An Interview with Northern Gothic Queen, WENDY WEBB
Happy New Year, my friends! Glad to be back, writing and bringing you interviews with all your favorite horror, paranormal, and fantasy authors, editors, and creative people of all kinds. 2019 is shaping up to be a great year already, and today, I bring you the first interview of the year with the amazing WENDY WEBB!
WH: Thanks for being here, Wendy. Please give us a brief introduction of your fabulous self:
I’m Wendy Webb, the author of five bestselling novels of gothic suspense. I live in Minneapolis, I have a son whose wicked sense of humor I take full credit for, I’m without a dog for the first time in 25 years and am going through withdrawal (adoption will be pending soon, I suspect), and I’m very happy to be featured on The Witch Haunt!
WH: We're happy to have you! So, what dream career do you have besides writing/publishing?
Not a one. This is it. I’ve been dreaming of being an author my entire life. From a very early age, I knew this is what I wanted to do. I feel so fortunate that I was able to do it. I’m grateful for my life every single day.
WH: Your newest release, DAUGHTERS OF THE LAKE, has gotten wonderful reviews! What inspired you to write this story and how is it different from your other books?
Thank you! I’m always so relieved when my books get good reviews. I was inspired to write DAUGHTERS by two things. The first was Lake Superior. I lived in Duluth, Minnesota for 16 years. It’s a port city on Lake Superior and, I’m telling you, that lake is alive. It has a presence, it has moods, it has immense power and it is steeped in lore and legend. I wanted to bring it to life, and it is, without sounding too hokey, a character in the book. The other thing that inspired me, and it always does, is a house. In this case, it’s Le Chateau Boutin in Bayfield, Wisconsin. I rented it out for my birthday a few years back and hosted my closest friends for a weekend none of us will ever forget. Google the Chateau, and you will see that it is the model for Harrison’s House, the main setting in the book.
WH: Look at that thing. That house is an anthology of ghost stories just waiting to happen. Wendy, I write Florida Gothic novels, and you’re known as the Queen of Northern Gothic. Tell us what a “Northern Gothic” story entails.
I absolutely love Southern and English gothics, but I couldn’t write one since I don’t live in either place. So I set mine in the place I know best, the Great Lakes, which nobody had done before. That’s how reviewers started calling me Queen of the Northern Gothic. I love it! I tried to make my son call me that, but he refused and offered instead to emblazon a coffee mug with all of my one-star reviews and wrap it up for me for Christmas.
WH: That is the BEST and most THOUGHTFUL gift. We love our kids, don't we? Else we'd kill them. If you could interview any author, gone or alive, who would it be?
How much time do you have? There are so many. But the first that comes to mind is William Shakespeare. I want to know, once and for all, if he wrote the plays. Next, F. Scott Fitzgerald. He’s a fellow Twin Cities native, and the bar that he used to frequent recently reopened in a historic part of St. Paul. I think of him every time I’m there.
I’ve met many of my favorite current authors, but I’d love to sit down and talk with Stephen King.
WH: I hate to say it, because I always feel like I'm not being unique enough, but Stephen King would be my choice, too. I can't help it. He and Poe are the reasons I began reading horror to begin with. Wendy, how have you changed as a person from your early life until now?
Oh, wow that’s a good question. As I’ve grown older, I’ve grown into the realization that I’m good enough — we all are — and if people don’t think so, that’s their problem. Just a bump in the road. I have an inner confidence now that I didn’t have before, and nothing shakes me. I just try to focus on gratitude for the good things in life, I set goals for what’s next, and I trust in myself to achieve those goals, come what may.
WH: How do you like your coffee? Do you have a favorite libation? What’s your favorite dessert? This is the food portion of the interview. :)
Don’t hate me for this, but, while I love a good cappucino, what I really love and drink every morning at home is flavored coffee. I like hazelnut and pecan and coconut. So, sue me, people! I’m not a sophisticated coffee drinker! And I like cream! Back off! My favorite libation is chardonnay, but I lived in a building in downtown Minneapolis that had a cocktail bar in the basement (yep, it was heaven, if I said I used to go down there in my slippers would you think less of me?) and they made an Old Fashioned that was out of this world. Desserts? I don’t love sweets. But I wouldn’t turn down a brownie.
WH: I love the flavored creamers as well, but these days have to pass, thanks to my low-sugar diet. Okay, so...let’s say the horror/paranormal genre is high school. Where would you fit in?
I’d be with the kids doing research into who is haunting the cafeteria.
WH: I LOVE THAT. What is the witchiest thing about you (we’re all a little witchy)?
I conjured up my perfect partner. I don’t know how, but it happened. I wrote a novel with a character that I fell in love with. I was single after getting out of a longterm relationship and I just put my perfect man down on the page. I was very specific — what he looked like, how he talked, who he was as a person, what made him laugh. And then he showed up at my door. For real. He’s the man in my life today, and has been for almost three years. It’s the strangest, witchiest thing that has ever happened to me, and I’m grateful for it every day.
WH: People don't realize how much they manifest what they wish for. The key is visualization, and since writing is how you see the world, you made him come true. What do you feel makes a compelling scary novel?
For me, it’s realism. Sure, there might be spirits floating around, but it has to seem like it’s happening in real life. As though you could run into something otherworldly in the grocery store.
WH: What is the most awesome thing happening in your life right now that you’d like to share with us?
One of my novels is getting made into a movie!!! More on specifics later, but we’ve signed on the dotted line and are starting the process now.
Wow, Wendy, that is awesome. So excited for you, and can't wait to see the film! Thank you so much for hanging with me today. I feel like I have a soul sister in the northern states now. Happy New Year!
Wendy's Social Media Links:
* Website: http://www.wendykwebb.com
* Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Wendy-Webb/e/B00386602A/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1547253097&sr=8-2-ent
* Latest release: DAUGHTERS OF THE LAKE
* Facebook: @wendywebbauthor
* Twitter: @wendywebbauthor
* Instagram: @wendywebbauthor
Wendy Webb is the bestselling author of five novels of gothic suspense, The Tale of Halcyon Crane, The Fate of Mercy Alban, The Vanishing, The End of Temperance Dare and Daughters of the Lake. Since her stories are set in the Great Lakes region, reviewers are calling her the Queen of the Northern Gothic. Wendy lives in Minneapolis, where she's at work on her next novel.
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