Please give a warm welcome to author Wendie Nordgren
Me? You want to know about me? Well, okay. Actually, I’m kind of quiet and predictable except in my imagination. So, this shouldn’t be a surprise. I’ve always loved to read. Libraries have always been sanctuaries for me, and I love everything about them, the hushed silence, the order, the hidden worlds and new friends just waiting on the shelves. Escaping into my imagination was a way to free myself from unpleasant realities. One day, I asked myself a question. Why not?
After teaching for sixteen years, I needed a new path. A woman can only spend so many Thanksgiving holidays grading research papers. Since my husband was letting me try out one of my dream jobs, being a housewife, I had time. Did his socks really need to be color-coded in the drawer? Why not write down the story I played in my imagination?
So, I did. I wrote in secret. I was scared that I would start my project and not have what it took to finish it. You asked if I’d always wanted to be a writer, and the answer is yes, but I lacked the belief in myself to try. However, what did I have to lose? Nothing. What did I have to gain? What I had to gain was a belief in myself and in my ability to actually make my dream come true. I didn’t think anyone would read it. I’m still surprised when a reader tells me that she or he liked one of my books. For those of you who have given me a chance to amuse you, thank you.
Currently, I’m writing the next book in my Space Merchants Series, Ensign Probus. Teagan is dear to my heart. She came about because I asked myself a question. What would happen if a regular girl with nothing, no one, and a limited education got the chance to leave Earth behind? I keep answering that question with each new book, and I’m truly enjoying this one.
I start off every story I write with that question. What if? Then, I can’t help but weave touches of history or mythology into them. I majored in English and history, so it’s just me. I can’t help it.
Do I have any quirks while writing? Well, I do. I’m not the only one who does this, but I write every story down first in spiral notebooks. Then, I type it. I like for it to be quiet while I write and keep my white noise machine on to drown out superfluous sounds.
Thank you for your interest in my work!