The 5 Questions of My Writing by guest author Wendy H. Jones
It is a pleasure to welcome back to my blog the big noise amongst modern Scottish authors, Wendy H Jones. She is here to explain about her writing and tell a bit about her fabulous books. Thank you so much for taking time out to visit, Wendy: over to you.
When I write.
When I write is a difficult question for me. It’s more like when do I not write. I am an anytime, anyplace anywhere girl. In a literary sense I might add before everyone gets the wrong idea. I literally write in any and every situation I can. In fact, I’ve made a game out of it and post pictures on social media of myself writing in different places all over the world. I’m a great believer in using every spare few minutes wisely and writing something. I use Evernote on my phone and then I can copy and paste. In January my writing will be coming from the deck of a cruise ship somewhere in the Carribean. It’s definitely a #WritersLife
How I write.
If I am at home, I write using my IMac computer in my office. I am surrounded by books so lots of inspiration. When I am out and about, which is a lot of the time, I write using my MacBook Pro, or Evernote on my phone, or using a notebook and pen. I’ve even been known to use the edge of a magazine and a borrowed pen. Usually, I remember to give the pen back. I usually finish the days writing in the middle of a sentence, so it is easy for me to carry on the next day. Writing on the deck of the aforementioned cruise ship is definitely the most exotic place I have written.
Why I write.
This is the easiest question of all to answer – because I have to. There are stories to be told and the words just come pouring out. Also, readers like the books and keep asking me when the next one will be out. I love writing and everything about the writing process and everything about being a writer.
Where I write.
This is pretty much tied in with my first answer. Anytime, anyplace, anywhere. To give you some examples, I have posted pictures of me writing in the following places
- The writing desk in the study of Lord Montague’s estate in Beaulieu
- Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Cabin on board RRS Discovery
- Robert Burns Cottage in Ayr
- The war desk of Field Marshal Montgomery’s office
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s desk in the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Collection in the Toronto Public Museum
- Sitting next to Charles Dickens at his desk in Madam Tussauds in London
That’s just a small sample. I’ve written on planes, trains but not quite automobiles.
What I write.
Initially my answer to this would have been easy – Crime Books set in Scotland. I have two adult series, The DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries and the Cass Claymore Investigates.
Shona is sharp, smart, funny, sometimes grumpy and above all dedicated. She will always do her best to catch her man or woman, despite having the boss from hell and a team who are always at odds with one another. She’s Scotland’s go to girl for any mysterious death, in or out of her patch. This is gritty Scottish Crime in the Tartan Noir sense but with a touch of humour. The fifth book in this series, Killer’s Crew, won the Books Go Social Book of the Year 2017.
Cass is a red headed, motor bike riding, ex-ballerina who inherits a private detective agency and accidently hires an ex-con dwarf and an octogenarian. She is absolutely useless and has no earthly clue what she is doing. It’s a laugh out load tale of bungling incompetence.
Then I was asked by a publisher if I would like to pitch a Young Adult Mystery series. I had an idea for one and the Fergus and Flora Mysteries were born. These are a couple of teenagers who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. The books are a bit like a mixture of the Famous Five and Scooby Doo, with a couple of teenagers running around the countryside getting up to all sorts of strange adventures. The first book in this series, The Dagger’s Curse, was a finalist in the Woman Alive Magazine Readers Choice Book of the Year 2017.
I was then asked to write a series of Children’s Picture Books about a young Buffalo who went missing in Scotland. Bertie the Buffalo is Scotland’s very own wee escape artist and his story is told in a rhyming picture book.
Therefore, I can literally cover you from the Cradle to the Grave.
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