Wendy M. Kok was raised in a small resort town in northern Wisconsin. Her parents owned and entertained a summer resort for over twenty years. It was there that she learned to fish, appreciate wildlife, and forge friendships over the years with the people that would often come and stay year after year. This upbringing was the inspiration for her debut novel, A Grey Resort, which was launched on July 29th, 2019 to critical acclaim.
She is currently working on her next book in the series entitled, A Thousand Years of Crooked Forest, release date to be announced.
Q1: What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My first book came out in summer of 2019 called, A Grey Resort, and since then, my life has not been the same. My 2nd book in the series is due to come out next month, title yet to be released.
Q2: When you’re writing an emotional or difficult scene, how do you set the mood?
I usually just write from the heart. If I worry too much about background noise or anything else, the creative process gets a little lost for me. Sometimes, if I have a large chunk of time to write, I will make a point of putting on meditation type music.
Q3: What authors, or books have influenced you?
I really enjoy Stephen King, Ruth Ware, Stephanie Meyer. I like Stephen King’s book On Writing. I find it very helpful.
Q4: When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?
I liked to write poetry and short stories when I was a little girl. I soon realized that I could really express myself exactly the way I wanted to through writing.
Q5: What advice would you give to a writer working on their first book?
Keep at it, don’t lose focus, and you don’t always have to take advice from everybody. Sometimes well-intended advice is not necessarily the right thing for you. Trust your gut instincts, and don’t feel that you have to give in to everyone’s criticism.
Q6: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
How much time it takes in the editing process, and how much time it takes to market your book.
Q7: What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
In dealing with relationships and social situations, not only language, but the tone and manner and the way it is presented.
Q8: What was the first book that made you cry?
I don’t think I’ve ever cried from a book… Although the book, What Made Maddie Run, by Kate Fagan, would make me come close.
Q9: What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on the final stages of my second book to be launched next month. I haven’t done a cover reveal just yet, but it’s coming. I’m just so excited to get it out there!!
Q10: What are you currently reading?
Over the summer I had the privilege of being a part of an anthology book entitled: Thriving Beyond Crises: Conversations with Resilient Entrepreneurs. This is a wonderful book which features 21 writers from all around the world (my story is called An Ordinary Morning). Each story showcases someone that has overcome an obstacle or has experienced something quite fascinating. It’s a wonderful book, and I’m excited to be reading it.To find out more about Wendy M. Kok, follow the links below:
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