Wendy Anne’s Ascension
Wendy Anne carries herself with a magnetic energy that’s apparent the second you speak with her. This same captivating force shines through in her writing as well, with her first book Sage to be published in July 2020. A natural-born writer from a young age, Wendy takes us on the journey of her career and dives into The Ascension Series.
Tell us about yourself and how you became an author.
I’ve always been a writer, not necessarily an author. I wrote my first short story in 3 rd grade, which got me in trouble. I then turned to poetry because I could be as esoteric I wanted. It gave me a lot of freedom and the ability to consolidate thought. I’ve never stopped writing; not a week goes by that I don’t write.
Is Sage your first book?
In addition to my first short story collection I wrote when I was younger, I wrote an autobiography. This was really only for my family and friends. I only had 100 copies printed.
I originally wrote Sage in 2009 but then I put it down for 9.5 years. I was truly a different person when I picked it back up. There’s endless knowledge regarding the topics I’m interested in. The topics of sex and love was still there in the story, but for example, it became not just about love, but the ascension that follows.
It was a very humbling process to see my own evolution and to critique myself on a scale where my knowledge was so much vaster. Even if I edited it now, I would have so much more to contribute to it. What I’ve learned to do is…to critique myself less. Whatever I think I could have added, I’m adding to the sequel.
When will Sage be published?
Sage will be published on July 5, 2020. The book will be listed on Kindle, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and I’ll also have an audiobook by that time.
What inspired you to write Sage and additionally, to make it a series?
When I started editing Sage I wanted to bring attention to love on a deeper level. I wanted to emphasize that sex is not the most valuable thing we can offer. Often times it distracts from love. With the clairvoyance that came from sobriety and putting the side of me away that wrote Sage in the first place, I was able to…keep the idea of unconditional love in the forefront of my mind. That became the undertone of the entire editing process.
I write very fast, it’s a very quick process for me. I wrote Sage in 6 months. When I edited, that took me 6 months as well. I wrote the sequel prologue on a ferry between Nantucket and Massachusetts. I feel like it’s just in me dying to come out and I want to honor that.
Do you see yourself reflected in Sage? What do you think the takeaway for women will be when reading the book?
I think all authors reflect or deflect from their characters. Sage is very similar to me, but we aren’t identical by any means. When I think of writing, I think of manifesting. While Sage is similar to me, she has far less imperfections than I do.
I’m a feminist, so there’ s a lot of feminine undertones there. Not only is Sage a woman in the business world, a mother, a wife, and has to deal with so many preconceived notions…but she tears herself apart. She’s hypersensitive to the situations women are faced with.
In Sage, I hone in on the difficulties of being a mother and a CEO. She is an empowered woman and she is also eccentric. Intelligence isn’t always indicative of eccentricities, so she does have to try to balance intelligence and eccentricity and that’s for the artists out there.
Sage in her past life was a derivative of 8 feminine deities who I’ve come to love and appreciate. To name a few, she’s the priestess in Medusa, she’s the grace and poise of Mother Mary, and so many more.
How do you feel you found your writing voice and what would your advice to other writers be?
The first time I had a note that said I had a gift for decoding words and writing was when I was six years old . I’m in love with the process. Most of how I learned to write, I learned off the books. This wasn’t something that I learned in school.
My writing is unconventional, and I’ve been able to pull from my life experiences, that never really had to do with school. It’s always been about going to the extreme and then try to explain it to the masses.
Who are you inspired by?
Steven King was my inspiration in elementary and 8th grade. Then, I transitioned to Anne Rice then to Jane Austen.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on the other books in the series. Lilly, the second book, centralizes around the idea of going from chaos to peace. This book is based on my little sister. The third book in the series, Terry, is based on my adopted sister, and deals with the subject of going from darkness to light. It’s also attributed to my adopted family. The fourth and final book, Trina, is an ode to my best friend’s mother. The theme of this book is going from sickness to health. I love the themes of healing.
Each book is about a healing, ascending, an evolutionary process. I like the idea of taking these platforms and turning them into something inspiring to people. I think the most secure an artist can ever be, is admit that you’re insecure. It allows for people to connect. I hid that sentiment in the conversation in Sage’s inner monologue so that readers connect with her.
To learn more about Wendy and get updates on her book, visit: https://www.roguepoet.net/the-ascension-series