Interview with Wendy Steele

Welcome, Wendy Steele!
1.  For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a
dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in
the writing business?
(WS) I’m a mum of
three grown up children, two of whom have been through university with my
youngest about to begin. I live with my partner, two of my children and three
cats in Essex, England but, our house is up for sale as my partner, Mike and I
are embarking on a new adventure in Wales.
I’ve always written
things down! My first piece was a poem aged 10, after visiting the Tutankhamen
exhibition in London and, ever since, I’ve come home from new adventures and
committed my thoughts and experiences to paper. My first piece of published
(and paid!) writing was an article for the Dancing Times, after attending my
first day of belly dance workshops in London, eight years ago. After attending
Swanwick Writer’s Summer School for the second time, I launched my career as a
writer with the release of Destiny of Angels, First book in the Lilith Trilogy.
I publish my work under my own company name Phoenix and the Dragon.
2.  All
writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
(WS) My trick
is…have more than one writing project happening all the time so, if you get
stuck on one piece of writing, pick up something else until the flow begins and
either continue, or swap back. Wendy Woo’s Year – A Pocketful of Smiles was
invaluable when I was finishing Destiny of Angels.
3. Contrary to
what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and
glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when
you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
(WS)  Dancing,
performing and soon, teaching, American Tribal Style Bellydance with tribal
unity is an important part of my life. The dancing keeps me fit, keeps my brain
active and focussed when learning new moves and formations and the support,
love and friendship from my TU sisters is like having a second family….fun
with costuming and make up is a real bonus too!
I like to walk,
sit and contemplate out of doors, preferably by the sea or in the mountains.
Time to ‘be’ as opposed to ‘do’ gives my often frantic life balance.
4. I know many
writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those
close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
(WS)  Friends and
family know I write and everyone has been kind and supportive. Telling my
brother was brave…he has a BA in English and French, an MA in English
Literature his these being the history of the novel and he lectures at a major
English university. I doubt he has read any of my work but maybe that’s a good
thing!
5. Will you share
with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so
give us your top ten.
(WS) I read
different authors for different reading experiences. I love Thomas Hardy having
studied his work at school. His characters come to life off the page and he
paints the scenes in his books using setting, landscape and the weather. If I’m
struggling with my writing and need a boost, I’ll turn to the master Sir Terry
Pratchett and drool and marvel over beautifully constructed sentences.
Neil Gaiman is
becoming a favourite too and I very much enjoy Stephen Fry’s writing,
especially the last one I’ve read, Making History. I love a well-written
historical novel so Mary Ann Bernal is on the historical list along with Simon
Scarrow. Dion Fortune, JRR Tolkein, Jane Austen and George Orwell make the ten.
Since my
children bought me a kindle for my big birthday in December, I’ve been reading
a wide range of authors and genres and I’m thoroughly enjoying having my
reading world opened up and sharing reviews with others.
6. If you could
choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would
you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?
(WS) The Lilith
Trilogy would make three fab films with Salma Hyek as Angel and Justin Hartley
as Aidan.
7. Would you care
to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret
information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.

(WS)  I’m working on
the second book of the Lilith Trilogy, Wrath of Angels, while helping a friend
with her non-fiction book. I learned so much from writing Destiny of Angels and
I’m confident that Wrath will be even better….and the final book is forming
in my head!
I’m still
working on my Tummy Friendly Cookbook, practising recipes and adding them to
the collection as well as collating information and researching for two other
non-fiction books, A Bucketful of Moonbeams and Here comes the Sun, all to be
published under the Wendy Woo Banner.
8. Where can we
find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
(WS)  All my work is
available to buy on Amazon via my author pages. There’s no reading order, it’s
all about preference for a short story, a longer story, a book that picks you
up or a cheeky read!
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wendy-Steele/e/B007VZ1P06/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1365459567&sr=1-2-ent
9. Would you
please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
(WS) You can find me
on Facebook at the Destiny of Angels page for fiction or the Wendy Woo Books
page for my non-fiction. I also blog at www.wendysteele.com
https://www.facebook.com/WendyWooBooks
10. Before we
conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to
share? The stage is all yours.

(WS) I love meeting
new people and making friends on Facebook but I found it tricky to begin with
so I employed honesty to all my social networking…what you read, is who I am
and I hope that if you meet me in the street, you will recognise the mad cat
lady who loves to wear purple as me.
Wrap-up
Ladies and Gents, I hope you enjoyed our interview
with Wendy Steele  If you have any questions or comments for her, by all
means, leave Wendy a message below. Thank you in advance for your
visit! 

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