Meet Wanda B. Wonders: Jesse B. Simple’s Feisty Contemporary
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Jolie du Pre: Welcome to my She Writes home, Claudia Moss! It’s a pleasure to have you stop by to share your character, the feisty Ms. Wanda B. Wonders, with my readers and me today! For those who may not know, Claudia is the author of the Kindle, bestselling novel, If You Love Me, Come. Tell us a bit about yourself, Ms. Moss!
Claudia Moss: Saludos, Jolie! It is my delight to visit with you today. Thank you for extending this wonderful opportunity to me. I am most grateful! Let’s see...I’m a blogger, novelist, poet and short story writer. And I have opened myself to jump starting my speaking career this year!
JDP: Wonderful! I wish you much success. Well, who is Wanda B. Wonders?
CM: The genesis for Wanda B. Wonders sprang from a conversation I shared with a fellow English teacher at a literature and composition conference in South Georgia in 1997. Although the teacher’s name now escapes me, she asked, in the midst of our confab, if I’d ever wanted to write, and I confided my weekend and summer writing schedules.
“If I could,” I said, “I’d love nothing more than writing full-time, but the need to make money keeps me teaching school.”
“If I wanted to write,” she confessed, “I’d simply tell my husband, and humph, I’d be a writer as good as said.”
“How’s that? You don’t have to work?”
The woman smiled, rolling her brown eyes, her neck yoking.
Grinning regally, she said, “Honey, my husband is so in love with me, until whatever I want to do is entirely all right with him, and as a result of our love, his money is my money and my money is my money.”
I stared at her as if she were espousing the mystery of the next great American novel to capture the Nobel Prize. I listened, enraptured.
“Here’s how it works. Get yourself a blue-collar husband, and leave those white-collar men alone. White-collars tend not to know how to love a woman right. Their minds are set on money and how much of it you can help them bank. Now a blue-collar man might not know which book to read or what’s politically correct, but he can’t be beat when it comes to showing his woman real love.”
That was the impetus for Wanda B., the contemporary twin to Jess B. Simple, the beloved Everyman of my literary mentor, Langston Hughes.
JDP: Interesting! So you’ve been writing Ms. Wanda B. for a long time!
CM: Yes, I have. There are three collections of her stories in my Wanda B. Wonders series. The first book is Wanda B. Wonders Speaks Her Mind. The second book is Wanda B. Takes the Cake, and the final book in the series is Wanda B. Sings the Bailout Blues. (Also available on Kindle.)
(Part 2 on Tuesday, April 17)