Interview with Wendy Hershey

What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy a good mystery thriller that always keeps me wondering what will happen next. I love surprises in a book that make me turn the pages quickly! I particularly enjoy psychological suspense with a dash of passion with eerie coastal or mountain settings in the US or Canada.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing at about age 12. My first writings consisted of short poems about my favorite joy in life... my cats. As I grew older, I developed a great love for expository writing, which was introduced to me in various college English classes. Descriptive writing seemed to always be my thing in both poetry and prose. I continued throughout college to enroll in writing and literature classes, even though English was not my major. I simply loved the written word.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am a great believer in creating an author website to introduce readers to myself and my writings. It must include samples of my present works, previews of my future publications and an easy way for my readers to contact me with questions or comments. The website must be colorful and simple to navigate with pictures of my book covers and reader reviews of my works. It must be a a fun and interesting site for readers to visit and make them want to hurry back to see more of what I have to offer.

I also make use of social networking such as Facebook and LinkedIn.

By far, Smashwords has provided me with the most exposure in marketing than I could ever ask for! Thank you Smashwords!
What common theme seems to weave its way throughout your writing?
I would say the theme of human passion. Whether it be new love, the loss of love, hopelessness or even the calling of death, my readers will be able to personally identify with my character's situation in life. Readers will say, "I've been there and I understand." Passion runs deeply in my writing and hopefully stirs empathy from my readers.

Passion is what makes us alive. Without it, life would certainly be bland. Passion is the color palate of life!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a psychological thriller revolving around the life of a renowned Rhode Island psychiatrist, Julia Spires. Julia has suffered a lifetime of her own mental illness and struggles to hide her secret world of hopelessness from her colleagues as well as the ones she loves. At times, the reader will find it difficult to distinquish between reality and fantasy as the plot soon reveals a nameless man from the sea who possesses Julia's mind. He comes to her, yet she has never seen his face. He touches her, yet she has never seen his hands. He desperately wants her. He has been following her for years even though she tries to deny his existence. But does he exist? The story slowly exposes Julia's tangled mind and her deepest unfulfilled passions, as she fights desperately to maintain her own sanity in a world complicated by medical fraud and murder.


Get ready for this thriller in early 2014.
What do you have up and coming for your cat lover readers?
I am working on a short story about an adventurous Bombay cat who lives in New Hampshire. His name is Snoop. Snoop never allows human barriers to stop his fun. He is a schemer who is determined to overcome any obstacles that a human throws his way. He can do what any human can do...but better! In this story, he and his cat pal Custer plan a wonderful surprise for a shelter filled with homeless cats. There are complications along the way that may tug at your heartstrings and possibly bring a few tears to your eyes. But if you've ever had a cat like Snoop, this little book will bring sweet memories to your mind and a smile to your face!
Published 2013-11-17.
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Books by This Author

If Only You Knew
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Price: Free! Words: 320. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
A woman grieves for the gradual loss of emotional and physical commitment from the man she loves.
The Ebony Cat
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Price: Free! Words: 270. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
A little poem of a black cat named Ebony. He arrived one day as a friskie young kitten and lived to a grand old age, always displaying affection to his owner. He rewarded his owner each day with kitty smiles, even into his elder days.
Take Time Once More
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Price: Free! Words: 280. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
A woman pleads silently to her lost love, asking him to take time once more to remember the precious relationship they once had. She discovers in the end that there is only One who always hears and remembers her pleas.
Dreams As I Slumber
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Series: Dreams. Price: Free! Words: 250. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
We often dream of people we have encountered from our daily life who seem to make a lasting impression on our hearts. Some people we meet have merry hearts, while others have no joy. We often wonder what lies behind those smiles or blank faces. Encourage others daily, for you might just be the one to save a soul from despair.
Dreams As I Weep
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Series: Dreams. Price: Free! Words: 300. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
This poem is a heartfelt description of a woman who has been betrayed in love. She agonizes the loss of her love, even as she dreams. She cannot escape the memories that cause her to weep each night in solitary pain. The reader discovers that her heart remains open to one day again finding love.
The Tattered Soul
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Price: Free! Words: 260. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
A short poem with a passionate message about a homeless man shivering in the cold. This hungry old man was seen sitting alone in a parking lot on New Year's day, with a few rags for clothes.
Dreams As I Laugh
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Series: Dreams. Price: Free! Words: 320. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
The gift of laughter is truly a blessing. Sometimes laughter can open up a new path to an unrealized dream we need to discover, or recall a pleasant memory. Laughter can provide contentment to those in need, or to those who need uplifted. Laughter is a gift to all!
The Dying Yankee
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Price: Free! Words: 850. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Current affairs
Have you ever wondered what happened to our spark? That flame that once shot up so strongly from our American souls? Our passion as American citizens? I am talking about the enthusiasm for a great life in this magnificent country…the United States of America. Who or what has stamped out our flame of passion, and left us in mediocre dimness to become dying Yankees?
Dreams As I Walk
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Series: Dreams. Price: Free! Words: 260. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Walking along alone in a peaceful, familiar setting can be a pleasant place to allow warm memories to be recalled, as well as those that were painful. But new dreams can be just up ahead on your walk, if you allow yourself to take an unknown destination in life. Take a chance, and dream as you walk!
Hear the Crystal Bell
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Price: Free! Words: 220. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
In this poem, a crystal bell announces the impending arrival of a woman's death. The bell tolls several times as death waits to sweep her soul away. The delicate sound of the crystal bell comes all too soon, and is met with unresponsive ears.
Escape from Hopelessness
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 650. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Religion and self-improvement
If you are convinced that your situation is hopeless and there is no way out, then this book is for you. Discover how following just three simple steps can completely change any predicament in your life. Find out how to arm yourself with the most powerful tool for success! This book is based on Proverbs 23:7 “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
If I Couldn't Be Me, I'd Be a...CAT!
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Price: Free! Words: 490. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock
Be more like a cat...you will live longer! This short little story takes a peek into some of the mysterious ways of our beloved feline friends. Adopt a few of the cat's secret ways, and you just might live to a ripe old age, and purr with contentment.
Two Distant Hearts
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Price: Free! Words: 280. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Your love is out there waiting for only you. Ecclesiastes 3: "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens..." Be patient!
My Sweetest Blessing
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Price: Free! Words: 260. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Can you find the love of your life more than once in a lifetime?
Garden of Love
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Price: Free! Words: 240. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
"The unknown beauty of love can sprout in any garden. Look for that tiny seedling, nuture it, and cherish it always."