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Wendy Spinale

Biography

Wendy Spinale

I was the middle of three kids, my older brother being deaf for as far back as I can remember. At the time, I didn't realize how much that would later impact my life. I was a sign language interpreter for a short time (although I'm extremely rusty now) and taught my kids signs when they were little. Growing up with a hearing impaired brother planted a seed of compassion in me for those with handicaps.

During college I was living in southern California working for Disneyland as a Cast Member in the Entertainment Department. I met my husband there who was also a performer. After four incredible years working with the Mouse, we moved to his hometown in the Bay Area and married.

I eventually got my Bachelor's in Kinesiology and worked in the fitness industry for ten years before a knee injury ended my career. Not sure what to do with my time, I applied to job posting to be an online journalist. I loved writing, but had no experience. I didn't hear back so I wrote up a review about a local restaurant and sent it to them to prove I could do the job. Twenty-four hours later, I was a journalist with AOL Media/Pleasanton Patch.

I spent three great years with them before cut backs forced me without a job again. That's when I started writing my first novel, which went nowhere. Dozens of rejection letters later. I started a second book. A year later I was offered representation by Thao Le from Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and within another six months I was offered a book deal. EVERLAND (Scholastic) is scheduled to debut Summer of 2016!

Today I live in the Bay Area with my husband and three sons who are my biggest fans. While they're off at work and school, I bounce ideas off my four-legged, furry family members, Odie and Alex.

Wendy Spinale

Books by Wendy Spinale

by Wendy Spinale - Adventure, Audiobook, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Retelling, Steampunk, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction
Survivors or Everland and Umberland have taken refuge in a small village tucked within the shadows of the Bloodred Queen's castle. Doc has found a cure for the Horologia virus. Gwen, Pete and Alyssa begin plotting the assassination of the queen with the help of Gail, an excellent huntress. But killing the queen won't be enough. The world needs a ruler to set things right. Someone like the former king of Germany. But he's dead ... or is he? There's a rumor that the king has been hidden away in a secret land. A plan is hatched that could put everything right. Yet before it's set in motion, the village is burned down, all survivors taken prisoner to the castle. Except Gail. But is one girl enough to find a long-dead king, kill the wicked queen and save the world?
by Wendy Spinale - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Retelling, Young Adult 14+
Gwen, Pete, and the others have escaped from Everland. But the safe haven they hoped to find at Alnwick Castle doesn't exist. With the Queen of England on her deathbed, Duchess Alyssa has stepped in to lead, but things have gotten worse as the cure Doc created for the Horologia virus has mutated, accelerating the disease. The only possible solution he can think of is to go back to the virus's origin: an extinct poisonous apple.
by Wendy Spinale - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. Unsure if the virus has spread past England's borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. When they grab Joanna, Gwen sets out to save her with a daredevil boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground.