Who is Wendy Teller?
Before I was a writer I was a systems engineer and software engineer. When I retired from engineering, I thought I would write history. That was a challenge, especially when you consider I was “writing impaired.” I didn’t learn to read until I was in the third grade, a real embarrassment for a member of an intellectual family. And once I did learn, I couldn’t spell or punctuate. In short, English was my worst subject.
But I loved to read, especially history that reads like a novel, for example, books by Barbara Tuckman and Dava Sobel. I loved Galileo’s Daughter and The Distant Mirror. So, with the help of spell checker and my husband, I gave writing history a try.
I quickly discovered writing interesting, readable history is not easy. I was so worried about being fair to historical figures that my stories read more like my high school history texts than The Guns of August.
But I realized I could write fiction that was historically accurate, allowing me to tell the stories of past times. My novel, Becoming Mia, which takes place in the turbulent 1960s in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Berkeley, California, is due out May 1.
And then I will start on my next project, Ella, about my grandmother, born in Hungary around 1880. Among other amazing activities for an upper-class Austro-Hungarian lady, she translated Huckleberry Finn into Hungarian.
Wendy Teller received her AB from Harvard University and her MA from the University of California, Berkeley. She was a systems and software engineer in the process control and telecommunications industries. Now that she is retired, she writes fiction, memoir, and history. Her stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Naperville Sun, and Rivulets. Her story Dusting the Towels received the Richard Eastman Prose Award. Wendy’s debut novel, Becoming Mia, which takes place in the 1960s in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Berkeley, California, will be published May 1. Her next project, Ella, takes place in the early 1900s in Hungary. Wendy and her husband live on a cliff in the woods near Bloomington, Indiana.