Wendy can be found with her nose in a book in a cozy corner of downtown Toronto. She is happily married to her own real-life hero, who is also her best friend and favorite travel companion. Being a firm believer that every life experience contributes to the writing process, Wendy is off planning her next trip.
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A Little About
When Lady Julianna ended her engagement to Lord Ackerley, Viscount Beaumont, during her first Season, she left London vowing never to return.
Seven years later she returns as chaperone to her niece and unfortunately Lord Ackerley is also in Town for the Season. Moving around the small circle of the ton stirs up feelings she has kept hidden. Embarrassed and ashamed that she made a mistake in ending their previous relationship, she tries to avoid further contact. Ackerley, stunned by her second rejection, pursues her to discover the truth.
Is it ever too late for a second chance at love?
Author's Rating: G
Ten Things You Should Know
About Wendy May Andrews
I wrote a lot of things in elementary school. My teachers were really into creative writing. It’s hard to pinpoint the first thing because time is so fluid. I know I was pretty obsessed with cats when I was five or six and wrote many things that starred cats so that would probably be the first. I even wrote a song about cats. Hilariously, I’m not even a cat person anymore.
2. Have you ever named a character in honor of someone you know?
This is a funny question because at one point I wrote an entire novel in which the hero had my husband’s name but by the time I got to the end of the story I decided that while I loved my character, I didn’t love him enough to give him this name so I had to rename him. Many of my heroines are named in honor of old friends but usually in sneaky ways, like my friend’s middle name or their sibling’s name. I’ve also named villains or unpleasant characters after old bullies from school – very cathartic ;-)
3. At what moment did you feel like you could say, “NOW, I'm an author?”
This was a lovely moment – it was quite a while after my first book was published, funnily enough. It was at the first author event I attended. A workshop organized by a local writing chapter that I now belong to. I felt like I had found my tribe, people who spoke my language, and I actually felt like I belonged. THAT’S when I felt like a “real” author.
4. Do you write using a keyboard, pen and paper, or both?
The actual manuscript writing is done on a keyboard, either at my desktop or on my laptop, but all brainstorming is done with pen and paper. I have a clandestine relationship with sticky notes.
5. What project are you working on now?
I am very excited to be writing the first book in a new Regency series that was inspired by my recent research trip to England.
6. Have you always liked to write?
Yes and no. I loved it while I was in school, but left it behind when I graduated. I am an avid reader and never thought I could ever be a writer. I became a writer as a result of a dare from my husband. Now I love it almost as much as reading.
7. Do any of your characters sound/look like famous actors in your head?
All of them. I need to know what my character looks like and I find it very helpful to find a pic online to refer back to so that my descriptions remain consistent. Famous people are the easiest as there are usual many pictures of them available so you can see various facial expressions. Actors are ideal because many of them have even appeared in period films so you can find them with appropriate hairstyles and clothing.
8. What book are you currently reading?
This changes on an almost daily basis, so it would be very difficult to answer specifically, but I read in a wide range of genres. I try to stay up to date on what’s being published in my own genre (historical romance) but I also enjoy other romance genres as well as mysteries, thrillers, and some non-fiction.
9. Describe your writing space as it is right now. What would be your ideal writing space (if it's different from this)?
We have a den/office where my husband and I each have our own desks, facing each other. We “try” to keep the office tidy but that doesn’t always happen. Right now my desk is strewn with sticky notes filled with my ideas for my current work in progress as well as reminders of various blog posts I’m supposed to be doing something about either for my own blog or visiting someone else’s. Also, I have two different locations in the house that I like to write in with my laptop. I find writing on my laptop I have less of a tendency to get distracted with the internet because it’s harder to scroll on my laptop so if I’m feeling particularly distractable I will take my laptop and go in my bedroom or in the living room. I would love to be one of those authors who write at Starbucks. I’ve never tried it but it sounds so cool. I’m afraid that I would spend all my time people watching, though…
10. Who are your 3 favorite characters in your book(s)?
Oh no! That’s a little bit like asking a parent which of their children is their favorite! But since you’re allowing three, maybe I can narrow it down.
I would have to say Elizabeth from The Countess Intrigue is my most favorite ;-) She was a secondary character in The Duke Conspiracy and then got her own story. She was a great best friend in the first book and a spunky heroine in her own story. I enjoyed spending two books with her.
Another favorite is Julianna, the heroine of my March release, Sweet Surrender. She’s a little more mature than my previous heroines and has a little more baggage, but I love her, flaws and all. And her hero is awesome too.
My favorite hero, Bryghton, is a duke and his story isn’t yet published – he’s with my editor right now. But I really enjoyed writing his character. He’s very compassionate despite his arrogance and how conflicted he is about the heroine. Watch for The Reluctant Debutante, hopefully releasing in May.