Up next on my and Kate Evans’s 206 2K Indie Book Tour is women’s fiction author Wendy Ogilvie.
Wendy Ogilvie lives in Essex with her boyfriend Carl and their two dogs; Chinook and Storm. She has been a Personal Trainer for twenty years and has been writing training books and short stories in her spare time. The office in her new house is her favourite place to write as she can see the fish swimming in the pond and her two huskies digging up the garden! She is currently working on the next novel in the Wanda series called Wandering Among the Stars.
Here’s the synopsis of her novel, Wandering on the Treadmill:
WANDA MIKOS lives in Briford, England but has a dream to live in Los Angeles and become a Personal Trainer to the stars. She finds a way to make her ambition a reality by entering The Main Event competition. Unfortunately, she has a suspicion that her bitchy boss KAREN LESTER has entered too.
At work, Wanda is introduced to the new Health & Fitness Manager, the sexy MIKE DIAMOND, and in the same day she meets GARY. Mike begins flirting with Wanda but she thinks he is hiding something. Wanda finds out that Karen is not only competing in the same competition, but is also competing for Mike’s affections.
Wanda’s mother (NINA MIKOS) calls to tell her she has terrible news; her father is getting re-married. Nina confesses to Wanda that he is the only man she has ever had a relationship with. This is when Wanda begins to understand a little of why her mum has been so reluctant to move on since the divorce.
During a training session, Wanda injures her ankle and is put on crutches for a week. Gary gets in contact and they have their first date. Karen informs Wanda she is going away so the television crew who will be following them for the competition will be filming her first. Wanda has to hide the fact she hasn’t read the competition contract and was unaware of any filming obligations.
After a couple of encounters with Mike and a weekend away with Gary, Wanda asks Meg’s opinion on who she should be dating. They compile a Pros & Cons list to decide.
Wanda’s dad’s wedding is one week before the competition and when the TV crew turns up in Cyprus to film the event, Wanda worries about Nina’s reaction.
Back home, Mike tells Wanda that Karen has been to a training camp to work with the famous Neil Whettenhall. She freaks out declaring that the competition and dieting are getting too much she will have to pull out.
She eventually decides to keep up with her training and diet. When the competition day arrives, Wanda uses her wit during the interview as she always does when she is under stress. Karen’s routine is flawless and Wanda’s only mistake is a small stumble at the end. And the winner is — Karen Lester.
During the post competition meal, Karen asks Wanda about the guy she is with — Gary. Wanda panics that she will tell Mike about Gary when they get back to work.
Back at the flat, one of the competition judges calls Wanda to inform her they loved her enthusiasm and people skills and, although unconventional, they would like her to join Karen in Los Angeles for one month.
When Wanda tells Karen her news, Karen tells Mike about Gary. Wanda and Mike part ways and Wanda leaves with Karen to Los Angeles.
Sequel: Wandering Among the Stars – Due out later this year
And now here’s our interview with Wendy:
What was the inspiration behind your book?
I wanted to put all my years of gym anecdotes into a story based around a Personal Trainer.
Who is your favorite character?
Wanda, because I think there is a little of her in all of us.
What is one thing you want readers to know or “get” about your book?
The main character is a woman who also has to deal with ‘real world’ issues in her journey to becoming the person she wants to be. I am hoping readers will relate to Wanda and laugh as they share in her misfortunes. And maybe be inspired by her determination.
Who is your ideal reader? Or, who will enjoy your book?
Female, but I don’t specify an age range. One of my best reviews was from a woman who is 93. She said it lifted her out of a depression she had fallen into. I also think that anyone who has ever tried any sort of fitness routine will enjoy the book.
What three writing tips do you have for aspiring authors?
- Write like nobody is going to read it then edit as though someone else wrote it.
- Improve your grammar if it’s rusty.
- Get into the mindset of being able to write anywhere at any time.
Where can readers learn more about you?