Let’s Chat! Author Wendy H. Jones

Welcome, Everyone! 

Wendy H. Jones This week we’re hopping a plane to Scotland, lads and lassies! Author Wendy H. Jones, who writes crime novels and Young Adult Mysteries set in Dundee, Scotland, is perched in the pilot’s seat.

How cool is that?

Wendy’s offering a wonderful giveawaya signed print copy of her crime novel, Killer’s Countdown—to someone in the world who joins the conversation.

Be sure to comment below.

Wendy H. Jones Before Writing

I was born in Dundee, Scotland but have lived all over the world. When I was 18 I joined the Royal Navy as a student nurse and ended up in the British Army as a nursing officer. I retired as a Major, a rank I hold to this day. It is the first rank you keep until the day you die. It seriously impresses the kids and teens when I go into schools. I then worked in Academia and was published in Academic textbooks and journals.

How Writing Began for Wendy H. Jones

I started writing about 6 years ago after a long period of illness. Spending months in hospital focuses the mind and gets you thinking about what is important. I worked long hours, and although I enjoyed my work, I knew it was time for a change so I moved back to Scotland with the idea of retiring. As you can see the early retirement aspect didn’t go well.

A Debut for Wendy H. Jones

My first book, Killer’s Countdown, developed from a conversation with some old friends. (Click to Tweet!) It sparked off the idea for a crime book. Please don’t panic I wasn’t up for killing off any of my friends. No real people are harmed in the writing of my books, tempting though that may be at times. I wrote the bulk of it during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and then completed it and did some editing. The initial response from beta readers was encouraging so I had the book professionally edited. I did send it to a few publishers who either turned it down outright or said it didn’t fit with their portfolio.

Weird and Wonderful Deaths a la Wendy H. Jones

After advice given at a Writers Conference in Stirling, I decided to publish the book independently. I hired Cathy Helms a fabulous cover designer from the USA who got the cover and the branding spot on. I was blown away by her talent and vision. Killers’ Countdown is the first in a series about DI Shona McKenzie, Scotland’s go-to girl for weird and wonderful deaths. In this she finds herself in a heart stopping chase for a killer murdering young women. (Click to Tweet!) 

After an amazing launch at Waterstones Bookshop in Dundee, I was both stunned and thrilled to see how well the book did and the response. For a debut author this was exciting stuff. Since then I have published 6 books in this, The DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries series. Killer’s Crew, the fifth book in the series won the Books Go Social Book of the Year Award 2017. (Click to Tweet!)

What’s Up With Wendy H. Jones Now?

I have been fortunate to have had a number of public speaking engagements both nationally and internationally. At one of these a publisher approached me and asked if I had an idea for a Young Adult series. I did and pitched it to her. This led to a contract for an initial three books in the Fergus and Flora Mysteries. The Dagger’s Curse, the first book in the series, was a finalist in The Woman Alive Magazine Readers Choice Award 2017. (Click to Tweet!) 

What’s Ahead for Wendy H. Jones

Since then I have been asked to write a series of picture books based on the true story of a baby Buffalo who went missing in Scotland for two weeks. This is a new venture for me, and one which I am very much enjoying. I have to say it is easier to write an eighty-thousand-word novel than a 32-page picture book. It is much more fun though. (Click to Tweet!)

I am about to bring out the first book in a new series called Cass Claymore Investigates. Cass is a redheaded, motorbike riding, ex-ballerina who inherits a private investigation agency. This is humorous crime in the style of Janet Evanovich.

Wendy’s Involvements

It’s been a glorious journey so far. Four weeks ago, I was elected as the President of The Scottish Association of Writers. Currently I serve on the committee of the Society of Authors in Scotland and also the committee of the Association of Christian Writers. I consider it an honour to represent writers in Scotland and Christian writers in the UK, and I am proud to be a part of Scotland’s long literary heritage. (Click to Tweet!) 

Insight from Wendy H. Jones

I thank him for the way in which he has shaped not only my writing life, but my life. My church is extremely supportive of what I do and have been there for me at every turn. (Click to Tweet!) Although my books are not overtly Christian they are written following Christian principles and suitable for a crossover market.

A Giveaway From Wendy

I am doing a giveaway just for this blog. I will send one signed copy of Killer’s Countdown anywhere in the world.

