Today, I am happy to host Wendy L. Koenig as she celebrates the release of her latest book – On the Sly. In our interview, she talks a bit about her writing and herself.
First of all, congratulations on your new release.
There are so many mystery books out there. What makes yours different?
My main character is a kick-ass woman with no special education or training. She just doesn’t stop.
What were the biggest rewards and challenges with writing your book?
This book was completely different when I first wrote it. When I finished, I just didn’t like it, so I started cutting, rearranging and adding. Love the final edition. It took about a year longer than I like, though.
You live in Canada, but your book is set in Missouri – how did you do research for your book?
I grew up about an hour from St. Louis, so I just took a trip home. Kicked around the city a bit to let the feel of it flow through me.
Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
Most people have great stories in their pasts. I borrow ideas from those and mix them up a bit. Also, the news fills in the blanks pretty well.
If you could be a character in your book, who would you be?
Sylvia, of course! Or one of the dogs. Ruffles, probably.
If your book were made into a movie, what songs would be on the soundtrack?
Anything Classic Rock. Preferably the Stones.
Now for a few fun questions.
Tell us, what’s the scariest thing that ever happened to you?
I once found myself on horseback in the middle of a field of rattlesnakes. When we realized it, we shot out of there like a cannon. Both myself and my horse were unharmed, though it took a long time for me to stop shaking.
Do you like to travel? Have a favorite destination?
Everywhere!!! I love to travel.
If you were stuck on a deserted island, which three books would you want with you?
Any Jack Reacher book, Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre, and an empty book of just paper (with a pencil, of course).
What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
I joined the US Air Force right out of high school.
What TV series are you currently binge watching?
Jack Ryan, the Tom Clancy series. And Murdoch Mysteries. I’ve already watched Lincoln Lawyer and Jack Reacher about a dozen times now.
What is your personal theme song?
“Born to Run” (Bruce Springsteen)
That’s a wrap. Thank you, Wendy, for stopping by.
About the Book
Sylvia Wilson, a bar owner in St. Louis, Missouri, arrives at work to discover the body of an ex-police officer in her locked bar. The police focus on her as their primary suspect, so she decides to launch her own investigation into the dead man and his accomplices. But when the killer sends her clear messages that she and her loved ones are on his radar, she knows it’s just a matter of time before someone ends up dead.
Get your copy on:
Amazon or Goodreads
About the Author
Wendy Koenig is a published author living in New Brunswick, Canada. Her first piece to be printed was a short children’s fiction, Jet’s Stormy Adventure, serialized in The Illinois Horse Network. She attended University of Iowa, honing her craft in their famed summer workshops and writing programs. Since that time, she has published and co-authored numerous books and has won several international awards.
For more information, visit Wendy at her website: www.wendylkoenig.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.