Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My name is Wendy Roberts and I’m 55 years old
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live in Vancouver Canada
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I have 4 grown kids (3 boys, 1 girl) and I’m a recent empty nester. I live with my partner, David, and we’re in the process of downsizing from a large family home to a small condo. Who knew a person could collect so much stuff?!
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest book, A GRAVE PERIL, is out January 21st. This is the third book in the Bodies of Evidence mystery series.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I always dabbled in telling stories. My first was the tale of a cup of flour’s journey to become a birthday cake. I wrote that when I was seven. It received mixed reviews. I began writing novels in the late 90s and my first book, Dating Can Be Deadly, was published in 2005.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The first time I cashed a royalty cheque and used it to pay bills.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book was a chicklit mystery. I enjoyed reading in that genre so much that I decided to try my hand at writing one myself.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I have eleven books published and only two of those titles were mine haha! The editorial department at the publishing houses I’ve worked for have a greater talent in that area.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I tend to write character driven stories where the heroine as a supernatural gift. The toughest part about my writing style is getting inside the head of the protagonist.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Even though I live in Vancouver, all of my books are set in Washington State or the Seattle area. I take research trips across the border and try to use precise and realistic locations in my books. All of my characters are an amalgamation of many people in my life.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Yes, I cross the border into Washington State sometimes for a day and other times for many days to get a feel for the location of my stories.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My publisher. They give me the final okay but I’ve always loved their work.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
At a basic level I try to write protagonists who are very normal, careworn women who have one talent that forces them to live beyond their comfort zone. In all my novels the message is that if my heroine can be strong through her struggles, so can you.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I have a lot of favorite authors … Louise Penny, Allison Brennan, and Tana French to name a few. I read voraciously. I’m presently into Sara Blaedel.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I’d have to say that every single published author I’ve met through both online groups and conventions have been encouraging and helpful beyond measure.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, it’s my full-time job.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’ve since written the next book in the series and so I’d have to say no because changes to A GRAVE PERIL (out January 21st) would also change A GRAVE END (out in July).
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I had to study the ports and import of illicit drugs into Washington State. I was also travelling a lot because my father was very ill so I learned that I could write on airplanes and hospitals when necessary.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I think Scarlett Johansson would make an excellent Julie Hall.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write writewrite. When you’re not writing, have adventures to fill your creative well.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you! I will be eternally grateful to every single person who has ever purchased one of my books and then committed the hours and days to read it. I get emotional just thinking about it.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’ve just started Sara Blaedel’s The Forgotten Girls.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I remember reading Raggedy Ann and Andy books. The very first chapter book that reached me was Anne of Green Gables. I still have the copy I read as an eight year old!
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My children cause me complete and utter joy. They are such wonderful human beings and I’m truly blessed. I’m also obsessed with animals big and small and get many delightful hours helping in the rescue of feral cats.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to spend a couple hours with Stephen King. The master of horror is a true inspiration.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Reading is my biggest hobby haha! Besides that, rescuing feral cats has been a big part of my life. My favorite thing to do is travel. I’m obsessed with seeing the world.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I enjoy crime shows like First 48 and Forensic Files. I’m also currently binging Suits on Netflix.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I absolutely love seafood. My music tastes change often with whatever book I’m writing. For example, although I’m not a big country fan I became obsessed with Keith Urban while writing my last book because his songs helped with my writing mood.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I’d gather my four children around me and never let them go.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I want my ashes scattered in the ocean, no head stone for me. However, if there was going to be an epitaph I’d like it to say “she gave love and she received it back in abundance”
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
My website is www.wendyroberts.com and I’d love it if readers signed up for my newsletter through my site. Also, please follow me on social media at:
Amazon authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Wendy-Roberts/e/B001IXQ5YI/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1547117005&sr=1-2-ent