I am so excited to introduce you all to the wonderful Wendy Townley today! Wendy is a writer and blogger who published her first book, Nerdy Thirty, in 2010. It’s a collection of thirteen humorous essays from her childhood through turning 30 (which sounds amazing, by the way)! Wendy is also offering up a great giveaway for y’all today! Make sure to check out her blog and say hello!
Where were you born and where do you call home? Omaha, Nebraska
How and when did you start writing? My writing career began as a fluke. My senior year of high school, while selling ads for our student newspaper, our advisor asked me to write an article. I couldn’t tell you the topic of that article, but I will never forget how I felt seeing my words (and my name) in print. That same feeling manifests even today with each piece that is published.
Do you write as your “day job”? Somewhat. My full-time job is in nonprofit fundraising. There is writing involved, but not the kind that gets my creative juices flowing.
Is there anything you wish you’d known before starting your business? I wish I had known to savor the sweetness of success. When Nerdy Thirty was published, I was thrown into a whirlwind of book signings, readings, speaking engagements, and the like. I wish I would have slowed my pace a bit more just to enjoy the experience.
What’s your setup like? Do you have an office, work from home? Do you work alone or with a team? I have a lovely home office awash in bright colors. My dear friend, Jessica McKay of Birdhouse Interior Design, recognized that I needed a beautiful space to create beautiful work. She worked with me on each element of my home office. It has become my favorite room in our home.
Who or what inspired you to be who you are? The late writer Nora Ephron. And how it does pain me to say “the late” when referring to her. Nora’s writing speaks to me like few others have in its humor, sincerity, honesty, and simplicity. Also: my mom. Her motto will stay with me always, “Be polite and kind to others.”
Where do you go to find inspiration, and what are you inspired by? Watching the world inspires me. Reading books inspires me. Listening to music inspires me. A great meal, a life-changing experience. Just living each day inspires me.
If you were to tell us what are the most important skills that you need in order to be successful (in general) in life- what are they? Compassion. Creativity. Passion. Diligence
What are your next goals for yourself? Complete my second book later this year or early next year, the details of which will soon be shared.
What gets you excited? The energy of other creatives. My husband is one of them.
Sleep in or get up early? Get up early, even on the weekends.
Pet peeves? Hang nails. Crumbs. Tardiness.
Favorite color? Purple.
What are 5 items you never leave home without? Nail clippers. iPhone. Notebook. Pen. A kiss from my husband (when possible).
Coffee or tea? Coffee, although in the past month my cousin has introduced me to various hot teas. So far, I’m enjoying what I’m drinking.
Favorite food? A tie between mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese.
Vanilla or chocolate ice cream? Chocolate.
Wendy has an awesome prize pack that she put together for one lucky Ciera Design reader! The prize pack includes a signed copy of her book, Nerdy Thirty, three of her favorite notebooks, vanilla birthday cake lip gloss by philosophy, a travel size of amazing grace spray fragrance by philosophy, and four wool coasters that Wendy knitted! Giveaway open to US shipping addresses only.
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