Interview with Wanda Austin Nelson

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in northeastern Mississippi. I think it influenced my writing in the fact that it is still a slower pace of life than in many larger cities. So, I enjoy writing about that life style! I was taught very early in life that God and family were always at the top of the list. I will always believe that. Friends can sometimes mean as much as family. All of that, I sincerely hope that I portray in my books.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing very early. I wrote my first short story in my early teens. Most of was based on other books, but I did make up 90% of it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is based on growing up in a family of sisters. I wanted to write a trilogy based on that: one book per sister. I am half way through with my first one!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It's a different world in technology than it was even twenty years ago. I am convinced that being an Indie author is the best choice for the world that we live in today. It's much faster than traditional publishing, and, everyone wants things delivered immediately, myself included!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To make my readers feel the way that I felt when I wrote the words. To make them fall in love with the characters, and to feel as if they are family.
What do your fans mean to you?
Without them, who would I write for? They are my audience, and I hope that I captivate them!
What are you working on next?
I will be finishing the trilogy, and adding another book to the series, Tracks of my Father.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend as much as I can with my husband when he isn't working, Our children are all adults, so we finally get to enjoy the simple things. We like to travel, and we also enjoy hiking.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember that it was about twins. I wrote it when I was a teenager. I kept it for a long time. I think the pages finally simply disappeared.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first one that I remember was Cinderella. I was very young! I couldn't wait to find my Prince! I have read most of my life. I remember reading Ole Yeller, and Bambi. Both made me cry. For at least a year after reading Bambi, I didn't want a deer killed, ever!
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a variety of genres, but suspense is my favorite.
Published 2014-03-31.
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