Author Spotlight – Wendy Hudson
Meet UK Lesbian Fiction Author Wendy Hudson (YLVA)
Our reviewer Valden had this to say about Wendy Hudson’s books:
Wendy Hudson may have only written two books but what a superb start she has made on her writing journey. She has numerous readers already just waiting for the next book to come out! Both books are romantic mysteries or perhaps better expressed as mysteries with a large chunk of romance, set in Scotland. The mysteries and secrets in both her books are set up using a prologue, and the events and her slow release of detail create emotional complexity
Wendy manages to keep you on the edge of your seat with the “will she/ won’t she” scenario. And then it continues when you, the reader, find out (or you may already know) what awaits her character when she does exactly what you don’t want her to do. Such good writing! I also love her portrayal of the Scottish countryside, you can see the mountains and smell the rivers. If you haven’t read her books, then you are missing a treat!
We spoke to Wendy Hudson about her books and her writing plans for the future.
(a) Tell us something interesting about your last published book.
Well I know us authors like to come up with picture perfect locations, particularly where romance is concerned, but the castle hotel in “Mine to Keep” does actually exist. I was doing some work in a wee village near the Scottish borders and I stayed there a few times. The village and castle inspired the book and I wrote some of it while staying there. I changed both the names but they know who they are!
(b) What got you into writing?
Turning thirty! It was something I always wanted to try my hand at so when I turned thirty, I added it to the bucket list and got cracking. I was in no rush and only wrote here and there. Three years later I had the finished manuscript for “Four Steps”. It sat on my computer for a while and I was happy just to have finished it. Then I ended up in hospital and had a bit of a close call that made me think about it again. I figured life really is too short so did some research and sent it to Ylva Publishing. A week later they offered me a contract and here we are.
(c) Can you tell us about your writing style? How do you decide on plots and characters? Are you a planner or a pantser?
A bit of both. I’m a pantser to begin with. I need time and space to let characters and plots develop in my mind and I get very little on paper. Mostly rambling notes! If I feel rushed, it doesn’t happen. But after lots of procrastination I find the planning then happens quite quickly and all I’m left with is to actually write the words.
(d) If you had to do it all over again, would you do anything differently?
Oh tough one! I’m immensely proud of both my books and have a good relationship with my publisher Ylva, and editor, Andrea Bramhall. On reflection I think there are always little things you would change that it normally takes a reader to point out to you!
(e) What is next for you? What is your next project?
I enjoy writing romantic suspense, heavy on the romance with some twists and turns, and my third book will be similar. It’s called “The Stranger You Know”, set in Inverness, and will hopefully be out later in the year.
I’m doing something a bit different with it in terms of the “bad guy” that I hope readers will be on board with. Then I have an idea forming for an out and out romance called “All The World Conspired”, which will be a bit different for me but it’s a story I really want to tell.
VALDEN’s REVIEW of MINE TO KEEP & FOUR STEPS
The story starts with a brilliant prologue which leaves you with a dark sense of mystery, and you are already wondering about what has happened and where the story will take you. The actual story begins, and the driving force for the story is when Erin Carter books herself into a Scottish castle hotel for an extended stay whilst she looks for her father. Her mother has recently died, and although while alive she discouraged Erin from finding her father, Erin has decided that it is time.
Once at the hotel, she has doubts because she wonders whether her mother had reason to stop her and struggles to remember her father. She suffers from numerous nightmares. The hotel is run by Abigail (Abby) Miller, who is free-wheeling through life, and her brother George. We are treated to delicious conversations, backchat and flirting between Abby and Erin with George chipping in. Mmmm! It is such a contrast to the darker side of the story, and Wendy once again weaves dark and light together so well.
There by chance, she meets Alex Ryan with her dog Frank, who is from the local area. Then starts a light romantic strand to the story, with the two women having a superb repartee. This continues with lots of humour between them, and later involving Alex’s friends who we come to meet.
Both Lori and Alex have issues, and the romance and the thriller are then woven together, and we get a little bit more of the history to tempt us along. Wendy is so talented at giving you crumbs, she tells you just enough to keep you hanging and wondering.