Welcome to Wednesday! Today our guest is Terri Wangard, who writes historical fiction. Let’s get to know her better, our first question, what was the best money you ever spent as a writer concerning craft? How about marketing?
Terri: Book Formatting for Self Publishers by Jennette Green. I guess this should be classified as marketing, because it helped me get my manuscripts into publishable format. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to put them on the market. For writing craft, experience shows you what your characters go through better than reading about it. I spent $400 to ride in a B-17 when I wrote WWII novels. Watching films like Memphis Belle gives you limited help. The biggest insight of the ride was the noise; you can’t hear yourself think. I had to change all three novels.
Sounds like a smart investment in your writing. Next question: describe your writing space.
Terri: Cramped. My laptop is in front of the window. Bird feeders are directly below, so the birds singing in the tree that blocks my view distract me from my writing. My bed is immediately behind my chair; I have to swivel the seat around to get in or out. The film canister between the lamp and candle holds sand from Omaha Beach, Normandy.
Sounds cozy. I like having the birds singing below. Final question, what genre have you never written, but would secretly like to?
Terri: Speculative or fantasy, or wherever time travel or time split fit in. Wouldn’t that be fun to visit another era? Think of all the fun (or not) you could have.
Terri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. These days she is writing historical fiction. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.
Geoff and Rosaleen Bonnard embark on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage to England aboard the fabled Lusitania in 1915. Europe is embroiled in war, but that shouldn’t affect a passenger liner. As they approach Ireland, a German submarine hurtles a torpedo into the grand ship. Rosaleen makes it into a lifeboat, but where is her husband? She searches the morgues in Queenstown, heartsick at recognizing so many people. Geoff is finally located in a Cork hospital, alive but suffering a back injury. While waiting for him to recover, Rosaleen is thrilled to meet her mother’s family, but a dark cloud hovers over her. The battered faces of dead babies haunt her. She sinks into depression, exasperated by Geoff’s new interest in religion. Her once happy life seems out of reach.
Available on Amazon.