How to Find Wendy H. Jones and Her Books

Website 

Twitter 

Facebook

Amazon Author Page (Universal link for all countries) 

Dear Lord, we declare You are holy. We find You along the shores and in the valleys. On the highest peaks of mountaintops and in the deepest trenches of the seas. You make Your abode in humble cottages and elaborate palaces. From the Americas to the United Kingdom, from Europe to Australia, Africa, and the Orient. The Earth is Your footstool. You have no need of language; yet You speak all languages at once. Your every word is flawless. Thank You for bringing Wendy along your appointed path to a place where she is now providing enjoyment to readers everywhere. Bless the work of her hands. 

~ For Jesus’ sake

9 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Wendy H. Jones

  1. Rose Blackard

    Wonderful interview! My love was born in Scotland,vso I love reading about it.Thank you.

     
     
    1. Rose Blackard

      Should of read My Mom was born in Scotland, Hope to visit there one day!

       
       
      1. Rose, Glad you enjoyed the interview. It’s great to have Scottish blood

         
         
  2. Faith Creech

    Great interview! I love books about Scotland, since that is my husbands heritage. We are going to visit Scotland this summer. Would love to read your book, it sounds very exciting.

     
     
    1. How cool, the Scotland connection! I was in Scotland 2 weeks in 1967. I was in awe of the foliage and flowers. Works of art in the parks. Would love to return. Bless you for chatting, Faith. You encourage us both.

       
       
    2. Thank you. Love that your husband is Scottish by heritage. Where in Scotland are you visiting? I hope you have a great time.

       
       
  3. Ann Ellison

    Wonderful interview with a new to me author. Her book sounds like a good one.

     
     
    1. I with you, Ann. Am looking forward to reading Wendy’s books! Thanks for visiting with us and sharing, friend.

       
       
    2. It’s lovely meet you, Ann. Thank you for saying you like the sound of the book. It always gladdens an author’s heart

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Catherine Brakefield

Welcome, Everyone!

Catherine BrakefieldCatherine Brakefield is our honored guest this week. Catherine writes faith-based historical romances. Also, she’s written short stories and pictorial histories of the area around Lapeer, Michigan. How interesting is that?

**Join our circle by commenting below, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for Catherine’s Destiny’s Whirlwind.**

Catherine Brakefield’s Background

The eldest of five siblings, I grew up in a little Cape Cod home on an acre of land on the outskirts of Hazel Park. My parents brought to their humble abode a three-gated saddlebred mare named Black Magic. She began my love for horses.

Love of Reading

My love for reading came during my puberty years. I grew up with limited technical apparatuses: black and white television sets, no computers, no internet, and, would you believe—no cell phones. If I wanted three dimensional characters, I read a book. The rhyming sonnet of words and flowing musical notes of the written language captivated me. My imagination knew no boundaries.

Catherine Brakefield

Love of Written Word

Although love for reading was instantaneous, my love affair with the written word arrived later in life. In college I focused on business, minoring in journalism. I acquired a secretarial job and worked my way up the corporate ladder to purchasing director.

Meanwhile, I wrote stories. 

Catherine Brakefield

God’s Guiding Hand

First, when I was pregnant with my first child in 1976, I wrote a poem that won a contest. My prize was attending Decision School of Christian Writers at the Billy Graham headquarters, which at the time was in Minnesota.  

Then, two months after my daughter’s birth, my grandmother came to live with us. So writing detoured into the inner recesses of my file cabinet. Bottles, diapers, and doctor visits replaced it. Little did I know I was enrolled in God’s School of Christian Learning. The inspiration for my present Destiny series evolved from the twelve years Gran lived with us.

Catherine Brakefield’s Author Debut

Catherine BrakefieldWhen I left my job to be a stay-at-home mom and my grandmother came to live with me, the idea for a faith-based historical romance formed. After my grandmother’s death, I sat down and put my thoughts and love for words on paper. A traditional publishing house published The Wind of Destiny in 2005.

While freelancing for a local newspaper, the idea of writing a history about the region materialized. So I wrote two pictorial histories for Arcadia PublishingImages of America, The Lapeer Area, and Images of America, Eastern Lapeer Area.

Insight from Catherine

Rejection letters have discouraging effects! I needed sound advice. So I joined the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). I presently serve as the president of our local Great Lakes Chapter (GLC). I continued to write my inspirational historical romances while I gleaned more information on how to create a winning proposal, synopsis, and how to talk to agents and publishers. My efforts paid off. At a HACWN conference I met my publisher, CrossRiver Media Group, and acquired Cyle Young of Hartline Literary Agency as my agent.

