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Author Interview Courtney Wendleton


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Courtney

1. Does writing energize or exhaust you? It depends on how I feel before I start writing. If I have been having problems writing anything for a couple of days, I’m apprehensive to sit and write. On those days, if I can actually get something out, I feel energized and go for hours. Then there are days where I’m full of energy and ready to write and come out a few hours later exhausted and having to put on wrist braces because the carpal tunnel sets in.  

2.What is your writing Kryptonite? Like a topic I won’t touch? Harming little children and elderly. Something that kills my writing would be Netflix. I get sucked into the black hole that is Asian TV/movies and it will be days before I write anything because I’m watching.

Touchdown

3.Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym? Actually I have a book in the works that will be under a pseudonym because it contains a lot of personal information that my family probably wouldn’t appreciate me putting out there, but I feel like I need to write it and have others read it. Then there is another work in progress that I’m thinking about using a pseudonym for but not quite sure if I will or not.

4.What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer? I have many on Facebook through different writing groups, but Zoe Ambler has been the most influential and active in my writing. We just talk about our writings and give different points of view on different aspects of the work. Although recently I’m hoping to expand my tiny writing circle through a group I’m putting together where authors help each other out more than just posting advertisements. I’m trying to help authors that don’t necessarily have the money to pay an editor or don’t have any support and help them in a sort of exchange thing.

Luna

5.Do you want each book to stand alone, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book? Most of my currently published are stand alones, but there are two that are part of a trilogy and one is becoming part of an unintentional series. For the most part, I just let the stories take me where they want to go and if that leads to a standalone or a series, I just go with it.

6.What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? I broke down and spent some money on two book covers. Until then I have always made my own and wanted to try having them professionally done. I think those are the best two book covers I have right now.

Innocence

7.What was an early experience where you learned that language had power? Since I was born my great-grandma read stories to me, then she taught me how to read at the age of three because while I was living with my great-grandparents and my mom, great-grandma thought I needed to be quiet. I’m not sure if I ever had that brilliant “A-ha” moment because it has always been there for me.

8.What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel? Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. It is a sci-fi novel about a mentally challenged man and a mouse that undergo surgery to make them smarter. The surgery is a success and Charlie eventually surpasses the intelligence of the doctors that created and performed the procedure. As he became smarter, Charlie’s friendships break off because of his major attitude changes and eventually all he has left is his mouse. He finds a flaw in the research, and the result is Algernon, the mouse, goes back to his original state and dies. Knowing he will lose his mind, he tries to reconnect with friends and family, but decides to live at a state-sponsored institution where no one knows about his former intelligence. I loved the book because it shows a harsh reality of how people treat others that are different from themselves. Then it flips the coin and you can see how the change can twist a person into a shadow of their former selves. I think this is the first book that made me cry and really feel for the characters.

Vampire

9.As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal? A Pokémon called Ditto. Over the years I have felt my spirit animal change because of what is going on in my life at the time and how it effects my writing. With Ditto, it can change into any animal with the same characteristics but always revert back to a pink blob of potential.

10.How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? *Laughs manically in a corner wearing a strait jacket* The last time I counted, it was at 47. However I have added more to that list, and put a couple in an “I’m not sure if I really want to do this but I’ll keep it just in case” pile. I’m crazy I know.

Authors Romance

11.What does literary success look like to you? I’m a simple girl when it comes to my idea of literary success. While it would be nice to be a big name like Stephen King or J.K. Rowling, I am happy with reviews from customers who enjoyed my books. I write because I have to get the words out, but nothing makes me feel like a big real world writer than when I read how much a person loved one of my books.

12.What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? Aside from reading other stories inside the genre that are similar to what I’m working on, I do not do much research. I might look up how things work or certain types of devices I want to use or non-stereotypical attributes for characters to ensure I don’t make a mistake but mostly I write about what I know or invent in my imagination. That said, one of my favorite current works in progress is involving a lot of research into Japanese culture and history. I am looking on websites that are educational reference worthy, reading books about the culture and history, watching movies to figure out how their stories differ from Americans. I have even started to attempt learning to read/write Japanese and the Kanji.

Perfect Murder

13.How many hours a day/week do you write? I try to write a little bit every day and have set up spreadsheets to keep track of daily/weekly/monthly/yearly goals. Daily, this month, I’m just trying for 540 words a day. I have been trying to climb out of a slump and find smaller goals work better for me when this happens. Come July I would like to be back up to at least 2000 a day so I can feel confident going into Camp NaNoWriMo. Other than the goals, I do not mark how long I write daily because sometimes I don’t have the ability to sit and write for so long or I am sick and don’t feel like writing. Other days I can sit and write for four or five hours at a time.

