When she's not writing or spending time with her daughter and family, Wendy teaches yoga. She lives in Boston and this is her first novel. And yes, Wendy Wunder is her real name!
About Wendy Wunder
An Interview with Wendy Wunder
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Full name Wendy Lynn Wunder
Date of birth 5/17/a long time ago
Birthplace Denville, New Jersey, USA
Present place of residence Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Colour of hair Brown
Colour of eyes Greenish Grey and sometimes Blue
Height 5’ 8” (I don’t know what that is in centimetres)
Size of shoe big (I think it’s 40 or 41 in European sizing)
Special virtue Honesty
Special vice Honesty
Special phobia Flying on airplanes
Favourite food Ice Cream (it soothes me)
Favourite colour Green
Favourite smell Cut grass...baking cookies...what’s one that’s not cliché? Oh,
I do like the smell of skunk. And petting zoo.
Favourite sound My daughter’s laughter. She’s got a rich, yet tinkly laugh, like wind chimes.
Favourite poem Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman
Favourite song Born to Run, Bruce Springteen (he sings to ‘Wendy’)
Personal motto My dad used to say, “Walk in like you own the place,” and I’ve employed that on occasion. That and his other motto: “Never do anything half-assed”
Where were you born and have you got an accent?
New Jersey. I no longer have an accent, but I can access it when I want to and order a “strawng cawffee for my dawg”.
What is your earliest childhood memory?
It was an out of body experience. We lived next to a lake , and I remember my mom was swimming with me in the shallow part next to the dock. I was a year-and-a-half and in a baby float, the tubular kind with some plastic underpants attached that hold up the baby. And I remember watching myself flip over, so my head was under water and my feet were up in the air like a feeding duck. I guess my mom righted me and I came back into my body.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
In this order: gymnastic coach, orthodontist, international salesperson, psychologist, journalist, psychologist again, and then fiction writer.
book character (not one of your own!)
Yuni from Junot Diaz’s Drown or Frank Bascombe from the Richard Ford Trilogy
(Both books set in New Jersey)
I’m surprised I can’t think of a female one, maybe…
Fleur from Louise Erdrich’s Tracks and other novels. She’s mysterious and unknowable.
Sethe from Beloved?
What is the first book you read and loved?
Little Women? From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenwiler? The Westing Game? or one of the Judy Blumes?
What is the last book you read and loved?
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.
What are your five favourite words?
I don’t have favourites. I have least-favourites though:
Underpants (surprised I used it above), moist, nougat, pus, ointment
What makes you happy?
Moving. Music. Moving to music. A sunny day. Sharpened pencils. An empty notebook. Swimming. Skiing. Etc.
What is your biggest fear?
Getting Cancer. Or losing my mind.
What is most precious to you?
Friends and family.
What is your greatest extravagance?
We have a housecleaner who comes in once a month to clean our apartment.
What is your worst habit?
Over checking my e-mail.
Who is your best friend?
I have lots of them.
What is your favourite joke?
A string walks into a bar. The bartender gives him an angry glance and says “Hey, we don’t serve strings here.” The string leaves, puts on a costume and comes back. Once again the bartender kicks him out of the bar, and says, “We don’t serve strings here!” The string sits outside and ties himself into a knot because he badly wants a drink. Then he begins to fray the edges of the knot so the top of his head looks like hair. By this time, the string feels he’s made enough of a transformation to get a drink at the bar. When the string enters the bar, the bartender looks at him suspiciously and says, “Hey, aren’t you that string?” The string replies: “Nope, frayed knot.” (afraid not, get it?)
Note: not my favourite joke, but the only one I could remember.
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