What’s Up With Catherine Brakefield Now?

Presently, I am writing my dream of over a decade, the Destiny series:

Destiny Series

Catherine BrakefieldSwept into Destinythe first book of a four-book series, released in 2017. It takes place in Tennessee, during the Antebellum Era. Maggie Gatlan secretly educates the slaves at Spirit Wind Manor. She meets Ben McConnell, an Irish immigrant who was hired to dredge out their snake-infested swampland. Civil War erupts, and Maggie must choose. Conscience and consequence—did she care more for Ben or for her beloved South?

Destiny’s WhirlwindDestiny series, Book 2, released on Catherine BrakefieldApril 17. Collina McConnell promises her dying father to uphold the Shushan legacy of their Kentucky estate. Rough Rider Franklin Long becomes her gallant ally. Then a vindictive lawyer places the family into peril. Esther 8:6 holds new insight for her: “How can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people?” Had her father known this would happen? Had Franklin survived San Juan Hill, and would he return in time?

Wilted Dandelions

CrossRiver Media Group published Wilted Dandelions Catherine Brakefieldin 2015. The story unfolds during the Second Great Awakening in 1837. High-spirited Rachael Rothburn doesn’t need a husband. She wants to travel out west as a missionary to Native Americans. Jonathan Wheaton desires the same. So they agree on a marriage of convenience. In the process of co-existing, they discover God doesn’t create coincidences—He designs possibilities.

How to Find Catherine

Go to my web page, you will find my book signings and my e-mail:  www.catherineulrichbrakefield.com Catherine Brakefield

Visit www.CrossRiverMedia.com , Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, or Christianbook.com to purchase books.
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Giveaway

I’m excited about sharing my newest book with you and will supply a copy of Destiny’s Whirlwind. I hope you will check out Swept into Destiny! You will not be disappointed.

Lord of Heaven and Earth, we worship You alone. As readers and writers, we acknowledge You as the Word who was from the beginning. Catherine served her beloved grandmother and devoted herself to her children while You worked out Your chosen plan for her to write. Bless each word she writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake ~ 

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14 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Catherine Brakefield

  1. Rose

    Loved the interview. I am the oldest of 10. Would love to read your books.Love that you are a Christian and put that in your books.

     
     
    1. Welcome, Rose! Wow! 10 kids … Hats off to your parents 🙂 And to you, too, as the eldest. We were four, and I was the third. I was the “baby” for 11 years which is when my little brother was born. By that time my eldest brother was grown and away from home, so there were 3 of us at home, and I was the middle child. Then when my second brother moved away, I was the eldest of 2. So I experienced each position and enjoyed them all 🙂 Thanks so much for being such a faithful visitor, Rose. Bless you!

       
       
  2. Terrific interview. Love reading stories from this period of time. Will look for your books to read.

     
     
    1. Thank you Jane! Please keep in touch, just e-mail me at my web page, I would love to know how you liked the books!

       
       
    2. Hi, Jane. It’s wonderful seeing you in our circle. Amazing, isn’t it, that we are still chatting after all these years. High School graduation was 54 years ago. Good grief. Isn’t Catherine lovely? And her books sound great. Hope you get to win one.

       
       
  3. Ann Ellison

    Enjoyed her interview. Her books sound like good ones.

     
     
    1. Thank you Ann. Please let me know how you liked the books!

       
       
    2. Hi, Ann, such a faithful supporter. God bless you real good!

       
       
  4. Hi Catherine,

    I got all excited when I read “I grew up in a little Cape Cod” becasue I grew up ON Cape Cod. Then I wondered why I didn’t remember Hazel Park. [Sheesh.] I do jump to conclusions.

    I, too, began writing for publication later on in life. Nice to know God will keep us busy even after our children are grown and gone. 🙂

    And you’re off to a very nice start!

    Clarice

     
     
    1. Haha, I do that too! Yes, never let go of your dreams. Hope you check out my books. And e-mail me, let me know what you write!

       
       
    2. Hi, fellow OFN-winner friend! I love seeing your face and that coffee cup pop up 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, friend.

       
       
  5. Lucy Reynolds

    What an inspirational story to never give up on our dreams till they come to fruition. Would love to read your books. Thank you for sharing.

     
     
    1. Thank you Lucy. Drop me a line sometime and tell me how you liked them. We serve a great God!

       
       
    2. Hi, Lucy! Welcome to our circle! You’re another faithful reader who encourages us all. Thank you.

       
       

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