Name: WJ Carlson(first name is Wendy)
Age: 47(June baby)
Where are you from:
Born and raised in Rice Lake, WI
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc:
I have an older brother and sister. Both parents are retired.
Graduated high school and worked full time. I was going to cosmology school but fell in love and married year later. Have three children(2 boys/1 girl). Lived in the country with horses, a rabbit, corgi dogs, cats, hedgehog and Anoles.
Now that I’m older, we moved closer to town, been married to same guy for 29yrs. My oldest son is 28 and married and gave us two cute grandsons(5 and 7). Our younger son is 26, has a girlfriend and living on his own. Our daughter 24 and is with her boyfriend and just waiting to get engaged, hopefully soon.
We currently have two dogs Capone(pitbull) and Chopper(Retriever mix-we think)
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My second book Dream Escape is out March 7th. Third book out Aug 8th.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Back in 2009, during the Twilight Series days(sounds so funny to say back in the day) but I was hooked in reading again and obsessed with it and went to the BD1 & 2 premiers and met Stephenie Meyer(got my pic her too)and she wrote about her dream which only made me think about writing about my dreams(which I have plenty of good ones and remember them, but some I don’t)
Anyway, 2012 started it off. I have written 7 Twilight fanfiction stories to dabble in and test it out, along with writing Dream Awake.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
It was in 2013, when I join a FB group from another series called the Driven Series by K Bromberg and I was hooked again and the Author is amazing. She interacts with the people and she talked about how she started out and she encouraged me(which I don’t think she knows because everyone else was doing the same thing and some people are more popular to actually be recognized)but I wanted to try publishing, So I did. I had a friend of mine help me get it going.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
It first started off with a song and video called Dream Awake by Lauren Evans. The lyrics spoke to me and thus became me first book based on dreams I’ve had.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
No, not really. Still learning and trying to figure it out.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
First book was the song and video in question above. Book 2 was just as it entails(another dream I had) and Book 3 was something I wanted related to the series.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That dreams are a series of thoughts, visions or feelings that happen during sleep. It’s an idea created in your imagination. Some dreams come true, others are those you struggle with or fear. Everything starts with a dream and it’s up to you if you want to make them real and know that some dreams do come true.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Pretty much all of it is real or can be since it’s all modern or contemporary.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Yes. Some are me, some of dreams I’ve had and some are of others.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Denielle Steel was my very first influencer. I loved reading her books back in middle/high School. She had me wanting to have the romance that books offer.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Slow Burn by K Bromberg
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Yes a lot of them, too many to list out.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Right now I am working a huge 6 book stand alone type series that I am pumped about and dying to tell people about, but won’t just yet. Amazing how a spark ignites a fire and spreads quickly. I have it all mapped out roughly and writing in first book. I have two stories sitting on back burner keeping warm because they won’t talk to me to finish them now that I’m more than ¾ of the way and two other stories done, but not sure I’m going to release them until after my Dream Awake series is done.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Funny how a complete stranger you meet online can change into a friendship. I have a few that have helped me out and hate to name one person because it takes more than one in helping and I hate to leave anyone out. They know who they are.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would love to have it be a career if I had the help to making my books successful. Right now I don’t see that happening, so I will continue to work full-time and dabble in writing for enjoyment.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Yes, doesn’t everyone feel that way? I love my book and happy with the content of it because I am telling a story and can always change the way some things are.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Not really other than how my comment earlier in how it happened.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I will tell you about my Dream Awake series. Book 1(Dream Awake) is a girl looking for a man to have a future with. She sees him, later on meets him and finally has a relationship with him. She has desires that she want to have fulfilled but he doesn’t. Can her relationship survive?
Book 2 (Dream Escape) is all about dreams and “What ifs.” What if things were different if she had done things differently? She gets her fill of desires but is it enough? Will her desires rule or her heart. What does her heart want?
Book 3(Wide Awake) is how she realizes that she will do whatever it takes to make it right and not let her desires rule over what her heart really wants. She gets her happily ever after.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Just finding the right words to use with expressions andTime since I work full-time during the day and evenings are spent catching up on emails and trying to promote self. I don’t have time to write when I’d like.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have too many favorites and I don’t see the author and how they work in these books, I read a story. It’s a journey we take and don’t see it as this author or that author and they are better than this one or that one. (hope that makes sense)
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No, I am just starting out. But I’d love to if I become popular enough. I’d love to meet people who share my dreams with me.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The Big Bang Book Services. Genevieve Scholl has been extremely helpful and a wonderful mentor and friend in helping me get started. She also edits and formats my books too.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part was getting it all together. I only intended to have one book, but then I had a dream on March 7th 2013 and I split the book into two and inserted my dream and it became book 2(Hence the release date of it). Once it has been released, I will disclose what part of the book my actual dream was that made this book become real for me.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Making sure to get emotion out there. Having to find the words and making sure they were properly placed. Usually when I get writing, I get so wrapped up in the story and forget getting the right words out there.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Nope, I think I need all the advice I can get since I am new to this. LOL
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Just to read the story and feel it as if you were part of it. Don’t pick it apart. Not everything can be perfect.
I know when I read a book, I read the story as if I am the one in it.
Also, just to say Thank you for reading. If you like my books, please tell others and help get word out there.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, I don’t probably Dr. Seuss…lol
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Anything silly. My husband makes me laugh a lot with his silliness. As for crying, well, seeing other peoples happiness or their shared moments of happiness. Like getting engaged or married or having a baby and seeing their emotion come out of them that makes me cry with joy or even those that show sadness of course.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Oh no..I have way too many people. I could not possibly narrow it down.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Dreams come true. Devoted wife, mother and grandmother who Lived, Laughed, Loved.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Sometimes I do crafts, but mostly just read.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Not a big watcher of TV lately. But I like Dancing with the Stars and American Idol.
Movie wise, It varies depending on what is out. Like Fifty Shades of Grey, Fast & the Furious; Twilight saga; Notebook; Pretty Woman just to name a few. Anything with romance or comedy.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Love Mexican and Italian food. Coffee, Wine, Chocolate. Love the color Purple. Love any kind of music that I can dance to as I love to dance.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
I have a blog, but don’t do anything with it. I have a hard time keeping up with FB, Twitter and Instagram. Maybe some day I will get it going again. But for now, here are the links to my pages I go have.