Wendy Corsi Staub
Class of 1986
New York Times Bestselling Author
Wendy Corsi Staub, photo credit Lisa Nasca
Bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub has published more than 80 books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists. This autumn, she releases two new titles. Blood Red, her suspense novel from HarperCollins, is the first in Wendy’s new Mundy's Landing trilogy, featuring “a town with a sinister secret.” Nine Lives is the first mystery in her Lily Dale series, set in the world’s largest spiritualist community of Lily Dale, NY. For Wendy, a Western NY native and Fredonia alumna (Dept. of English, Class of 1986), it is also familiar territory.
As a student in the Fredonia English department, Wendy advanced toward her childhood dream of becoming an author. She completed a concentration in creative writing, wrote for The Leader, gave poetry readings, and authored a play that was staged at Marvel Theater. As noted in the SUNY Big Ideas blog, Wendy’s experiences as an English major at Fredonia helped prepare her for her future and career. “The writing workshops taught me how to accept and implement constructive criticism, something any published author needs to do,” she notes. Further, she “was able to land an entry-level publishing job in Manhattan with assistance from Fredonia’s career development office.”
Today, Wendy’s authorship spans several genres, from suspense novels to women’s fiction (published under her pseudonym Wendy Markham). She has also written young adult novels. An adaptation of her book Hello, It’s Me recently premiered as a Hallmark television movie.
Busy as she is, Wendy has maintained an active relationship with the department and the campus. She gave the 2008 commencement address, and her latest booksigning (Oct. 23, 6-7 pm) is one of many. And now, as the proud aunt of a current Fredonia undergraduate, she has even more reasons to visit. Her connection to Fredonia is also strengthened by Lucia Macro, Wendy’s editor at Harper. Lucia is Executive Editor, Vice President at William Morrow and HarperCollins, and her nephew is a current Fredonia student.
Wendy has some advice for current Fredonia students: “When you look to your future after college, ask yourself whether you want to spend the rest of your life earning a steady paycheck so that you can live comfortably—or being paid, perhaps not quite as steadily, to live your passion. . . The key to my own personal happiness has been making a living doing something creative that I feel I was born to do, something I would be doing regardless of whether it was my career.”
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