Author name: Wendy L. Koenig
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult Children’s, Fantasy Romance, Mystery
Books: Sentient, Insurrection, One to Lose, The Last Griffin, Birthright, Boo and Oscar in the Fantastic Fudge Fiasco, Boo and Oscar in the Terrible Trouble on the Tobique, Frozen Fire, Under Twin Suns
What’s your story and how did you become a writer? I was born in Colorado, but raised on a small homestead in Illinois. I served in the USAF right out of high school. After my stint in the military was finished, I returned home and had a horse stable. My first piece to be printed was a short children’s fiction, “Jet’s Stormy Adventure,” serialized in The Illinois Horse Network. It was a natural fit, given my business. Later, I attended University of Iowa’s famed workshops and writing programs. Since that time, I have authored and co-authored numerous books. Several of my novels and short stories have won international awards and have appeared in multiple venues. I write because I want to read the story.
How do you balance your work with other demands? I’m stubborn.
Name one of the happiest moments in your life: Seeing a fan show his friends my signature on his book
What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner? Pantser until the main skeleton is written, then a planner for the subplots.
Could you write in a café with people around? Often do.
Have you ever written dialogue in a second language? If so, how did you do it? I don’t. My husband is French Canadian. He translated my two French children’s books.
What’s your favorite book and what are you reading now? Favorite book of all time is Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre. Reading a Jack Reacher now.
What’s your favorite way to read a book: hardcover, paperback, eReader? Hardcover
Do you think print books will always be around? Absolutely. It’s a comfort thing. You just don’t get that from an eBook.
Would you ever read a book on your phone? I have.
What’s your go-to device? iPhone, Android or something else? Android
How long could you go without checking your phone? I actually don’t text much, so probably a while.
Do you listen to audiobooks? If you do, what do you do while you’re listening? I listen while I drive.
Do you like using social media to promote yourself and your book? If so, what’s your favorite platform? Facebook and Instagram.
Awards/special recognition: Under Twin Suns – 2nd place Novel Abilene Writer’s guild International Competition 2005, 2nd Honorable Mention Novel Chapter CNW/FFWA International Writing Competition 2005
Searching for Sardan – 1st place Short fiction Abilene writers’ guild International Competition 2005
Sentient (Spinning the Tides) – 2nd Honorable Mention Sci-Fi/Horror Frontiers in Writing International Competition 2007
“I Will Remember You” (poem) – America’s Best Emerging Poets 2018
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