Wendy Cartmell is a former teacher, PR manager and editor of a large corporate newspaper, who has always written, either for her work, or stories for her children. She turned her hand to crime writing in 2010 resulting in a new crime series featuring Sgt Major Crane of the Special Investigations Branch, drawing on her husband's 22 years service in the British Army.
The first book in the series Steps to Heaven and the second 40 Days 40 Nights are both out now. The third, as yet untitled is, as they say, a work in progress.
Wendy is now publishing her books for children, the Professor Letters series and Wilhemina the Witch.
What is the main premise of this book?
Soldiers are killing their family and then committing suicide. Sgt Major Crane needs to know why.
How long did it take you to write it?
About a month to plot it out and outline each chapter, three months to write and then a further three months to edit and copy edit.
Who's you favourite character in it?
Oh without a doubt Sgt Major Crane.
What projects are you currently working on?
The third book in the Sgt Major Crane series
What is something that surprised you about being an author?
How much I enjoy the writing process.
Who designed this cover?
My husband Eddie who is much more creative with photographs and colour than I am.
Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
Definitely! I tend to write in the mornings when I get up, so I don’t bother to get dressed, I just get writing.
What’s your favorite beverage?
I’m English so it’s got to be tea.
What is something you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)?
Pen and paper. My husband and I regularly plan novels, sort out plot problems and decide on how a certain situation would be handled in the army. We mostly do this sitting in the sunshine having a coffee. Well, I do live on the Costa del Sol in Spain!
If your book was made into a TV series or Movie, what actors would you like to see playing your characters?
I would love Ray Winston to play Sgt Major Crane. Lawrence Fox to play Sgt Billy Williams
If you were to attend a St. Patrick’s Day Party, which one thing would you never leave behind and why?
A Rainbow – because they are just so beautiful.
Where can your readers stalk you?
In and around the mean streets of Aldershot in the UK.