- Does writing energize or exhaust you?
My writing energizes me as I love, Claudia Quash, the heroine that I have created. She’s strong and brave and hopefully she inspires people never to give up on their dreams.
- What is your writing Kryptonite?
The magical moment in ‘The Spell of Pencliff’ is when Claudia Quash discovers that she has special powers of her own.
- Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
- What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have connected with many authors through social media, and I think that we all inspire and encourage each other by reading each other’s work and sharing marketing ideas.
- Do you want each book to stand alone, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I am developing the ‘Claudia Quash Series.’
- What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Giving away free copies of the ‘Claudia Quash Series’ to children in the hospital to help pass the time. and hopefully inspire them and give them hope.
- What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
I was inspired by the speeches that I read by famous politicians.
- What’s your favorite novel?
My favorite novel is Wuthering Heights and it is also my favorite film.
- As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
It would have to be the mechanical dog featured in ‘The Spell of Pencliff.’
- How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I am currently editing two books at the moment.
- What does literary success look like to you?
Literacy success is being able to use the money to help create more special memories for seriously ill children and their families of Dreams and Wishes Charity.
- What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I spend a great deal of time researching before I write as Claudia Quash travels back in time and it is important that I know the date of the inventions in ‘The Spell of Pencliff.’
- How many hours a day/week do you write?
It depends on how busy I am with book-signing commitments, school visits and promoting Dreams and Wishes Charity, which is very important to me.
- How do you select the names of your characters?
Firstly, I imagine what the character will look and act like and what sort of person I am trying to convey, then I choose a name that I think fits his/her personality traits.
- What was your hardest scene to write?
The most difficult thing to describe is how things in the book grow bigger and then shrink in size and how it made Claudia Quash feel.
- Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
I love writing magical adventures and Claudia Quash, my chosen protagonist is the character that I became intrigued by. I enjoy the way her personality changes and grows and how she adapts to her different surroundings. At the moment, I don’t have any plans to write under another genre or develop a new character/characters apart from the ones that Claudia meets during her adventures.
- How long have you been writing?
After I qualified as a lawyer, I studied for a degree in ‘Theatre Studies and Drama’ and during this time I did a lot of writing and became interested in storytelling. My debut novel, ‘Claudia Quash:The Spell of Pencliff’ took me three years to write.
- What inspires you?
My daughter, also called Claudia has inspired my writing.
- How do you find or make time to write?
I write early in the morning, in the evening or whenever I am not busy with the wonderful Dreams and Wishes Charity that grants dreams and wishes to seriously ill children and their families.
- What projects are you working on at the present?
I am currently editing the second book in ‘The Spell of Pencliff’ series and completing an activity book.
- What do your plans for future projects include?
I am keen to write more short stories for younger children.
- Share a link to your author website
‘Claudia Quash : The Spell of Pencliff’ and ‘Claudia’s Special Wish’ are available on Amazon, Kindle, and as an Audiobook and via my website – www.wendyhobbs.com
The Spell of Pencliff – http://myBook.to/ClaudiaQuash
Claudia’s Special Wish – http://MyBook.to/SpecialWish
Author page – http://author.to/WendyHobbs
Bio: WENDY HOBBS, LLB (Hons), BA (Hons), PGCE.
I am a Lawyer, Ambassador for Dreams and Wishes, and a children’s fantasy author of “The Claudia Quash Series.” My journey began when I took a break from my legal career to study for a degree in Theatre and Drama, and I developed an interest in storytelling. My debut novel, “Claudia Quash:The Spell of Pencliff” has received amazing 5 star reviews, and it won a book award. “The Spell of Pencliff’ is a magical adventure inspired by my daughter, also called Claudia, and it is based on Tenby (Pencliff), a historic town steeped in ancient history in West Wales. The story features the Tudor Merchant’s House, St Catherine’s Island and the famous Ghost Walk. My aim was to write a story that not only captivated the reader’s imagination, but to create a unique character that encouraged children to pursue their dreams and never to give up.
Last year, I was invited by Mr Tony Curtis MBE, founder of Dreams and Wishes Charity, to write a book to inspire children. I wrote “Claudia’s Special Wish,” which was launched by the Secretary of State for Wales, and I had the honor of reading the book on behalf of the charity in the House of Commons and in 10 Downing Street.