Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Welcome Wendy Webb to MCBF 2014

Wendy Webb joins MCBF 2014

Wendy Webb is the bestselling author of novels of gothic suspense, The Vanishing (2014, Hyperion) The Fate of Mercy Alban (2013, Hyperion) and The Tale of Halcyon Crane (2010, Holt. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, photographer Steve Burmeister, and their 110-pound Alaskan Malamute, Molly. 
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Read all about Wendy in her interview here:
At what age did you start writing?
I've been a writer for as long as I can remember. I started writing in elementary school and just kept at it.
Patty Campbell talks about the germ for a piece of writing being like the sand in the oyster.  What is your grain of sand?  Do you begin with character or setting or something else?
For me, it's definitely setting. I've been inspired to start writing all three of my books in a single moment in a certain setting. For The Tale of Halcyon Crane, it was the moment when the ferry was approaching Mackinac Island and I saw the Grand Hotel and all of the beautiful, old houses on the island's hill. For The Fate of Mercy Alban, it happened when I stepped onto the patio of Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, Minnesota, and started imagining a summer party held there. And for The Vanishing, it was the moment I saw the house in Downton Abbey.
Do you outline before you write or just dive in?
I just dive in. I tried to outline a book once but couldn't write it. It seemed like I was writing a term paper and was no fun! I start with a setting and a main character, and then start thinking: "What happens now?"

Why do you write for Young Adults or Adults?
I write the type of books I like to read. They're technically for adults, but I get a lot of crossover into the YA market, too. 

Who is your favorite character you have written or read about?

What is one thing you would like your readers to know about you?
How much I truly appreciate every one of them.

In high school, where did you fall? (Prom Queen/King, Gamer Geek, Brainy/Book Nerd, Jock, Shy/Quiet Scholar, Skate Rat, Stoner, Class Clown, etc.)
I was on the yearbook staff and my friends were mainly the smart, nerdy kids and the theater crowd. Definitely the brainy book nerd type!

Do you have a pet (pets)?  Tell us about it (them) and how they help/hinder your writing.
I have a 110-pound Alaskan Malamute named Molly. She, along with my two other Mals who have passed on, are important characters in my newest book, The Vanishing. And when I'm writing, if ever I hit a snag, I take Molly for a walk to clear my head. She's a big help.

What books or authors have most influenced your writing most?
The book that most influenced me is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle. I read that when I was about 13 years old and when I was finished with it, I knew what I wanted to do with my life — write magical, mysterious stories like that one.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
There are so many! William Shakespeare — did you really write your plays, or did someone else? Lee Harvey Oswald — did you act alone or did someone hire you to kill JFK? Agatha Christie or Arthur Conan Doyle — please teach me everything you know about being a mystery writer! Any president of the United States — is there a Book of Secrets? 
But if I had to pick just one person, it would be my brother Randy. He died suddenly eight years ago, before my first book was published. One more dinner with him would be priceless to me. I'd ask him: "Okay, what's it like where you are?" And I'd tell him all about my success. Of course, I have a feeling he already knows.
It’s the dawn of the zombie apocalypse, what 3 things are a must to take with you when you flee your home for refuge from the undead hordes??
A book titled: "Sure Fire Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse." I'd also take my dog, Molly. She'd defend me against any and all zombies. And I'd also take a map to a secret, underground lair stocked with plenty of food and water, plus a library of books to entertain me while everyone else fights the zombies.
Meet Wendy at the
on Saturday, February 15th
at Lone Star College - Montgomery

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