I am so honored to have Wendy Wax, author of Magnolia Wednesdays, guest blog for me today.
My undergrad in college was broadcast journalism (although I went to grad school for early childhood education and am now a Kindergarten teacher) and I wondered how Wendy Wax went from broadcast journalism to becoming a fiction author!
Andrea asked how I went from broadcasting to writing novels and all I can say is, ‘I wish I knew.”
For one thing, I understand the importance of research and have always dived into it at the start of each novel.
The same has been true for all my novels—the advertising business for Hostile Makeover, investigative journalism, police procedure, and ballroom dance for my current release, Magnolia Wednesdays. In some cases I’ve also used what I’ve personally experienced—youth baseball, suburban living, being a mother and wife, the constant battle to lose weight. But in almost every book there are vast unknowns that need to become known before you can make them real for your readers.
Like me, many writers come to writing later in life and from a variety of professions. I feel really fortunate to get to ‘make things up’ for a living. But it’s reassuring to have come from a background that makes me careful about what I know and what I make up.
Now I’d like to hear about Andrea’s transition. I don’t want to date myself too badly, but when I was in journalism school I don’t think the word ‘blog’ even existed.