Friday, March 11, 2011

What's new with Wendy?!?

(Isn't she adorable?)

As most of you loyal bee followers probably already know, Wendy is the author of The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren, Miss Match, and Lifted. She is also a super mom (it's true, she held on to her four-year-old with superhuman strength earlier this year as he dangled from a ski lift), a devoted wife, animal lover, and just generally a swell gal.

Since Wendy lives in Utah, and I live in Illinois, we just don't get to see each other as often as I would like. But I sent her a list of questions so that we could all get caught up on what is going on in her life.

Steph: What's new on the writing front? Can you give us any teasers on new novels?

Wendy: Well, I'm still in the very early stages of a new book idea (writing a proposal) so nothing really to share at this point. I do love this idea though; it's a bit paranormal and I tell it in dual POV, male and female.
Translation: She isn't going to jinx it by spilling the beans. You'll just have to wait until it's out in bookstores. It'll be worth it. :)

Steph: Are you attending any conferences this year?

Wendy: I am not sure as of now. This is getting to be a very busy year already with reunions left and right. I hope to make it to RWA Nationals in NYC this summer and would love to go to some smaller ones if opportunity knocks.

Steph: Anything new in your personal life that you want to share?

Wendy: My husband and I are going on a vacation to Kauai this month and I've very excited. I've never been to that island and I'm hoping to get lots of good snorkeling and hiking in.
(I'm soooo jealous!)

Steph: What keeps you motivated to write?

Wendy: Kind of like exercise and eating healthy, it just makes me feel better about myself when I take time to write a little every day. Also, my kids like it when I'm writing because I let them get away with more. Haha.

Steph:Do you "reward" yourself for meeting writing goals, and if so, what are your rewards?

Wendy: Oh yes, I'm all about rewards. Here are some I particularly like: reading a book I've been wanting to read for a long time, eating something yummy and chocolatey, going out on a girls' night, watching a movie, and hitting the slopes.

Steph: What's the best book you've read in the last few months? Any books you are looking forward to reading?

Wendy: I look forward to reading The Book Thief, which I asked for for my birthday (Wendy FINALLY turned 21 on March 3), and The Scorch Trials by James Dashner, which my son is reading now, and Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick. Some good books I've read lately include: Peeps by Scott Westerfeld, Lifted (twin title!) by Hilary Freeman, Matched by Allie Condie, and The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams.

Steph: What author would you go completely fan girl over?

Wendy: Judy Blume! (ah, wouldn't we all???)
It sounds like Wendy is as fabulous as usual and I don't know about you but I can't wait to read her future novels. Thanks for playing along, Wendy. And let me know if you need help carrying your bags to Kauai next month. :) For more info on Wendy and her books, visit her website. Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win the fabulous jewelry!


TinaFerraro said...

So great to catch up with what's new, Wendy! And JEALOUS about Kauai!

Wendy Toliver said...

Thanks for the interview, Steph. It was fun! And Tina, I'll be sure and take lots of photos (and videos -- I bought myself a Kodak Play Sport with my birthday money) so you can live vicariously thru me when I'm in Kauai! :)

Heather Davis said...

Awww - Kauai! Take me with you!! Sounds like a fun trip and that lots of good things are on the horizon for you, Wendy. :)

Unknown said...

I loved the teenage siren book Wendy I can't wait to read more!

Marley Gibson said...

Awesome interview! Loves my Wendy! = )

Jessica said...

OMG. That picture of Hawaii looks amazing. I definitely need to try to get there someday. Have fun on your vacation!! :)

Steph said...

Have a great vacation, and I hope all goes well with your future writing! Happy belated birthday, by the way! :)