Love & Drugs

14.How do you select the names of your characters? I love looking for new names. Sometimes the names just pop into my head and other times I search baby name websites and apps looking for the right name. Any time I find a name I like I write it down and add it to a running list on Excel for when I need help.

15.What was your hardest scene to write? The hardest scene I have written involves the book I plan to use a pseudonym for. It involves a taboo sexual experience between two characters and one does not know what they feel. They don’t know how they should feel about it because in one way the other person wasn’t supposed to do that to them, but they felt it was the only way to gain that person’s love. If they tell someone else it could either cause legal problems or mental issues because they wouldn’t be believed. This scene is based on a true event and because I’m still unsure how to feel it makes it hard to put it down on paper.

Revealed

16.Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?  If you write more than one, how do you balance them? In the broad sense I write in the romance genre. It is just the one I latched on to based on the sheer number of them that I read. Inside that I write paranormal, LGBTQ, historical and I guess contemporary romance sub-genres. I try to write in the fields that I like, but at the same time those are the types of stories that just come to me. I kind of just write the book and figure out where it fits in the market afterwards.

17.How long have you been writing? Publication wise five years. I have been writing stories since I was like ten, but have lost many of those manuscripts through the multiple moves I made growing up.

18.What inspires you? Everything. I know it sounds like a copout, but I could be reading or watching a movie and get an idea. Watching my family interact with each other. Talking with friends or just watching people walking down the street and coming up with the type of life I think they live.   

19.How do you find or make time to write? I mostly write in the middle of the night. Aside from always have been a night owl, I live with my aunt and her two adult children. She works night shift and in the past year or so her youngest (21 or 22) has started having seizures in his sleep. So to keep me awake on the nights she works, I stay up writing and listening for him. I can’t really watch TV or listen to music because I need to be able to hear if my cousin has a seizure I need to be able to hear him so I can go help him. Plus it is one less thing to worry about if I have to call for an ambulance. On the days that she has off, I wake up in the afternoon and it is part of my wake up routine. I try to write a few hundred words before joining the rest of the family. Then I’m usually up most of the night and write more. Other than that I come up with ideas in the shower and write them down when I get out. Same while I’m driving and doing dishes. When I am doing something that can be done on “auto-pilot” my mind composes and I write it down soon after I’m done. I use a note app on my phone when I’m not near my computer.

20.What projects are you working on at the present? 2 Werewolf projects, a Japanese project, a Mermaid and a couple contemporary romance are a few of the most prominent.

21.What do your plans for future projects include? Because I am neck deep in works in progress, my future lies with whichever book idea comes to mind next.

22.Share a link to your author website. Website I need to update: http://charliesangel-0069.wixsite.com/cmwauthorpage

        Amazon website: https://www.amazon.com/Courtney-Wendleton/e/B00KYMLGKC/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Blog: https://charliesangel0069.wordpress.com/

Bio:

Courtney M. Wendleton is a nation traveler, covering mostly the Midwest. She has lived in Alaska and currently resides in Hawaii, after graduating from high school in Missouri. Since a child of 10, Courtney has wanted to travel and write stories. She has been traveling her whole life, and writing since childhood but only two years ago did she publish her first book.

Touchdown Interruption is her first short story, and has paved the way for six other books currently on the market with more in the works. Courtney toils through her day reading, writing, and striving to be a better author.

A near death experience during her time in Alaska proved to her that life is short and she needs to spend her time doing something she loves. It took three years for her to build up the courage, but she published her first book and started going to school again. Now she happily lives in Hawaii with family, still hoping to inspire her readers to chase their dreams.

Welcome Courtney M Wendleton…


Courtney

What inspired you to write your first book? I wasn’t in a good place with my stepmom at the time and I sat down and just started writing a story where the stepmom and dad split up and the daughter has to take care of everything while the dad is off to work. Somewhere it changed into this tomboy finds love book.

How did you come up with the title? Football was such a “big theme” of the book, that it only seemed fitting for it to be part of the title. So I sat down with the family and actually watched football, then the title just came to me- “Touchdown Interruption.” The name just fits perfectly as the characters’ lives are interrupted by different things.

Touchdown

Is this your first book? How many books have you written (published or unpublished)? “Touchdown Interruption” is my first book. I also have two out in a series called “Innocence” and “Revealed” that are published. So currently 3 completed but many still in different draft stages.

InnocenceRevealed

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? In my Legend series there seems to be a message of never really being able to know someone. The main character finds her world turned upside down when she leaves home for the first time and learns she has been lied to for years by her own parents.

