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Wendy H. Jones

Interesting Facts about Wendy...

Wendy H. Jones grew up in the beautiful Scottish City of Dundee. In a home full of books and with family who read extensively she developed a passion for reading early in life. Having read all the books in the local library by the age of ten, she entered into a spirited discussion with a librarian as to why she should be provided with an adult library card. Showing steely will, and determination, she won her battle and moved on to reading adult crime novels.

True to her adventurous side she joined the Royal Navy to undertake nurse training after leaving School. After six years in the Navy she joined the Army where she served for a further 17 years. This took her all over the world and fuelled her love for travel and visiting exotic lands. Postings to Hong Kong and Israel allowed her to travel extensively in the Far and Middle East. She has now returned to Dundee where she turned to writing novels.

Tell us a little about yourself?

I am the author Wendy H. Jones and I write books to cover you from the cradle to the grave – adult mysteries, young adult mysteries, children’s picture books and non-fiction books for writers. I live in Scotland but before the pandemic could be found all over the world writing and speaking at conferences. Fortunately, my three favourite things to do are reading, writing and travelling, so this is the perfect career for me.

When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing at about the age of seven and have always loved words. When I travelled around the world, I wrote about what I was doing and where I was. I started writing seriously when I worked in Academia and wrote for academic journals and also textbooks. I turned to writing fiction seven years ago when I was chronically ill with my lungs. I didn’t need much energy to write and could do it sitting down. I’m recovered now but my writing remains.

Tell us your latest news

My latest book is Bertie at the Worldwide Games where Bertie the Buffalo and his friends are off to Tokyo to represent Scotland. Bertie is a baby water buffalo who lives on a buffalo farm in Scotland.

Have you ever finished reading a book (OR…been intrigued by a synopsis) and wished you could get to know one of the characters a little better? Well, you’re in luck. Get to know Bertie, from Bertie at the Worldwide Games

Bertie the Buffalo is a baby water buffalo who appears in the books Bertie the Buffalo and Bertie at the Worldwide Games. The first book is based on a true story as Bertie is a real buffalo who ran away from a farm in Scotland and was missing for 14 days.

Bertie, Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like?

I’m still a baby so I’m not grown up yet. I’m having an amazing childhood as I get to play on the farm every day and go on adventures.

What makes Bertie so special?

I’m a Scottish Buffalo who loves adventure and I also get to wear a kilt. My clan tartan is Ancient MacLaren the same as the lady who wrote me. I’m also known as Scotland’s very own wee escape artist and have my own twitter account.

Tell me about your reputation and how it has impacted your life and your relationship.

I’ve got a reputation as a buffalo who likes to have fun. This means everyone wants to hang out with me. I like having adventures with my friends Emma the Emu, Hezzie, Jack, seven and Ari the Alpaca.

Do you have any regrets?  Is there anything you wished you had done differently?

 I’m a bit young to be having regrets. I’ve enjoyed all my adventures and they’ve taken me places I never know I would go, so I’m glad I had them.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I’m a buffalo who doesn’t grow up, a bit like an animal version of Peter Pan. I would like to see myself starring in my own TV series in 5 years.

What are your dreams for the future?

To have lots and lots more adventures and keep on running really, really fast. I also want to see myself on screen.

If you could go anywhere with one person, who would you take and where would you go?

That’s hard as I love all my friends. I suppose I would like to do a world tour with the lady who wrote me. She’s already taken me on a cruise around the Caribbean and for my own book tour for 8 weeks to several America States.

Describe something that happened to you for which you have no explanation.

I got invited to the Worldwide Games in Tokyo. Who can explain a wee Scottish Buffalo doing that.

What was the best compliment you have ever received?

That my books are so much fun for little ones and that I look cute.

If you could go to anyone (living or dead) for advice who would it be and what would you ask?

 I would ask my friend Ari the Alpaca as she’s been all over the world and has stickers on her suitcase to prove it. She knows everything. I would ask her how she managed to go on so many adventures.

Mountains or Beach?

Beach as I love water.

Who would you like to be stuck in an elevator with?

Even baby water buffalo are too big to go in an elevator. My stuffed toy doppelganger has been in numerous elevators and would like to meet Hamish McHaggis in one.

Who would you like to be stuck in an elevator with?

Even baby water buffalo are too big to go in an elevator. My stuffed toy doppelganger has been in numerous elevators and would like to meet Hamish McHaggis in one.

Will we be seeing more of you in the future or has your story already been told?

There’s another adventure being written, and my publishers are excited about it. I’m not allowed to say any more yet.

If you could change one thing about the world… what would it be?

