Wendy Kendall features her new cozy mystery Kat Out of the Bag
Welcome to cozy mystery author Wendy Kendall!
Wendy Kendall has a passion for purses and stories of the women through history who carried them. Her cozy mystery Kat Out of the Bag introduces Katherine Watson purse designer/sleuth, investigating murder at her gala opening. The prequel novella Purse-Stachio Makes A Splash delves into a chilling cold case. Snow Kiss Cookies To Die For out November 2021, an intriguing tangle of mystery and love. Wendy enjoys the Pacific Northwest life and time with her two sons. She's a blogger, YouTube podcaster, speaker, project manager, and syndicated columnist, while she works on the next of the In Purse-Suit Mysteries.
What would you say are your strengths as an author?
I'm very enthusiastic about what I'm writing. The characters and the stories are so much fun for me, I'm motivated.
As a reader, I've always been a great fan of mysteries. I enjoy writing them just as much, and adding the element of romance to the stories is an exciting dynamic. I love the challenge of it all, and although at times it can be overwhelming, I've found that persistence is an important strength.
I'm also constantly learning and improving at the craft. I'm never done learning. I learn from other authors, especially my terrific critique group and beta readers, and from my brilliant editor at The Wild Rose Press.
How often do you write, and do you write using a strict routine?
I'm most productive when I work to deadline. With that in mind, I set weekly and monthly goals for myself. It really helps that my critique group meets weekly and one of my goals is always to have a scene ready for them to review.
I don't have set days and times during a week for writing, but I do have a couple of spots where I work. In good weather I work outside on my balcony. In Seattle you have to plan for indoor weather too, so I also have a room in my house called my studio. Both rooms are my favorite rooms of the house. When I'm at one of these usual writing places, and I have my cup of tea, with some of my favorite instrumental music playing low, then I know I'm ready to get to work. My most creative, and favorite time of day to write is at night.
Five years from now, where do you see yourself as a writer?
In my intriguing dreams for 2026, my In Purse-Suit Mysteries series will have grown to many books to follow the first, Kat Out of the Bag. There will be more novellas too about the people of my cozy mystery's town of Bayside. These will be gathered in an anthology along with the prequel Purse-Stachio Makes A Splash published last year, and the new romantic mystery Snow Kiss Cookies To Die For coming out later this year.
In my romantic dreams for 2026, I have a new series I'm working on that are romance stories.
In my post-pandemic dreams I'm meeting lots of readers at appearances and book signings. How fun! And I'm still presenting at speaking engagements and teaching writing workshops. In these events I get to share what I've learned, and I also learn a lot from the attendees.
If you could offer once piece of advice to a novice writer, what would it be?
The joy is in the journey. Take the time to relish every experience and every step of the way to your success. There's no single time table to publication. Everyone arrives there at their own time, and publication looks different for each person too.
Along the way I hope you meet as many incredible people as I have. I hope you make as many great friends. I hope you cherish every experience and every version of your story.
What would you consider to be the best compliment a reader could give your book?
I couldn't put it down!
What are you working on now?
Final edits for my romantic mystery novella Snow Kiss Cookies To Die For are in process with my editor, and it's expected to be available for readers later this year. Just when Bayside Elementary school teacher Desiree Tucker is starting to believe in magic again, she finds herself fighting for her life. Someone wants to teach her a deadly lesson. Can love save her?
I'm finishing my first draft of the sequel to Kat Out of the Bag. This is another exciting cozy mystery for purse designer/amateur sleuth Katherine Watson. It's an intriguing adventure in purse-suit of a killer, and her women's history purse museum adds a couple of new exhibits. Favorite characters are back like Moonjava, Pam, the ladies of the round table, officer Jason Holmes, and of course his K-9 partner Hobbs, and Katherine's cat Purrada proudly waving her tail. There are some fun new characters too.
The first draft of my newest work is also well underway. This one is a wonderful romantic novel. I'm planning on it being the first in my new romance series.
I'm so looking forward to these books getting in readers hands. And I'd like to thank readers who have let me know how much they've enjoyed reading my books.
And thank you for your invitation to join you on an Escape with a Writer.
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Designer Katherine Watson is enjoying a delectable frozen pistachio treat at Ginardo's beachside ice cream shop when her friend issues a playful dare. Katherine can't resist accepting the challenge and finds herself tasked with creating a designer purse out of pistachio shells. But the fun day takes a chilling turn when Katherine uncovers a clue in the ice cream store to a decades old missing persons case--and she suspects there may be a killer in their midst.
Katherine is soon up to her shoulder bag in danger, but she's determined to see that a murderer gets his just desserts.
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