Interview with Wendi Whitsett

How do you approach cover design?
I immediately panic and send a frantic email to my artists. As I can barely draw a decent stick figure. And my artists are about as talented as they come.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Actually, my e-reader of choice is my laptop. And a simple interface. With a nice tablet display coming in close second.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth. Friends and family.
Describe your desk
My desk consists of a small section of my couch. As my dogs are hogging the rest of the couch and apparently cannot bare to not be touching me in some way. A 'desk' situation was not fated for me. Though as long as I have my laptop, a cup of coffee, a glass of water and my puppies, I'm all good.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm going to reform this question a bit. What influenced my writing was the places I lived as an adult and the many people I've met over the years. From San Francisco, to South and Central America, to Mexico, to Boston, to Austin, to all over the Southwest. My experiences in the Amazon greatly shaped the 'Witches' stories. The folks I've met doing volunteer work at shelters made the "Figure Eights" take shape. Just many wonderful and rich people and experiences.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in grade school. I wrote an extensive novella on a murder mystery in third grade. It was not received well.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"The Figure Eights". This book is very special to me. Half of the proceeds go to my favorite shelter--Austin Pets Alive! in Austin, Texas. The book is a conglomeration of my many experiences in the shelters, the dogs and people I've met. Mostly the dogs. The amazing dogs. I'm also a huge fan of almost any branch of science. I got to dabble in neuroscience and robotics for this one. It was REALLY hard. There is also a mention of 'breeders' in this book. In my lifetime, I'd like to see the abolition of puppy mills. This issue is very close to my heart. No dog should be treated so awfully. They deserve better from us.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After dealing with so many agents and publishers. I got very close to publishing many times and then I realized something. I was trying to make myself "fit" in with the categories that this industry tries to impose on fiction writers. I didn't want my creativity to be so swayed by this fact, so I gave up the hunt for 'publishers' and am now hunting for 'telling a great story'. Because if I can do that, the readers will come. And it's all about the readers. The connection.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It feels like nothing else I do. I happen to have tried every other form of performing art. I was never satisfied. Writing a song was not enough. My creativity has room to breathe in my manuscripts. It is everything. Except for my dogs. They are also, everything.
What do your fans mean to you?
Without our fans, we are lonely writers. The point of writing is not only to express yourself, but to connect your writing to another. To affect someone else. To touch them. In a totally platonic way of course.
What are you working on next?
An exciting, ridiculous, completely nonsensical series of manuscripts about the characters living due to the expansion of our psyche. The collective imaginings of human beings. The Tooth Fairy, SC, the Monster Under the Bed. Ridiculous. I'm having too much fun. It's wrong.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ray Bradbury. Man, his stuff blows me away. I have read "Something Wicked This Way Comes" a hundred times. I feel like I get something new out of it every time. I hope I can tell stories like that someday.
I very much enjoyed the early Anita Blake (by Laurell Hamilton) books. Again, a story told very well. I can appreciate any author who tells the story honestly and forwardly.
Published 2015-02-12.
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Books by This Author

The Witches of Norwood County
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,880. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Like their 'sleeper' counterparts, witches must abide by the rules. The laws of magic. Late one night, in the back streets of Santa Fe, Virginia Walker--the most famous witch in their underground world--discovers that someone is abusing that magic. Cast into a series of events that tease and tickle Virginia into danger, Virginia and her coven must uncover who or what is turning the tides of Fate.
The Figure Eights
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 42,450. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Science fiction
Aleera Bellamy is a biomechanical engineer of renowned status. Of infamous acts. After years of research, Aleera has found a way to capture the very essence of thought and transmit it across the airwaves. Big Momma is thirteen pounds of righteous canine flesh and fur. And Aleera's right-hand. Together, they set out to take their revenge on the world with their weapon--The Figure Eights.