An Interview with Wendy H Jones
It is a real pleasure to have Wendy H. Jones visit today. She writes books for both adults and children and is presently Chair of The Scottish Writers’ Association.
Wendy’s Cass Claymore mysteries begin with the novel Antiques and Alibis. It is exciting and hilarious in equal measure. Cass Claymore, a red headed, motorbike riding, ex-ballerina inherits a Detective Agency, and accidentally employs an ex-con dwarf and an octogenarian. Hired by a client who should know better, Cass has no leads, no clue and a complete inability to solve a case. Still a girl needs to eat and her highbred client’s offering good money. Join her as, with bungling incompetence, she follows a trail littered with missing antique teddies, hapless crooks, a misplaced Lord of the Realm and dead bodies. The novel reveals whether Cass and/or Scotland survive.
The DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries begin with Killer’s Countdown. These gripping novels are set in and around Dundee, where Wendy lives. In Killer’s Countdown there are dead women, a ruthless killer and a detective with something to prove. In the book newly promoted DI Shona McKenzie struggles to cope with her new job, the respect of her colleagues, and the need to solve the hardest case of her career. The story reveals whether she succeeds.
Wendy has also produced a non-fiction book for adults too sharing her knowledge of marketing and promoting their work. Marketing Matters explains that right now is the time to start marketing your book and getting it into readers’ hands. Whether you’re a first time author, or a publishing veteran looking to revitalise your sales, this book is here to help. It is jam packed full of simple strategies, hints and tips which will take you through every step of the marketing process. From running a buzzing book launch, and building your mailing list, through to effective social media marketing, you will explore how to get your books noticed and bought by readers. Each of these techniques has been used successfully by the author to build a growing platform designed to revolutionise your book sales. Learn from her what works and what doesn’t and use this book to build a marketing plan which will see your book sales soaring.
However the cutest books amongst Wendy’s collection are her children’s books featuring Bertie the Buffalo. Bertie the Buffalo is based on a true story of when a Water Buffalo escaped from a Buffalo Park in Fife, near Dundee, Scotland. A rhyming book about the adventures Bertie got up to and how he safely returned home, demonstrating how important each of us is no matter how insignificant we feel. Bertie felt that no one noticed him. But he didn’t need to think that as we are all special. We are all a part of one big family.
International Award Winning Author Wendy H. Jones lives in Scotland, and her police procedural series featuring DI Shona McKenzie are set.Wendy has led a varied and adventurous life. Her love for adventure led to her joining the Royal Navy to undertake nurse training. After six years in the Navy she joined the Army where she served as an Officer for a further 17 years. Killer’s Countdown was her first novel and the first book in the Shona McKenzie Mysteries. Killer’s Crew won the Books Go Social Book of the Year 2017. The seventh book in the series. Killer’s Curse will be released early august 2020. The Dagger’s Curse, the first book in The Fergus and Flora Mysteries, was a finalist in the Woman Alive Magazine Readers Choice Award Book of the Year. Turning to humorous crime the Cass Claymore Investigates series was born. She is also a highly successful marketer and is currently in the process of rereleasing her completely updated marketing book Marketing Matters. This will be part of the Writing Matters Series following the release of Motivation Matters. She is also the author of the Bertie the Buffalo picture book and associated soft toy and colouring book. Wendy is delighted to be one of the authors in two anthologies aimed at empowering women – The Power of Why, and Women Win Against All Odds. She is proud to be the President of the Scottish Association of Writers and is the host of The Writing and Marketing Show podcast as well as a writing and marketing coach.