About the Book:
From the author of Catch The Moon, Mary comes this epic drama spanning seven decades. Set against a backdrop of war in 1930s’ Europe, Grace Fieldergill, a starry-eyed young actress from Devon, moves to London to pursue her dream of becoming a star. The lovable boarders of Wyncote House, a ladies-only establishment, take her under their collective wing and share her triumph when she is accepted into the brilliant young John Gielgud’s Company as Peggy Ashcroft’s understudy. When Peggy misses a show one night, Grace gets her chance. Watching her performance that evening are two people who will change her life forever, London’s most famous actress, Mrs. Patrick Campbell, and a man whose love she never thought she could win.
1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
I started life as an actress/singer but discovered that I was much more comfortable in the privacy of my study creating imaginary worlds. I’d always kept a journal and when I realised that a combination of stage fright and stagnation had driven me permanently to the page I did a three-year Creative Writing Course that formalized my approach and gave me the discipline needed to create a book.
2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
Probably mornings work best for me but on the odd occasion I can be very inspired around 6pm after a glass of red wine!
3: Where do your ideas come from?
Life. Simple and observable everyday people and events charged with an overlay of Otherness. I have always looked for meaning and connecting patterns in life and it’s the psychological underlay that gives an otherwise pedestrian telling its vigour and intrigue. Just as Van Gogh painted boots and sunflowers and imbued them with soul so a good writer gives gravitas to otherwise plebeian situations.
4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?
Once I find the first line the story opens up like a flower. I used to plot carefully but when I realised I was far more interested in following tributaries I threw away the map. These days the characters inform me.
5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
I don’t write in any specific genre but if there is a common thread throughout my work it is music and the sense of Otherness. I feel the tug of guardian spirits much as others trust to gravity. They are always there, and they are always affirming. So, yes, I grant my characters the benison of guidance whether they actively acknowledge it or not.
6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
Both my books, ‘Catch the Moon, Mary’ and ‘Fields of Grace’ have been optioned by screenwriters (Catch the Moon, Mary optioned by new screenwriter Liam McCann), so it is a tantalizing possibility of being able to fantasize about a dream cast. Playing the leads in ‘Catch the Moon, Mary’ I see Keanu Reeves playing the misguided angel who opens up the world for musical genius, Mary. Playing Mary I see unknown but gifted actress, Suzy Davenport. In ‘Fields of Grace’ I have already cast Irish actor, Aidan O’Callaghan as the male lead John Hopkins-Reimer and as Grace the exquisite English actress, Hannah Whyman. ‘Fields of Grace’ has been optioned by talented screenwriter, Jill Hargrave and ‘Catch the Moon, Mary’ has been optioned by edgy screenwriter, Sean Milligan.
7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
I don’t read much but when I do, I read authors of genius because I am forever honing my craft/art. My favourite authors are Truman Capote, Emily Bronte, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Virginia Woolf and Jeannette Winterson.
8: What book/s are you reading at present?
I am reading ‘Coming Up for Air’ by a stunning writer called Sarah Leipciger and in tandem with that, ‘I Am Soul’ by superb poet, Yechielyah Ysrayl.
9: What is your favourite book and why?
For its flawless imagery and intricately woven tale of passion and loss, Wuthering Heights.
10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
I would say read the works of geniuses and aim high.
11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?
I am on twitter @wa_waters and Goodreads www.goodreads.com/author/show/7684840.Wendy_Waters
My own website is www.wendywaters.net
My Blog is https://catchthemoonmary.wordpress.com
About the Author:
My life today looks very different from my life only a few short years ago. Prior to 2015 I was just another unpublished author. Today I have a novel published and two musicals ready to be staged and a musical about to be workshopped. I have had the privilege of working with talented composers and been fortunate enough to work with actors in London who have given me their time and support in a reading at Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden in 2017. Added to all this my work is being showcased at The Pheasantry on 3rd September.