitsy Book Bits
How Did You Get Into Writing?
- I used to write when I was young and, at the advice of my high school English teacher, I went to college for Journalism. I dropped out at the end of the first year because it just wasn’t the type of writing I wanted to do. Writing fell by the wayside for me after that. Then I was laid off in 2009 and doing a lot of reading. I was inspired to try my hand at fiction by J.D. Robb’s In Death Series. Thanks Nora!
What’s Your Favorite Genre to Write?
- Crime Fiction, Romantic Suspense
Is there a genre you’ve always wanted to write in that you haven’t yet?
- Paranormal Suspense
Who are some of your inspirations?
- Nora Roberts, Janet Evanovich
Do any of your stories have personal experiences in them?
- Of course. I draw on my background in security and as an addictions counselor as well as life experience in general.
Who are some of your favorite authors to read?
- J.D. Robb, Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, and I’m really getting into reading a slew of indie authors including TL Clark, Julia Blake, Becky Wright, Julie Embleton, Caroline Noe, and many more.
What’s your writing process look like? (Outline or go with the flow of your character)
- My novels are definitely character driven in that I sit down and let them lead me along in their journey. I’m often surprised at where they take me. Sometimes, it’s like I’m just a conduit for the story to travel through onto the keyboard.
What are some of your hobbies?
- Reading, cycling, woodworking
Have you attended any signings? If so, what was your favorite thing about it?
- I’ve done several book fairs and festivals. I love meeting book lovers and other authors. It’s all about the networking.
When reading reviews, what is something you love to see written?
- I love to see the emotional impact a story has on the reader. That’s what we’re really striving for. The best review I’ve ever had was from a woman who’d suffered from childhood trauma and was hesitant to read my first novel – Saving Grace – because of the trauma suffered by the main protagonist. But, she persevered and read the book then sent me an email saying Taylor’s story gave her the courage to face her own abuser. At the end of the email, she wrote, “Thank you for my emotional freedom.” That’s powerful.
If you could spend the day with one of your characters, who would it be and what would you do?
- Do I have to pick just one? I guess I’d have to choose none other than Taylor Sinclair. We’d go for a run then hit a café and I’d pick her brain. If I could choose more than one, I’d spend a weekend at Gray Rowan’s lakeside home with the whole gang from the Taylor Sinclair Series. We’d soak up some rays on the dock, go out in a kayak or canoe, maybe a hike on one of the Provincial trails, and just hang out enjoying each other.
What are you currently working on?
- I’m working on the fourth novel in the Taylor Sinclair Series – Trafficked.
What’s your writing routine?
- I’m a night owl, so I am most productive late at night. I don’t know that I have a routine. I have to make myself sit down in front of my laptop, but once I get there the writing usually flows. If I’m getting stuck or struggling, I’ll walk away for a break and focus on research or just let the story percolate in my brain. It always works.
Do you have any superstitions when it comes to writing? If so, what?
- No superstitions.
What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
- To write and read everyday. Those are the two things that really help us to improve our craft. I’m guilty of not writing everyday, but I’m striving to get there.
Where do you find the names for your characters?
- Sometimes they’re just names that I think fit the character or I’ll look up names of a particular nationality and find one I think is suitable.
What is your favorite book made into a movie/tv show?
Anything else you want your readers to know about you?
- I suffer from chronic low back pain which often interferes with my productivity. There was a long gap between books 2 and 3 in the Sinclair Series and that was directly related to my health issues. Yet, when I released the third book, Runed, earlier this year, the fans of the series were right there, ready and waiting. I’m incredibly grateful they didn’t give up on me and I promise not to make you wait so long in the future.
If you won the lottery what would you do with the money?
- .I’d definitely help my son buy a horse farm. He’s a talented horse trainer/rider and I’d love to see him achieve his dreams. Then I’d pack my bags and head over to Scotland, England, and Ireland for a year or so. I was born in Scotland and would love to spend an extended period of time over there, discovering my heritage much like Ailey in Ailey of Skye.
In your everyday life how do you give back to the world?
- I like to think I’ve helped a lot of people by being a good listener and not being judgemental. One of my goals with my writing is to inspire women and help them heal.
If you could give your younger self one piece of writing advice, what would it be?
- That’s an easy one. I’d tell myself to get into a creative writing course when I realized journalism wasn’t for me. Keep writing and don’t give up.