Open Book with Wendy Walker

Thrilled, pun actually intended to have Wendy Walker on the blog today!  She is a suspense and thriller extraordinaire who always keeps us guessing and looking behind our shoulder 😉  Her latest, The Night Before, is about two sisters and an online date gone bad- literally the best companion for spring break and beach reading!  Coffee, Fleetwood Mac and Gillian Flynn- Wendy is my spirit animal ❤

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First dates can be murder.

“Ferociously smart.” ―AJ Finn
“Riveting.” ―Riley Sager
“Addictive.” ―Liv Constantine
“Wonderfully tense.” ―Aimee Molloy
“Irresistible.” ―Mary Kubica
“Impossible to put down.” ―Megan Miranda

Riveting and compulsive, national bestselling author Wendy Walker’s The Night Before “takes you to deep, dark places few thrillers dare to go” as two sisters uncover long-buried secrets when an internet date spirals out of control.

Laura Lochner has never been lucky in love. She falls too hard and too fast, always choosing the wrong men. Devastated by the end of her last relationship, she fled her Wall Street job and New York City apartment for her sister’s home in the Connecticut suburb where they both grew up. Though still haunted by the tragedy that’s defined her entire life, Laura is determined to take one more chance on love with a man she’s met on an Internet dating site.

Rosie Ferro has spent most of her life worrying about her troubled sister. Fearless but fragile, Laura has always walked an emotional tightrope, and Rosie has always been there to catch her. Laura’s return, under mysterious circumstances, has cast a shadow over Rosie’s peaceful life with her husband and young son – a shadow that grows darker as Laura leaves the house for her blind date.

When Laura does not return home the following morning, Rosie fears the worst. She’s not responding to calls or texts, and she’s left no information about the man she planned to meet. As Rosie begins a desperate search to find her sister, she is not just worried about what this man might have done to Laura. She’s worried about what Laura may have done to him…

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What three celebrities/authors/figures- living or dead, would you want to have a book club with?

Gillian Flynn, because she has a profound understanding of the connection between family history and the dark side of the human psyche. Jane Austen, because she would find us stories with characters like Mr. Darcy (sigh). And Jonathan Franzen, because he would keep us away from the wine and gossip, and into the deeper literary aspects of the books.

Current binge series?

The Handmaid’s Tale, Season 3. Nothing I have watched before or after the very first episode of Season 1 has captivated and moved me like this series. And I could watch Elisabeth Moss sit in a chair making subtle facial expressions for hours.

Last favorite book?

Where the Crawdads Sing. I rarely get to read outside my genre, so this was a real treat. A great story about perseverance and integrity. I also need to give a shout out to my fellow thriller writers with May books: The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine and The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda. I got a sneak peak and they are both fantastic.

What 3 things do you pack in your bag for your dream vacation?  Where is it?

Pajamas. Bathing suit. Book. I would say great company but that evokes images of people stuffed in suitcases – maybe I should save that for my next novel! Any destination that is quiet and warm, has a cozy bed, a place to run or hike or do yoga, and coffee and wine would do just fine.

Sunday NYT or US Weekly?

Oh, please don’t make me choose! Yin and yang – I need both.

Last person you sent a text message to?

My kids – when will you be home, what do you want for dinner, etc. etc.

Book you read that you wished you wrote?

Mystic River by Dennis Lehane. The profound moral issues and character development are what I strive for in every book. This one is near perfection on all fronts.

Do you have a teacher who encouraged you to become a writer?

I didn’t actually consider writing until my early thirties. However, when I was a senior in high school, I had a teacher named Mrs. Sundquist who encouraged us to write stories with emotional depth, drawn from personal experiences. This is always the first place I start when I begin to plot a new novel.

Do you listen to music while you write? If so, who?

Never. I need dead quiet. Even a ticking clock will do me in.

Describe your writing space?

I write on my laptop so I can be anywhere that is quiet, warm and inspiring. Sometimes I write at the kitchen table with the door to the back yard wide open. Sometimes I sit in a chaise lounge in front of the fire. Sometimes I stay in my bed, under the covers. It’s all about quiet and comfort!

Coffee or tea?

Coffee, all day long!

Do you have a favorite book that you gift?

I love attending book events for my author friends and gifting signed copies. I think a signed book makes a great gift.

Book that you wished they would make a movie out of?

Uh, one of mine? Seriously, though, I would have to say All The Light We Cannot See. It has everything a movie needs – drama, atmosphere, history, and emotion. Hollywood – let’s do this!  

If you could have one song as the theme song of your life what would it be and why?

I have to go with Landslide by Fleetwood Mac. First of all, I used to worship Stevie Nicks. Friends from college will attest to this. For me, this song is about the constant changing of life. No matter how far you go in adjusting and overcoming obstacles, there are always more ahead. It is a reminder to enjoy the journey, because that’s all there really is.

What/Who inspires you?

My children, always. I am meticulous about preserving the memories of their lives – videos, photos, artwork from 1st Grade. I am constantly curating and editing, and so I have frequent reminders of the various stages of their lives and how miraculous they are. It is so easy to stagnate when we settle into adult life, and to accept this stagnation. My children inspire me to keep dreaming and striving and changing.

Bravo reality TV- yes or no?

Not really, BUT I have to admit to being pulled back into The Bachelorette/Bachelor series with some of my friends. It’s a total guilty pleasure and a much-needed respite from the dark dramas I am typically drawn to. And, let’s be honest – they seem somewhat scripted to me, which makes it even more fun as a writer to guess where the producers will take things.

Favorite Instagram account?

Binchcity. It’s the account of a young college woman, and the daughter of a very old friend. She is hilarious and honest and keeps me in touch with my younger reader base.

If you could name just one lipstick after a book, what would you call it and what shade would it be?

Eat, Pray, Love – vermilion red, and the kind that won’t wear off with continued use 🙂

Current #TBR pile?

A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

Best advice you’ve ever received?

One of the therapists who helped me with a book gave me the best advice I have ever received. She said that almost every reaction we have is influenced by events which occurred in childhood when our brains were still developing. I am not a fan of self-help one-liners, but change your thoughts, change your life is all about understanding this connection between past experiences and current perceptions. Being able to wrangle our emotions is not an easy task, but it has very powerful results!

 

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