Wenda grew up in the beautiful county of Norfolk in England and now resides in Brisbane, with her supportive husband, cheeky daughter and two rescue dogs. Wenda loves to write children’s stories with heart; whether it involves diversity, science or the magical world of the imagination.
Who or what inspired you?
The opening was inspired by my daughter, Belinda, who often lay on our study carpet telling me how bored she was. It took me back to my childhood when my mother would say, ‘How can you be bored? Go and use your imagination.’ My sisters and I would run off and create fantastic adventures often inspired by Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree stories. Off we’d travel to all sorts of magical places; Marshmallow land, Underwater land…
What has been your journey up to this point?
At school, I preferred Maths and Science and studied to become a research scientist. Although I loved cell biology, being a Mum brought out a hidden side. While reading picture books to my daughter, I noticed how much joy they gave her. It wasn’t long until my right brain was activated and I started writing stories for children in 2015. I signed the contract for my debut picture book Eva’s Imagination in June 2017.
What are you working on now?
A picture book about hope; a middle grade novel involving disability and archery; and a crazy chapter book about a portal into a cell.
As a child, what was your relationship with books?
Loved them! At night I’d read under the bedclothes using a torch. There were many mornings where I would wake up with dark shadows under my eyes.
What is the most important thing about what you do?
Producing a storybook can encourage the love of reading in children which in turn can help foster a creative imagination. A creative imagination is vital for the development of skills such as problem solving, decision making, visualisation and empathy. As Albert Einstein said, ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’
What are the challenges you face in this industry?
There are many talented Authors out there and only a limited number of contracts. In addition, it can be difficult maintaining a constant social media presence; a must in the publishing world.
What advice can you offer to aspiring authors?
My advice would be to go out there and soak up the plethora of knowledge on the craft of writing and the publishing industry. There are many professionals and writing groups who offer mentoring, workshops and courses. All your questions can be answered. Personally, I received a lot of help from Michelle Worthington when I joined the Dream Team.
Also, write from the heart. If I get emotional after finishing a story, I know I must be on the right track. If a story is not working, leave it for a few months and come back. You’ll soon know if it’s worth any more time.
What is your definition of success?
When you stop thinking about success and start living your ‘why’.
What is your ultimate goal?
Hmmm … to publish some more books so I can read to more children. School visits are my favourite part about being an author.