I would want everyone to be nice to each other.

Tell us about your best friend and what makes them so special.

My friends are Ari the Alpaca, Jack, Hezzie, Seven and Emma the Emu. They are all special because they all have different talents and they all like having fun and adventures.

Want to know more about Wendy? Continue reading her in-depth interview …

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I started writing my first novel.

What inspired you to write your first book?

To be honest I just had an idea for a book and started writing it. I wrote a blog post saying I was writing it and everyone was so encouraging I just kept going.

Do you have a specific writing style?

There is a lot of humour in my books and I think that makes me distinctive.

How did you come up with the title for your last book?

I wanted Bertie and His friends to go on an adventure to the Olympics as they all love running so it was a perfect fit, especially with the Olympics coming up. However, you can’t use the Olympic name without sponsoring them, so I made it the Worldwide Games.

How much of the book is realistic?

Apart from the animals coming from the correct country and wearing the right national dress, none of it. You don’t see many water buffalo wearing kilts.

What books have most influenced your life most? 

This is a tricky one as I have been a reader all my life. In terms of children’s books, I remember having many books at home but can’t remember what I read until I got to reading books like the Famous Five, Secret Seven, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys etc. By the age of ten I had worked my way through every children’s book at the library and was reading adult books such as Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie etc.

Do you have a mentor that helped or encouraged you to follow your dream of writing?

All the Scottish writers have been extremely supportive. The Scottish writing community is amazing and are always willing to help others.

What book are you reading now?

At the moment I am reading as much historical fiction as I can get my hands on as I am writing a book based on a real life Scottish Naval Surgeon from the early nineteenth century.

What are your current projects?

I am writing the next Bertie the Buffalo book, the next Fergus and Flora book and will be publishing the third book in the Writing Matters series in September. This is called Creativity Matters: Find Your passion for Writing and is aimed at writers and anyone interested in writing a book. This is a collaborative project and other authors are contributing chapters.

Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely. This is my full-time career. I also run online writing courses and run  a membership for writers and those in the business of writing, called Authorpreneur Accelerator Academy.

Can you share a sample of your current work with us?

I will give you two. One for children and one for adults.

Bertie Goes to the Worldwide Games

Ari the Alpaca ran right up to them, she shouted full of glee,

Bertie you’ve got a letter, why don’t you open it and see,

Bertie ripped it open, the letterhead was clear,

You’re invited to the Worldwide Games, happening next year.

Killer’s Curse

A robin trilled, the only sound disturbing the otherwise peaceful scene. A thin layer of snow carpeted the woods in a glittering white blanket and coated the bare, skeletonised, branches of the surrounding trees. Tiny icicles hung in a sparkling curtain - a myriad of festive ornaments ready for the Christmas season. Nature displayed its glorious winter beauty. The robin’s breast wasn’t the only red to be found in the woods that day. Red - the colour of rage, the colour of death and, conversely, the Chinese colour for luck, happiness and good fortune. The bodies lying on the ground, an equal pairing, wore clothes of scarlet, a colour mimicked by the blood that stained the otherwise pristine snow. Red hadn’t brought them much luck.

Killer’s curse, the seventh DI Shona McKenzie Mystery, will be out in the next few weeks

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

My biggest problem is I have far too many ideas. Time is also a big issue. There never seem to be enough hours in the day.  

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

My favourite children’s author is Julia Donaldson and I like her diversity.

My favourite adult author is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Sherlock Holmes books are sheer genius.

Who designed the covers for your books?

The Bertie the Buffalo book covers are designed by illustrator Barry Diaper. The Adult book covers are designed by Cathy Helms of Avalon Graphics.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

My advice would be follow your heart and just write the dirty first draft. Then you can start worrying about editing. Enjoy the process.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you for reading them and for saying you enjoy them so much. It means a lot to an author.

What makes you laugh/cry?

Call the Midwife makes me cry in every episode. I cry all the time – happy/sad, I cry. I laugh at Janet Evanovich’s books which are hilarious. Also, anything by Victoria wood has me in stitches. She was a creative genius and is a sad loss to the world.

What makes you laugh/cry?

Call the Midwife makes me cry in every episode. I cry all the time – happ/sad, I cry. I laugh at Janet Evanovich’s books which are hilarious. Also, anything by Victoria wood has me in stitches. She was a creative genius and is a sad loss to the world.

What do you want written on your headstone and why?

She brought joy to others. I want to be known as someone who brought some happiness into the world.

One final question...Do you have a blog/website? If so, what is it?

My website can be found at wendyhjones.com and I am Wendy H. Jones on all online platforms.


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