Denver Comic Con 2017 Interview with Author Wendy Terrien
There were so many great guests at this year’s Denver Comic Con. I even got the chance to speak with convention guest Wendy Terrien, author of the Adventures of Jason Lex series. Not only is Wendy an award-nominated author, she is also passionate about promoting shelter adoptions. Take a look at my Denver Comic Con 2017 Interview with Author Wendy Terrien, below.
PewPewCat: What was your inspiration to become an author?
Wendy Terrien: I loved writing stories when I was little, and still have some notebooks with my handwritten tomes. But I often heard the message “you can’t make money as a writer” so I set that idea aside pretty early. I took some creative writing classes as electives in college, but never seriously thought about writing after that. In fact, it wasn’t until I was laid off from a job in 2010 that the writing bug made a surprise return during a session with a career counselor. I wasn’t completing my career-counseling-assignments, and she finally asked, “Well what is it you really want to do?” I blurted out, “I want to write but I can’t do that.” It wasn’t even a conscious thought. She kept pushing me until I didn’t have any more excuses, and here I am. So maybe it’s not inspiration as much as divine-career-counselor-intervention? 🙂
PPC: What kind of impact do you hope to have on your audience?
Terrien: First, I want them to enjoy the read and be glad they spent the time in the world with the characters I created. I love the magic of feeling, of being somewhere else with people you really like (and probably some you don’t — I’m looking at you, bad guys) just by reading a book. And if they get something more out of my stories, then that’s the cherry icing on the pick-your-favorite-flavor cake.
PPC: What are your current favorite things to read/watch for inspiration?
Terrien: Everything I read and watch has the potential for inspiration. I know this because the idea for The Rampart Guards came from an episode of Bones — but it had nothing to do with the show or its characters. It just happened that the murder they were investigating looked like it had been committed by a chupacabra, and they decided to consult a cryptozoologist. I had no idea what either of those things were so I hit the Google, and then started thinking more about that world and how creatures like the chupacabra, Bigfoot, Skyfish, etc. could live among us without being seen. And the world of The Rampart Guards was born.
PPC: What advice would you give to an aspiring author who doesn’t know where to start?
Terrien: If you can swing it, attend a writers conference. For those readers of PewPewCat who are in the Denver area, we have a number of great conferences here. The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers conference is coming up in September, and you can find out more at RMFW.org (and Diana Gabaldon is one of the keynote speakers this year for those folks who are Outlander fans). Then Pikes Peak Writers has their annual conference in April, and their website is pikespeakwriters.com. If you’re not in the Denver area, and quick Google search will help you find writers conferences — there are many good ones across the country.
Attending a conference means a firehouse of information and experience comes at you full speed, but it’s a great way to get a feel for all the things that go into being a successful author. Yes, it takes a TON of work and dedication. But yes, you can do it.
PPC: Since you are passionate about promoting shelter adoptions (and so am I), how would you convince someone who is thinking about buying from a breeder to instead adopt from a shelter?
Terrien: First, know that if you have your heart set on a certain breed of dog, you can absolutely find a full breed dog through a local shelter or rescue group, even puppies. And second, if you are one of those people who believes rescue dogs are somehow broken, please think again. Take the time to visit with dogs at shelters, or at a rescue group, and see what they’re like. More often than not, it was the people that had the dog first that were the problem (whether it was not having time for the dog, or understanding the commitment it takes to add a furry family member, or any number of other things), not the dog. I’ve had six rescue pups and every one is amazing, delightful, entertaining, adorable, and unique in their personality (with not one hint of “broken” in any of them). So please be open to the idea, and know that you’re saving a life. Nothing bad about that.
And contact me if you want to know more! I believe there is a perfect dog for every person available in a shelter right now, and I’d be happy to help people find that perfect match.
For more information about Wendy Terrien: http://www.wendyterrien.com/