Wanda, tell us a little about YOU.
I am a wife, mother, grandmother, minister, mentor, and an author. My greatest role is being a servant of God. Writing is my passion and books are my one addiction. I began writing in 2005, and to date I have seven award-winning Christian Fiction novels. I enjoy teaching and encouraging aspiring authors.
If readers want to get an inside look at the person you are, what and whom would they see?
Readers would probably be surprise to learn that I’m very shy. I’m an introvert and have a hard time expressing my emotions. I love helping people, but have a hard time with public recognition. At the same time, I consider myself very comical.
What has helped or shaped you as a writer?
My life’s experiences have helped me as a writer. I write about subjects that have made a great influence on my character.
Do you often compare your work to that of other writers, namely those that you admire in the industry?
One of my mottos in life is, never compare myself to anyone. We all have different paths to travel. I admire the work of several authors, but I stay true to the ministry God has chosen for me.
Was it your goal to become a writer, or was it something in particular that inspired you to choose this field?
Honestly, I never dreamed of being a writer. It just happened after a traumatic life experience. I can honestly say I have found my passion.
What matters most to you as a writer?
What matters most to me is to write stories that not only entertain, but also change lives for the better. My goal is to always draw readers into a closer relationship with Christ and to a greater level of self-acceptance.
How did you know the Christian fiction genre was right for you?
The Christian fiction genre allows me to write stories that are true to my beliefs without compromising. I can minister as well as entertain. It’s like demonstrating an extended parable.
What are you some of your future literary goals?
Of course, I plan to continue writing and publishing. I’m in the early stages of trying my hand at screenwriting.
Tell us about your latest book and what inspired you to write it?
Doin’ Me is the sequel to my novel, Silver Lining. Reyna Mills literally grew up in the church. She didn’t make any decision without consulting the pastor and followed instructions to the letter. That is, until she ended up with a busted lip in the back seat of a police car. After breaking free from legalistic religious bondage, Reyna has a new mantra: I’m Doin’ Me.
What words of wisdom do you have to impart to aspiring authors?
Writing requires a disciplined lifestyle. Read and write every day. Never stop learning the craft and never give up on your passion.
What do you find the most gratifying about writing?
Being used by God to help transform lives.