Wendy C. Jorgensen grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and began writing in second grade, furiously recording her hopes and dreams in a denim-covered diary. Besides hanging out at the library, she loved soaking up the rays—while reading a book, of course. During her sophomore year of high school, Wendy’s family moved to Carson City, Nevada, and she thought her life had ended. The desert, sagebrush, and cowboys were a far cry from the ocean, palm trees, and surfers of Florida. Fortunately within six months, the family relocated to Lake Tahoe, and her outlook improved dramatically.
Wendy started college at the University of Colorado in Boulder, followed by a year at the University of Nevada in Reno and two years at Brigham Young University, where she worked as a reporter and copy editor for The Daily Universe. A decision to take a short break from school turned into a twelve-year hiatus in Lake Tahoe. After a two-year stint in the civil engineering program at California State University in Sacramento, Wendy returned to Colorado and graduated from CU with a degree in English Writing. It was a long, but valuable, educational journey.
After twenty years in Colorado, Wendy recently moved back to Northern Nevada, close enough to Lake Tahoe to enjoy the beautiful scenery but far enough away to escape the heavy winters. She lives with a wonderful husband who’s a financial guru–thank goodness–and a golden retriever who’s often mistaken for a sloth. Her two brainy and creative sons challenge her intellect and make her want to be smarter. Wendy hopes someday to journey to the stars.
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Deep in the Colorado Mountains lie many secrets. One of them could change the world.
After Jarak reveals her true heritage, Eve learns her return to Ridgway is not a coincidence. She’s a key piece in Jarak’s plan. As secrets are revealed, Eve becomes entangled in a deadly game—and time’s running out to master the rules. One wrong move could jeopardize the future of the planet. "
FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT SCATTERING STARS
1. The original title of the book was The Colony, then it changed to The Dawning of Eve, and finally it morphed into Scattering Stars.
2. The title comes from a poem by a thirteenth century Persian poet named Rumi. The line reads: “We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.” This line of poetry created an image in Wendy’s mind of a powerful force scattering life throughout the universe.
3. The name of the planet Karillion (rhymes with “a million”) originated from the carillon bells (pronounced kare-i-lon). In medieval times these bells, often placed in churches, were used to warn people of approaching storms, fires, or invading armies. The name signifies that the people of Karillion come with a warning.
4. Khalaheem, the name for the Wise Ones, is a word Wendy created using inspiration from the word “Hakhamim,” a term in Judaism meaning “wise men.”
5. Wendy envisioned the actor Billy Burke, who plays Bella’s dad from the Twilight series, whenever she wrote scenes with Eve’s dad, Tom Hunter.
FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT THE AUTHOR
1. Wendy always wanted to be a writer, but she also wanted to be an astronaut. In high school, she took the ASVAB, a vocational skills test for students who wanted to join the Armed Forces because she figured she needed to learn to fly jets before flying rockets. Afterwards, a military representative invited her to join the Air Force; however, she wouldn’t be able to fly jets because her eyesight was so poor. She declined the offer.
2. One of Wendy’s bucket list items is to attend the Roswell UFO Festival in New Mexico.
3. Wendy spent many nights around a campfire at Lone Cone Peak, the extinct volcano featured in Scattering Stars, looking for UFOs.
4. Wendy loves planetariums. During her freshman year of college at the University of Colorado in Boulder, she applied for an internship at the planetarium on campus. She didn’t get the job, perhaps because she was an English major?
5. Wendy thinks Pluto should still be classified as one of the nine planets in the solar system. She’s particularly bothered by the fact that My Very Enormous Mother Just Sat Upon Nine Porcupines no longer applies as a mnemonic for naming the planets in order
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