Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Author Interview: Wendy Potocki

Today I interview Wendy Potocki, an author of several books with lots of exciting things coming up!

Natasha: Tell me about yourself. How long have you been writing? When you are not writing, how do you like to spend your spare time?

Wendy: Let me first thank you for allowing me to present myself and my work. I am jazzed to be here.

As for writing, I’ve been grinding out stories out for about ten years now. It doesn’t seem that long, but when you’re doing what you love, time flies.

In my spare time, I love to read, lounge at Starbucks and inhale coffee, watch movies, take long walks, and help pets get adopted on FB by sharing their info. But as to what I really do when not writing, I believe this pic says it all.

Natasha: Tell us a little about your current project. What was your favorite scene to write? What was your least favorite scene?

Wendy: My current project is FREEDOM IN THE BEAST. It’s a werewolf story that was accepted into the FULL MOON SLAUGHTER anthology coming out later this year. FULL MOON SLAUGHTER will be published by J. Ellington Ashton Press and will include some of the most imaginative, fun, wicked tales of lycanthropy that twisted minds can conceive. Here’s the awesome cover designed by Michael Fish Fisher:

I pretty much enjoyed writing the entire short, but the scene I enjoyed most was one where Annabelle Hinton explains her dreams to a detective hired to track down a werewolf terrorizing the community. (Don’t you hate when that happens?) I love when I can just soar and spread my wings, and describing the vivid dream gave me license to submerge in that particular lake. Ever see a bird in a birdbath? That would be me. The one I liked least was the one with her husband. It will become apparent why I didn’t like it when you read the story, but suffice to say he’s a pill.  

Natasha: Do you have any other exciting projects coming out?

Wendy: Oh, I have tons of things coming up! And, yes, they’re all exciting and I’m more than stoked.

I have two completed works awaiting editing. They’re entitled THE DEVIL’S HOUR and GLOW. I keep putting off the editing because: (1) I hate editing; (2) I keep getting ideas that pull me away from doing the yoeman’s job of turning the finished novels into English; and (3) I hate editing.  As for works in progress, there are too many to mention, but check my author page for updates. I tend to just publish with no advance warning. I like my stories to creep up on people.

I’ve also begun working on HALLOWEENPALOOZA. my yearly tribute to my most favorite holiday ever. It’s thirty-one days of authors, original horror shorts, giveaways, and general chicanery. It’s a lot of work putting together, but I love it so much that I experience withdrawal symptoms when it’s over. Each year there’s a new theme and this year it’s STALKING. Our motto? What’s Halloween Without A Little Stalking? It’s hosted on FB and a sister blog and I’ve included the links below. I hope to see everyone there, but in the meantime, you can read all the great short original stories and blogs from the previous three years.

Natasha: Do you have any advice for other authors trying to get published?

Wendy: My best advice is to keep writing. Understand that writing is the only way you’ll get better and the first step to achieving whatever your goal happens to be so get your work out there and be open to feedback. My other advice would be to learn the business of writing. By that I mean, attend webinars and read all that dull stuff about FB ads and marketing. It’s important to know and helps round you out. Oh, and network. Network, market, write … write, market, network ... repeat until successful. 

Natasha: What is the best way for readers to reach you? 

I’m splattered all over the web so it’s easy to find me.

Twitter: @WPotocki

Halloweenpalooza Blog:

Thanks again, Natasha! I don’t get out much so this is a real treat.

Thank you, Wendy!

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