Working Curls is a dark comedy that will make you laugh and cry. Ella, the main character, drops her stuck-up salon job to be the hero, going into the homes of the elderly to do their hair. She is emotionally and physically unprepared for the challenge but keeps at it through the inspiration of her boyfriend, zany best friend and Catholic guilt.
Working Curls is a dark comedy that will make you laugh and cry.
Ella, the main character, drops her stuck-up salon job to be the hero, going into the homes of the elderly to do their hair. She is emotionally and physically unprepared for the challenge but keeps at it through the inspiration of her boyfriend, zany best friend and Catholic guilt.
(This interview was published at http://www.AskWendy.wordpress.com)
How did you get started as a writer?
I started in consumer packaging, writing and editing for companies such as Anheuser-Busch, Nestlé and SC Johnson.
What does a typical day look like for you?
When I’m not working my part-time job (out of my home) for a design agency in Chicago, I do housework to relax me and let my mind develop my story. Then I spend solid chunks of time getting it all into my laptop. Around this time I’m also sending pitches and gathering media contacts.
Describe your desk/workspace.
I do most of my writing in bed. As strange as that might sound (and don’t tell my chiropractor), I find there are no distractions there. I’m also so comfortable that I don’t want to get out, so I’ll keep working.
Favorite books (especially for writers)
Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
World Class – Jane & Burt Boyar
Writer Mama – Christina Katz
Tell us 3 interesting/crazy things about you
1. I’ve flown and landed an airplane
2. I cannot drink soda because the carbonation hurts my mouth.
3. When I have writer’s block I soak my hands in warm water.
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom"
8. Best and worst part of being a writer
Best is being in control of your creativity. No one else can create your voice.
Worst is the uphill battle of marketing. You cannot stay behind your computer; eventually you must pick up the phone and start shaking hands.
9. Advice for other writers
Finish what you’ve started. All the powerful dialog and drama percolating in your head won’t get you anywhere until you get it all out. You don’t have to overwhelm yourself with writing a full outline before you start, map out a few chapters at a time and it can feel more manageable.
Tell us a story about your writing experience.
I once had no option but to bring my 5 year-old with me to a book signing. My son was a big help, holding up the book, calling it to people’s attention. But, if they ignored him, he’d feel really bad. A few times he called out, “Fine! Have a nice time with no book!”