Getting to Know the Authors: Charles & Wendy Siefken

Charlie and I by Angiehand-shake-love9Welcome to you both, let’s learn more about you …
What is your genre? Why did you choose it?
We write in the young adult genre and we chose it because we felt most comfortable writing it. We love reading those kinds of books and felt it a natural fit for us.

Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
Oh yes we have several going on at the same time. Charlie will get an idea and we start writing on it just to get the basic ideas down.

 Do you work with a writing/critique group?
No, we don’t have anything like that around here and since there is only one computer we both can’t be online at the same time. He has work and school that keeps him pretty busy.

 Can you remember your first reading book?
My first book was 101 jokes and Charlie’s first book that he read on his own was Eragon. He was a bit of a late bloomer when it came to a love of books.

a cover for CS KJ1  Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?
I don’t generally eat while writing. I just go with it and if my tummy happens to growl at me I go find something to eat.

Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.
Oh my, ours is definitely a bomb site. But an organized bomb site!

corrected cover of Kai's Journey 2Are you published in the traditional manner or self-published? Share your journey.
We are self-published, who was with a small publishing house for a short time. We do like the freedom that comes from being self-published but there is also a lot of work that comes with it as well.

Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?
Christopher Paolini, Terry Brooks and Rick Riordan.

What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?
Edit to the best of your ability, whether its yourself, a beta reader or a friend. But the most important thing is, get a professional editor to polish your manuscript before submitting to agents or even publishing.

 If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?
That’s a tough question and I’m not really sure. Maybe two unknowns for the boy and girl parts.

Hiding in Plain Sight book coverI was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?
We were on our way to the grocery store when we started talking about a story idea. We would get so engrossed in the story line and developing the characters that we would be lost in our own little world. Suddenly we would spot someone and say, “They look like so and so from our story!” So sometimes things get a little creepy when we see people who we think our characters would look like, but it’s also a lot of fun!


Charles Siefken (1992-present) is a recent graduate of high school. This is his first book of many to be published. He currently resides in rural central Iowa where he enjoys reading science fiction books and playing video games among other things. He is currently enrolled in our local college for automotive technician as well as working part time at a local garage as a mechanic. Christopher Paolini was his inspiration to become a writer.
Wendy Siefken (1966-Present) currently is a stay at home mom who works on writing stories and marketing the published books. Wendy lives on a farm with her family and enjoys reading, gardening and other activities with her family and friends.
This all started as a school project for her youngest son and business partner, Charles Siefken, which has grown into a desire to be published.


About Glynis Peters Author

I write Historical saga style novels featuring mystery and romantic twists. HarperCollins/HarperImpulse publishers of my novel, The Secret Orphan. I live in the UK, in a coastal town in Essex. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters. I also write Victorian novels under my own name, Glynis Smy,
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3 Responses to Getting to Know the Authors: Charles & Wendy Siefken

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Glynis – Thanks for hosting Charles and Wendy.

    Charles and Wendy – I give a lot of credit to authors such as yourselves who write books that encourage young people to want to read. I wish you much success.

  2. Good answers, Wendy and Charles!

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