Wendy Mass: Author of Inspirational Books for Kids


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an author? What it would be like to write as many novels as you'd like while being known all across the world?


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an author? What it would be like to write as many novels as you'd like while being known all across the world?


When I interviewed Wendy Mass over the phone, she stated how being a writer requires a lot more work than you would imagine. Wendy Mass has written many young adult realistic fiction novels over the past years. She decided to write for this age group "to give something back to the next generation of readers that gave so much to me when I was growing up." Some of her more well-known books include "Every Soul a Star," "A Mango-Shaped Space," "Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life," and many more.


"I think that the books we read at this age just kind of have a certain power to them. The characters can kind of live on inside us and help us figure out who we really want to be and what we want to do with our lives," she said.


When discussing why she decided to become a writer, she said, "I loved to read so much when I was growing up that I wanted to kind of be a part of that world of books and writing."


But what's it really like to be a writer? Wendy tells readers that you should always be on the lookout for new and interesting ideas. "You just have to keep your eyes open and be looking for it." She continued by telling what some of her inspirations are. "For me, it's by walking through a bookstore. With 'Every Soul a Star,' for instance, it was a magazine cover with an eclipse on it that caught my eye…and a neighbor boy wandering the neighborhood contemplating the meaning of life was the inspiration behind 'Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life.'"


" You also have to do a lot of research on the topic that you are talking about, especially if it something very scientific or technical, like "A Mango-Shaped Space" since it talked about a disease called synesthesia.


You may wonder what a day in the life of a writer would be like. Wendy described her typical day to me. "Well, ideally, I would start by reading what I had written the day before and edit that a little bit. Then go on to write eight to ten pages." Additionally, Wendy said that the process of writing can have its challenges at times. She advises future writers to "not put pressure on yourself to write something that gets published right away." She even said that she had "fifty rejection letters" before she got her first book published.


Wendy Mass's next book, "13 Gifts," will be coming out sometime this fall and is the next book in the Willow Falls birthday series. In this book, the main character, Tara, gets sent to Willow Falls and "gets caught up in the sort of magic that's going on there," she said.


Also, be on the lookout for her book "Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life" to become a movie sometime during this year.


One of the many things I love about her books is that she writes in different perspectives and shows how kids with completely different personalities think about certain events in life. Her books are very relatable for most people and will be sure to captivate readers. Some of these books may be for more mature readers, like "Leap Day," than others, like "Every Soul a Star."


One of her final words of advice is, "To be a writer, you have to really love it more than anything else to put yourself through it completely. Make sure that it's really, really what you want to do…" I would definitely recommend her books for a great coming-of-age read.