Interview with Australian Author – Wendy Davies

“Australian Authors” – Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?

Wendy – I’m lazy.
I love bike riding and spending time outdoors.
I’m stubborn.
I’ve been known to gain someone’s whole life story – of which I’m always fascinated to hear – because I smiled at them, or made some comment to them.
I volunteer at my local library helping older people understand or use their mobile phones, tablets or laptops. I love it and it is so rewarding.

“Australian Authors” – What made you want to become a writer?

Wendy – I didn’t “become” a writer. I just AM a writer. I’ve always made up stories and writing was a big part of my life, both professionally and personally. I can’t really be sure I had any choice over the matter. Not really.

“Australian Authors” – What gives you inspiration for your book(s)?

Wendy – A whole host of things. It’s not one single thing, but a variety of numerous small things that gets me thinking, ‘what if…’
For example, the whole zombie movie idea came from a snippet on television about a country town that was hosting a zombie fest, and had done for years. I didn’t see the whole thing, but it sparked something inside, so when it came time for Amber to need something to keep the hotel going…I already had the answer.

“Australian Authors” – Now, the big question, are you working on another book?

Wendy – Yes. It’s set in the same small town as my first one – Willow’s Bend – and is Harry (the barman) and Samantha’s story. I’m hoping to have it finished soon, but I can tell you, Harry and Samantha have sure put me through my paces! Anyway, here’s what this story is about:
She’s seeking a future.
SAMANTHA WILD is nearing the end of her Australia-wide sojourn, seeking photographic inspiration, doing everything she can to avoid the boring business career her parents will secure her future. Then, in the middle of nowhere, beside the abandoned cottage, a warrior-like silhouette appears out of the summer sun. Too bad all her temporary, blond-haired model is only interested in confiscating her images.
He’s hiding from his past.
Ex-military, now barman in his hometown’s only hotel, HARRY DOBSON keeps the mental breakdown he suffered a secret. From everyone. Besides, he’s destined to be alone, unwilling to expose himself to further heartbreak. Then a feisty female photographer unsettles the peace he’s found in his hometown.

“Australian Authors” – What genres do you prefer to write in?

Wendy – Romance, and specifically small-town romances. But I have been known to dabble in short science fiction and contemporary stories as well. 🙂

“Australian Authors” – What do you think about the ebook revolution?

Wendy – I love it. I’ve been an e-book reader for years. It makes travelling so much easier as all I have to do is load up my Kindle with more books than I could possibly read and then pack it into my handbag. Having multiple books available, without the bulk or weight, is a real advantage. Plus, it’s opened me up to a whole host of writers that I normally wouldn’t read, giving me a much wider base and a lot more choice when it comes to sitting down and reading a good story.

“Australian Authors” – Do you start a book with a definite plot, or do you just write?

Wendy – Neither. Well, maybe ‘just write’, but I do need to have some idea about who my characters are before I start. I like to think about what they want, what they need, what’s stopping them and the lessons they need to learn before I begin crafting their romance, and their happy ever after. So that means a bit of planning, but not a lot.

“Australian Authors” – Pen or type writer or computer?

Wendy – Computer. I can type way faster than I can write longhand. Plus, moving stuff around, fixing errors and generally ‘getting it right’ is so much easier on a computer. And, because I back up what I’m working on in multiple places, I never lose all that hard work either.

“Australian Authors” – Do your characters seem to hijack the story, or are you always in control?

Wendy – Well, Harry and Samantha are definitely in control of their story. I can’t tell you how many times they have hijacked my carefully planned outline, but honestly, they’ve made it so much better too. Zach and Amber did a bit of that too, but nowhere near as much as Harry and Samantha. Wonder what Ryan and Zoe will do to me when it comes time to write their story? (shudder!!)

“Australian Authors” – Are your characters based on real people or completely imagined?

Wendy – Completely fictional. Though, I guess, there has to be some basis in reality too, otherwise no-one would take them seriously. I love ‘people-watching’ so, yeah, maybe there is a lot more ‘real people’ in my characters than I acknowledge.

“Australian Authors” – Have you thought about joining with another author to write a book?

Wendy – No, not really. I have a group of other authors around me and we discuss our stories and help brainstorm ideas regularly, But sitting down and writing a story together with another author isn’t something I’ve ever considered.

“Australian Authors” – Who are your favourite authors?

Wendy – I have way too many. I love all sorts of stories and genres so my list is a mile long. But really, it’s the stories that stay with you. The ones where you are so engrossed that you forget to eat, put off sleeping and only notice the outside world if the house is burning to the ground. Anyone who can write stories like that would definitely be on my “favourite author” list.

“Australian Authors” – What’s your advice to Authors? On writing? Publishing? Marketing?

Wendy – Be yourself. Write what you know, or what interests you the most. Keep writing. Listen to the advice from others that makes sense and will improve your story and ignore the rest. Be brave. Be determined. Learn from your mistakes. Keep learning your craft. Never give up.

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