IHS: Welcome, K. Thank you for being with us today. I’m really excited to have you here! Would you please tell our followers who you are, what city you're from?
K Wendt: I am K Wendt. I currently live in Central Texas.
IHS: Okay, Great! What is the title of the book you just completed with us?
K Wendt: Phoebe
IHS: Please tell us, what was your favorite part about listening to this book come to life?
K Wendt: Phoebe is my daughter’s dog in real life. It was fun hearing her expressions come to life with a voice!
IHS: That's cool! Now, whether fiction or non-fiction, books are truly inspired work from authors. What was your inspiration for this book?
K Wendt: My daughter’s dog is an “only dog” as only child. She has never been very good about sharing her toys with my dogs. I decided she was a good example of a lesson about sharing to teach children.
IHS: Switching gears now, is your primary business writing? If so, what do you do for fun? If not, what do you do “in real life”?
K Wendt: I wish! Writing is a business for me, but I’m not quite to the stage where I can solely write for a living. Outside of writing, I’m a middle school ELA teacher. I also coach other authors through their projects.
IHS: OK now, many authors are not audiobook listeners by nature. Are you? Have you ever listened to an audiobook before your own?
K Wendt: I will admit the only time I am an avid audiobook listener is when I’m in the car for a long commute or trip.
IHS: When you were listening to your narrator auditions, what was it like to hear your book get voiced by different people?
K Wendt: Oh my gosh, it was interesting! Especially hearing them read roles that focused on woman empowerment. I enjoy listening to the auditions. Listening to how they interpreted my story helped me with making my decision about who would be my narrator.
IHS: What were you most worried about when starting out with this audiobook process? Did the worry happen or was it unjustified?
K Wendt: I’m always concerned the story won’t generate interest. I’m always proven wrong!
IHS: And, in hindsight, was there anything that you probably ACTUALLY should have been worried about instead?
K Wendt: I don't believe so.
IHS: Okay, let’s talk reviews. Do you read your reviews and will you read your listener comments? What do you most like to see in the comments?
K Wendt: I learned a long time ago not to focus on reviews. However, I love to know what readers think about my books.
IHS: Okay, once a book is finished, then the work of marketing begins. What do you do to spread the word about a new release?
K Wendt: I share the release on my social media and other avenues.
IHS: Yes, promoting on social media is really a big help. Moving on, what advice would you give those who are thinking about becoming an author?
K Wendt: Do it! So often I hear “I think I have a book in me”. Well, the only way you’ll know for sure is by writing it out!
IHS: Great advice from a great author! So for our audience who hasn't begun the process yet, what advice would you give authors who are thinking about doing an audiobook from their published book?
K Wendt: Do all forms of publishing you can! Take advantage of all avenues!
IHS: Straight to the point! We love it! So, what was the best part for you about working with I’m Hearing Stories.
K Wendt: I enjoy working with people who truly understand the goal in place. I’m Hearing Stories fully understands who I am as an author and what my intentions are.
IHS: Wow! Thank you so much! We love working with you and we are looking forward to more collaborations with you. What a fun time we've had chatting with you today and getting your input! Okay, just for fun now, why don't you give us the Top 10 Craziest Accomplishments You’ve Made:
4. ELA teacher
7. Debate coach
8. College preparatory teacher
9. Workshop creator
10. Myself….Never imagined these as possibilities each one made ME!
IHS: Thank you, K! That's fun! So, how can our followers learn more about you?
K Wendt resides in Central Texas. The youngest of three children, she has one brother and one sister. Her two children are her greatest joy. She has been writing since she was in high school, starting with lyrics and poems. Through the years, her writing has been put aside and then briefly picked up again, but in the Spring of 2013, the idea for Duney (her first children’s book) came to her and she had to see it through, especially when her son agreed to illustrate it. Since then, Wendt continued chasing her desire to write. To date, she has published fourteen books in multiple genres. You can find her in Women’s Fiction, Poetry, and Westerns, as well as many more children’s books.
Okay, folks, there you have it! K Wendt, the author of Phoebe.