About Wendy Scott:
As a child I had a ferocious imagination and immersed myself in creating stories and poems. One birthday I begged for a chemistry set, sensing the promise of adventure from the glittering vials of copper sulphate and salt. At that time, I didn’t know I was following in the footsteps of my grandfather who had studied science in Edinburgh in 1899. A further trace back into my Scottish ancestry uncovered an ancestor known as ‘the wizard’. So I could dabble with potions too, I gained a NZ Certificate in Science (Chemistry) and worked in a variety of laboratories (salt, meat, dairy and wine) in NZ and Australia. The wine tasted the best!
During my 5 years in Adelaide, Australia, I completed several writing courses at the WEA. When my partner, son (5 months), dog and I moved back to NZ we lived in a house truck for 3 years while our off-the-grid house was planned and built. During this period I wrote on a solar powered laptop and completed many correspondence courses from the AWA.
I write both adult fantasy and children’s novels (under WJ Scott).
In 2012 my children’s MS, Hieroglyph was selected for the NZSA MS Assessment Programme and was further selected for one of five mentorships.
When I’m not glued to my laptop writing or engrossed in a book, I love walking my dogs on the wild West Coast beaches and trolling for sea glass, riding my bike or going for bush walks. I always wished I could fly so maybe that’s why I love roller coasters. I’m a connoisseur of coffee and chocolate and I counter my addictions with Box Fit and Spin classes. I believe life is an adventure and we should all live a life less ordinary.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve have an active imagination. Stories are always swirling through my mind.
Tell us about your writing process.
For my longer works I plot the scenes onto cards and use as a rough road map.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
The characters and action unfolds like a movie in my thoughts.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write with wild abandon – then edit, edit, edit!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It’s a great time for indie authors as there are so many publishing choices available. Do plenty of research and find the publishing niche that works for you.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m excited about the expanding global online direction book publishing is taking.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Fantasy & Children’s
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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