How much of the book is realistic? “Touchdown Interruption” is very realistic, in a lot of what happens in it can happen in real life. The Legend series…not so much, but that is because it involves Vampires, Banshees and other mythical creatures.

Are your characters based on someone you know, or events in your own life? So far none of the books I have published are based on my reality in anyway. That being said I have a friend who passed away about two years ago and I am wanting to make a story with her as the main character.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? No I don’t think I would change anything in “Revealed.” I’m sure if I were to go back and read through it, I would find something but at the moment there is nothing I would change.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed the book and don’t forget to write a review! Lol. I really appreciate the readers and hope they enjoyed what I write because I want my stories to be shared and to bring some joy to their lives.

What is your favorite part/chapter of your book/project? There is a part in “Revealed” where Olivia (Main character’s best friend and Morrigan) rips out a boy’s soul. I just think that would be so cool to see as she puts her hand through a guy’s chest and pulls out a filmy silver Spector and is able to put it back.

What is your favorite theme/genre to write? I don’t really have a favorite. I try to through different themes/genres into one book so hopefully there is a little bit of everything for everyone.

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it? I never say never. In fact I have a couple of books in the works that involve very taboo subjects that people only whisper about behind closed doors.

What book are you reading now? I am currently reading “Roots” by Alex Haley. It has been on my To Read list for years and I have finally decided to get working on that list.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? R.K. Ryals author of “The Story of Awkward.” Joelle Charbonneau she wrote “The Testing” series. Aileen Erin who wrote the “Alpha Girl” series. There are many more but those are in the top 5

Do you see writing as a career? I know a lot of people view it as a hobby, and I can understand that, but I do view it as a career. A career should be something that you are passionate about, driven to do and at the end of the day makes you want to wake up and do it all over again. That is my career ideal. To me that is a writer.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years I hope to see at least one book on a best seller’s list somewhere. I don’t need a big publishing deal or anything, I just want validation that my books are being read by people who are enjoying them.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Research, and fighting writer’s block. I am researching WWII for a historical fiction and finding exactly what I am wanting drives me insane because I keep finding other articles that drives me off on tangents. Then with writer’s block, I’ll have all these different scenes I want to write, but can’t figure out how to tie them together so they flow well.

Have you ever hated something you wrote? One of the projects I’m “working” on. The working title is “Forbidden Fruit” and is one of those taboo subjects I mentioned earlier. I hate it because it hits close to home, but at the same time love it for that reason. I am also afraid of what could happen when it comes together.

What book do you wish you had written? So many come to mind! I would have to say “It” by Stephen King. So wonderful, so scary, so perfect!

What is your best marketing tip? I don’t have one. I use social media religiously and I’m still not sure if it is working or I am just a bad writer. lol

What genre is your next project? What is it about? My next project is a Historical Fiction, unless I finish the third installment in the Legend series first. Then it will be Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy. “The Price of War” is about Ilse Von Adler is just a regular teenager from Potsdam, Germany. Her mother and father have one goal for her and that is to find and marry a respectable German man so she can fulfill her duty to Germany. Wanting to please her parents, she goes in search of the type of men every girl wants…a handsome soldier. She meets her prince charming at a party, but doesn’t see him again and is forced to be courted by her mother’s choice, Geoge Lehrer. A primary school teacher with bad habits. During their courtship she realizes how repugnant he truly is and turns him into the Gestapo, where she meets Heinrich Herrmann, her soldier from the party, again. When Heinrich kills Geoge in front of her for his crimes, she decides something must be done. Not for Geoge, but for those Heinrich and others kill for no reason. With her motto, “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer,” she begins to fight back in the only way she knows how. The book follows her through her adventures of striking up a courtship while living through World War II, and hiding precious secrets from everyone to save lives. Will she survive the war or pay the ultimate price? Find out in December of 2015!

How do we find your books, blog and bio?

My Blog: https://charliesangel0069.wordpress.com/

Books: http://www.amazon.com/Courtney-Wendleton/e/B00KYMLGKC/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/CneyWndlton

Bio: My name is Courtney M. Wendleton; I am 25 years old and live in Ocean View, Hawaii. I was born and raised in the northwest corner of Missouri. I love to read, write and play video games. With my small obsession to write, I have an even bigger obsession with names. I can sit for hours coming up with names for my characters and not know it. I also love to travel and have lived in four different states, including Alaska.

Living in Alaska was a whole new experience, I almost died due to health problems that had risen during my time there. Since then I have moved back to Missouri and lastly Hawaii, where I am content to stay for a while.